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Deboogle!.
12-11-2005, 03:03 PM
Mardy's Charity event was this weekend :D
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Charity begins at home for Vero Beach's Mardy Fish

By FRANK O. SCHAEFFER
correspondent
December 11, 2005

VERO BEACH — Ask Mardy Fish's coach Todd Martin about the most important tennis match of the Olympic silver medalists' 2005 season and the response might be surprising.

No, it wasn't the French or U.S. Opens where a frustrating and painful wrist injury led to two early exits and a pair of surgeries that ended Fish's season.

Instead, Martin points to Saturday's charity exhibition to benefit the Adopt-A-Family Project at The Sea Oaks Tennis Club in Vero Beach.

"In some ways, it's more important," Martin said. "While he wouldn't be in a position to help these families if not for the Olympics or the U.S. Open, very few of our efforts on the tennis court will ever be as important."

Saturday's exhibition was part of a weekend of events by Fish, a Vero Beach native, to raise money for the Adopt-A-Family Project, a Christian-based charity in Vero Beach.

The organization, founded in 1997, helps needy families during the holidays by giving them money to buy food, clothing or small gifts for their children at Christmas.

Adopt-A-Family Project President Tim Bruggeman said since Fish signed on four years ago, the organization has gone from helping 15 to 20 families each year to helping 60 to 80 families. Bruggeman said the organization raised $9,000 just during Thursday night's auction of tennis memorabilia.

The auction, along with Friday's pro-am at Orchard Island, a youth clinic Saturday morning and Saturday afternoon's exhibitions all benefit the Adopt-A-Family Project. Fish, Martin and former ATP touring pros Scott Humphries and Thomas Blake, older brother of tennis star James Blake, played in the exhibitions.

"Growing up, I never would have thought I would have the influence to be able to help people like this," Blake said. "It's pretty simple. All we have to do is give our time, so to be able to have that affect on people's lives is pretty incredible."

Meanwhile, Fish has big plans for 2006 — both on and off the court.

On the court, the 24-year-old says he will make his return to the ATP Tour on Jan. 29 at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championship. Off the court, Fish is looking to make next year's charity weekend bigger and better — including adding a concert to draw more people.

"Tennis has given me so much," Fish said. "I'm thankful to be in a position to help others, especially here in Vero Beach. This is local and that's why I stamped my name to it. It's all about raising money. The more money we raise, the more families we can help." :hug:

Deboogle!.
12-11-2005, 03:05 PM
And from another article, some comments from Mardy about helping kids get into tennis :)
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Pro men's player Mardy Fish — a former Vero Beach resident who is in his hometown this weekend for a charity exhibition — said reaching out is key to keeping the sport growing.

"I think youth tennis is more competitive than it has ever been," he said. "The sport is growing and a lot of today's top players have an extensive background in youth tennis. I think that to continue to grow the sport, we have to take the sport to the places where they don't have it. Last year, we did a bus tour, where we would go to towns where they don't really know much about tennis and we would do exhibitions and clinics and show people how much fun the sport can be."

surfpinky
12-11-2005, 05:17 PM
:D
thanks deb!

Jennay
12-11-2005, 07:52 PM
Jen hearts Mardy. :hug:

aceit
12-11-2005, 10:01 PM
Gracias Debolita!

16681
12-12-2005, 05:52 PM
Deb again thanks for posting the articles. I'm glad Mardy
will be back on Tour soon and I hope he begins his climb back up the rankings :) And it is so nice that he and other players have Charity Events :angel:

Deboogle!.
12-13-2005, 06:13 PM
:eek: So I'm watching a show about a WTA Party from the USO and, who appears, but Mardy!! He was with his girlfriend Ally Browne (very pretty, what a beautiful couple)... they asked him if he thought it was strange to see all the WTA players all dressed up at a party. he looked into the camera and said "not strange, just different" as if he feared some women beating him up for calling them strange :haha: He looked hot :drool: I love the haircut short like that :D

surfpinky
12-14-2005, 12:58 AM
:eek: So I'm watching a show about a WTA Party from the USO and, who appears, but Mardy!! He was with his girlfriend Ally Browne (very pretty, what a beautiful couple)... they asked him if he thought it was strange to see all the WTA players all dressed up at a party. he looked into the camera and said "not strange, just different" as if he feared some women beating him up for calling them strange :haha: He looked hot :drool: I love the haircut short like that :D
askfdlsdjf :drool:
heee heee mardy fears zee women. d:

Jennay
12-14-2005, 02:08 AM
:eek: So I'm watching a show about a WTA Party from the USO and, who appears, but Mardy!! He was with his girlfriend Ally Browne Jennay (very pretty, what a beautiful couple)... they asked him if he thought it was strange to see all the WTA players all dressed up at a party. he looked into the camera and said "not strange, just different" as if he feared some women beating him up for calling them strange :haha: He looked hot :drool: I love the haircut short like that :D
Mardy always looks hot. :hearts:

Deboogle!.
12-14-2005, 02:24 AM
:haha: :haha:

surfpinky
12-14-2005, 03:08 AM
:spit: :haha: jen :haha:

16681
12-17-2005, 03:16 AM
:eek: So I'm watching a show about a WTA Party from the USO and, who appears, but Mardy!! He was with his girlfriend Ally Browne (very pretty, what a beautiful couple)... they asked him if he thought it was strange to see all the WTA players all dressed up at a party. he looked into the camera and said "not strange, just different" as if he feared some women beating him up for calling them strange :haha: He looked hot :drool: I love the haircut short like that :D
Seems like Mardy has had to be off the tour so long due to his injury I have about forgotten what he looks like. And I have never seen Ally Browne. Tennis players always seem to have such good looking girlfriends :)

Deboogle!.
12-17-2005, 03:45 AM
Yeah, she's definitely very pretty ..... Blond model type but not like crazy gorgeous like James's girlfriend. She looks kinda like his sister actually :unsure: :lol:

As for forgetting what he looks like, look at the pics surfpinky posted in his pics thread here. That will remind you :drool:

surfpinky
12-17-2005, 06:02 AM
Yeah, she's definitely very pretty ..... Blond model type but not like crazy gorgeous like James's girlfriend. She looks kinda like his sister actually :unsure: :lol:
lol, this reminds me of the first time I went to mardy's official website and saw all of those pics and thought that she was his girlfriend or something :haha:



As for forgetting what he looks like, look at the pics surfpinky posted in his pics thread here. That will remind you :drool:
:drool:

Aleksa's Laydee
01-01-2006, 02:49 PM
He looked hot :drool: I love the haircut short like that :D
I want to see him, gosh i havent seen him for months!!!! :sad:

aceit
01-03-2006, 08:28 PM
Does anyone know if Mardy uses Slazenger racquets now? My dad was looking through Tennis Week and noticed that Mardy was using a different racquet at a charity event which I thought was interesting because I had no idea he changed sponsors.

