American tennis veteran John Isner fights back the tears in final press conference after playing his last match after US Open defeat against Michael Mmoh
- John Isner broke down as he said his farewell to tennis after US Open loss
- The American crashed out of Flushing Meadows with defeat to Michael Mmoh
- Isner is best remembered for epic 11 hour Wimbledon first round match in 2010
John Isner broke down in tears as he bought down the curtain on his tennis career following his loss at the US Open.
The American, had announced that his second round clash with Michael Mmoh would be his last professional tennis match, and in fitting style for Isner he lost the game on a fifth set tie break 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-6 (7).
Following his final outing the 38-year-old faced the media one final time in his final press conference, where the emotion of the occasion got the better of him.
Isner spoke through the tears and he summed up his 17-year career and looked forward to the next chapter of his life away from the court.
He told reporters; ‘Tennis has been a huge part of my life. It’s tough to say goodbye.
John Isner faces the media for a final time following his loss to Michael Mmoah at US Open
The emotion was too much for Isner as he fought back tears in his final press conference
Isner feels the disappointment as he is knocked out of the US Open after a fifth set tie break
Eventually this day would come. It’s hard to prepare for the emotions.
Most importantly, I have an amazing life. I look forward to every second of that’.
Isner has been a wild card entry at Flushing Meadows, but blasted 48 aces and won 86% of his first-serve points in his final match, but the 63 unforced errors ultimately led to defeat to his countryman.
At his height, the US big hitter reached a world ranking of number 8 in 2018, following his run to the semi-finals at Wimbledon and won 16 titles throughout his career.
The American waves to the crowd for one final time having competed in his last tennis match
He holds the ATP record for for hitting more than 14,000 aces during his career, and will be well remembered in SW19 for taking part in the longest match in tennis history.
The first round epic against Nicolas Mahut in 2010 that lasted 11 hours and 5 minutes before eventually seeing Isner win 70-68 in an incredible final set.
Isner’s final opponent will now head into the next round in New York where he’ll take on Brit Jack Draper.