The lifeblood of American tennis has been in a sustained state of anemia since the disappearance of days dominated by men known sufficiently only by their last names, such as Agassi and Sampras.
However, after his performance at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, John Isner is poised to win a Major in 2012, as well as be the regenerating player that American tennis has long sought.
The result this past Sunday against the surging Swiss Roger Federer—a 7-6 (7), 6-3 loss in the final—was not so much the most relevant takeaway for Isner, as his play throughout the tournament and appearance with a shot to compete in the final was revelatory.
Thus far in 2012, having already competed in his first ATP Masters 1000 Final—and cracking the top 10—it looks like Isner’s emboldened mantra displayed on his web page is undeniably accurate: John Isner—The Future is Now.
As such, here are five reasons why the American can make a serious run at capturing the first major of his career in 2012.