John Isner is known for many things: being 6 ft. 10 in., playing the longest professional tennis match in history at Wimbledon in 2010, and for being considered one of the best servers of the ATP World Tour. He can now add another achievement to that list: he’s about to marry his longtime girlfriend.
Isner has been dating his fiancée, Madison McKinley, for years, and recently, he popped the question.
Read on to learn more about McKinley.
1. She and Isner Became Engaged in June 2017
On June 26, Madison took to Instagram to announce that she and Isner had gotten engaged.
She posted one photo of the couple smiling, and another showing off the ring, with a caption that read, “This man had me from the first time we shared a glass of water at the pub six years ago. Our hearts are so full and I can’t wait to see what the rest of our lives bring us!! He is stuck with me!! @johnrisner #isaidyes #finally”. The couple received over 1,700 likes, congratulating them on the announcement.
2. She Is the Founder of a Jewelry Company
In January 2016, Madison founded her own jewelry company in the Dallas area, called Madison McKinley.
Her brand’s style is described as Italian Cowboy Cool, and the front page of her site reads, “Born out of a curiosity for the artisanal and handmade, Madison McKinley is an American jewelry company that embodies the spirit of wanderlust and creates one of a kind jewelry for the journey ahead.”
Madison founded the jewelry company along with her mother, Karla, with the “goal of creating handmade, artisan pieces that are timeless, functional, and unique.”
3. She and Isner Have Been Dating Since 2011
Madison and John started dating in 2011. According to Player Wags, the two met at a fundraiser event for the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Foundation. Madison’s wedding post, however, hints that they may have first met at a pub.
4. She Received a BFA From Parsons
According to her LinkedIn, McKinley received her BFA in Fashion and Apparel Design in 2011 from Parsons School of Design at The New School.
From 2014 to 2016, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she received a BA in Fine/Studio Arts.
McKinley has held a number of jobs in the fashion industry. She worked as a fashion gallery intern during the summer of 2010 in Dallas, and a sales and marketing intern at Jaya Apparel Group, LLC, for nearly a year in 2013.
In 2009, she worked with KOCH as an accessories designer, before founding her own company.
5. She Is Extremely Active and Enjoys the Outdoors
Madison has over 4k followers on Instagram, and clearly loves the outdoors.
Most of her pics show her riding horses, enjoying time with animals, or fishing.
In his eight previous appearances at Wimbledon, Isner failed to make it past the third round. This go around, he’s saying that he aims to make the second week, according to Tennis World USA. In a recent interview with ESPN, he said, “I would like to make the second week of Wimbledon, and I think I’m of the right caliber to get to that spot. It’s crazy I’ve never gotten past the third round. I’ve been to the third round seems like a million times, lost a lot of close matches.” No doubt, his fiancée will be right by his side, cheering him on every step of the way.