“The strangest couple in history.” The male tandem has already become a meme and breaks social networks

Sofia Kolodkina

Sofia Kolodkina

John Isner and Diego Schwartzman

Isner and Schwartzman go for the title of Rome. Why is the world delighted with the new tandem?

Rome is watching not only the return of Novak Djokovic to the primary finals and the ongoing unique series of Iga Swiatek – the polka has already taken 27 matches in a row and is on the record. A real sensation in tennis is now happening in pairs – American John Isner and Argentinean Diego Schwartzman are tearing everyone apart.

The couple seems so strange and awkward, and therefore very comical and attractive, because Isner is one of the tallest players on the tour, his height is 208 cm. Schwartzman is one of the shortest guys with a rather human height – 167 cm. But they only use this circumstance – a difference of almost a meter: a duet in the final of the Roman Masters.

Schwartzman and Isner on the court

Schwartzman and Isner on the court

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And as we can see from the grid, the mix of technique and style is quite a working topic. They defeated former world No. 1 Colombians Juan-Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah, and in the semi-finals they went through Alexei Golubev from Kazakhstan and Argentine Alejandro Gonzalez, taking the championship tie-break.

Croats are waiting for them in the final: Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic.

The partnership this week impressed the public not only with their opposite build, but also with tennis. They get along well: John is an excellent pitcher, and Diego is one of the most experienced and fastest tennis players on the tour, especially an expert on clay: the guy is very hardy. Points on the first serve – regularly over 70%, as well as the percentage of break points saved. In addition, they are both very good volleyers.

The couple even came up with a nickname – “Isnerman”. The hashtag went viral on Twitter. The organizers of the tournaments themselves are happy to disperse the topic. Rome’s PR people are actively spawning news stories and posts: they offer to choose who is better – Batman, Superman or tennis Isnerman. After the victorious semi-finals, the players themselves joined the action: they took a picture with the #isnerman poster.

Schwartzman and Isner

Schwartzman and Isner

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Twitter users supported the idea:

“Ha ha ha, I have to say that this couple is great at playing and having fun. I see they already gave her a name, so #ISNERMAN should be used.”

And many are already waiting for a couple at Roland Garros 2022:

“I would like to see more of this unusual union. Hey Isner and Schwartzman, should we wait for #IsnerMan on RG?

“#Isnerman is a beast with one head.”

“The strangest couple in history. #isnerman is a new double sensation! Guys, you should play at Roland Garros.

Joking aside, Isner goes not only for the title, but also for the historical record. John is the first tennis player to reach the doubles thousandth final three times with three different players in one year: he took Indian Wells with Jack Sock, Miami with Hubert Hurkacs.

The Giant is ranked 22nd in the world, having won two doubles titles in 2022 and eight in his career. Schwartzman is 307th in the ranking, but a couple of years ago he jumped up to 39th place and is still on his way to the first trophy in the double – the Argentinean has been in four finals. His last match was with Dominic Thiem in Madrid 2019, before that he also played with the Austrian in Buenos Aires.

Isner and Schwartzman

Isner and Schwartzman

Photo: Alex Pantling/Getty Images

By the way, both of them have contracts with the clothing company Fila. What if this is a planned brand promotion to increase awareness, and not just an accident? In general, doubles in tennis needs such collaborations. Remember how Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis rocked at the home Australian Open – 2022. Then it happened sold out, everyone came to look at the bright Australians.

On May 15, the two will go for the title against Nikola Mektic and Mate Pavic, last year’s main duo, who silenced the Italian fans by beating Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. The Croatian tandem are the current champions of Rome, but they have not yet taken the trophy in 2022, having lost the finals of Dubai and Belgrade. So, Isnerman has every chance to impose a fight on the favorites.


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