Isner to skip Australian Open

13 Janvier, 2021, 20:13 | Auteur: Adelaide Bullion
  • John Isner said he won't play the Australian Open because of Covid-19 restrictions

American John Isner has chose to skip next month's Australian Open as Covid-19 protocols mean he would be away from his family for an extended period, the Tennis Majors website reported on Monday. John revealed the news following the quarter-final loss to Sebastian Korda in Delray Beach, missing another opportunity for winning the home title he is missing in his collection.

Isner, 35, said he wanted his family to travel together to "make it as much fun as possible on the road", but added that that would be impossible this year because of the pandemic.

At this stage of my career and life, I always had visions of traveling with my family.

Players and staff are required to self-isolate for two weeks before participating in the warm-up events at Melbourne Park, which is also the venue of the Australian Open, from January 31. And if I am, it's a double whammy because I lost the match, played against a [COVID-19] positive guy and they didn't get the result before the match.

Australian wildcard Dane Sweeny was set to play Kudla in the second round, with the 19-year-old granted a walkover win into the final round of qualifying.

Players are scheduled to begin arriving in Melbourne and Adelaide later this week and will be allowed five hours outside of their hotel to practice and train after they've returned a negative coronavirus test on day two of their stay.

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'It really was just a situation where I didn't want to be away from my family for that long.

Isner joins 20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer (knee) and Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (back) in withdrawing from the first grand slam of the year.

John Isner (USA) spielt gegen Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) in 1. "So, I've made a decision to stay home".

"We are doing the best we can to deliver an Australian Open to as close as it was in 2020", he said.

"It wasn't an easy decision at all", he said. I thought long and hard about it, but I feel comfortable with my decision right now, and I am looking forward to getting home.

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