Isner In Atlanta: 'The Dawgs Are Barking For Me'
In-form American raring to go this week
World No. 9 John Isner, playing some of the best tennis of his career, was popular with fans on Tuesday when the American signed autographs in a 60-minute session at the PGA Tour Superstore in Roswall.
The line, made up of about 200 fans, extended across an entire side of the store. Isner, who attended the University of Georgia, between 2004 and 2007, signed a lot of Bulldogs’ memorabilia.
Since the first edition of the ATP World Tour 250 tournament, 33-year-old Isner has reached the Atlanta hard-court final in seven of the past eight years. With a 27-4 tournament record, Isner has lifted the trophy in 2013 (d. Anderson), 2014 (d. Sela), 2015 (d. Baghdatis) and last year (d. Harrison). He also finished runner-up in 2010-11 (l. to Fish both times) and in 2016 (l. to Kyrgios).
Isner is hoping to carry the momentum of reaching the Wimbledon semi-finals (l. to Anderson) into the North American hard-court swing. He also captured his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title on 1 April at the Miami Open presented by Itaú (d. Zverev).
He is currently in ninth position in the ATP Race To London for a first-time qualification to the Nitto ATP Finals, to be held from 11-18 November.