by JAMES HENRY
ATLANTA – Almost everyone looks up to Reilly Opelka. The 18-year-old American tennis player is an astonishing 6 feet and 11 inches tall.
That’s an inch bigger than John Isner, the three-time defending champion of the BB&T Atlanta Open.
But Opelka said he, at least figuratively, still looks up to Isner, who has been at the top of the U.S. men’s tennis squad for the past four years.
“John has the best serve in the world. He takes the racket out of your hand,” Opelka said. “He’s one of the best competitors, which is the thing I admire most about him. The guy competes so hard.”
As a wild card, the young phenomenon earned his first ATP World Tour singles win in Atlanta. And he hasn’t stopped.