After already playing five of out six weeks since Wimbledon, John Isner is ready to take a break from tennis.
While some players like Roger Federer are playing their first event of the summer, Isner’s already played Newport, Atlanta, Washington, Canada and now Cincinnati, and after losing in the first round yesterday to his friend Sam Querrey, he’s done.
“I have definitely felt better before,” said Isner after the loss. “You know, you put some good weeks together. It can put you in a bit of a deficit, you know, the following week. But regardless, it’s disappointing to lose. I definitely have time to rest up and regroup and get stronger, whatnot now. But, you know, I wish I wasn’t out so early from here.”
Next week, however, is his home event in Winston-Salem North Carolina, where he’s from, but he says he won’t be tempted with the US Open now the goal.
“No. I’m not playing next week,” he said. “I want to get away from tennis for a little bit. I have played a lot of matches, so it’s two weeks away.
“I will take it easy, you know, at night certainly,” he added. “I will be back in the gym tomorrow doing some stuff to try to get stronger or try to get healthier. There is always things can you do. When I say rest, that doesn’t mean sit on the couch, because that does make things worse.”
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