Deboogle!.
01-03-2006, 09:18 PM
Hmm, the only place he played recently is the Gullickson swingtime event a while back.....

He was still using Dunlop in the little bit he played over the summer http://menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73442

OH Wait here is a pic from that charity event http://menstennisforums.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=73278

Yes, looks like a different racquet to me :eek:

Fee
01-04-2006, 06:56 PM
I believe Slazenger and Dunlop are the same company (one owns the other), so they may have just had him switch branding for a little publicity boost. Its probably the same racquet underneath the paint.

aceit
01-04-2006, 07:10 PM
Ah, okay. Thanks Fee!

Hopefully we'll get more than 10 pictures this year of Mardy. :ras:

Deboogle!.
01-04-2006, 07:17 PM
Hopefully we'll get more than 10 pictures this year of Mardy. :ras:Your mouth to God's ears!

Golfnduck
01-05-2006, 03:15 AM
Is Mardy playing in the Aussie Open this year?

renee_chin
01-05-2006, 03:21 AM
^ unfortunately, no

Deboogle!.
01-05-2006, 05:48 AM
Mardy will hopefully return for Delray right after the AO. We can hope his wrist is ready by then :D

HEiKE
01-06-2006, 08:20 AM
really hope so. i can't wait to see him back in action!! it's been such a looong time...

Aleksa's Laydee
01-06-2006, 05:54 PM
yay mardys back soon :D cant wait

aceit
01-09-2006, 01:28 AM
me too!
....
wait
....
he still plays tennis?

Aleksa's Laydee
01-09-2006, 09:17 PM
me too!
....
wait
....
he still plays tennis?
:lol:

Jennay
01-10-2006, 01:17 AM
Yeah, I saw the charity match between he and James the other day and was wondering if he changed raquets. Guess not, really. ;)

Jennay
01-10-2006, 01:17 AM
me too!
....
wait
....
he still plays tennis?
:rolls:

:sad:

Éowyn
01-12-2006, 03:44 AM
i think fee is right i think dunlop is owned by slazenger so she's probably right on the racquet but it's mardy so god knows to be honest.

still looking forward to him being back, a friend off mine who works for the lta tells me if he's fit he'll be offered a wild card there this year which i find rather interesting as usually most of the queens wild cards go to brits and big name players who'll bring in a crowd. but taht is in june so don't know what will happen but thought i'd mention it

FishLover4
01-12-2006, 06:48 AM
I love mardy! He is also playing in Vegas at the Tennis Channel Open in Feb... Im going to that one for sure! I will be sure to take lots of pics for you all ;)

Aleksa's Laydee
01-13-2006, 06:24 PM
I love mardy! He is also playing in Vegas at the Tennis Channel Open in Feb... Im going to that one for sure! I will be sure to take lots of pics for you all ;)

yay :bounce:

Deboogle!.
01-13-2006, 06:53 PM
His site's now even talking about him playing Delray, so it sounds like this will indeed be his comeback! :woohoo: only a couple weeks to wait :D

MissFairy
01-14-2006, 06:35 PM
:D Good news! (:

Jennay
01-15-2006, 03:57 PM
:woohoo:

surfpinky
01-15-2006, 09:50 PM
:banana:

Aleksa's Laydee
01-16-2006, 05:47 PM
mardy mardy mardy :D

HEiKE
01-16-2006, 09:06 PM
woo hoo!! I so can't wait to see him back in action!

Fumus
01-18-2006, 06:30 PM
What's the deal with Mardy is he still injured or what?

Deboogle!.
01-19-2006, 12:16 AM
Dude Ryan, read the thread :) he's coming back Jan. 30 at Delray Beach

Jennay
01-19-2006, 12:37 AM
What's the deal with Mardy is he still injured or what?
3 pages isn't that long - is it? :p

Fumus
01-19-2006, 02:07 PM
Dude Ryan, read the thread :) he's coming back Jan. 30 at Delray Beach

haha...well, I knew if I asked I would find out. I mean I didn't wanna know that bad...lol

-sOfia-
01-22-2006, 10:54 PM
Maaaardyyyyy. :)

tangerine_dream
07-11-2006, 04:26 PM
I think these were posted in the grass thread but they're nice articles so I'm going to post them here as well. :)

CHARLES BRICKER: Martin schooling fresh Fish
Published June 27, 2006

WIMBLEDON, England -- Whack! Gotcha.

There was a contrived evil smile on Todd Martin's face as he slammed a volley off Mardy Fish's right leg, producing a point in a little game of Bucket at the end of a one-hour training session.

No one is quite sure why it's called Bucket, a pleasant, if slightly painful diversion that combines a few laughs with some serious volley work.

Players stand on the service lines and drive volleys at each other. Don't pop one up or, as coach Martin demon-strated, you'll pay.

Notwith-standing some lingering soreness and some yellow fuzz clinging to the hairs on his thigh, Fish has scarcely been in a better place, emotionally and physically, than he is now.

"This was the trip I missed the most last year," he said later, reviewing the season he lost in 2005 to double wrist surgery and marveling over the progress he has made this year. "This is what means the most to me. "Wimbledon. ... I mean, I feel so comfortable on grass. I'm just excited to be playing well again, and that it didn't take but a month and a half to get my game back."

It really is quite amazing that Fish, whose ranking dived to 341 on Feb. 20, is now at No. 86. He's straight into Wimbledon and, as one of only four players to take a set from Roger Federer here in the past three years, there isn't a player in his path who isn't deeply concerned about facing him, starting with his good buddy in the first round, Robby Ginepri.

For a long time, Fish, 24, was every American pundit's favorite whipping boy.

Lazy. Spoiled. Inconsistent. He's heard all the appellations.

He's not hearing them now. This is the new, fully matured Mardy Fish.

"I worked my tail off for five straight months off the court while I was recovering from the surgery," he said. "I'm much more mature than I was two years ago.

"Just having been through the year I was through last year, looking at the big picture, I'm very blessed and I knew I had a great life.

"But I didn't want to be sitting on my butt."

The surgeries, in June and September, were, he has concluded, "a blessing in disguise. There is no secret I needed to get into shape. What it was, I think, is that I did well early in my career without really doing much off the court."

The game always was easier, more natural for Fish than it was for Andy Roddick.

"Yeah, for sure," Fish agreed when asked if that ease of performance made him less committed to his off-court work. "But even before my wrist problems, at the beginning of 2004, I made a commitment to get more fit."

