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Mardy in 2013

SapELee
01-30-2013, 02:04 AM
Another delay to the season.

Douglas Robson ‏@dougrobson

Hearing that #MardyFish is delaying comeback and withdrawing from San Jose w/ return now set for Memphis. #atp #tennis

kiriri***
01-30-2013, 02:05 AM
:sad: His heart problem is so serious:sad:

SapELee
01-30-2013, 03:34 PM
Mardy has been practicing with the US Davis Cup team, so he must be feeling better.

SapELee
02-03-2013, 01:46 AM
Mardy got a wildcard to play doubles with Blake @ Memphis.

SapELee
02-12-2013, 10:13 PM
Mardy has been practicing with the US Davis Cup team, so he must be feeling better.

Or maybe not, out of Memphis and Delray Beach :sad:

Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg

Mardy Fish has withdrawn from both Delray Beach and Memphis today, extending his absence even further. Concern has to be growing... #atp

Mae
02-17-2013, 11:04 PM
I'm concerned about him. And not just because he is missing tennis tournaments I'm concerned about his personal well being!

Julián Santiago
02-18-2013, 09:45 PM
Fish will came back in an exhibition on March 4th in Los Angeles against Djokovic. Then he will play in Indian Wells and in Miami.

Good luck Mardy

SapELee
02-18-2013, 09:50 PM
Thanks for the info, hopefully he doesn't pull out of any more events.

SapELee
02-27-2013, 11:38 PM
Mardy Fish hopes to put together a complete tournament schedule for the rest of 2013, including the three remaining Grand Slam events, after he ends a six-month absence brought on by a heart condition.

Off the tour since September, the former top-10 player plans to return to competition at the hard-court event in Indian Wells, Calif., which begins March 7, followed by the Key Biscayne, Fla., tournament, which starts March 20.

"And then, after that, we'll re-evaluate, but he has every intention of playing a full schedule the rest of the year," Fish's agent, John Tobias, said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

"It's definitely been a long road back for him. He's had his ups and downs. But he's beginning to really get his confidence back," Tobias said. "It's all a process. He's working out every day, for three to four hours a day. He's excited to get back on the court and be on the tour and be back with his buddies."

The 31-year-old Fish wrote on his Twitter feed this week: "For those of you wondering when I'm going to play again... Indian Wells will be my first one back. Thanks for all the love."

All told, it's been nearly a full year of treatment and recovery for the American, who went to be checked by doctors after a match at Key Biscayne in late March 2012, because his heart started racing uncontrollably that night. He pulled out of the U.S. Davis Cup team's matches the following week.

In May, doctors induced extreme palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem in Fish's heart. He returned to the tour at Wimbledon in June.

But then Fish withdrew from the U.S. Open in early September on doctor's advice, hours before he was scheduled to face Roger Federer in the fourth round. A third-round victory over Gilles Simon that went five sets in New York was Fish's most recent tournament action.

Fish, who reached a career-best ATP ranking of No. 7 in 2011, is No. 32 this week.

He is scheduled to play top-ranked Novak Djokovic in California next Monday in an exhibition match to benefit the Mardy Fish Foundation.

http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/8996695/mardy-fish-hopes-play-full-schedule-return

SapELee
03-05-2013, 10:45 PM
Mardy will open his IW first round match against Benjamin Becker or a qualifier. Good luck.

Edit:

Mardy Fish [32] - Bye
Benjamin Becker - Qualifier
James Blake [WC] - Robin Haase
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga [8] - Bye

SapELee
03-06-2013, 10:41 PM
Mardy Fish, who in his first public match since the U.S. Open lost a pro set to Novak Djokovic at the LA Tennis Challenge on Monday, says he nearly called it quits. The 31-year-old American has been dealing with heart trouble since early last spring, as well as the emotional stress that came along with it.

“I’ve retired 15 times in my head—literally,” he told a small group of reporters in Los Angeles. “For the first three to four months [after the 2012 U.S. Open] I was done for sure, but then gradually you start feeling better and gaining more confidence and your body feels better and you start working out, start missing Australia and watch a little tennis and you miss the guys and the competing.”

