2/19/13 3:32 PM | Johan Lindahl
John Isner may have learned the hard way that you have to spend money to make money after back pain from an economy-class airline seat helped put paid to his potential title chances last week in San Jose.
The 6'9'' American crushed his frame into cattle class comfort on a series of flights across the US form Florida to California. Isner said he curled up like an embryo all the way, with the seating plan giving little help to his chances at the tournament. He said he preferred the window to the aisle where he seems to always have a problem between the drinks carts and his long legs.
After losing in the semifinals to Tommy Haas, Isner, who has admitted in the past that he hates to travel, said: "I must have slept in a very awkward position." The long ride probably didn't do his recent knee injury any favors either.
The problem, which forced him to quit the Hopman Cup in the beginning of the year, also sent him home before the start of the Australian Open. "Maybe I put a little too much pressure on myself to start the year well."
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