Part of that commitment was calling Martin, one of the most cerebral top 10s to play the game, and asking him to become his coach.

There are coaches out there, desperate enough to work with a player of Fish's talent, that they won't crack the whip for fear of being told to hit the road.

Martin isn't one of them.

Married with two children and completely comfortable in his post-tennis life, Martin was the fit Fish needed.

"I have this great feeling he knows exactly how I should play to win," Fish said. "He's been in every situation, so that's great to have him in your corner. "I just felt we had similar styles of play. What he had that was better than me was up here," Fish said, pointing to his brain. "He could incorporate shot selection, tactics, how to handle a loss in a big match. He's not going to bow down to some kid whose highest ranking was 17. That's peanuts for him."

Whether Fish plays Ginepri today is questionable. They're on the schedule, but with so many rain postponements from Monday, it could easily be shunted to Wednesday.

Ginepri has beaten Fish twice, though they've not met on grass. Plus, as good as Fish is playing right now, that's how bad Ginepri has been. After winning only one of his first five matches of 2006, Fish is 27-6 since, including two titles at Challengers. -- the latest three weeks ago on grass at nearby Surbiton.

"It's tough to say I expect to go far here," Fish said. "But whoever wins our first-round match has a real opportunity in the draw. I don't know what to expect, so I'll just play the first round like it's a final."

Better yet, play it like it's a game of Bucket.

Who's That Bearded American With the Wicked Backhand?

By TOM PERROTTA
June 29, 2006
Wimbledon

The man on Court 14 was mysterious. Wearing a bandana, a scruffy beard, and shaggy hair, he seemed to be a transplant from some Wimbledon of long ago, back when lawn tennis was the most popular game in town. His tennis was old-fashioned, too, laconic and single-minded in its purpose: find corners, attack the net, and finish with a volley.

"Look, that's Mardy Fish," a spectator said to his young son upon reviewing his guide to yesterday's matches (the child could not see over the green wooden barrier surrounding the grass on Court 14). "Mardy Fish is winning easily."

Fish, the 24-year-old American with plenty of bad luck, has not heard someone say that about him for a long, long time. But yesterday it was true, as he picked apart Robby Ginepri, an American whose fortunes are headed in a decidedly different direction (after a stellar 2005, Ginepri has played 14 tournaments this year and has yet to win more than two matches in any of them). Fish played aggressive, intelligent tennis, often knocking the 17th-seeded Ginepri off balance in a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory. Best of all, his left wrist, the subject of two surgeries in June and September of last year, feels healthy again.

"I feel like I'm playing the best tennis I ever have before right now," Fish said. "This is the surface I play best on."

Even so, Fish has never gone beyond the third round at Wimbledon in three previous tries. He should have a chance for more this year, considering the nice patch of open draw he finds himself in. If he wins his next match against unseeded Melle Van Gemerden of the Netherlands, Fish would need to defeat claycourt specialist Gaston Gaudio, the no. 16 seed, for a place in the fourth round, where he could meet Rafael Nadal or perhaps Andre Agassi.

Fish has the tools to beat the lot of them. Yesterday, he won 45 of 61 points at net (74%), including 22 of 32 points on serve-and-volley (69%). Fish does nothing fancy with his volleys, relying instead on well placed approach shots followed by simple punches deep into his opponent's court. On most points, good sense trumps flash, a habit that has undoubtedly been reinforced by his coach, former American star and U.S. Open finalist Todd Martin, whose game was one of the sturdiest on tour. For the match, Fish hit 35 winners against 18 unforced errors.

At the baseline, Fish's backhand remains his biggest threat, and that's where his left wrist comes into play. He said that his left hand is weaker than his dominant one, and perhaps was not durable enough for the forceful wrist snap he incorporates into his two-handed backhand. He first injured a ligament, and then, after his first surgery, the triangular fibro-cartilage in his wrist. His problems were similar to those suffered in recent years by Kim Clijsters, who feared that the injury might end her career.

"It's the worst thing to tear," Fish said.

After his surgery, Fish needed a month before he could begin to train and five months before he could play competitively. During that period, he said, he concentrated on his weaknesses.

"I worked hard on ground strokes, on the forehand because that was the only thing I could hit," he said, adding his serve and his volley to the list. "I kind of feel like my backhand is always gonna be there. Those other things were a little bit lacking."

Right now, the 86th-ranked Fish only lacks victories. At the All England Club, he hopes to correct that, too.

Deboogle!.
02-02-2007, 04:07 PM
http://www.sapopentennis.com/news/news.asp?story_id=182

A Fish Named Mardy
January 28, 2007

By Joel Drucker

The rise and fall and resurgence of Mardy Fish keenly showcases tennis’ allure: This is a lifetime sport, where no matter how well a player wields a racquet he invariably and perhaps even frequently comes to a fork in the road. It can occur to a 14-year-old girl trying to make her high school team, a nationally ranked junior, or even, as Pete Sampras once confessed, to a man who’s already won a U.S. Open title. Said Sampras, “That first win in ’90, I was just a pup going through a zone. I didn’t really know what it meant to be a pro.”

Which brings us back to Fish. Three years ago, Fish had concluded 2003 ranked 20 in the world. At the SAP Open, he conducted himself with élan and brio. Boosted by superb serving and a heat-seeking missile of a backhand, Fish earned his first career win over Andre Agassi in the semis to reach the final versus his former housemate, Andy Roddick. The two played a sparkling final, Roddick squeaking out a 15-13 tiebreak in the first set, then earning the second 6-4. Though Fish had lost, greater days were surely around the corner.

But it didn’t quite go that way. Pardon this language, but Fish floundered:retard:. A combination of injuries and poor results dragged down his confidence and his ranking. The coach who’d helped him get to the top 20, Kelly Jones, was jettisoned. Watching Fish sink, I began to question his work ethic. All his life, he had been a tennis prodigy, even touted on TV as the world’s best two-year-old player. Was he a case of someone being told too often what a great athlete he was? On a technical basis, could he ever make his forehand as good as his backhand? At the end of 2005, he was ranked 227 in the world.

It has been an interesting journey for Fish and his generation of American players. Fish, James Blake, Andy Roddick, Robby Ginepri and Taylor Dent have all followed an incredibly successful flock – Sampras, Agassi, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, as well as Todd Martin, Mal Washington and David Wheaton. All of these seven reached Grand Slam semis and cracked the top 15. But they also did it quite rapidly, barely pausing to hiccup.

For the current crop, it’s been tougher. All of them – including former world number one Roddick – have had to recreate themselves as new players, investing considerable time in new physical, mental and tactical directions.

