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Despite unconventional path, Isner beginning to flourish

At the onset of summer, John Isner's future was in up in the air. Now, after an unconventional path -- one that included college tennis, not the pros -- to get to where he is, Isner is turning heads. And if he doesn't watch out, he may just become a marked man.

Updated: October 2, 2007, 9:29 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | Special to ESPN.com

GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- John Isner went back to school after he lost to Roger Federer at the U.S. Open, but not because he's still a semester shy of his undergraduate degree.

Isner returned to Athens, Ga., where he starred for the University of Georgia, because it's the place where he's most comfortable in the world. He'd just been through some serious seismic activity, and he wanted a week to get back on solid ground, rest and relax and see a football game.

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