John Isner complained about his court assignment
at Washington following a second-round defeat, saying that he should not
have been playing on an outer court.
Isner, the top-ranked American and a two-time
finalist at the event, took on fellow American Steve Johnson on the
tournament's second court, with the match going to a third-set tiebreak
in which Isner double faulted to give Johnson a match point. The stadium
featured matches between Kei Nishikori and Sam Querrey, Milos Raonic and
Jack Sock, and Tomas Berdych and Robby Ginepri.
"I didn't like playing out there," said Isner.
"I just didn't think I deserved to play on that court. Simple as that."
While acknowledging Johnson's performance, Isner
said he would "like my chances better" on the stadium.
Johnson said that international television had
called for Nishikori, Raonic, and Berdych -- all higher seeds -- to play
on the stadium. Isner was given the option of playing the stadium's
second night match, at around 10 pm, or playing during the day on the
"It's a pretty intimate court. People are right
on you," Johnson said. "I thought it was kind of a bummer, because [
Isner] deserves to be on the big stage. But I'm not in control of that."