So it was that more than a year ago Fish joined forces with Martin. It was an inspired selection. While Fish seemed in danger of leaving some good tennis on the table, Martin had wrung the towel dry, taking every step possible to make himself as good as he could be. Martin became the senior guru, with ex-pro Scott Humphries also on-board. This two-pronged approach has become increasingly popular for those that can afford it (Roddick’s duo of Jimmy Connors and brother John, Blake’s squad of Brian Barker and brother Thomas).

On a micro basis, Martin and Humphries helped Fish improve his forehand, learning to add more loop to the swing, resulting in more topspin and margin to the stroke. Fish previously had hit it too flat, an approach that requires supreme timing and can break down under pressure.

But the bigger lesson Fish seems to have learned is one of work, discipline and simultaneous short-term attention to process and long-term commitment to a big picture approach to his career. Early in his career, I found Fish playing with too much urgency, as if he needed to impose himself on the world pronto and that surely his alleged talent was enough to accomplish that objective. But as Fish has learned, talent is different than skill.

What I liked about Fish’s effort in Australia was his maturity. A first-round win over Ivan Ljubicic was of course impressive, but also precisely the kind of lightning bolt result Fish could likely deliver – and then fail to build on. Moreover, Ljubicic’s mix of clean ballstriking and wavering attention span during Slams was a good fit for Fish. I was more concerned with how Fish would follow that win. In the spirit of the exemplary craftsman Martin had been, Fish won a gritty four-setter over Nicolas Mahut, benefited from a first-set retirement from Wayne Arthurs and arrived to set up a round of 16 match versus David Ferrer.

Ferrer, even more than Ljubicic, was the kind of opponent not easy to beat over the course of a long match – particularly for a player as mercurial as Fish. Look up the phrase “good little player” in the dictionary and you’ll see a picture of Ferrer, a man who quietly and persistently has made himself the third-ranked Spaniard by playing a game of exceptional steadiness and self-possession. Fish could slash his way through Ljubicic, but the 5’ 9” Ferrer was the equivalent of a tight-wadded landlord. Levitating through the first set, 6-1, Fish proved tenacious in scraping out the second in a tiebreak. Though he dropped the third 6-2, he earned another overtime victory in the fourth, 7-5. He’d rattled off 54 winners, won 63 percent of his points at the net and, quite impressively, snapped up four of his five break point opportunities. Though he was manhandled by Roddick in the next round, Fish’s run to the quarters is by far the most positive sign of his career. :D

tangerine_dream
02-22-2007, 04:56 PM
:D

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=2771940
Top 20 on the horizon for Fish
By Bonnie DeSimone
Special to ESPN.com
Feb 21, 2007

http://espn-ak.starwave.com/photo/2007/0220/ten_a_fish_195.jpg
Photo caption: Mardy Fish has reached at least the quarterfinals in all three events he's played in 2007.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Mardy Fish enters this week almost back to where he started before two wrist surgeries interrupted his upward trajectory in the rankings in 2005. He's holding steady at No. 25 -- a mere 316 notches above his nadir of exactly one year ago.

Fish calls it his "second-career career high."

"If I get back into the top 20 again, if I can best my career high from before [No. 17], it would be so much sweeter this time," said Fish, who reached at least the quarterfinals in his first three tournaments this year. He fell prey to eventual finalist Ivo Karlovic's monster serve here in the quarterfinals of the SAP Open last Friday and is playing in Memphis, Tenn., this week.

"It all came so fast in '03 and '04, having that success when I was 20, 21 years old," Fish said. "I worked hard to do that, but not nearly as hard as I am now."

His good early-season results are surprising in a couple of ways. Fish generally is a slow starter, but got his legs going by playing three matches in the Hopman Cup, an international mixed doubles competition in Perth, Australia, leading up to the year's first Grand Slam.

More interesting is the fact Fish is just weeks removed from completely reconstructing his forehand and tweaking his service motion, substantive changes that often are difficult to make for an established player.

Like a person pondering therapy of any kind, Fish said he had to be ready to listen. He took the initiative with coaches Todd Martin and Scott Humphries, saying he was tired of limping along with a mediocre forehand and a subpar first-serve percentage.

Fine-tuning is one thing. This was a full-scale intervention that began on Fish's first practice after a two-week hiatus in December as Martin fed Fish hundreds of balls manually over the net. Job One was to fix Fish's backswing on the forehand, which wasn't generating enough spin.

"My dad told me when I was 8 years old to go from low to high," Fish said, referring to Tom, a teaching pro. "I got away from that for a good 16 years. I just wanted to get my forehand to average. I really lost a lot of confidence in it last year and I felt like that was the reason why I lost a lot of close matches.

"The problem was when the ball was high I was always coming through flat. The ball spin would come off my racket almost sideways. The range that I had to miss the ball and make the ball was real small."

Fish said he'd also become overly reliant on an exaggerated rock-back, surge-forward motion when he served to propel him toward the net for his serve-and-volley game, costing him height and accuracy.

"On a good day, I would serve 50 or 52 percent first serves," Fish said. "These days, that's not good enough. If I could get my serve to 60 percent, it would minimize a lot of the breaks that I have."

Fish approached that project with far more trepidation than the forehand reconstruction. The revamped, more economical service motion is still very much a work in progress, as his first-serve percentage this year is still 50.

"The serve is the toughest to change," he said. "We want to maximize the height over the net, the trajectory of getting up and hitting it to where I have a real good margin for error."

Humphries said Fish still has some "growing pains on that front," but added he and Martin were impressed with how quickly Fish integrated the offseason work into his game.

"It's been a long couple of years, but he's playing better tennis now than he did before he was hurt," Humphries said. "And he doesn't want to stop there. He wants to crack the top 10."

Fish reached the semifinals in Auckland and made his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal in Australia, upsetting fourth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic in the first round.

"I lost the first set and won the second in a tiebreak," Fish said. "That's a set I would have lost last year."

With a spot in the semifinals on the line, Fish ran into his close pal Andy Roddick, who steamrolled him.

"I can't remember much of that match," Fish said. "It was quick and not fun. I would have anticipated that playing Andy on such a big stage would've been more fun and a more competitive match. But he really wanted a chance at Roger [Federer]. It's well-documented that he played well that day." :awww:

Fish, the 2004 Olympic silver medalist, badly wants to play Davis Cup again. He was a regular selection from 2002 to '04. But the Bryan brothers have rightfully cornered the doubles market and Fish knows he'd have to make a powerful argument to unseat either Roddick or James Blake for a singles slot.

"Maybe I could give James or Andy a rest," he said. "I'd go to the first round and play every year and have those guys take it home if they want. But I'm not in a position for [Davis Cup captain] Patrick [McEnroe] to make that call. Those guys are top 10."

