World No.25 makes sad Australian Open announcement

John Isner reacts during the Mexico ATP Open 500 men's semi-final singles tennis match against Taylor Fritz in Acapulco Mexico

So, I've chose to stay home, ' Isner said.

"At this stage of my career and in my life, I always had visions of being able to travel with my family", Isner, who has a two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, told reporters after his defeat in the Delray Beach Open quarter-finals. Isner spoke about his decision after losing to Sebastian Korda in the quarterfinals of the Delray Beach Open. "Understandably so, I get it".

Isner's withdrawal comes amid a threat of sanctions for players if they breach stringent virus protocols when they arrive this week for the Australian Open. According to Andre Sa, who is the Head of Player Liaison for Tennis Australia, fitness concerns did play a major role in the Grand Slam ace's decision to withdraw, but so too did wife Mirka's decision not to subject the couple's four young children to at least two weeks confined within the walls of a Melbourne hotel room.

On the men's side qualifiers include 17-year-old ATP Newcomer of the Year Carlos Alcaraz (ESP), former world No.12 Viktor Troicki (SRB), USA's Michael Mmoh, Elias Ymer (SWE) and Australia's Bernard Tomic (Qld) have earned their AO main draw spots after qualifying in Doha. However, the concerned authorities have allowed the players to train for five hours during the quarantine period.

Players will require a negative test report before arriving in Australia and they will quarantine in three Melbourne hotels - the Grand Wyatt, Pullman Albert Park and View Melbourne.

John Isner (USA) spielt gegen Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) in 1.

"It was not an easy decision at all", Isner said. I thought long and hard about it.

"We appreciate the assistance of our friends and colleagues in Dubai and Qatar for hosting Australian Open 2021 qualifying due to the current travel restrictions into Australia", Australian Open Tournament Director Craig Tiley said. "I'm healthy and I feel really good and I'll continue to take care of my body, so once the tour gets back from Australia I look forward to playing as full of a season as I possibly can". At the 2020 Australian Open, Isner was forced to retire from his third-round match against Stan Wawrinka because of a foot injury.



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