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shadows
05-21-2009, 02:33 AM
http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6632942

John Isner's French Open is over before it began.

Isner, won who a wild card into Roland Garros by capturing the USTA wild card tournament title at the Boca West Country Club last month, has been forced to pull out of the French Open due to a bout of mononucleosis.

U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe, the USTA's general manager of elite player development, confirmed Colette Lewis' report of Isner's withdrawal today. McEnroe said the USTA is currently deciding what player will fill Isner's wild card spot.

"Isner has mono and will not be playing. We're in the process of figuring out what we're going to do, but there is nothing to repot on our decision as of yet," McEnroe told the media in a conference call this afternoon.

The USTA and the French Tennis Federation have a reciprocal agreement in which wild card entries into the main draw at the 2009 French Open and 2009 US Open are exchanged.

Scoville Jenkins, 22, of Atlanta; Evan King, 17, of Chicago; Jesse Levine, 21 of Boca Raton, Fla.; Michael McClune, 19, of Irvine, Calif.; Nathan Pasha, 16, of Atlanta; Rhyne Williams, 18, of Knoxville, Tenn. and Donald Young, 19, of Atlanta all competed in the USTA's wild card tournament. It is probable one of those seven players could get Isner's wild card.

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sucks for John, I hope it's not too serious and he's able to get back on track quickly

Bud
05-21-2009, 02:44 AM
What's up with all the mono going around the ATP?

Chelsea_Kiwi
05-21-2009, 02:46 AM
Mono really destroys your career. Look at Fed from 2008 to now and how far Ancic has fallen. :(

jelle v
05-21-2009, 02:52 AM
As a European guy, I would like Donald Young to get it.. Americans keep bringing up his name as the biggest talent around or something like that and I have never even seen the guy play. Maybe if he gets the wildcard, he will play a televised match.

To bad for isner though.. don't like his game too much, but mono is really bad and you wish that for no one.

theduh
05-21-2009, 02:53 AM
Speedy recovery John!

shadows
05-21-2009, 02:57 AM
As a European guy, I would like Donald Young to get it.. Americans keep bringing up his name as the biggest talent around or something like that and I have never even seen the guy play. Maybe if he gets the wildcard, he will play a televised match.

To bad for isner though.. don't like his game too much, but mono is really bad and you wish that for no one.

well Colette Lewis (zootennis) who broke the story via twitter said:

BREAKING NEWS--John Isner has mono and will not be using his French Open wild card. It looks like Donald Young may be taking his place.

so you may well get your wish

P_Agony
05-21-2009, 03:23 AM
Poor Isner :(

Quick recovery, John.

Fedace
05-21-2009, 03:42 AM
Are you sure it isn't the swine flu ??

DarthMaul
05-21-2009, 04:01 AM
That's bad news... Federer and Ancic know better

Ljubicic for number1
05-21-2009, 04:02 AM
What's up with all the mono going around the ATP?

Isner and Super Mario. The other bout was Imaginary Mono:)

sh@de
05-21-2009, 04:27 AM
Oh no... I hope he gets better soon.

baseliner
05-21-2009, 05:19 AM
Hope for a quick recovery for John. As for the wildcard, wasn't there a torunament played in Florida where Isner won? Wouldn't it be fair to award the wildcard to the losing finalist? Or would that be a bad thing since Donald Young wouldn't get yer (another) freebie entry into a top tier event?

gj011
05-21-2009, 07:15 AM
Isner and Super Mario. The other bout was Imaginary Mono:)

Exactly, people withdraw from tournaments when they get mono.


Sorry to hear this about Isner. Hope he recovers quickly.

Dutch-Guy
05-21-2009, 07:18 AM
Exactly, people withdraw from tournaments when they get mono.
But Fed didn't...


Sorry to hear this about Isner. Hope he recovers quickly.
Co-sign.

deltox
05-21-2009, 07:19 AM
worst news in a month =( argh, guess his climb into the top 75 this year will end now

thejoe
05-21-2009, 07:35 AM
Exactly, people withdraw from tournaments when they get mono.


Sorry to hear this about Isner. Hope he recovers quickly.

