Isner to skip Australian Open

  • Isner to skip Australian Open

Isner to skip Australian Open

Tennis' top stars face the threat of sanctions if they breach stringent Covid-19 protocols when they arrive this week for an Australian Open deemed by its top boss as needing a "small miracle" to go off without a hitch.

The American broke the news during his press conference after falling to Sebastian Korda at the Delray Beach Open on Monday night.

Former world No.8 Isner, who has a two-year-old daughter and one-year-old son, said he had made a decision to stay home as health guidelines and restrictions on entourages meant he would have to be away from his family for an extended period.

At this stage of my career and life, I always had visions of traveling with my family.

John Isner says family was behind his decision to withdraw from the Australian Open. Before the pandemic, I told myself that we would travel with them as much as possible, and we were going to make it as much fun as possible on the road.

The American, who has twice reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open but never beyond, says he is still committed to the sport, and hopes to play a full season once the tour resumes after the Australian Open.

Korda's opponent in the semifinals will be Cameron Norrie of Britain, who outlasted No. 8-seeded Frances Tiafoe of the United States 6-0, 3-6, 6-4.

The 26-year-old Harrison's career has been slowed by injuries that required surgery eight times, and he came into the tournament ranked No. 789. He also won two matches in qualifying.

"I'm pretty even-keeled right now - just happy to keep playing". With the strict coronavirus protocols in place at this year's Australian Open, travelling with family is prohibited.

Players, however, face stricter measures compared to last year's USA and French Opens held in cities stricken by the virus and will be required to spend 19 hours daily during quarantine confined to their hotel rooms.

Players must undergo a 14-day quarantine period after arriving in Australia for the first Grand Slam of the year. "The exception is only for players".