Mardy Fish
Year-End Ranking
Year Rank W-L
2006 47 22-18
2005 227 6-11
2004 37 29-20
2003 20 39-25

Deboogle!.
03-01-2007, 01:53 AM
According to a Wilson guy on TTC from Vegas, Wilson has just signed Mardy! :banana:

ataptc
03-04-2007, 04:43 AM
:banana:

snaillyyy
04-27-2007, 02:00 AM
Fish Nets Catch: Mardy Fish dating TV model
By Sarah Alvanipour
With no American players present during the first major claycourt event of the season in Monte Carlo, guessing the chances of the US contingent on the dirt this year is like being on an episode of “Deal or No Deal.”
Another reality show transplanted from the UK, the NBC program asks contestants to guess the amount of money in a briefcase and try to maximize their winnings. They must decide whether to take the money being offered for an unopened briefcase, or take a chance and find out its contents – which may lead to a bigger prize or a wipe out.
A bevy of beauties are on display to reveal the contents of each briefcase in suspenseful fashion. Among them is Stacey Gardner (http://www.nbc.com/Deal_or_No_Deal/models/stacey.shtml). And not only does she have a gig on one of the biggest hits on television, she spends some of her free time on the tennis tour, accompanying boyfriend Mardy Fish to ATP events.
She was present alongside Fish’s coach Todd Martin two weeks ago in Houston, wearing khaki slacks, Gucci belt, and a black camisole, Gardner braved the dipping evening temperatures to stand by her man—until he lost to Mariano Zabaleta in the second round. Fish was the defending champion at the event.
The two have been a couple for quite some time now, with Fish posting a picture of Gardner as one of his “friends” on his My Space page as early as last November. Gardner reciprocated the gesture on her own My Space page.
Set to the music of Jake Owen’s “8 Second Ride,” Fish’s page also lists Bob Bryan as a “friend.”
Gardner, 26, is one year older than Fish. She has not only the modeling chops to compete on television screens and magazine pages, but is also a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, from which she completed her law degree in 2005. Although she has passed her Board Exams, the Beverly Hills, Calif. native is not currently a practicing attorney as she is pursuing her modeling aspirations.
Filming for the upcoming season of Deal or No Deal wrapped up shortly prior to the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, allowing Gardner to fly into Houston just in time to watch Fish try to defend his title.
“We were shooting from 7 a.m. to midnight for a week,” she told Tennis.com. “So now we are on hiatus.”
While Fish fell short of his goal, a pleasant and approachable Gardner remained cheerful and approachable. She stopped in the lobby of the clubhouse at Westside Tennis and Fitness following the match to chat and even console some of Fish’s younger fans, joking with one that she “may have some competition” when it came to her boyfriend.
With a month off from her presenting duties, Gardner says she will accompany the American to some European tournaments, though she didn’t yet know which ones.
In any case, it appears that Fish has a good “deal” by having Gardner in his box.
http://tennis.com/print.aspx?id=75246

Sofyaxo
04-27-2007, 05:19 AM
Hum I thought he was with #17 not #2 oh well. :rolleyes:

Deboogle!.
04-27-2007, 05:39 AM
Fish Nets Catch: Mardy Fish dating TV model
By Sarah Alvanipour
With no American players present during the first major claycourt event of the season in Monte Carlo, guessing the chances of the US contingent on the dirt this year is like being on an episode of “Deal or No Deal.”
Another reality show transplanted from the UK, the NBC program asks contestants to guess the amount of money in a briefcase and try to maximize their winnings. They must decide whether to take the money being offered for an unopened briefcase, or take a chance and find out its contents – which may lead to a bigger prize or a wipe out.
A bevy of beauties are on display to reveal the contents of each briefcase in suspenseful fashion. Among them is Stacey Gardner (http://www.nbc.com/Deal_or_No_Deal/models/stacey.shtml). And not only does she have a gig on one of the biggest hits on television, she spends some of her free time on the tennis tour, accompanying boyfriend Mardy Fish to ATP events.
She was present alongside Fish’s coach Todd Martin two weeks ago in Houston, wearing khaki slacks, Gucci belt, and a black camisole, Gardner braved the dipping evening temperatures to stand by her man—until he lost to Mariano Zabaleta in the second round. Fish was the defending champion at the event.
The two have been a couple for quite some time now, with Fish posting a picture of Gardner as one of his “friends” on his My Space page as early as last November. Gardner reciprocated the gesture on her own My Space page.
Set to the music of Jake Owen’s “8 Second Ride,” Fish’s page also lists Bob Bryan as a “friend.”
Gardner, 26, is one year older than Fish. She has not only the modeling chops to compete on television screens and magazine pages, but is also a graduate of Southwestern University School of Law, from which she completed her law degree in 2005. Although she has passed her Board Exams, the Beverly Hills, Calif. native is not currently a practicing attorney as she is pursuing her modeling aspirations.
Filming for the upcoming season of Deal or No Deal wrapped up shortly prior to the US Men’s Clay Court Championships, allowing Gardner to fly into Houston just in time to watch Fish try to defend his title.
“We were shooting from 7 a.m. to midnight for a week,” she told Tennis.com. “So now we are on hiatus.”
While Fish fell short of his goal, a pleasant and approachable Gardner remained cheerful and approachable. She stopped in the lobby of the clubhouse at Westside Tennis and Fitness following the match to chat and even console some of Fish’s younger fans, joking with one that she “may have some competition” when it came to her boyfriend.
With a month off from her presenting duties, Gardner says she will accompany the American to some European tournaments, though she didn’t yet know which ones.
In any case, it appears that Fish has a good “deal” by having Gardner in his box.
http://tennis.com/print.aspx?id=75246I was just about to say that that's as bad as the stuff on AR.com. Then I saw who wrote it..... and it all made perfect sense *light bulb goes off*

snaillyyy
04-27-2007, 12:28 PM
so many light bulbs went off after I saw who wrote it, that I went blind for a second;)

tangerine_dream
04-28-2007, 06:43 PM
AR.com staff is writing for tennis.com now? :lol:

More importantly, thank you for posting that awesome pic of Mardy as an attachment. :hearts:

leoneo
07-15-2007, 02:40 AM
Go Mardy~~~~~~~~~~~~~

tangerine_dream
08-02-2007, 07:56 PM
Todd Martin is no longer coaching Mardy.

From Off the Baseline blog:
Q: So what’s the scoop on Martin’s split from Fish? Is he working with someone else or just not working with Mardy anymore?

Lynn answered: The split actually happened a few weeks ago, and Fish and Martin have had approach and method problems for a long time now. It sounds like a style thing really.

