Isner may not play Australian Open

by: Matt Cronin | January 09, 2013

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Isner lost to fellow American Ryan Harrison in Sydney, and may not play the Australian Open. (AP Photo)

John Isner says he is questionable for the Australian Open, as a bone bruise on his right knee is not healing quickly enough. Doctors have told him that the injury needs more than 3-4 days of rest to heal, and that it could get worse if he plays on it. After losing to Ryan Harrison in his opening match at Sydney, the United States’ top-ranked male said that at this point he doesn’t think he has the capability of going deep in Melbourne.

“It was a lot better than it was six days ago, but it wasn't 100 percent,” said Isner. “I've got a decision to make shortly. What I have needs time. It can get worse. It needs rest is what it needs. That's the only thing I've done since I felt it last week is rest. You [can] make it worse. I will need to take time off somewhere. That's a given. It's not just going to heal. I can't play all the way through and have it heal.”

Isner has a cleft in the cartilage of his knee, which began to give him pain in December. He tried to ignore it, but the constant pounding made it worse and resulted in the bruise. He pulled lot of Hopman Cup last week but wanted to see if his knee would respond in match conditions, so he decided to play Sydney.

The 14th-ranked Isner has to decide whether to play the Australian Open in less-than-ideal condition, or try and save himself for the U.S.’ Davis Cup tie against Brazil In Jacksonville, which begins five days after the Australian Open.

Isner has little faith that he can make an impact in Melbourne.

“Certainly I could win a match maybe, a match or two,” he said on Wednesday. “I don't see myself winning the whole tournament at this point, that's for sure. Right now I don't feel like I could [reach the second week],” he said.

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