John Isner withdraws from Paris Masters, Kei Nishikori escapes Paris qualifying

Former world No. 8 John Isner and Chilean tennis star John Isner have both withdrawn from the Paris Masters. 

Isner, 36, has enjoyed success in Paris in the past but he won’t be returning to the event this year. 

Isner has made one final in Paris and on two different occasions he was a semifinalist. 

Isner ended runner-up to Andy Murray in the 2016 Paris final, while he was a semifinalist at the tournament in 2011 and 2017. 

Meanwhile, world No. 17 Garin won’t be making his second Paris appearance. 

Garin made the Paris quarterfinal in his debut at the tournament in 2019. 

Isner, Garin out, Kei Nishikori and Adrian Mannarino in 

Following the withdrawal of Isner and Garin, a place in the Paris Masters main draw opened for Nishikori and Mannarino. 

Nishikori, now ranked at No. 48 in the world, didn’t make the main draw cut for Paris. 

Recently, Rafael Nadal spoke extremely highly of former world No. 4 Nishikori. 

“Kei is obviously a top player having been playing for a long time on the Tour. Unfortunately he has been hindered by repeated injuries. Without these injuries he can be definitely one of top five players and make semis at Slams regularly,” Nadal told Number Web.

“Injury proneness kind of depends on luck, I think it applies to Kei. He is really professional, I’m sure he is working on everything to prevent injuries.” 

Nadal is confident that Nishikori can still return to his old level.

“Playing on the Tour is more demanding for players’ body than you think. You have to tactically withdraw from some events at times to deal with physical burden. Given his potential, I’m sure he will be able to be back to the top level, no doubt,” Nadal acknowledged.

“Believing in himself, working on training and dealing with burden imposed on his body as I said, he can definitely improve again.”