Are you his doctor? No? Then don't act as if you have knowledge.

gj011
05-21-2009, 07:37 AM
But Fed didn't...


Co-sign.

That is my point.

jelle v
05-21-2009, 07:38 AM
That is my point.

Well, that proves you're wrong, doesn't it..?

batz
05-21-2009, 07:40 AM
Bad news. Get well soon big fella.

tudwell
05-21-2009, 07:46 AM
Isner's just making excuses. He doesn't really have mono.

Right, Nadal fans?

gj011
05-21-2009, 07:51 AM
Isner's just making excuses. He doesn't really have mono.

Right, Nadal fans?

No he is not making excuses. He actually withdrew from RG.

crocon
05-21-2009, 07:52 AM
Mono is a poor excuse anyway tudwell. We all this.:)

jelle v
05-21-2009, 07:54 AM
No he is not making excuses. He actually withdrew from RG.

Maybe he is just tired..? That's always a good axcuse, no?

tudwell
05-21-2009, 08:04 AM
No he is not making excuses. He actually withdrew from RG.

Federer withdrew from his Australian Open warm-up event last year. I guess that withdrawal is somehow less convincing than Isner's?

obnoxious2
05-21-2009, 08:06 AM
Isner's just making excuses. He doesn't really have mono.

Right, Nadal fans?

Why can't a man be getting some?

jelle v
05-21-2009, 08:14 AM
Federer withdrew from his Australian Open warm-up event last year. I guess that withdrawal is somehow less convincing than Isner's?

Of course.. don't you know? That was a fake withdrawal, only meant to support his later statement of mononucleosis.

AprilFool
05-21-2009, 08:18 AM
Federer withdrew from his Australian Open warm-up event last year. I guess that withdrawal is somehow less convincing than Isner's?
As well as all of the rapid weight loss during the same period.

nickynu
05-21-2009, 08:33 AM
Phew Isner was lucky to get this on the claycourt swing when he moves like bambi on Ice. Hopefully he will be good for the grass.

JediMindTrick
05-21-2009, 08:41 AM
Ok, wtf is going on? Is there something like an unofficial ATP wh*rehouse somewhere that needs to be shut down?

Shaolin
05-21-2009, 08:43 AM
Ok, wtf is going on? Is there something like an unofficial ATP wh*rehouse somewhere that needs to be shut down?

Its called the WTA Tour :)

Jack the Hack
05-21-2009, 09:22 AM
well Colette Lewis (zootennis) who broke the story via twitter said:

BREAKING NEWS--John Isner has mono and will not be using his French Open wild card. It looks like Donald Young may be taking his place.

so you may well get your wish

I'm not sure where Colette got that bit about Young getting the replacement nod. In the FO wild card qualifying tournament that Isner won, Isner beat Jesse Levine in the final in straight sets. Levine had reached the final by hammering Young in the semifinals by a 6-1, 6-3 score. Therefore, it would seem like Levine would be the logical choice...

However, by the fact that they didn't announce a replacement right away (and with the FO starting in just 3 days), it makes you wonder if there was a scheduling conflict or other factor that their looking at.

Levine, Scoville Jenkins, Ryan Sweeting, Rajeev Ram, Amer Delic, and Michael Russell were all in the French Open qualifying draw. Levine lost 10-8 in the third set of the 1st round, and Russell lost badly (3-6, 0-6) in the 1st round. Jenkins and Sweeting lost in the 2nd round. Ram has his 2nd round match scheduled for later today (do they have lights?). And Delic plays a guy named Franco Ferreiro in the final round of qualifying tomorrow. I would think that one of these players will get the wild card, and it will probably be Delic or Ram if they don't win the qualifying spots outright. If they both get in the draw through qualifying, then I'd give the wild card to Levine or Jenkins, assuming they are still in Paris. I doubt that Young would even be in the picture since he's not even in France right now. (By the way, why isn't he over there trying to qualify like the rest of the young Americans?)

woodrow1029
05-21-2009, 09:29 AM
I'm not sure where Colette got that bit about Young getting the replacement nod. In the FO wild card qualifying tournament that Isner won, Isner beat Jesse Levine in the final in straight sets. Levine had reached the final by hammering Young in the semifinals by a 6-1, 6-3 score. Therefore, it would seem like Levine would be the logical choice...

