Isner undecided on Australian Open

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John Isner

John Isner would be the top-ranked U.S. man at the Australian Open, if he plays. (Rob Griffith/AP)

Bloomberg reports that John Isner may withdraw from the Australian Open with a bone bruise in his right knee. With the Australian Open set to begin Monday and the draw ceremony scheduled for Friday, Isner told reporters in Sydney that he is not a sure thing for the first major.

“I got a decision to make shortly,” the 27-year-old said. “It was a lot better than it was six days ago, but it wasn’t 100 percent. What I have needs time, that’s all it is.”

The six-foot-nine Isner said his knee had been bothering him since December and was hampering his training.

“From now up until Melbourne I definitely can’t practice like I need to,” he said. “I could play. Certainly I could win a match maybe, a match or two. I don’t see myself winning the whole tournament at this point, that’s for sure.”

Isner, ranked No. 13, lost his opening match at the Sydney International to Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday. He also lost two matches at Hopman Cup last week, to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Kevin Anderson, before withdrawing because of the knee injury. In fact, the big-serving Isner hasn’t won a set through three matches in 2013, and he hasn’t won back-to-back matches since the U.S. Open.

Isner made the third round of the Australian Open last year, losing to Feliciano Lopez after a memorable second-round win over David Nalbandian that ended 10-8 in the fifth set.

  • Published On Jan 09, 2013
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    Well, if Isner is going to withdraw, at least do so before the AO draw is done.  If you can't play by tomorrow, you most likely aren't going to be any better by Monday.  So, don't screw up the draw by withdrawing AFTER it is made.