Tennis

Who is Madison McKinley, tennis star John Isner’s wife?

In tennis, victories are celebrated and defeats dissected, the spotlight often shines brightly on the players themselves. Yet, in the shadows of the court, there’s a figure who remains a constant, steadfast source of support. For John Isner steps, it’s Madison McKinley. His wife and unwavering companion, who has become an indispensable part of his tennis journey.

As the 6′ 10″ ace readies himself for life away from the court at the end of the 2023 US Open, we delve into the story of McKinley and reveal more than just her name or the association as the wife of a tennis icon. We take a closer look at the person behind the scenes, exploring the life and story of the woman who stands beside one of tennis’s most prominent figures.

McKinley’s early life and background

Born on November 15, 1992, to Mark and Karla McKinley, Madison entered the world as the middle child, flanked by two brothers named Charlie and Key McKinley. Her maternal connection to the world of art and beauty was evident from the start – her mother being a former model and art collector who triumphed over breast cancer, a battle that instilled strength and determination in Madison’s upbringing.

Her ties to her family are especially close, extending to her grandmothers, Helen McKinley and Diana D’Elia. An annual tradition of visiting the Steelhead Ranch, a family-owned property acquired in the 1980s, formed a cherished part of Madison’s childhood.

Madison’s journey into the world of higher education began with a passion for fashion. Enrolling at New York’s Parsons School of Design in 2011, she set her sights on Fashion and Apparel Design. However, life’s twists and turns led her to a different path, and in 2014, she proudly graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

McKinley and Isner’s relationship

Love and tennis intertwine and the story of Madison and John is one that speaks of chance encounters, enduring affection, and shared triumphs. Their story began to unfold in 2011, a fateful meeting that took place in the cozy ambiance of a pub. Madison was captivated by the presence of Isner, an established tennis luminary by that time.

The lanky American ace’s charisma and prowess left an indelible mark on McKinley. After a long relationship, the world caught a glimpse of their unwavering commitment as they shared their engagement news on Instagram on June 25, 2017.

Six months later, on December 4, 2017, Madison McKinley Isner and John Isner exchanged vows in a charming country-themed ceremony. Montage Palmetto Bluff, South Carolina, played host to the gathering that featured names like Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey, Justin Gimelstob, and others from the tennis fraternity.

The love between Isner and McKinley has flourished into a beautiful family journey. They have four children with the oldest Hunter Grace arriving in 2018, followed by John Hobbs in 2019, adding laughter and love to their lives. In 2021, James ‘Mack’ McKinley joined the clan, and in April 2023, Chapel Lee completed their family of six.

Their bond seemed to invoke a stroke of destiny, as Isner’s career saw an upswing following their union. In April 2018, he claimed his first ATP 1000 title at the Miami Open, becoming the oldest first-time winner of a Masters event.

McKinley’s multifaceted career

Madison McKinley Isner’s career is a tapestry of creativity and versatility. She is a woman of diverse talents and accomplishments. From jewelry design to acting, her career journey showcases her dynamic nature and drive for creative expression. Starting as an Accessories Designer at KOCH in 2009, she later honed her craft at Parsons School of Design and the University of Texas.

In addition to owning her own jewellery design company aptly named Madison McKinley, she has also dabbled in Hollywood. She has made appearances in notable productions such as “The Wolf of Wall Street” (2013), “30 Rock” (2007), “Kings” (2009), “Orange Is the New Black” (2013), and “Molly’s Game” (2017).


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