So what do you all make of Mardy's new coaching situation? Do you think Todd Martin will do better, worse, or about the same as Kelly Jones? Personally, I'm just thrilled that Jones is finally dumped. He may be a nice guy and great friend but he was utterly useless to Mardy as a coach. Mardy needs his ass kicked. I am certain that if Mardy doesn't finally get down to business, Martin will walk. He'll be expecting results and improvements, and so am I.
Fish makes move to Martin
December 5, 2004
Mardy Fish's two-year coaching relationship with former doubles star Kelly Jones is over. Some time after Fish returns from the Davis Cup final being held this weekend in Seville, Spain, he'll begin working with his new coach, Todd Martin.
Jones deserves a lot of credit for improving Fish's serve and his volleying. But for the last several months, Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe has been publicly prodding Fish, who lives in Tampa, to knuckle down on his off-court training and to get into better shape.
That wasn't happening fast enough with Jones, though Fish has poured more effort into his fitness and strength the past four months. With Martin, he starts a new relationship and probably with a clear understanding that Todd is not only going to give Fish the benefit of his 16 years of tour experience, but he's going to drive Fish hard off the court as well.
Reached at his Ponte Vedra Beach home, Martin was reluctant to comment about the link-up with Fish until Mardy gets home.
But Martin, who was one of the most cerebral players in the game, can infuse Fish with the mental part of the game in the way Brad Gilbert has turned Andy Roddick into more of a thinking player.
Fish, who finished the year at No. 37 in the rankings, has flashed his brilliance most recently by finishing runner-up at the Olympic Games in Athens after a tense five-set loss to Nicolas Massu. But he has not been able to build on his successes, often suffering letdowns in his next big event. That's something Martin also will want to attack.
Fish went from the Olympics to an upset loss to Michal Tabara in the second round at the U.S. Open.
Martin retired, dramatically, at this year's Open, ending a remarkable career in which he established himself as the elder statesman of American tennis. He never won a Slam but finished runner-up at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 U.S. Open.