WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — John Isner, a two-time Winston-Salem Open champions, withdrew from the tournament this morning, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
Isner, a Greensboro native, pulled out of the tournament ahead of his quarterfinal match against Lukas Rosol because of a foot injury suffered during his win over Mikhail Kukushkin on Wednesday.
This is the second straight year Isner has withdrawn from the Winston-Salem Open due to injury.
“I am extremely disappointed to have to withdraw from the Winston-Salem Open, one of my favorite stops of the year,” Isner said in a statement. “It is extra disappointing for me given that it is my hometown tournament. I would have loved to continue to chase my third title here in Winston-Salem in front of these great fans, my friends and family.”
Isner, the Open’s top seed, began the tournament with a 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 win over Bradley Klahn on Tuesday in the second round. That bucked a scary trend for tournament organizers as three of the top-six seeds were eliminated in the second round. Also, defending champion Jurgen Melzer was defeated 6-3, 6-4 on Monday by 25-year-old David Goffin.
Isner is expected to speak this afternoon at a 3:30 pm media conference at Bridger Fieldhouse.
“We’re very disappointed that John is not going to be able to play today, but we understand that his health is of primary importance,” said Winston-Salem Open tournament director Bill Oakes in a statement. “We wish him the best of luck in his recovery and look forward to seeing him in Winston-Salem again soon.”