Former threat John Isner has been recast as a tennis part-timer, with the towering American admitting he’s reduced his presence on the ATP.

The No. 39 who once briefly cracked the ranking Top 10, has not competed since losing in the Wimbledon first round – only his 15th match of the season.

The 36-year-old admitted to the ATP website that his enthusiasm for the sport might have been reduced by COVID-era life on the Tour.

He seems to be in no hurry to resume full-time, though he will venture out onto the relatively nearby hardcourts this summer without any need to cross more than the Mexican border.

Isner has already missed the Australian Open and is skipping the Tokyo Olympics.

“This is a stage of the calendar that I really like. I love playing on hard courts in North America. I’m here again and hope I can do a good job in the next tournaments,” he said. 

“I think I did well by declining my participation for the Olympics. I think I also did well not going to Australia.

“Now I’m dedicating myself to my family and (since) I’ve played the Games before, I made that decision.

“I’m prepared to give my best in the Los Cabos tournament (this week, seeded second behind Cameron Norrie). It’s a tournament I wanted to play last year, before the tournament was suspended due to the pandemic,”

The player who has banked nearly US$ 20 million in prize money, gives little indication that he is keen to carry on for much longer.

“I’ve not played much since the circuit was stopped due to the coronavirus last year. 

“The Tour is totally different from a few years ago due to the pandemic and I have a family and a wife who is pregnant again. There have been things at home in the last nine or twelve months that I’ve felt have been much more important than tennis.”


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