It was the first time that Fish has spoken publicly since the 2012 U.S. Open. Last summer, he admitted to being unable to sleep because he feared he would never wake up.

However, Fish does not want to say exactly why he hasn't played since New York.

“There were times I felt really good and there were others I didn’t at all,” he said. “I had good weeks and bad weeks. I’ve gone back and forth to spill it all, to keep it in, or keep it with people who are closest to me. The bottom line was what I went through is toughest thing I’ve ever had to deal with. It’s not something that's easy to talk about. It was as hard on my wife as it was on me. I still have to come up with the right time to play. I thought the right time was San Jose, then Memphis, now I think the right time to play is Indian Wells. I haven’t felt better than this since U.S. Open, but you can’t take it for granted.”

Fish conceded that what occurred was a combination of physical and mental factors.

“The fear of the unknown was one of my problems, and in the immediate future is something I have to battle,” Fish said. “It’s not anything that I have to run off the court in the middle of match, but it’s something that’s very uncomfortable, the fear that something might happen. It took me months to get back to normalcy to have a glass of wine at dinner and go out to a movie with my wife. Those normal things you take for granted.”

Fish, who reached a career-high No. 7 ranking in 2011, said he had to face that fact that his heart trouble will always be with him and that he could not just wish it away. He added that he has kept a very strict and healthy schedule at home where he goes to bed early every night, so re-adjusting to the odd hours of the pro tour will be challenging. But he felt that playing Djokovic in front of 8,500 people at UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion—and making a solid showing—was a positive step.

“Tonight was big test in a setting with a lot of people,” the now-world No. 32 said. “It certainly felt like there a lot of pressure. I don't feel 100 percent, but I am getting really close. You can’t duplicate that stuff in practice….It’s just time and it’s the next step. I don't feel like I have anything to prove, and I feel like I have years more to play.”


http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/03/fish-i-was-retired-my-mind/46691/#.UTfTzFdJ_dR

alypen
03-08-2013, 11:57 PM
It's good to see he's finally back: I hope he does well, and more importantly, stays healthy.

SapELee
03-09-2013, 11:27 PM
Mardy is playing doubles with Blake right now. They won the 1st set, too bad that there are no streams :sadface:


Q. Mardy is going to walk out on the court for the first time in a while and you are going to be with him.

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah. I think he played really well at the LA Tennis Challenge a couple days ago, so I'm excited to be out there with him. It will be fun. I practice with him a ton in the offseason, so I know he's hitting the ball great.
I'm not worried about the way he's going to play. I'm happy he will be out there feeling good, and I'm honored to be the one that's out there with him when he comes back because I know how hard it's been.
It's been a long journey for him, and I hope I really, really hope that it's easier for him to be out there with me, with someone that you know, I like to think of myself as one of his good friends out here that cares about him more as a person than any results will ever speak to.
So we are going to go out there and have some fun, and it will bring back some memories for us when we were 20, 21 years old out here playing doubles and having a lot of fun. The veterans probably hated us because we were laughing too much while we were playing doubles.
I hope we can go out there tomorrow and just laugh and have a good time. I actually think we play our best when we are doing that, but I also think it will be good for him and good for me to just get out there and laugh and hopefully make it easy on him.

SapELee
03-09-2013, 11:54 PM
They won 64 64, first win of the season. Welcome back Mardy :)

SapELee
03-10-2013, 11:29 PM
I'm surprised Mardy won. Saw the first set and he was very rusty (poor serving, no touch/feel for the ball, lack of anticipation). But it is great to see him get the win; don't think he will win his next round though.

SapELee
03-11-2013, 08:59 PM
Mardy is thinking about retirement :sad:



Mardy Fish, who on Sunday played and won his first match since the third round of the 2012 U.S. Open, says he has not planned his season beyond the tournament in Miami, which begins in a little more than in a week’s time. The 31-year-old American, who has been experiencing heart trouble and anxiety issues, told reporters that he is planning to play Miami and then will assess the clay-court season. He says he has not ruled out retirement, mentioning again that last fall, when he rarely left his house, that he had already retired in his head on a number of occasions.