I heard some stories, for ex, about Martin wanting to talk thru stuff with intellectual complexity, while Mardy just wanted to get out and hit more balls. My understanding is that Martin gave Fish the boot, but his travel coach, Scott Humphries, is still on board and is pretty much the main man anyway.

I don’t know if Martin will take on another pupil or what. I guess we’ll see.
Good luck to Martin, and good luck to Mardy. I hope he can find somebody who can work their magic on him 'cause he needs it badly. :sad:

kaylee
08-24-2007, 02:54 PM
With Blake and Mardy Fish each one victory from a meeting in the final, Blake reminded reporters how close the two are - Blake's brother was doing Fish's laundry Thursday night. "My best friend on the tour," Blake said. ... Afternoon attendance was 5,900.

This just in from tennisserver.com heehee geeze Mardy can't do his own laundry?????????????

Deboogle!.
12-25-2007, 12:25 AM
Guys! Mardy's engaged!

http://floridatennisnews.com/?p=656
http://www.tennis-x.com/ptfstory/2007-12-22/527.php

Congrats Mardy!! :banana: :aparty: :drink:

Veronique
12-28-2007, 02:55 PM
2008 is the year of the Don. Vote to give him his own forum http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?p=6347275#post6347275

otowngurl86apa
12-29-2007, 12:38 PM
Guys! Mardy's engaged!

http://floridatennisnews.com/?p=656
http://www.tennis-x.com/ptfstory/2007-12-22/527.php

Congrats Mardy!! :banana: :aparty: :drink:

Yaaay! Congrats to Mardy!

GollyLou
12-29-2007, 08:54 PM
Guys! Mardy's engaged!

http://floridatennisnews.com/?p=656
http://www.tennis-x.com/ptfstory/2007-12-22/527.php

Congrats Mardy!! :banana: :aparty: :drink:

... But not to Andy. :sad:

However, congrats Mardy!!!! :banana: :aparty:

tangerine_dream
12-29-2007, 10:43 PM
... But not to Andy. :sad:
:haha:

Congrats to Mardy on his engagement. :aparty:

tangerine_dream
02-28-2008, 08:49 PM
:)

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/feb/28/wednesday-at-the-club/
Fit Fish

Unseeded American Mardy Fish, a semifinalist in Memphis last year, has added a full-time trainer to his entourage.

Fish said he felt it was the right move to make to keep himself in shape for the rigors of playing on tennis's world-wide circuit. He hired Rory Cordial after Wimbledon last summer.

''He's not only a physical therapist, but he's someone who we can get in the gym and really work on some stuff,'' Fish said. ''We can work on deficiencies I have as far as my strength, we can get my arm stronger so it doesn't wear down deep into tournaments.

''We're getting there. It's a long process. But so far it's been a pretty solid year.''

Fish said he was motivated to hire a full-time trainer after watching the success Andy Roddick and Robby Ginepri had by making such moves.

''Guys that have always traveled with a trainer are rarely injured,'' Fish said. ''That has to speak volumes. Andy hasn't missed very many tournaments over the years and Doug (Spreen, Roddick's trainer) has a lot to do with that. He obviously puts you to work during the off-weeks.''

Fish said Cordial, a former Oregon State quarterback, previously worked in Arizona training college football players for the NFL Combine.

''He's extremely smart as far as knowing the body and knowing athletes, it's a great setup,'' Fish said. ''He's from Montana so he hasn't traveled too much. He's never been to any of these (Tour stops). He thinks Memphis is a whole another country, especially with the way you guys talk.''

Deboogle!.
02-28-2008, 08:51 PM
:o

otowngurl86apa
02-28-2008, 08:52 PM
I read that this morning and meant to post it! Thanks :)
Also, atptennis.com has Kelly listed as his coach.... :confused:

Deboogle!.
02-28-2008, 08:55 PM
I read somewhere that Kelly Jones and Craig Boynton are teaming up to coach him now... lemme see if i can find it :scratch:

otowngurl86apa
02-28-2008, 08:57 PM
I knew we figured out the Craig part, but now everything I see says just Kelly Jones... and it confused me

Deboogle!.
02-28-2008, 08:59 PM
I can't find it and I don't remember where I saw it :awww: But yea it said they were sharing coaching duties.

otowngurl86apa
02-28-2008, 09:01 PM
Cool beans, that makes me :)

Deboogle!.
02-28-2008, 09:02 PM
Yea I agree that it's a good thing

Deboogle!.
03-26-2008, 02:08 PM
Flying high: Mardy Fish comes into Key Biscayne tourney after biggest week of career

By Lisa Riddle

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Mardy Fish, fresh off a surprising run to the final at last week's Pacific Life Open event at Indian Wells, is soaring like a jet plane as he prepares to play in the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne.

The former Vero Beach resident arrived in South Florida, where the tournament begins today, after knocking off three of the world's top-10 players, including No. 1-ranked Roger Federer, whom he beat in straight sets.

Fish is scheduled to play Arnaud Clement either Thursday or Friday in the first round of the Sony Ericsson.

"He's a really good player and a tough player to play because he's very fast. He's very fit," Fish said of Clement. "With the tournament in Florida, there will be a few more people that have followed my career a little more, and it feels a little bit closer to home.

"I'm hoping to bank on the last matches I had this past week and keep it rolling."

Fish rates his victory over Federer — a 6-3, 6-2 decision — as the best of his career, better than any of his wins during his silver medal showing at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. He held Federer to the fewest games he's won in a match since assuming the No. 1 ranking four years ago.

"It's No. 1, hands down," Fish said. "It was one of those dream matches where everything kind of went my way. That was kind of a blur, it happened so fast. I probably would have struggled a bit if it had been a tight match.

"Luckily, I got up a couple breaks in the second set, to where I didn't have to think of it."

Last year, a shoulder injury forced Fish to retire in the first round at Indian Wells and he withdraw from the following week's Ericsson tournament.

This year, Fish advanced six rounds at Indian Wells before losing to third-ranked Novak Djokovic in the final. And, as a result, Fish jumped from 98th to 40th in the world rankings and, though unseeded, comes in as a contender at the Sony Ericsson.

"It's nice to play those matches and know I can beat those players," Fish said. "It's nice to reassure myself that I can do it."

Fish, 26, quietly moved through the first two rounds last week before knocking off the top seeds.

He first beat No. 4-ranked Nikolay Davydenko in the third round. Then he bounced out No. 22-ranked and two-time Indian Wells winner Lleyton Hewitt and follow that by beating No. 7-ranked David Nalbandian.

Then he stunned Federer.

Even in his loss to Djokovic, Fish played tough, taking the Serb to three sets before succumbing 6-2, 5-7, 6-3.

Fish said he received plenty of support, playing in front of crowds as large as 17,000. People held signs reading, "Go Fish," and one woman even brought a fishing pole to the final.

