Isner says he’ll skip Australian Open due to COVID-19

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — John Isner says he’ll skip the Australian Open due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Isner disclosed his choice Monday evening after dropping to fellow American Sebastian Korda within the quarterfinals of the Delray Seashore Open.

Isner, 35, has two younger youngsters and mentioned he needed his household to journey collectively to “make it as a lot enjoyable as potential on the street … as a result of I will not be taking part in tennis eternally.” However that is not potential due to the virus, he mentioned, and going to Australia this yr would have meant an excessive amount of time away from his household.

Isner, a former high 10 participant now ranked twenty fifth, misplaced to Korda 6-4, 4-6, 6-3. Korda and American Christian Harrison every received taking part in in his first profession quarterfinal.

The 20-year-old Korda is a former World No. 1 junior who achieved career-high rating of No. 116 final fall. His father, 1998 Australian Open champion Petr Korda, performed at Delray Seashore twice however by no means superior past the second spherical.

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

The 26-year-old Harrison’s profession has been slowed by accidents that required surgical procedure eight occasions, and he got here into the event ranked No. 789. He has 5 ATP Tour match victories, with three of them coming prior to now week. He additionally received two matches in qualifying.

“It feels fairly wonderful,” Harrison mentioned. “I am fairly even-keeled proper now — simply blissful to maintain taking part in.”

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