Tennis tough-guy John Isner has clapped back at COVID-19 alarm by vowing to play on this weekend in a controversial all-US exhibition in Atlanta.
The No. 21 American made his sentiments known on social media after criticism that an event which will allow up to 450 spectators in the stands in the world virus hotbed remains perfectly sane and reasonable.
“You coronabros can stay in your basement all you want. I choose to live my life and play/promote the sport I love in a safe manner,” Isner posted to his fan base.
The culturally clueless 35-year-old father of two also took a shot at the Black Lives Matter movement, calling out protestors around the nation for their actions – which also involve close physical contact and a lack of social distancing in the streets of scores of American cities.
Last month, he labelled BLM protesters ‘anarchist losers’.
If it slips out of control, the ill-timed exhibition could quickly become a US version of Novak Djokovic’s luckless Adria Tour which sent the host and at least three other players into 14-day quarantine.
Others due to play in the US hit-and-giggle tournament are Isner compatriots Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Sam Querrey, Tennys Sangren, Steve Johnson, Tommy Paul and Frances Tiafoe.
“It’s def not a joke. This event in Atlanta will be safe. That’s the bottom line,” Isner posted hopefully.
US virus infection figures are rising at pace, with more than 125,000 dead, a total easily topping the worldwide league table of shame.