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USTA FL Friday Blog: Isner Spazz Attack; Tennis on TV This Weekend

July 20, 2012 10:37 AM
The Friday USTA Florida blog is written by USTA Florida Communications Coordinator Rick Vach, and guest USTA Florida staff.
John Isner (right) and Davis Cup buddy Sam Querrey
The US Open Series takes to the tube later today as American players remain in the hunt for titles at both the men's BB&T Atlanta Open, and the women's Mercury Insurance Open in Carlsbad, Calif.

Top-seeded John Isner, who has his training base in Wesley Chapel, Fla., at Saddlebrook, and wildcard Jack Sock joined Andy Roddick in the quarterfinals Thursday in Atlanta, but Mardy Fish was unable to join them in advancing when the No. 2 seed ran into a net post chasing a shot, injuring his ankle.

"I was sort of stumbling as I was going forward," said Fish, who retired leading 6-4, 3-2 against Gilles Muller. "I didn't have my complete balance, as I was coming so close to the net, and I was going to go head-first into the post. So I did everything I could to bring my head back, and that brought my right leg out, sliding and jarring it back, and (the post) got the inside of my right ankle. It was either going to be my knee, my ankle or my head. Thankfully, it was my ankle."

Despite a "spazz attack," Isner advanced Thursday night in a three-set win over Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans after a lighting issue turned to his advantage.

"The umpire told me they had to have the situation resolved," Isner said about a bank of stadium lights that went out for 20 minutes. "Prior to the lights going out, I was sort of rushing because I had to change my clothes completely -- I was gross. What takes the longest is redoing my socks and ankle braces -- that takes forever. I was panicking and spazzing out there, but the lights went off, and it gave me more time. I would rather deal with that than deal with rain."

Sock moved into his first ATP quarterfinal when he beat fellow American wildcard Steve Johnson in two tiebreakers. James Blake was edged in three sets by Australian Matthew Ebden.
Friday's quarterfinals will be (1) Isner vs. (WC) Sock, (4) Roddick vs. fellow American "Iron" Mike Russell, Bradenton resident (3) Kei Nishikori vs. one of the best names in men's tennis, (8) Go Soeda, and Ebden vs. Muller.

Atlanta will be shown this weekend on:
Friday -- 4-6 p.m. (ESPN2), 7-9 p.m. (ESPN2), and 9-11 p.m. (Tennis Channel)
Saturday -- 1-3 p.m. (Tennis Channel), and 7-9 p.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday -- 3-5 p.m. (ESPN2)
* times subject to change

No. 5 seed Christina McHale defeated Japan's Misaki Doi in three sets Thursday to move into the quarters at Carlsbad, and Melanie Oudin lost 6-2, 6-1 to Poland's Urszula Radwanska, sister of Wimbledon runner-up Aggie Radwanska. McHale and unseeded Varvara Lepchenko are the lone Americans left.

On Friday McHale will meet top seed Marion Bartoli. Other quarterfinals are Radwanska vs. (2) Dominika Cibulkova, (3) Jelena Jankovic vs. (Q) Chan Yung-Jan, and Lepchenko vs. (4) Nadia Petrova.

Carlsbad will be shown this weekend on:
Friday -- 11 p.m.-1 a.m. (ESPN2), and following at 1-3 a.m. (Tennis Channel)
Saturday -- 5-7 p.m. (Tennis Channel), 10 p.m.-1 a.m. (ESPN2)
Sunday -- 5-7 p.m. (ESPN2)
* times subject to change






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