John Isner joins elite club despite falling to Steve Johnson in Houston

John Isner lost to Steve Johnson in the Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, but still had cause for celebration.

The 32-year-old hit 28 aces during the match, taking him past the 10,000 career aces milestone in the process and gaining him entry to a very elite club.

“Ten thousand aces is an incredible achievement,” said Isner after losing the match. “It is bittersweet to hit it in a loss tonight, but that’s just how it goes sometimes.”

“I’m joining a pretty small club. It’s very cool. It shows how fortunate I’ve been to be able to stay on the court for this long.

“If I can reach 10,000, hopefully I can get to 11,000.”

Isner becomes only the fourth man to break the 10,000 aces barrier after Ivo Karlovic (12,622), Roger Federer (10,463) and Goran Ivanisevic (10,131).