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Before taking the court in Mason for this week’s Western & Southern Open, pro tennis player John Isner stopped by the newly refurbished tennis courts at the North Avondale Recreation Center. The renovation project is part of the nationwide Fresh Courts initiative by the U.S. Tennis Association and American Express to rebuild and improve damaged community courts. Isner, currently ranked 27th in the world, is known for his 11-hour, three-day match at Wimbledon in 2010—the longest match in tennis history. We asked the 6-foot-9 Isner about why the Western & Southern is the hardest tournament in tennis, the importance of youth tennis, and his ferocious serve.