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Tennis star John Isner helps families in need in Dallas

Tennis star John Isner helps families in need in Dallas

Isner lives just down the road from the new Dallas Open, which is expected to have a significant economic impact on Dallas and on Dallas families through Isner’s founding.

DALLAS — Professional sports make big money in North Texas. And this week, professional tennis will add many more zeros.

“We think it will have an $8 million impact on the city alone,” said Peter Lebedevs, tournament director of the new Dallas Open.

The event is ongoing at SMU. Organizers expect 1,600 local hotel rooms to be booked this week, by some of the more than 20,000 spectators expected.

Lebedevs said there are also great intangible economic benefits.

“The event is broadcast in about 100 countries around the world, from the first ball on the stadium court to the last ball. And it is broadcast nationally every day on the Tennis Channel. So it will really heighten the profile of Dallas as a tennis mecca,” Lebedevs said.

It is now one of only 10 ATP tournaments in the country. And it’s the only one that’s played entirely indoors. This is useful given our recent weather. This great new event was brought about, in part, by a very great tennis player.

6’10” star John Isner, who has lived in Highland Park for four years and is just down the road from SMU, said: “This is where I train every day when I’m home. me”.

When away from home, Isner worked to help bring in big-name players.

“I recruit a little casually on the road,” Isner said.

Dallas: Where was the “Match that made tennis in America” ​​played

Isner said he sees a large base of tennis players and fans in North Texas. Many of them may have even attended another tournament that called Dallas home many years ago, the WCT Finals.

A long time ago, professional tennis was huge in Dallas. Look at the names here champions of this tournament. Tennis.com has a whole writing on the 1972 contest in Dallas that has been dubbed the “Match that Made Tennis in America”.

Isner sees the end of his tennis career and a possible new start with the Dallas Open

And then it all went away. But now it’s back. And Isner hopes it will be there, even long after leaving the pitch.

“The reality is that I’m definitely in the final stages of my career. This is my 15th year on tour. I’ve had 14 very successful years. There will be a time, maybe in the near future, when I don’t I will play more. But given that this tournament is going to be played so close to my home, it will be something that I want to help in every aspect that I can go forward,” he said.

In the years to come, the organizers behind it believe the Dallas Open will grow and produce even greater economic returns.

But it’s more than profit. It also raises funds for the Isner Family Foundation, which aims to help parents whose children are treated at Children’s Health.

“My wife and I are blessed with three healthy, happy children. And we realize that there are so many people and families who aren’t as lucky as us, so we want to help as much as we can. possible,” Isner said.

Click here for more information on the Isner Family Foundation.

Click here to learn more about the Dallas Open and to find tickets.