John Isner won his fifth singles singles title in the last six years in Atlanta on Sunday, defeating Davis Cup teammate Ryan Harrison in the title match for the second straight year, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4. The University of Georgia alumnus, who has reached the BB&T final in eight of the tournament’s nine years and is 30-4 all-time in Atlanta, joins Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi as the only American men to win the same tournament five times.
Isner hit 21 aces to come from a set down to outlast Harrison, who also had an impressive week at Atlantic Station. Harrison himself came from a set down in all four of his matches to advance to the final, becoming to first player to accomplish that feat since Gilles Simon in 2008, in Madrid.
Great Britain’s Cameron Norrie, a 22-year old who turned pro last year after three standout seasons at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, turned in a notable performance by reaching his second ATP semifinal before falling to Harrison.
The women’s side of the Series begins this week with a blockbuster field at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic WTA Premier tournament in San Jose. The event’s first year at the San Jose State Tennis Center features four Grand Slam champions in the field in Serena Williams, Venus Williams, top-seeded Garbine Muguruza and Victoria Azarenka. Second-seeded Madison Keys is the top-seeded American in the draw, which also includes rising talents such as Danielle Collins, Sofia Kenin, Sachia Vickery, Claire Liu and Ashley Kratzer.
The ESPN family of networks will carry more than 50 hours of live coverage from San Jose, beginning with Monday’s first-round matches. ESPN3 will deliver the first-round through the quarterfinals, with ESPN2 picking up coverage of Saturday’s semifinals and Sunday’s championship, which will air at 5 p.m. ET.