“Maybe step back and see how I feel, see where I am personally, see if, after these two weeks if it's something that I can still do at a high level,” he said.

“That [retirement] will certainly be a question I'll ask. But hopefully I'll resume sort of a normal schedule. We'll see.”


http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/03/fish-hasnt-ruled-out-retirement-after-miami/46744/#.UT5FNlf4L-8

SapELee
03-12-2013, 07:24 PM
Double-fault to give up the tiebreak :o

SapELee
03-12-2013, 07:28 PM
Well at least he is playing better than against Reynolds. Up a break in the 2nd set, hope he can keep it up. I hope Mardy plays Davis Cup, the others atm are :help:

SapELee
03-12-2013, 08:00 PM
Well there goes the 2-break lead, back on serve 4-4.

SapELee
03-12-2013, 08:04 PM
Great get from Mardy to break, let's see if he can serve out the set.

SapELee
03-12-2013, 08:07 PM
Mardy can't play with the lead :facepalm:

SapELee
03-12-2013, 08:22 PM
67 67 not good tiebreaks, but good to see him play again. Will be interesting to read his presser.

SapELee
03-13-2013, 09:58 PM
Presser: http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=87328

SapELee
03-15-2013, 08:14 PM
Mardy withdrew from Miami.

SapELee
04-04-2013, 12:03 AM
A couple of tournaments away, but it was just announced that Mardy Fish has accepted a main draw wildcard spot in the 50k Tallhassee Challenger end of April.

Hopefully, he doesn't pull out.

SapELee
04-09-2013, 09:12 PM
Also a wildcard into Savannah

SapELee
04-22-2013, 01:54 AM
50k Savannah: http://www.stevegtennis.com/2013-challenger-savannah/

(1)(WC)Mardy Fish (USA) vs Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo (ESP)
(WC)Sekou Bangoura (USA) vs (q)
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) vs (SE)Alex Kuznetsov (USA)
Frank Dancevic (CAN) vs (5)Rhyne Williams (USA)

(3)Ryan Harrison (USA) vs Mischa Zverev (GER)
Bobby Reynolds (USA) vs Ze Zhang (CHN)
(q) vs (SE)Denys Molchanov (UKR)
(WC)Mitchell Krueger (USA) vs (7)Wayne Odesnik (USA)

(6)Jack Sock (USA) vs Teymuraz Gabashvili (RUS)
Peter Polansky (CAN) vs Cedrik-Marcel Stebe (GER)
(q) vs Donald Young (USA)
Denis Kudla (USA) vs (4)Alex Bogomolov Jr. (RUS)

(8)Tim Smyczek (USA) vs Facundo Arguello (ARG)
Somdev Devvarman (IND) vs (q)
Steve Johnson (USA) vs (WC)Tennys Sandgren (USA)
Bradley Klahn (USA) vs (2)Michael Russell (USA)

SapELee
04-23-2013, 11:16 PM
Lost 26 62 64, sloppy match with a lot of errors from Mardy.

Sambazza
04-24-2013, 07:33 AM
Not really surprised that fish lost considering he has only played two atp tour level matches this year. Good idea I think for him to play a couple of challengers to give him confidence and some much needed match play

SapELee
04-28-2013, 07:27 PM
Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the 2013 Tallahassee Challenger, once again citing personal reasons for pulling out. The 31-year-old Fish has been contending with heart trouble as well as anxiety issues since last May.

Fish played in his first event in six months at Indian Wells where he beat Bobby Reynolds before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He then withdrew from Miami. Fish entered a couple of USTA Pro Circuit events in Savannah and Tallahassee in an effort to sharpen his clay-court game without taking a trip to Europe. He lost in the opening round of Savannah to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo. Yesterday, he tweeted a picture of himself at a Minnesota Twins game. He is a native of the state.

