Isner, Malisse hope to influence kids with pro tennis skills

Cesar Tordesillas – 4E Sports Contributor

Bradenton, FL, United States (4E Sports) – John Isner and Xavier Malisse dazzled the crowd at a tennis exhibition match at IMG Academy on Tuesday.

And that comes during a time when IMG is hosting the Eddie Herr International Junior Tennis Championship.

Isner, who is ranked No. 14 in the world, says its good for the kids to get a glimpse into what pro tennis is like.

For Malisse, the No. 62-ranked player in the world, the exhibition match provided a full-circle feeling.

He watched a similar match with Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg at the age of six in his native Belgium.

“Those are the things that stick, so hopefully that sticks with the kids,” Malisse said.

Isner delivered three consecutive aces early in the one set exhibition match.

Not to be outdone, Malisse was also a crowd pleaser with his array of trick shots including a forehand winner that he struck between his legs in mid-air.

Isner won the match 6-5 (3) in a tiebreaker.

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