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Isner Tests Football Skills At Wake Forest

Winston-Salem, U.S.A.

Isner© Susan Mullane/camerawork usaJohn Isner throws passes with the receivers of Wake Forest University's football team.

Winston-Salem Open top seed John Isner came out to play football with Wake Forest University players on Sunday afternoon.

Isner, a native of nearby Greensboro, tested his throwing arm against E.J. Scott, Matt James and Jared Crump, while getting some personal coaching from the football team's head coach, Dave Clawson.

“Growing up I would come to so many Wake Forest basketball and football games because they were so close [to home],” said Isner.

“I love football more than anything. It’s one of my passions. I love Georgia and I love the Carolina Panthers. [Today] was a lot of fun. It’s something I don’t do very often. But whenever I can get a football in my hand, I love throwing it.”

The collegiate players also relished the opportunity to spend time with Isner, the top American in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

“It’s such an honour [to play with Isner] just because he’s so well-known and such a big-time star," shared Crump.

"He represents U.S.A. very well on the tennis court. He is such a great person. I watch him on TV all the time so it’s just great to meet him and catch passes from him and combine our sports together," added Crump, who also noted that Isner is the tallest person with whom he has thrown a football.

Isner returns to Winston-Salem for the third time in four years. The American is undefeated at this tournament (10-0), winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and '12. Isner will open his 2014 Winston-Salem campaign on Tuesday night against countryman Bradley Klahn.

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