"It was an exciting tournament because the fans were so big for me and behind me the entire time,"said Fish, who is now ranked in the Top-10 in the 2008 ATP points race. "They pulled me through the Nalbandian match. And the match against Djokovic, they were big there, too.

"People love underdogs in sports, in general. They tend to root for the underdog, and that was definitely the case for (me) all those matches."

So, life is good now for Fish, as he celebrates his string of wins and plans his September wedding to Stacey Gardner, who holds the No. 2 case on NBC's "Deal or No Deal" game show. He plans to marry her in Los Angeles, Gardner's hometown, and have Andy Roddick and James Blake as groomsmen.

"It's nice," Fish said. "I play a fun game for a living, and I'm pretty good at it. As far as getting engaged, that's a fun time as well. To be able to go through all this stuff with Stacey there is nice.

"I also get to go back home and give back to a community that's given a lot to me," he added, referring to Vero Beach and his annual tennis exhibition and country music show, which benefit his Mardy Fish Foundation.

otowngurl86apa
03-26-2008, 02:47 PM
:awww: Exciting!!

ataptc
03-27-2008, 03:31 AM
:dance:

otowngurl86apa
04-22-2008, 12:39 AM
Athens runner-up Fish joins Roddick in skipping Beijing tennis

8 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) — Mardy Fish, who stunned world number one Roger Federer in last month's ATP final at Indian Wells, will join Andy Roddick in skipping the Beijing Olympics for a US Open tuneup event.

Fish, a silver medalist at the 2004 Athens Olympics, committed Monday to the ATP Washington Classic, which will be played August 9-17 opposite the Olympic men's tennis tournament.

Roddick had already said he would defend his title at Washington rather than represent the United States at Beijing because it would offer a better preparation for the US Open, which begins eight days after Washington's final.

Fish, ranked 42nd overall, is the third-ranked US player on the ATP Tour behind sixth-ranked Roddick and eighth-rated James Blake.

"Participating enables me to get the match play I need in preparation for New York," Fish said.

Also committing to Washington was John Isner, the hard-serving American who won five matches in a third-set tie-breaker last year at Washington before losing to Roddick in the final.


On the one hand I'm :o but on the other I'm :D because now I get to see him!

Deboogle!.
04-22-2008, 01:12 AM
I think in Mardy's case it is the right decision. He has his memories and his medal and the experience. Let one of the young kids go over and do it and let him focus on the USO. if he hadn't gone before or even if he hadn't gotten the medal, I'd say, eh, he should go. But I think this is smart for him all things considered.

otowngurl86apa
04-22-2008, 01:17 AM
I think so too. He needs the match play, most definitely. And I get to see him haha

Deboogle!.
04-22-2008, 01:24 AM
There you go, everyone wins ;) :D

otowngurl86apa
05-30-2008, 12:00 AM
I got this in a Google Alert this afternoon and it made me very :awww:

http://www.tennis-x.com/ptfstory/2008-05-29/660.php
Forehand, K-Swiss Get Behind Surging Mardy Fish

Posted on May 29, 2008

By Richard Vach

Ever had a day where you couldn't hit two consistent forehands in a row to save your life? Or simply keep it in the court? It's not just a problem for recreational players. Ask Mardy Fish.

"At the end of 2006 I just lost complete confidence in the forehand," Fish said. "It was essentially my weakest shot, and that was no secret. The forehand is one of those shots that -- it's a confidence shot for me, to be honest. If I'm hitting it okay, I really feel like it's an okay shot. And if I'm not hitting it okay, I feel like it's the worst shot in tennis history. That's not the right attitude, and that was my attitude."

Fish had just started working with coach Todd Martin around that time, and Martin was taken aback when in the middle of practice Fish blurted out in frustration, "So what are we going to do about this forehand?"

"Me and Todd sat down, and I said, 'I'd really like to figure this thing out and change up my forehand. I feel like I'm a talented enough player where I can have some kind of forehand, let's see what we can do here,'" Fish said. "We threw in a different swing with it, and that helped a little bit. Now I've gotten away from that swing, and I've gone kind of back to working with repetitions, to be honest with you. Just every single day after practice, I'd hit 30 forehands, sitter forehands, every day at practice."

Martin ended his coaching stint with Fish in 2007, and another Florida resident, former tour player Kelly Jones, took over 'Project Forehand' and the coaching duties.

"I couldn't find the right spin -- I would have almost sidespin to the shot, and I was having a problem getting under the ball and rolling the ball," Fish said. "One shot I would come through it almost sideways, and another shot I would hit it okay and then I would hit it with too much topspin. I had to find the right kind of spin and the right kind of swing and stay aggressive with it."

Jones, who has since split with Fish to spend more time with his family, said the mental approach to the forehand was just as important as the physical.

"We spent many practices using a rope to increase the height of the net and create a vision of how to get the ball up and down," Jones said. "He learned how to drive high balls with spin like all the best forehands do in today's game."

Through the repetition of hitting balls and some technical tweaks, the Fish forehand, and the confidence that goes with it, is now back. That was in evidence this past March at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, where Fish unleashed a torrent of forehand winners to overwhelm world No. 1 Roger Federer 6-3, 6-2.

"Right now the shot feels like it's a weapon, and whether it is or not, to me it's a confidence thing," Fish says. "If I feel like it's a weapon, that's all that matters. Against Federer and against some of the other guys I beat in Indian Wells, it was a weapon. It used to be a shot where guys would just loop it up to my forehand and I would miss, and that's just not the case anymore. It's a huge confidence shot, and I'm extremely confident with it right now."

Fish's confidence has been further bolstered by a rededication to training and fitness. The 26-year-old rose to No. 17 on the ATP Rankings four years ago, despite an early-career reputation on tour as a player who preferred the golf course over hitting the practice court or gym. Injuries have always been a nagging concern, with multiple wrist surgeries in 2005, and last year missing the French Open after injuring his foot kicking a football.

"I've had my share of injuries that have been chronicled over the past few years," Fish says. "It's frustrating, something that was a little bit of bad luck and maybe a little bit of my fault, not getting in the gym enough and strengthening the areas that need to be strengthened."

He now travels with a full-time trainer for the first time, spending "lots of time in the gym" at tournaments and in off-weeks.

"We're doing that now, getting my knees rectified and my shoulder, where they don't get as fatigued as they used to, and fatigue leads to wear and tear," Fish says. "That was the case in the last few years."

As of May, Fish was Top 15 in the ATP Race Standings, which counts 2008-only earned ranking points, the quickest start in years for the American. This year his results and new attitude attracted the attention of classic tennis clothing and shoe manufacturer K-Swiss, who has gotten behind Florida residents Fish, Tommy Haas and Anna Kournikova in essentially re-launching the brand in the U.S.

