If you haven’t already noticed, this has been a tough year—at least in singles—for world No. 26 John Isner. In 2022, Isner is just 11-11 and his best results came at a clay-court tournament in Houston with a weakened field. Now, Isner takes his uneven form to Roland Garros, where he’ll look to defeat world No. 86 Quentin Halys in the opening round.
While Isner is just 2-3 in his last five clay-court matches, Halys has shined on the dirt at the Challenger level this season (9-3), allowing him to build up his confidence. The 25-year-old also happens to prefer clay, whereas the same really can’t be said for Isner. While Halys has a 60.4% winning percentage over his last 91 matches on the surface, Isner has won just 55.6% of his matches across his career in this environment.