Tennis News Wire -
John Isner entertains thoughts of an Olympic medal
this summer, with his chances of making the team almost
assured by the absence of American No. 1 Mardy Fish, who
has chosen not to play in London in July.
Isner, 11th in the world, is keen to make his
contribution. "It's such a huge event. The tennis season
revolves around the four grand slams but with this an
Olympic year, there are five Grand Slams - and two are
With the games to be staged at the All England club less
than a month after the end of the Championships, the
Olympic event takes on a special meaning in the sport.
Isner, who has beaten Novak Djokovic (Indian Wells) and
Roger Federer (Davis Cup) this season is ready to make
The 27-year-old added: "Wimbledon is the mecca of
tennis, but again the Olympics are just once very four
years. I just hope I get the chance to compete."
He also hopes to be in consideration for mixed doubles,
with other male players including Andy Roddick, and the
Bryan brothers circling around Serena Williams to form a
potential partnership in that specialty.
"I may be the odd man out," Isner told US media. "But
I'm pretty good friends with Serena. I might need to
bribe her, maybe send a gift in the mail to get her to
play with me. Obviously, she's one of the most dominant
players ever. To have her on my team would be a big
The US team will be chosen June 11 just after the end of
the French Open.