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John Isner won his opening match in Indian Wells on Sunday evening against Yoshihito Nishioka.

Pack Your Bags! Isner Races Home for Birth

American was still alive in singles and doubles

American veteran John Isner has withdrawn from the BNP Paribas Open and is rushing home to Dallas to be bedside with wife Madison for the birth of their third child, who is expected to be delivered Tuesday.

Isner was just 20 minutes away from taking to the court for a doubles match when he received a call from his wife that their baby was coming early. His team scrambled for a last-minute flight, scheduled to depart Palm Springs less than three hours after he received the news.

"Pretty eventful day,” Isner said in a statement. “I need to go home to be with the family, that is what my duty is right now. Much more important than tennis."

"John was all suited up and ready to play doubles when the call came from Maddy about 20 minutes before match time,” Isner’s coach David Macpherson told ATPTour.com. “He was never going to miss the birth, so it was a clear decision to get home right away.

“Coming to Indian Wells he thought he may have been able to get through the tournament, but the baby is coming a couple of weeks earlier than expected. He's very excited and this time around they don't know whether it will be a boy or girl."

The Isners welcomed their first child, Hunter Grace, in 2018 and their second child, John Hobbs, in 2019.

Isner was scheduled to play doubles on Monday alongside countryman Jack Sock against Italians Fabio Fognini and Lorenzo Sonego, who advance by walkover. The 36-year-old won his second-round singles match on Sunday evening against Yoshihito Nishioka. Jannik Sinner moves on to play Matteo Berrettini or Taylor Fritz in the Round of 16.

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