Olympics anything for John Isner. The no.1 of America has chosen to skip the Rio appointment to defend the title in Atlanta ..
John Isner will not take part in the Olympic tournament which will be played in Rio de Janeiro August 7 to 14. The reason? The Yankees want to defend the title in Atlanta and become the first American active on the ATP Tour to win an event for four consecutive times.
"Logistically, it would be virtually impossible for me to do both" , he said. BB & T Atlanta in fact we play the week before the Olympic festival (July 30-August 6) and the hectic schedule of the second part of the season does not include stops: " From the Monday following the Olympics will start again from Cincinnati, another two weeks and It will be the turn of the US Open. I need to rest a few weeks "
Among the factors that could have influenced the American choice, the decision not to award the ITF ATP / WTA points to players who take the field in Rio . A step back compared to 2012, when in London Andy Murray won the gold medal with 750 points.
However it is not the first time that an American tennis player decide to give up the Olympic tournament. Already Andy Roddick in 2008 and Mardy Fish in 2012 chose to prefer the US to cement overseas trips. With attendance now certain Jack Sock, Steve Johnson , to play for the other two sites for tennis stars and stripes after the surrender of no.1, will Sam Querrey, Denis Kudla, Taylor Fritz, Rajeev Ram and Donald Young.