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John Isner Slams First Round Grand Slam Prize Money Ahead Of Wimbledon

John Isner wants prize money to be increased for the opening rounds of grand slams as he looks for a successful return to the tour.

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John Isner has criticised the amount of prize money awarded at grand slams for a first round exit ahead of this year’s Wimbledon. 

 

The American is looking to return to the ATP tour at Wimbledon for the first time since injuring his foot in the Miami final against Roger Federer.

Now with a child, the world number 12 has a different perspective on life and all things tennis as his career doesn’t seem to have many years left.

This perspective has now seen him talk about areas of tennis that needs to be improved such as prize money in tennis.

Even though prize money seems to improve with every passing year, Isner has criticised the prize money for those losing in the first round.

In a letter to Forbes Magazine, Isner claimed that he would lose money should he lose his first match at SW19 this year, “For example, when I travel to a Grand Slam, I need to find a place to stay with my family and my team,” Isner began to explain.

“256 players in which I include myself – in addition to tourists, television and media teams, and the entire tennis industry – we are also looking for houses in the same neighbourhood and in the same weeks.

“At Wimbledon this year, I found a nice house within walking distance of the All-England Club for around £ 30,000 during the whole tournament. The cash prize of the first round at Wimbledon is £ 45,000, which, together with the flights, salaries and expenses of my team, would make the tournament a waste of money for me.”

Prize money has been a big talking point in tennis with players such as Vasek Pospisil and Taylor Fritz also stating the need for players to get even with more prize money at lower rounds or level.

The 9th seed at Wimbledon also backed up Pospisil and Fritz’s claims that tax has a huge factor in how much prize money you keep as well, “In addition, taxes must also be included in this discussion,” Isner claimed.

“For example, of the 45 thousand pounds sterling in the first round of the Wimbledon prize, I think they discount 45 percent, which is quite high. 

“Of course, each country is different and there are some rules, but what I am trying to say is that the taxes are significant, and it is something that must be taken into account as the numbers of the cash prizes of the tournament appear in the headlines, but they can vary substantially from what ends up in a player’s pocket.”

Although there are many good points in this prize money debate, there have still been no concrete solutions or discussions to the problem which has been a frustration to many.

For now though Isner needs to concentrate on his form and fitness on the court rather than the politics off the court as the American will look for a successful return to the tour.

Last year’s semi-finalist will find out his first round opponent on Friday morning when the draw is announced.

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John Isner upsets Andrey Rublev to reach quarterfinals in Madrid

John Isner is into the Madrid quarter-finals after a last set tiebreak win over Andrey Rublev.

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The American once again needed three sets and two tiebreakers to earn a top 10 scalp.

 

John Isner booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Mutua Madrid Open by upsetting the number six seed Andrey Rublev 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 in two hours and five minutes hitting 43 winners and 29 aces in the win.

“I’ve always served well, the conditions for the server are fantastic, physically I was heavy-legged today, I finished late last night, the good thing is I finished a bit earlier today and I should be ready to go tomorrow, I’m going to need all of my legs tomorrow against Dominic (Thiem) and I’m looking forward to it for sure”.

The first set was pretty routine and we didn’t see a single break of serve the entire set as the first set would be decided by a tiebreaker. That’s where the American ran away with it jumping out to a 4-0 lead playing some great tennis and he would take it 7-4 to win the first set 7-6.

The Russian was keen to get back in the match in the second set and earned the first two breakpoints of the match at 1-1 and broke to take an early 2-1 lead. That break was all the number six seed needed to serve out the second set taking it 6-3 and setting up a deciding third set.

The number six seed once again had the first break opportunity of the third set but it was immediately saved with the big booming serve from the Greensboro, North Carolina native. That was the only breakpoint of the set and once again the match would be decided by a tiebreaker.

This one was much more closer and we didn’t see a break of serve until 4-3 when the American returned the Russian serve with a powerful forehand to take a 5-3 lead.

He would go on to serve it out to win the match and set up a quarterfinal encounter with the Austrian Domenic Them and he spoke about the matchup in his post-match press conference.

“He’s fresh, he’s won two matches and I think he is the second-best clay courter right now so it’s going to be a very tough task for me tomorrow especially on this court because he hits the ball so big and pretty fast and he does so many things well and I am going to have to play extremely well if I want any chance to beat him”

Theim currently holds a 2-1 lead in the head to head and their most recent meeting was back in 2017 in Laver Cup on an indoor hardcourt when the Austrian won in three sets.

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Christian Garin reaches his second career Masters 1000 quarter final in Madrid

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Chile’s Christian Garin has reached his second Masters 1000 quarter final with a 6-4 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 win over world number 3 Danil Medvedev at the Madrid Mutua Open. 

 

Garin earned an early break after a loose service game from Medvedev at 1-1. The second set went on serve with no breaks of serve en route to the tie-break. Medvedev cruised through to a 7-3 win with two mini-breaks. Garin broke twice in the fourth and sixth games to claim the third set 6-1. 

Garin will face either this year’s Serbian Open champion Matteo Berrettini or Federico Delbonis. The Chilean player is tied at 1-1 in his two head-to-head matches against Berrettini and won his only previous match against Delbonis en route to last year’s title at the Rio Open. Garin won all his five titles on clay in Houston and Munich in 2019, Rio de Janeiro and Cordoba in 2020 and Santiago de Chile in 2021.

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Jannik Sinner Vows To ‘Come Back Stronger’ After Madrid Misfortune

The 19-year-old believes his latest loss will help him grow as a player.

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Italian rising star Jannik Sinner has revealed that he was suffering from an allergy during his latest match at the Madrid Open but has insisted it wasn’t the reason for his loss.

 

The world No.18 crashed out of the tournament in straight sets on Wednesday to Australia’s Alexi Popyrin. A player ranked 57 places lower than him who has reached the third round of a Masters tournament for only the second time in his career. The Italian struggled behind his second serve where he won just 41% of the points. A frustrating outcome for Sinner who led the match 5-3 before losing 6-7(5), 2-6.

“I suffer from allergy and here there is a lot of pollen, I also play with contact lenses and everything. This bothered me a lot,” said Sinner who was coughing throughout the match.
I suffered more because there was more sun and in that field (court) he entered easily, but I did not lose for this (reason). He played better than me.”

The 19-year-old has recently broken into the world’s top 20 following what has been a solid start to the season. At the Miami Open he became only the fourth teenager in history to reach the final after Andre Agassi, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. On the clay he recently reached the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open before losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Despite his disappointment in Madrid, Sinner is hoping that it will help him become an even better playing in the coming weeks heading into the French Open. A Grand Slam which he reached the quarter-finals at on his debut last year.

“This defeat helps me to grow, now I go to the court to work to be at the top for the next match. I’ll come back stronger than before,” he stated.

Sinner will be hoping to get back on track next week when plays his home tournament at the Italian Open. He made his Rome debut back in 2019 where he defeated Steve Johnson in the first round before going out. A year later he reached the third round before losing to Grigor Dimitrov in three sets.

As for Popyrin, he will face a showdown against top seed Rafael Nadal in Thursday.

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