Isner says he’ll skip Australian Open because of COVID-19

Ross Houston
January 14, 2021

Isner, a former world number 8, who has a two-year-old daughter and a son, said he chose to stay home, as health guidelines and restriction restrictions meant he would have to stay away from his family for an extended period.

This year's Australian Open is in need of a small miracle if it is to go off without a major hitch.

Ranked no.25, John played his last match on the 11 of January when he surrendered to Sebastian Korda 6-3 4-6 6-3 in the quarter in Delray Beach (draw).

Sixteen women including two-time Australian Open and Roland Garros doubles champion Timea Babos (HUN), Australian Open 2012 quarterfinalist and former world No.1 doubles player and Roland Garros 2012 finalist Sara Errani (ITA), Wimbledon 2010 semifinalist and US Open 2020 quarterfinalist Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) and inspiring British star Francesca Jones will make the trip down under after qualifying in Dubai.

Harrison beat Gianluca Mager of Italy 7-6 (2), 6-4, and his opponent Tuesday will be No. 4-seeded Hubert Hurkacz of Poland, who swept qualifier Roberto Quiroz of Ecuador 6-4, 6-4.

He has five ATP Tour match victories, with three of them coming in the past week.

"I'm pretty even-keeled right now - just happy to keep playing".

The 35-year-old Isner acknowledged that the decision to withdraw from the 2021 Australian Open was a tough one.

Players are set to begin arriving in Melbourne this week for the Grand Slam event and Victoria's state government has said it is imposing the strongest restrictions seen at any tennis tournament for the February 8-21 Open.

Six-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer's decision to withdraw - breaking his record streak of 21 straight singles appearances in Melbourne - affects the pulling power of the tournament, which was left reeling after suggestions he skipped because of the quarantine rules.

"The problem is that Mirka (Federer's wife) and their children couldn't leave the room", Tennis Australia's head of player liaisons Andre Sa told Brazilian media.

"And on top of that, I'd have to stay a week in the room [under quarantine]".

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