Double-Defending Champion John Isner had just defeated 82″ Ivo Karlovic in the Quarterfinals of the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island yesterday. It was just another installment of the Two Tallest Players on the Pro Tennis Tour. Tree #1 wanted to set the record straight that he, too, was indeed 82 inches tall and not 81″ as the ATP has reported for years on its official listings. And I think he did set the record straight.
If you’ve got Tennis Channel, you may have a double dose of Isner tomorrow. Thanks to the on court wash-out on Hall of Fame Induction Day this afternoon, he’ll play Lleyton Hewitt at 10:00 a.m. in the semifinals, and if he wins, he’ll try to three-peat as champion against the winner of Nicolas Mahut or Michael Russell at 2:00 p.m.
His post-match thoughts on Ivo Karlovic are below. On behalf of all of us at TEC, Welcome Back, Dr. Ivo and Good Luck, Big John!