Fish has said he is undecided on his plans for the rest of the season. Fish is currently ranked No. 42 but doesn't have any points to defend until Wimbledon, where he reached he fourth round in 2012 after a quarterfinal appearance the prior year.

“We’re sad not to have Mardy back in Tallahassee this year, but wish him all of the best,” tournament director Karen Vogter told WTXL TV in Tallahassee. “We have 14 Americans that we’re thrilled are here for the tournament.”

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/04/fish-pulls-out-tallahassee-challenger/47233/#.UX132srhfIl

SapELee
05-01-2013, 09:50 PM
Will skip the rest of clay season :sad:

SapELee
05-01-2013, 09:57 PM
ESPN Center Court Special: Mardy Fish One-on-One

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9228861

SapELee
05-03-2013, 12:01 AM
Mardy Fish Was Retired, Just Didn't Tell Anyone: http://www.tennisnow.com/News/Mardy-Fish-Was-Retired,-Just-Didn-t-Tell-Anyone.aspx

SapELee
06-04-2013, 08:57 PM
Ravi Ubha ‏@raviubha 11m

Mardy Fish out of Queen's with a severe case of the flu, his agent tells me.

Get well soon :hug:

SapELee
06-15-2013, 12:41 AM
Bummer.

Mardy Fish ‏@MardyFish 2h

Guys, unfortunately I won't be at Wimbledon this year. Bummed. Will be starting with Team Tennis in Sacramento and Atlanta on ATP Tour.

SapELee
07-08-2013, 09:58 PM
Mardy Fish tries to get in swing for Capitals: http://www.sacbee.com/2013/07/08/5550865/mardy-fish-tries-to-get-in-swing.html?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=t.co#storylink=cpy

http://media.sacbee.com/smedia/2013/07/07/21/41/1mvqJa.Xl.4.jpeg

SapELee
07-09-2013, 08:29 PM
Mardy Fish ready for return: http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/9463447/mardy-fish-says-mentally-physically-set-return

Mardy Fish watched from afar as one side of the Wimbledon draw opened up. He couldn't help but wonder if he would have taken advantage to make a deep run.

Still, the American knew he made the right decision by delaying his return until he could enter a tournament at home in the United States and take the court in front of familiar faces.

Fish has played just one ATP Tour event since pulling out of the U.S. Open before his fourth-round match last September. Apologizing for his ongoing vagueness about the reasons, Fish again hinted Tuesday that many of his obstacles have been mental.

He missed about 2½ months earlier in 2012 because of an accelerated heartbeat, but Fish said the procedure he underwent in May of that year "gave us peace of mind that everything was OK."

"I'm trying to make sure mentally I'm where I want to be," he said on a conference call to promote this month's Citi Open in Washington, which he plans to make his second tournament back.

The 31-year-old Fish said he has worked closely with Jim Loehr, a performance psychologist who has counseled Jim Courier among other pro athletes.

"Some days are better than others," Fish said. "Some weeks are better than others."

The night after he lost at Key Biscayne in March 2012, Fish's heart started racing uncontrollably. That May, doctors induced extreme palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem. He returned for last year's Wimbledon.

His third-round victory in the U.S. Open went five sets, lasting more than 3 hours and ending after 1 a.m. Afterward, Fish did not attend the news conference, and tournament officials said he was receiving unspecified medical treatment.

The next day, he withdrew before his match against Roger Federer, saying it was for "precautionary measures" on doctor's advice. At the time, Fish expected to return to the tour quickly.

He didn't play again until Indian Wells in early March near his Los Angeles home, beating Bobby Reynolds in three sets in his first match back. Afterward, he talked about fighting "some demons."

"For the first three months after the U.S. Open, I had retired and non-retired in my head almost every week," he said that day. "And there was awhile where I was done."

Fish lost to a top-10 player, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, in the next round in two tiebreakers. He originally planned to play Key Biscayne later that month but wound up skipping it.

Since then, his only tournament was a lower-tier Challenger event in Savannah, Ga., in late April, when he lost his first match to 103rd-ranked Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in three sets. He described those forays as tests of where he stood in his comeback.

