Isner looms large
2013 was a big year for pro tennis player John Isner (M ’07). In April he won the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship (above), his sixth title. Three months later he won the BB&T Atlanta Open and appeared—naked—in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue, an annual photo essay celebrating athletes’ bodies. In August he reached the final of the Washington, D.C., Citi Open, where he lost to 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin Del Potro. Two weeks later, Isner beat No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic and Del Potro to reach the final of the Cincinnati-based Western & Southern Open, where he lost to No. 3-ranked Rafael Nadal. At the U.S. Open, Isner lost in the third round but donated 20 percent of his prize money to America’s VetDogs, an organization that helps train canines for blind and disabled veterans.