US star John Isner calls on Wimbledon to ease Covid restrictions so players can stay at SW19 courts this summer instead of central London hotels
- Isner would rather stay near Wimbledon than in a central London hotel
- He says tennis should follow the American PGA Tour of golf and give players more freedom
- The American admitted that it has been the subject of discussion at the Miami Open
US No. 1 John Isner has become the first player to call on Wimbledon to diminish the idea of forcing entrants to stay in central London hotels for this summer’s championships.
The giant American, who holds the record for the longest game at SW19, is disappointed to not be able to stay overnight in the usual private accommodation due to Covid restrictions announced last week.
He described it as ‘very unfortunate’, he would rather see tennis follow the lead of the PGA golf tour and give players more freedom, and he admitted it was a topic of discussion at the Miami Open.
John Isner would rather stay near Wimbledon than in a hotel in central London
“I think a lot of players, including myself, would prefer to stay closer to the tennis courts and rent a house, especially with my family,” he said.
As the situation seems to be getting better around the world, there are some questions as to whether the bubble environment can be reduced a bit.
“I would like to have the responsibility, in my opinion, with the players to be careful and take care of themselves. I think if you have a little faith in your colleagues, I think it will benefit our mental state, and we can also produce a better product.
Isner (above) took part in the longest match at SW19 against Nicolas Mahut in 2010
As far as I know now, the PGA Tour does not have a bubble environment. Maybe it’s not something you get rid of completely, but I think you could lessen some of the limitations that we’re covered by right now. I’ve played Wimbledon probably 12 times. I’ve never been to a hotel. ‘
It has become a tradition for competitors to rent private homes in the Wimbledon area, but this year they will be forced to commute long distances from assigned hotels in the city center.
In the first round of the tournament, British No. 2 Cam Norrie continued his strong start to the year, scoring his tenth win of the season when he came back from 1-5 in the deciding set to beat Japan’s Yoshihito Nishioka 6-1 , 3-. 6, 7-5.