However, by the fact that they didn't announce a replacement right away (and with the FO starting in just 3 days), it makes you wonder if there was a scheduling conflict or other factor that their looking at.

Levine, Scoville Jenkins, Ryan Sweeting, Rajeev Ram, Amer Delic, and Michael Russell were all in the French Open qualifying draw. Levine lost 10-8 in the third set of the 1st round, and Russell lost badly (3-6, 0-6) in the 1st round. Jenkins and Sweeting lost in the 2nd round. Ram has his 2nd round match scheduled for later today (do they have lights?). And Delic plays a guy named Franco Ferreiro in the final round of qualifying tomorrow. I would think that one of these players will get the wild card, and it will probably be Delic or Ram if they don't win the qualifying spots outright. If they both get in the draw through qualifying, then I'd give the wild card to Levine or Jenkins, assuming they are still in Paris. I doubt that Young would even be in the picture since he's not even in France right now. (By the way, why isn't he over there trying to qualify like the rest of the young Americans?)

Players that played in qualies are not eligible for a wildcard into main draw of the tournament. That leaves Jenkins, Sweeting, Ram, Russell, Delic, Levine out of the running.

Jack the Hack
05-21-2009, 10:04 AM
Players that played in qualies are not eligible for a wildcard into main draw of the tournament. That leaves Jenkins, Sweeting, Ram, Russell, Delic, Levine out of the running.

Hmmm... that didn't sound fair and I hadn't heard of that rule before, so I looked it up.

The French Open is an ITF event, and the ITF rules can be found here:

http://www.itftennis.com/shared/medialibrary/pdf/original/IO_38972_original.PDF

This is what it says about wild cards:

Wild Cards

Players included in the draw at the sole discretion of the Tournament
Committee or the Tournament Administrator. Wild Cards may be seeded.
Wild Cards must be named at the time the draw is made and Wild Cards who
withdraw or default may not be replaced with new Wild Cards after the draw
is made. Any such vacancy shall be filled by the next eligible player on the
acceptance list, or if the qualifying competition has commenced, it shall be
filled by the eligible Lucky Loser, drawn and placed at the same time as the
qualifiers. The Qualifying Competition commences when the first ball of the
first qualifying match is struck.

No player who has signed in for and been accepted into the qualifying of the
tournament may be named as a Wild Card after the Qualifying Competition
has commenced.

A tournament may not offer a Wild Card or accept the entry from any player
who has either accepted a Wild Card or been committed by an entry to
another tournament in the same week.


That means that Jenkins, Sweeting, Ram, Russell, Delic, and Levine are actually punished for trying to qualify, and that Young (who apparently wimped out of trying to qualify in Paris) might indeed get the nod. Of all the criticism that Young has gotten for getting wild cards he didn't "deserve", this one might be the most valid (if he gets it).

woodrow1029
05-21-2009, 10:14 AM
^^^ Penalized for trying to qualify? By the way, it's the same rule at ATP and WTA events.

BreakPoint
05-21-2009, 10:22 AM
Mono really destroys your career. Look at Fed from 2008 to now and how far Ancic has fallen. :(
Exactly! I don't know of any pro tennis players that have gotten back to 100% of their former selves after a bout of the dreaded mono. :(

Look at what even just chicken pox did to Juan Carlos Ferrero's career. :(

Shaolin
05-21-2009, 10:23 AM
give the wild card to that 15 year old that beat cuevas. cant remember his name.

BreakPoint
05-21-2009, 10:25 AM
No he is not making excuses. He actually withdrew from RG.
But Isner is not the defending champion at RG, is he? Nor does he have any points or the #1 ranking to defend, does he? Unlike Federer at the '08 Aus Open. Not that Federer even knew the illness he had was mono, but he did withdraw out of the Kooyong exo before the AO.

*breaksracquet
05-21-2009, 10:28 AM
guys on the ATP need to stop making out with each other.:lol:

scraps234
05-21-2009, 10:40 AM
i want donald young to get it....

scotus
05-21-2009, 10:45 AM
As a European guy, I would like Donald Young to get it..

i want donald young to get it....

