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Mailbag - John Isner

Guest Editor - John Isner

As guest editor of the ATP Insider, John Isner answers the best fan questions submitted on Twitter.

@bouncebckbltrx: Do you Google yourself? What's the best/worst result you've found? 
I would be lying if I said ‘no’. I have before. It’s not something I do every day, certainly, but I have before. Sometimes I’ll do it if I want to find an article maybe written about myself in the local North Carolina paper, where I’m from. For the most part, there’s good things written about me on the internet, but at the same time, there’s some things that aren’t so nice written about me. I try not to read those. 

@Arjun_Babla1: Who's the toughest opponent you've come across? 
If I had to say the toughest person, it would probably be Novak Djokovic. I actually have beaten him twice, but I’ve lost to him five or six times. When he’s on, I think he’s the best player in the world; he does so many things well. There’s a reason why he’s back to No. 1 in the world right now.

‏@GiulianoInterla: Hi John, when did you start playing tennis?
I was about nine or ten years old. My parents played a little bit recreationally, but not too much. My older brother, who’s three years older than me, played quite a bit and I sort of just followed in his footsteps. I would go to the local club and play against him or a back board. I had some success at the local level, then at the state level, the sectional level. I just stuck with it, eventually went to college and now I’m playing professionally.

@YasmineAlBarrak: What is your favourite NBA team? 
My favourite NBA team is the Charlotte Hornets, formerly the Charlotte Bobcats. I’m a big homer of every professional sports team in the state of North Carolina.

@CJSTanner: How old were you when you got to be taller than both of your older brothers? 
This is a good question! I was probably about 17 or 18 years old. That’s when I started growing a lot. I always assumed I would be around my brothers’ height, maybe a little bit taller than them. But I just kept on growing. My brothers are not short by any means, but I definitely tower over both of them right now.

@Cristina Criswald: Hi John, why do you like playing tennis instead of basketball?
I enjoyed both those sports. I played both tennis and basketball equally growing up, up until I was about 15 years old, when the schedules just conflicted too much. I couldn’t play both, so I stuck with tennis and I think I made a pretty good decision. But at the time, I didn’t necessarily love tennis more than basketball; I loved both sports equally. Obviously, I play a lot more tennis now than I do basketball.

@Sugster2257: I met your Mom at your fundraiser for #UNCLineberger. How is she doing and how has your mom affected your pro career?
She’s doing fantastic. She’s in remission. She’s beaten the cancer. She was very strong and persevered really through some very, very tough times. She’s definitely my source of inspiration, whenever things get tough on a tennis court or tough in life in general. I know that my mother has been through one of the toughest battles you can possibly go through and she overcame that. So, for me, my Mom is my hero and she always will be. I’m very thankful to have her in my corner.

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