"Every move we've made has been very calculated," Fish said.

He has recently returned to the court with his World TeamTennis squad in Sacramento. He plans to enter the Atlanta Open, which starts July 22, then play in Washington a week later.

"I've turned the corner and been able to train as hard as I possibly can the last three months," Fish said.

Skipping Wimbledon was tough; he's always felt comfortable on those grass courts. And then it was frustrating to see all the upsets that might have given him a clear path to the late rounds.

But the Minnesota native wouldn't have had his full support system behind him in England.

"It was too far away, too soon," he said.

Fish, who reached a career-high No. 7 in 2011, tries not to worry about a ranking that has fallen to 61st in the world. He hopes his return will boost the floundering contingent of American men, none of whom reached the third round at Wimbledon.

"I know in the back of my mind that the tour's not going anywhere," Fish said. "The more time that goes by, the better I'll feel."

He can lean on the experience of successfully coming back from injuries in the past, and Fish even finds a positive in this absence. The last 10 months have put little wear and tear on his body, so perhaps that will lengthen his career. Fish optimistically mentioned Tommy Haas, who is ranked No. 11 at age 35 after missing significant stretches because of injuries.

Fish said he would eventually reveal more about his struggles, hoping to help others who have faced similar trials.

"I've done all the right things to put myself in position to come back," he said. "I'm ready to do it."

Johnny Isner
07-10-2013, 12:07 PM
Nice article. Great he will return to the tour, love watching him play.

SapELee
07-20-2013, 07:19 PM
Atlanta, Mike Russell in the first round, then Giraldo/Sock: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/6116/mds.pdf

Good luck.

J99
07-23-2013, 11:41 PM
So what's he doing playing Atlanta, is he fully ready to comeback this time, is it to test where he's at then make a decision to retire, or is it his final tourney, or is he going to try and play the USO and retire there?

Freak3yman84
07-23-2013, 11:45 PM
^^ I don't think retirement is in the picture at this point, he said he's ready to make a full comeback.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/04/18/Mardy-Fish-Update-Feeling-Better.aspx

J99
07-23-2013, 11:59 PM
^^ I don't think retirement is in the picture at this point, he said he's ready to make a full comeback.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/04/18/Mardy-Fish-Update-Feeling-Better.aspx

That story was done in either March or May, so it's a bit old and that may not be where he's at now, if it was March that was when he tried to comeback at IW, then was off again, he then tried to play the Savannah CH a month later, hasn't played since.

Freak3yman84
07-24-2013, 12:10 AM
That story was done in either March or May, so it's a bit old and that may not be where he's at now, if it was March that was when he tried to comeback at IW, then was off again, he then tried to play the Savannah CH a month later, hasn't played since.

The article is from May 3rd. I know for a fact retirement is out of the question at the moment, whether he's fully fit I'm not positive on.

J99
07-24-2013, 12:12 AM
The article is from May 3rd. I know for a fact retirement is out of the question at the moment, whether he's fully fit I'm not positive on.

So he's not going to retire even if he can't really play?

Freak3yman84
07-24-2013, 12:29 AM
So he's not going to retire even if he can't really play?

Not this year at least :shrug:

J99
07-24-2013, 01:10 AM
Not this year at least :shrug:

But I mean he's tried to comeback a few times now and hasn't been able to stay, so why if he thinks this time will be different.

SapELee
07-24-2013, 01:16 AM
I think he has been working with a psychologist. If he can't make it work, then sooner or later we will hear about it.

J99
07-24-2013, 03:58 AM
I think he has been working with a psychologist. If he can't make it work, then sooner or later we will hear about it.

A psychologist, he has heart problems, not mental ones.

SapELee
07-24-2013, 02:19 PM
A psychologist, he has heart problems, not mental ones.

The heart problems are giving him anxiety and emotional stress.

Fish conceded that what occurred was a combination of physical and mental factors.