You want Donald Young to get the wild card, not the mono, right?

Just making sure....

babolat15
05-21-2009, 10:47 AM
id like to see jesse or sco get it

Kegzz
05-21-2009, 10:47 AM
Dayum. Just as he seemed to be getting better and better, this comes up.

All the best Isner!

woodrow1029
05-21-2009, 10:48 AM
id like to see jesse or sco get it
They can't..

Jack the Hack
05-21-2009, 11:14 AM
^^^ Penalized for trying to qualify? By the way, it's the same rule at ATP and WTA events.

If I were Levine, I would feel like I was penalized. With him being the wild card finalist, being ranked higher than Young, and beating Young head-to-head on clay, Levine deserves the wild card spot - especially ahead of Young. However, due to the fact that Levine got his butt over to Paris and played in the qualifying tournament, he's now ineligible for the wild card... and it might go to Young, who could have been sitting home eating Twinkies and Ho Hos for all we know. Also, Levine wins 2,080 Euros for losing in the first round of qualifying, while the wild card person gets at least 15,000 Euros to show up (1st round loss prize money).

By the way, I don't have any personal beef with Donald Young. I've watched him play in person several times, and have rooted for him. I think he gets a bad rap on here for being "over hyped", but the dude was the youngest male player ever to be ranked #1 in the world in the juniors, and he's only 19 now. Many question his work ethic and temperment and think he can't make it as a pro, but I'm hoping he pulls it all together and becomes a top 20 mainstay. I personally think he's probably got more talent than guys like Simon, Robredo, and Ferrer... but Young's got a long way to go in order match the level of work, mental toughness, and consistency that those guys have achieved. At this point, I just hate seeing anything handed to him when there are other players that have been working harder and deserve it more.

Blinkism
05-21-2009, 12:13 PM
Wow, first Richy with his "I swear I thought it was baking powder" fiasco, then Old Man Nalbandian breaks a hip, then the Roadrunner Monfils pops a kneecap, and now the friendly green giant Isner catches the kissing disease?

The ATP is a mess! Thank goodness the WTA is so solid.

Serendipitous
05-21-2009, 12:26 PM
Darn it!

I was really hoping he would do well this year.

Oh well, there's always next year. :(

NickC
05-21-2009, 12:30 PM
You want Donald Young to get the wild card, not the mono, right?

Just making sure....

Well, neither option will be good for his career in the long run, so it could go either way ;)

BreakPoint
05-21-2009, 01:41 PM
Its called the WTA Tour :)
That's why it's amazing that Stepanek hasn't gotten mono yet. :shock: ;)

slicekick95
05-21-2009, 01:47 PM
USTA website says that the USTA has given the wildcard back to the French, and they will assign to another French player. WTF is the point of that?

RedWeb
05-21-2009, 01:58 PM
USTA website says that the USTA has given the wildcard back to the French, and they will assign to another French player. WTF is the point of that?

I read this as well. Spot going back to French for their selection of player.

deltox
05-21-2009, 02:26 PM
can anyone find how long isner is going to be out of action?

Dream_On
05-21-2009, 02:37 PM
Hopefully they give it to Grigor Dimitrov

Jack the Hack
05-21-2009, 02:47 PM
USTA website says that the USTA has given the wildcard back to the French, and they will assign to another French player. WTF is the point of that?

I actually think that giving the wildcard back to the French federation is probably the best option. Since the best qualified US players after Isner are ineligible, you'd basically be giving it away to someone who didn't deserve it. Now the French can use it to admit one of their promising juniors into the draw instead. I just presume that the French will be giving back their reciprocal wild card for the US Open so that we can use it for one of our guys this year...?

(The unfortunate thing is the timing. If Isner had been diagnosed and withdrew from the tournament just 3 days earlier, Levine or Jenkins could have used the wildcard instead.)

BorisBeckerFan
05-21-2009, 02:50 PM
Hopefully they give it to Grigor Dimitrov

I really want to see more of this guy playing. He gave Nadal a good match.

