Topnotch Management's Reilly Opelka and Yoshihito Nishioka met in the final of the Delray Beach Open this weekend.
Reilly ultimately lifted the trophy (his second career ATP Tour title), but Yoshi earned a career-high ranking of No. 48 with his battle. Congratulations to both!
Reilly's win was his second of the day—a postponed semifinal meant he had to take on former Top 10 and Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in the morning and return to the court for the final only a few hours later. Both matches went to three sets.
The press covered Reilly's win:
ESPN: Reilly Opelka tops Yoshihito Nishioka to win Delray Beach Open
ATP Tour: Double Duty in Delray: Opelka Wins Twice Sunday to Earn Second Title
Baseline: Opelka embraces home advantage to win it all in Delray
South Florida Sun Sentinel: Reilly Opelka grabs Delray Beach Open singles title; Bryan Brothers win doubles title for last go around
Sky Sports: Reilly Opelka wins Delray Beach Open while Cristian Garn [sic] claims Rio Open title
The Japan News: Nishioka denied 2nd ATP title at Delray Beach
Baseline: Watch: Reilly Opelka plays host to his friends in Delray
The Derrick: Opelka beats Raonic to reach final at Delray Beach Open
There are only four players inside the Top 20 of the ATP Rankings who have finished each of the past 10 years inside the Top 20. The first three are the Big Three of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer. The fourth: American John Isner, who ends 2019 at World No. 19 even after missing three months due to a broken foot.
Congratulations, John! Read the articles below for more and insight from the man himself.
ATP Tour: Isner: 'I Would Have Laughed In Your Face'
TENNIS: After 10 Straight Years in Top 20, John Isner Continues to Aim High
TennisWorld: John Isner Reacts to Finishing in Top 20 for 10th Consecutive Season
John Isner retained his title as the year-end ace leader, with 1,032 (11,944 career). Reilly Opelka came in a close second, having hit over 1,000 aces in a year for the first time in his career.
Read more on the ATP website.
Article on Reilly reaching 1k aces
John Isner partners with DEFY as the first CBD sponsorship in pro tennis. Read more from the articles below.
YAHOO! Finance: Next to John Isner, CBD is Now the Biggest Thing in Tennis
FOX Business: Tennis star John Isner inks sport's first CBD endorsement deal with Defy sports drink
Greensboro News & Record: Greensboro native John Isner and CBD endorsement: Here's what you need to know
Civilized: John Isner is the First Pro Tennis Player to Sign a Cannabis Endorsement Deal
Last Word on Tennis: John Isner is the First Tennis Player to Sign a CBD Endorsement. What's next?
Tennis World: John Isner becomes first tennis player to ink CBD deal
BusinessWire: Press Release
John Isner became the first player to win four titles in Newport on Sunday as he captured his first ATP title of the year and his first since becoming a father. It was only his second tournament back from a broken left foot, an injury he sustained during the 2018 Miami Open final.
ATP Tour: Isner Makes History With Fourth Newport Title
The Red & Black: Former Georgia tennis player John Isner wins the Hall of Fame Open
The Spokesman-Review: John Isner wins Hall of Fame tourney on Newport's hot grass
Providence Journal: Hall of Fame Tennis Open: Isner beats Bublik for fourth title at Newport
John Isner's Forbes series
John Isner has begun a series of guest articles for Forbes SportsMoney. Click on the links below to read them.
How Pro Tennis Players Make Money: A Top-10 Player Explains
Why Wimbledon's Prize Money Isn't As High As You Think: An Accounting Of A Tennis Player's Expenses
The U.S. Open is More Lucrative Than Ever. So Why is it So Hard For Players to Make a Buck?
We will update this article with further additions to this series of posts.
The ATP Tour provided the world with an update about John Isner's post-Miami injury. John discusses the silver lining: getting to spend time with his six-month-old daughter, Hunter Grace.
“It helps so much. She takes up a lot of my time even though I can’t really do that much. I have to be off my feet,” Isner told ATPTour.com. “I just actually fed her sitting on the couch and had a lot of fun doing that. But it certainly takes my mind off the injury. Sitting here right now I have nothing to complain about whatsoever. I’m keeping a very positive mindset on all of this because life is pretty good.”
CURATED Magazine got John Isner's best tips for a Wimbledon vacation in their Spring/Summer 2019 edition, and highlighted our sister company, Grand Slam Tennis Tours.
ATP TOUR: "Isner's biggest win yet"
The ATP Tour's Andrew Eichenholz recapped John Isner's 2018 career year in a recent article. Read more.
US Open quarterfinalist John Isner was awarded the men's 2018 US Open Sportsmanship Award on Tuesday. The award is presented to the professional tennis players who best demonstrate excellence in sportsmanship throughout the US Open Series and the US Open.
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