“The fear of the unknown was one of my problems, and in the immediate future is something I have to battle,” Fish said. “It’s not anything that I have to run off the court in the middle of match, but it’s something that’s very uncomfortable, the fear that something might happen. It took me months to get back to normalcy to have a glass of wine at dinner and go out to a movie with my wife. Those normal things you take for granted.”
http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/03/fish-i-was-retired-my-mind/46691/#.Ue_gg21nA7i


"I'm trying to make sure mentally I'm where I want to be," he said on a conference call to promote this month's Citi Open in Washington, which he plans to make his second tournament back.

The 31-year-old Fish said he has worked closely with Jim Loehr, a performance psychologist who has counseled Jim Courier among other pro athletes.

"Some days are better than others," Fish said. "Some weeks are better than others."
http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/9463447/mardy-fish-says-mentally-physically-set-return

SapELee
07-25-2013, 02:53 AM
64 26 57 saw only the last set and thought it was pretty entertaining. Despite the loss, nice to see Mardy back.

J99
07-25-2013, 06:06 AM
The heart problems are giving him anxiety and emotional stress.


http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/03/fish-i-was-retired-my-mind/46691/#.Ue_gg21nA7i



http://espn.go.com/tennis/story/_/id/9463447/mardy-fish-says-mentally-physically-set-return

I see, it makes sense.

SapELee
07-27-2013, 01:29 AM
DC

(12) Julien Benneteau (FRA) Bye
Michael Llodra (FRA) vs. Mardy Fish (USA)
(WC) James Duckworth (AUS) vs. (Q)
(7) Kevin Anderson (RSA) Bye

Good luck Mardy!

SapELee
07-28-2013, 10:45 PM
Josh ‏@TheSixthSet 1m

Fish/Ebden, Blake/Matosevic, Steps/Stevie J, Somdev/Rhyno, Kudla/Groth among the men in action tomorrow in D.C. #CitiOpen

Good luck Mardy.

SapELee
07-30-2013, 01:33 AM
26 61 63 first comeback win since IW :cheerleader:

kiriri***
07-30-2013, 06:05 PM
Mardy:D Hopefully he stays healthy:)

grumpypotpie
07-31-2013, 09:29 PM
Up a set and a break against Benneteau!

grumpypotpie
07-31-2013, 09:39 PM
Up a set and a break against Benneteau!

Should have reserved my excitement. He got broken serving for the match. :(

grumpypotpie
07-31-2013, 09:50 PM
Should have reserved my excitement. He got broken serving for the match. :(

And then came right back and broke the next game and served it out. Solid performance! He should draw the big man Anderson next. That should be an interesting match.

grumpypotpie
08-01-2013, 10:51 PM
Man, Anderson has 13 aces in the first set already. About to go to a tiebreak.

Edit: First set to Anderson. :-/

SapELee
08-02-2013, 07:02 PM
Ben Rothenberg ‏@BenRothenberg 8m

@TennisReporters @carole_bouchard Fish didn't want to play 4 straight weeks, chose MTL or Cincy. Not easy since he made MTL finals in 2011.
..

grumpypotpie
08-03-2013, 02:33 AM
Makes sense really. He is defending the same amount of points in both Montreal and Cincy so no benefit from withdrawing from one over the other. Might as well get a rest and play Cincy and Winston-Salem where he will have a decent shot of winning the tournament and picking up 250 points. The only other option for him to gain points heading into the Open would be to withdraw from Winston-Salem and make it further than the quarters in one of the Masters tournies.

grumpypotpie
08-03-2013, 10:54 PM
He also is still playing doubles in DC. He and his partner Stepanek just reached the final.


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SapELee
08-10-2013, 01:17 PM
Cincy 1st round against Kohli, good luck: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/422/mds.pdf

grumpypotpie
08-11-2013, 04:37 PM
Cincy 1st round against Kohli, good luck: http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2013/422/mds.pdf

And Fed if he gets to 2nd round. Good thing he is playing Winston-Salem. He's going to need the points.

SapELee
08-12-2013, 08:24 PM
Lost 75 62.

