Attitude is everything. Project confidence and the world applauds. People cheer for those who are optimists. But a rotten, whiny, spoiled-boy attitude? Keep it to yourself Isner, please.
Especially at Wimbledon – the premier tennis tournament, the tournament with an image of class.
John Isner seems to have missed the memo. With his latest appearance at Wimbledon in the quarterfinals, Isner seems to be determined to perpetuate the stereotype of the “ugly American”.
Players miss points all the time; it’s a normal part of the game. If you have a question, then you have challenges that you can use to clarify the point. However, when the results of the challenge are shown on screen and are incontrovertibly against you, then go back to the baseline and get back to work. Isner has decided these steps don’t apply to him. He argues inane points with the chair umpire and is unable to accept when he is wrong. His image is getting to be that of a spoiled toddler having a tantrum when he doesn’t get his way.
Does Isner and Bad Attitude Belong?
It has been over 30 years since John McEnroe was known for being the whiner of the tennis world. Unfortunately Isner is bringing back that rotten attitude. He is not what the USA needs as a brand ambassador. It would behoove him to learn some restraint. If you are going to emulate a player from yesteryear, pick one with some class. Suggestions that come to mind include Arthur Ashe, Rod Laver, or Stan Smith. The world doesn’t need more self-indulgent selfish little boys.
John Isner is a good tennis player – no question there. With 13 career titles, a current #10 ranking, and a solid spot in the semi-finals, he is in a good place in the tennis world. Wouldn’t it be nice if he were someone worth cheering for? A word of suggestion for you John: fix the attitude!
Comment below what you would say to John Isner.