Ouch! Isner Makes Amends After Smash Hits Young Fan In Auckland
John Isner endeared himself to fans on Thursday as the gentle giant of the ASB Classic, offering his wristbands to a young boy as an olive branch after inadvertently hitting him with an overhead smash.
With Isner serving at 2-3, 40/30 in the second set of his quarter-final against Brit Kyle Edmund, he nailed a smash that bounced into the stands and hit the young fan in his right ear. The fourth-seeded American immediately went up to the net to make sure that the boy wasn’t hurt.
After defeating Edmund in a pair of tie-breaks, Isner spent time talking with the boy and gave him his wristbands as a more fitting souvenir to take home.
”I think he could play for the All Blacks in the future,” Isner joked in his on-court interview. “He’s a tough kid.”
The two-time Auckland champion (2010, 2014) will play second-seeded Canadian Denis Shapovalov or Frenchman Ugo Humbert in the semi-finals.