SapELee
08-12-2013, 09:15 PM
ennis View Magazine ‏@tennisviewmag 1h

Mardy Fish has taken a wild card into the Winston-Salem Open, coming up in a week http://www.winstonsalemopen.com

Sweet.

SapELee
08-13-2013, 10:11 PM
Fish unsure about post-U.S. Open plans

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2013/08/fish-unsure-about-post-us-open-plans/48731/#.UgquxT9nA7h
Former Top-10 player Mardy Fish, who played just his eighth match of the season in Cincinnati, says he is unclear as to what his plans are after the U.S. Open. The 31-year-old, who lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round, has been struggling with heart-related anxiety issues since March 2012.

“I think there’s going to be some sort of assessment period, maybe after the U.S. Open, where I’ll kind of see how far -- feel how far away I am to where I want to be,” he told reporters in Cincinnati. “With all these problems that I had health-wise, I left the game in the Top 10 in the world, and that’s pretty hard to deal with. It was very, very hard to get there and to stay there for a while, and to make the World Tour Finals and to do all those cool things. So it’s been very hard and very challenging to know that I had really no control over it. And sort of here we sit 12 months out, 12 months away from playing really good tennis, some of the best tennis of my career, and doing well in most tournaments, and now I sit out in the first round in one of my favorite events, one of my best events, so that will challenge you mentally for sure.”

Fish, whose ranking has fallen to No. 129, said that while he has improved since the 2012 U.S. Open, when he pulled out prior to his fourth-round match against Roger Federer, that he still has a long way to go.

“It’s gotten miles and miles better than it was 12 months ago,” he said. “I’ll never forget it. I just can’t wait to sort of just forget, and five years down the road, whatever I’m doing at the time, I can’t even remember that. It’s never going to happen. I can’t ever forget what I went through.

“It’s been a very slow process. It’s very hard to come back.”

SapELee
08-16-2013, 11:00 PM
First round against Donskoy.

Draw: http://t.co/FC1l3bZvZM

grumpypotpie
08-17-2013, 07:07 PM
First round against Donskoy.

Draw: http://t.co/FC1l3bZvZM
I like the draw for Mardy. Niemenen in the 2nd round is less than daunting. Could get Querrey in the quarters.

SapELee
08-20-2013, 09:00 PM
Mardy Fish retires at Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- American Mardy Fish has retired because of heat stroke during the third set of the Winston-Salem Open with Jarkko Nieminen leading 7-5, 6-7 (3), 3-2 on Tuesday.

Fish says in a statement he developed "heat stroke" and the "very hot and humid" weather made it difficult to continue the match.

Slovakia's Martin Klizan was upset 6-4, 6-1 by Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round. Eighth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina defeated France's Nicolas Mahut 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in the final hard-court tune-up before the U.S. Open.

Eleven seeded players had second-round matches Tuesday. Top seed Tomas Berdych and two-time defending champion John Isner withdrew Monday with injuries, and two other seeded players were upset that night.
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grumpypotpie
08-21-2013, 12:51 AM
Mardy Fish retires at Winston-Salem


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The official reason given was heat stroke. I've heard a zillion times on broadcasts that Mardy likes the hot, humid weather as he played a lot in Flroida when he was living with the Roddicks. Maybe he just doesn't have it anymore. I hate saying that.

SapELee
08-21-2013, 03:04 PM
http://m.usatoday.com/article/news/2680541

NEW YORK (AP) — Former top-10 player Mardy Fish pulled out of the U.S. Open on Wednesday, according to the U.S. Tennis Association, the latest setback in his bid to make a comeback on tour after dealing with heart issues.

The USTA said the 31-year-old American cited "personal reasons" for his withdrawal. The draw for the year's last Grand Slam tournament is Thursday, and play begins Monday.

Fish has missed months of action at a time over the past two seasons. On Tuesday, Fish stopped playing in the third set of his match against Jarkko Nieminen at a hard-court tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C., because of heat stroke.