Lotto
05-21-2009, 02:56 PM
Isner and Super Mario. The other bout was Imaginary Mono:)


Imaginary mono for Rafa, Sampras, Djokovic and Murray fans :rolleyes:

Liv3 For It
05-21-2009, 03:05 PM
http://craighickmanontennis.blogspot.com/2009/05/shaking-my-head-and-cussing.html

adlis
05-21-2009, 03:21 PM
http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Features/Photo_Galleries/TENNIS_Gallery/2008_01_21_KarlovicIsner_week.jpg



Isner the 6f9inch journeyman AKA karlovic 2.0, why is isner admired around here compared to Donald young who's enemy number 1?


Isner and young have so far had similar pro careers
Both have been handed million wildcards, both hit the top 100, good runs at the USO but Young gets the most abuse on these forums?


http://misterirrelevant.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/john-isner.jpg

I can read between the lines here..........you obviously don't like lefties.

http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Editorial/General/2006_07_07_young.jpg

Dilettante
05-21-2009, 03:24 PM
Is it a severe case of mono? Because unfortunately that could have him out for months.

nickynu
05-21-2009, 03:30 PM
can anyone find how long isner is going to be out of action?

Lets just say the surface will be a nice green rather than brickdust colour, hmmmm, go figure.

Jack the Hack
05-21-2009, 04:07 PM
http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Features/Photo_Galleries/TENNIS_Gallery/2008_01_21_KarlovicIsner_week.jpg



Isner the 6f9inch journeyman AKA karlovic 2.0, why is isner admired around here compared to Donald young who's enemy number 1?


Isner and young have so far had similar pro careers
Both have been handed million wildcards, both hit the top 100, good runs at the USO but Young gets the most abuse on these forums?


http://misterirrelevant.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/john-isner.jpg

I can read between the lines here..........you obviously don't like lefties.

http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Editorial/General/2006_07_07_young.jpg

Who is "you"? If you are referring to me and what I posted, could you please single out the "abuse" that I've heaped upon poor Donald?

I don't see why Young is slammed so much here either. As you said, him and Isner have had similar careers so far... but the fact that Young is 4 years younger and accomplished so much is more impressive to me.

By the way, Isner seems like a decent kid, but I'm not a fan of his game style. Young's game is a lot more fun to watch in my opinion.

Young just doesn't deserve this particular FO wild card because he is not the most qualified, and didn't even attempt to go through the qualifier draw in Paris. Mute point anyway since it seems that the USTA decided to give the wild card back...

deltox
05-21-2009, 06:28 PM
http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Features/Photo_Galleries/TENNIS_Gallery/2008_01_21_KarlovicIsner_week.jpg



Isner the 6f9inch journeyman AKA karlovic 2.0, why is isner admired around here compared to Donald young who's enemy number 1?


Isner and young have so far had similar pro careers
Both have been handed million wildcards, both hit the top 100, good runs at the USO but Young gets the most abuse on these forums?


http://misterirrelevant.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/08/john-isner.jpg

I can read between the lines here..........you obviously don't like lefties.

http://www.tennis.com/uploadedImages/Editorial/General/2006_07_07_young.jpg

for me its the hat sideways during matches and the big jewelry i makes me dislike young. that and he has the "my way is perfect" attitude, and "i dont need coaching" whereas isner is a very coachable player.

S H O W S T O P P E R !
05-21-2009, 06:42 PM
Get Well Kitty says "Get Well soon John."

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u46/DominicaCH/Funny%20Cats/ecard_get_well.jpg

MichaelChang
05-21-2009, 07:04 PM
Holy crap, how come Mono always bugs the tennis pros, but I hardly hear about it in other sports, such as NBA/FIFA whatever? wtf.

Shaolin
05-21-2009, 07:22 PM
That's why it's amazing that Stepanek hasn't gotten mono yet. :shock: ;)

It all started with Stepanek...back in the late 80s.

ODYSSEY Mk.4
05-22-2009, 12:03 AM
that's disappointing to hear was looking forward to his progress

DunlopDood
05-22-2009, 12:25 AM
What's up with all the mono going around the ATP?
No kidding. are these guys making out with each other in the locker room or something? It is called the kissing disease after all.

theduh
05-22-2009, 12:41 AM
No kidding. are these guys making out with each other in the locker room or something? It is called the kissing disease after all.

Oh my...:shock::shock::shock: