The kick is up, and it’s good!

John Isner knows the saying all too well as an avid NFL fan and supporter of the Carolina Panthers. But earlier this week, he channeled his inner field goal kicker to help launch the future residence of the Dallas Open.

Last month, the ATP tournament was announced as one of three events to receive elevation to 500 level status starting in 2025. As part of their overall upgrade, the tournament will relocate to Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.


That venue is home of the Dallas Cowboys World Corporate Headquarters and Training Facility, which brings us to how Isner ended up on the gridiron.

“I do not have high hopes. It’s not something I’ve done every often,” Isner told Kristi Scales of the Dallas Cowboys Radio Network.

The 38-year-old, who stepped into retirement following the US Open, missed his first two tries from 25 yards before recommending a change in environment.

“That was horrible. That stunk. But I’m an outside player, so let’s take it outside,”

The switch paid off. Isner achieved far more lift, just clearing the goal post to convert his third attempt.

“Would not have been good from 26. Twenty-five, I think, is my limit. I’m done.”

Isner hung up his racquet after posting 489 tour-level wins and lifting 16 ATP trophies (both in singles).

Isner hung up his racquet after posting 489 tour-level wins and lifting 16 ATP trophies (both in singles).


Perhaps most impressive: Isner pulled it off while wearing a blazer and jeans. With his successful field goal, the next chapter of the Dallas Open officially kicked off. “America’s Team” couldn’t be more excited to bring professional tennis to its doorstep.

“This facility and campus was built not only as the World Corporate Headquarters for the Dallas Cowboys, but also to host world class events like this one, and we’re thrilled to host the stars of pro tennis at Ford Center at The Star in Frisco,” said Charlotte Jones, Owner & Chief Brand Officer for the Dallas Cowboys.

Before making the transition, the Dallas Open will close out a successful three-year run at Southern Methodist University next February. Wu Yibing is the reigning champion, having staved off four championship points against Isner in becoming the first Chinese player to capture an ATP title.