Fish has played only eight matches on the ATP World Tour in 2013, going 3-5. He skipped all of the Grand Slam tournaments this season while entering only five other events on the main tour.

Out of USO :sad:

SapELee
08-21-2013, 03:26 PM
I think Mardy will retire.

grumpypotpie
08-23-2013, 09:54 PM
I think Mardy will retire.

He may. He will be 32 in December and he hasn't played well when he has managed to go this year. On the other hand, he has virtually no points to defend next season. Maybe he takes the rest of the season off and comes back fresh next year?

SapELee
11-16-2013, 02:02 AM
Tennis star Mardy Fish trying his hand at golf: http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2013/11/14/mardy-fish-atp-pga-tour/3546977/

Former top-10 player Mardy Fish, whose career has been in limbo due to a heart condition and its psychological after effects, is dabbling in professional golf.

Fish, 31, played two events in the last three weeks on the All-American Gateway Tour, a developmental circuit for up-and-coming professionals hoping one day to earn their PGA Tour card.

He failed to make the cut at both the ASU Karsten Golf Course in Tempe, Ariz., Oct. 29-Nov. 1, and the Whirlwind Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz., Nov. 11-13.

Fish has missed most of the past two tennis seasons while recovering from an accelerated heart beat that first struck him at a Davis Cup match in February 2012.

It resurfaced at the Sony Ericsson Open in March that same year. Doctors induced extreme heart palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem. Fish also underwent a heart procedure known as cardiac catheter ablation to resolve a form of arrhythmia.

Following a number of fits and starts, Fish hasn't played since August, when he retired in the third set of his match against Jarkko Nieminen at a tournament in Winston-Salem, N.C. He pulled out of the U.S. Open the following week citing "personal reasons."

All told, he went 4-5 in five ATP-level events in 2013.

Reached by email, Fish did not deny he was taking a stab at pro golf, which included three-week trip to Florida this fall to train with a PGA pro. But said he did not want to discuss it until he had "a few days to think about things."

His agent, John Tobias, did not return repeated emails and phone calls.

Fish may be looking to follow in the footsteps of Scott Draper.

Draper, an Australian once ranked in the top 50, attempted to transition to pro golf after retiring from tennis. In 2007, he won the New South Wales PGA Championship on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

Fish, a Minnesota native who lives in Los Angeles, has talked superficially about the "demons" that have dogged him despite assurances from doctors that he is fit to compete.

"It took me months and months to get back to normalcy – to have a glass of wine at dinner, to go out to a movie with my wife," Fish told reporters last March at a charity exhibition in Los Angeles shortly before returning to competition after a six-month absence. "Just those normal things that you take for granted I wasn't able to do for a long time."

It's unclear when, or if, Fish will pick up his tennis career.

Now ranked No. 369, he could return to the men's tour using a protected ranking of No. 25, which would allow him to enter up to nine high-level events, according to the ATP. The protected ranking expires on March 31, 2014.

At the few tournaments he played this year, Fish called his situation "day to day" and said that his problems were both mental and physical.

The 6-2 power player hasn't competed at Grand Slam tournament since pulling out of his fourth-round match at the 2012 U.S. Open against Roger Federer just hours before he was scheduled to play.

Doug Henderson, a spokesman for the Arizona-based All-American Gateway Tour, said the low-level tour caters to players aged 25-35 looking to break into professional golf.

Anyone can enter but it's recommended they have at least a plus-3 handicap "to be competitive," Henderson said.

Players who perform well can earn an exemption to the Web.com tour, a direct feeder to the PGA Tour.

"He didn't do terribly," Henderson said of Fish, who shot 78-75 in both events, missing the cut by 13 and 12 strokes. "But he didn't quite make the cut."

Fish owns six career titles and reached a ranking-high of No. 7 in August 2011. He has advanced to three major quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and Australian Open and won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics.

SapELee
12-10-2013, 12:29 AM
US Men's Clay Court ‏@mensclaycourt 10h

Happy Birthday to our 2006 #USclay Champion @MardyFish! pic.twitter.com/X1pJOSb657

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