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  | By New York Tennis Magazine Staff
Photo Credit: Lee Seidner


John Isner begins his New York Open run on Wednesday, as the big American highlights the action inside NYCB LIVE home of The Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Currently ranked No. 18 in the world, Isner holds 12 career ATP World Tour titles and was one of the first players to commit to the inaugural New York Open last year.

“I think it’s very cool,” said Isner. “It’s going to be a very unique venue. It’s going to be much more intimate in February versus September in Flushing Meadows. I think the players love coming to the city. I do as well. So I think this event is going to be awesome and can’t wait to get it going.”

The Long Island crowd will see Isner take on Moldova’s Radu Albot, who defeated American qualifier Bjorn Fratangelo 6-4, 6-3 in the opening round on Tuesday.

Isner’s match will be the first one on Stadium Court in Wednesday’s Night Session. It will be followed by Russia’s Evgeny Donskoy facing off with the winner of fifth-seed Kei Nishikori and Long Island-native Noah Rubin.

To open up play on Stadium Court, fourth-seeded Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will begin his New York Open when he squares off against Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in a second-round clash.

Mannarino’s compatriot, Jeremy Chardy, will seek to build on his comeback victory on Tuesday when he meets Spanish qualifier Adrian Menendez-Maceiras.

Menendez-Maceiras fought back from 2-5 down in the third set to upset American Steve Johnson 1-6, 6-3, 7-6(7) and win his third straight match this week on Long Island.

In doubles action, the Indian duo of Leander Paes and Purav Raja meet the second-seeded duo of Austrian Philipp Oswald and Max Mirnyi of Belarus on Stadium Court.

Three doubles matches highlight the play on Grandstand, led by the appearance of one of the greatest doubles players in the sport’s history in Canada’s Daniel Nestor.

The owner of more than 1,000 wins on tour in doubles, Nestor teams up with Great Britain’s Neal Skupski as they take on Wesley Koolhof of Netherlands and New Zealand’s Artem Sitak.

Rounding out the play on Grandstand will be Darian King and Frances Tiafoe facing off against Ben McLachlan and Hugo Nys, followed by the fourth-seeded duo of Robert Lindstedt and Franko Skugor battling against Matthew Ebden and American Donald Young.