Is there a right time to turn pro?

American John Isner and Donald Young both won their first career Grand Slam matches in the first round of the U.S. Open. But they took very different paths to get here, writes Greg Garber.

Updated: August 29, 2007, 9:15 PM ET
By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- John Isner, all 6-feet-9 of him, is an overnight sensation four years in the making.

He played tennis in the relative anonymity of the University of Georgia and led the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA championship, reaching the singles final. And then -- well, then Isner exploded like his searing 140-mph serve.

In June, after Isner won a Futures event in Chico, Calif., his ATP ranking was No. 839. In July, after winning a Challenger in Lexington, it rose to No. 745. In ...

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