"It's a company that everyone is well aware of, but they just haven't done much [in the past] as far as players were concerned," Fish says. "They wanted to get involved in tennis in Europe as well as the States, and with it being an American-owned company right now, they wanted to get into mainstream athletics with some of the main sports. They've been using my feedback in regard to the kind of clothes I like, the kind of clothes that are the best for me to wear and are most comfortable. They've been awesome."

Fish is the first U.S. athlete on K-Swiss' 'tennis re-launch' roster, step one in the company's plan to re-establish itself on the American tennis landscape.

"As he's gotten older he's refocused himself from a fitness level and everything," said K-Swiss Director of Sports Marketing Erik Vervloet on his attraction to Fish. "He definitely has the talent, no one has ever questioned that, and the U.S. needs him at the top of the game. And for K-Swiss to reestablish ourself in tennis and in the U.S., it was important for us to get someone who represented the face of American tennis. I think we have three guys out there in Andy Roddick who has done an amazing job of taking tennis to the forefront in the U.S.; James Blake is a first-class individual who does an amazing job of representing our country; and the logical choice to go with those guys is Mardy. He's young, he's charismatic, he's a good-looking kid with a great personality, he is the 'apple pie' person you want to get. He is what American tennis is all about."

After veering off into the lifestyle category for years, K-Swiss is intent on returning to its tennis roots.

"Our company is steeped in tennis heritage -- we were the first leather tennis shoe in 1966 at Wimbledon," Vervloet says. "We got big in the lifestyle category by accident when [rapper] Ice-T wore our shoe on the Arsenio Hall Show [in 1995] and it changed our brand, but we never turned our back on tennis. Our marketing and our brand image came away from [tennis] and that was a mistake, we never meant to do that."

BAND OF BROTHERS
Part of Fish's training regimen continues to be working out at Saddlebrook near his Tampa home with neighbors James Blake, Bob and Mike Bryan, and occasional visiting practice partner Andy Roddick.

"James and I live in the same community just south of Saddlebrook, just 20 minutes down the road; and we live, like, an 8-iron away from each other," Fish says. "We're real close so we drive around in golf carts -- we drive around and go play some golf here or some tennis, or go to the gym, so it's a great set-up for sure."

The Davis Cup partners continue to stay close. Fish and Blake played doubles together in May when they opened their claycourt season at Rome, losing in a third-set tiebreak to the No. 2 seeds. Prior to their departure for Europe, the whole crew got together for a bachelor party organized by Roddick for Fish's upcoming Sept. 28 wedding to attorney and Deal or No Deal "briefcase model" Stacey Gardner of Los Angeles.

"We all went to Vegas and had a pretty good time, to say the least," Fish said of the boys-only trip.

The Fish-Roddick friendship, born from a competitive-brother-type relationship when they lived together at the Roddick household during high school, has endured over the years -- not an easy task in competitive tennis where true friendships aren't easy to come by.

"[In high school] we competed with everything from girlfriends to getting to school quicker -- I thought my way was better and he thought his way was better. We competed at everything, especially one-on-one basketball in his backyard at his parents place," Fish says. "We have a brother-type relationship where we'll always be friends, no matter what is said on the court. We've gotten into it in some matches over the years, in the juniors and into the pros, we've been through most everything we can go through as far as our friendship is concerned. Our friendship has been tested over the years for sure and has come through pretty nicely."

Fish realizes that working his way back into the U.S. Davis Cup team starting line-up with Roddick and Blake won't happen overnight. In self-effacing fashion, Fish says he is happy to help out by being the practice partner and supporter in the meanwhile.

"They're nice enough to let me come along every now and then, and pick up some balls for them and be a hitting partner and hitting dummy and go to dinner with them and tell some funny jokes for them," :lol: Fish says. "As far as that goes I'll follow through on that, and hopefully they'll all stay healthy and keep the run going."

When the 2008 season ends, Fish also looks forward to the third annual Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest, held in Vero Beach where he grew up with friend and country music performer Josh "Jake" Owen. The three-day event features a kids clinics, a pro-am, a dinner reception with silent and live auctions, a concert with Jake Owen, and a tennis exhibition with Mardy and other tour players, which in the past has included Roddick and Blake. Fish created his foundation to support youth organizations in Vero Beach and Indian River County, including the Boys & Girls Club of Vero Beach, the Adopt a Family Project, and an after-school program.

"Jake Owen was one of my best friends growing up and will be the best man at my wedding," Fish says. :awww: :hearts: Jake!

THE LONE GUNMAN
Now firing consistently off both the forehand and backhand sides, Fish is looking forward to doing damage mainly during the grasscourt season and the U.S. summer hardcourt season leading up to the US Open.

For the foreseeable future he'll go without a full-time coach, similar to the world No. 1 Federer, choosing to concentrate on his fitness and staying healthy. With his ever-steady backhand now complimented by a forehand that can hurt opponents, Fish is ready to turn back the clock to 2004 when he last took up residence in the Top 20 on the ATP Rankings.

"I don't have one [ranking] point to defend until New Haven at the end of August," Fish says. "It's a great time to put everything aside and say 'let's go for it' and see what happens."

This story appears in the June issue of Play Tennis Florida magazine, the official magazine of USTA Florida, www.PlayTennisFlorida.com

Deboogle!.
05-30-2008, 12:06 AM
aw, thanks!

but oh dear, Mardy, you need a full-time coach. Now his first serve is his greatest liability :sobbing:

GollyLou
05-31-2008, 10:14 AM
Awww, Mardy. :hearts: That was so cute.

He sooo needs a full time coach. That first serve can be so awful. :o

Deboogle!.
09-28-2008, 08:23 PM
Mardy gets married today..... CONGRATS Mardy!!! :hug:

GollyLou
09-28-2008, 08:53 PM
:) :hearts:

i hope he has the perfect wedding and he fulfills his part of the deal by turning up on time :lol:

Fee
09-28-2008, 09:04 PM
Ahh, so that explains the perfect timing of the Bryans' fundraiser. James, Ginepri, etc were already in town for Mardy's wedding, might as well give them something else to do on Saturday for a few hours. :lol:

knight_ley
09-28-2008, 09:04 PM
aww congrats mardy!!!!!!

i cannot wait for pictures! :hearts:

simplysadie
09-28-2008, 09:44 PM
Does anybody know what time? Sorry for the random question...I'm just curious.

Deboogle!.
09-28-2008, 09:55 PM
Um, who knows :lol:

knight_ley
09-28-2008, 11:57 PM
so why was andy in beijing? :scratch:
friends wedding >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> a tournament.
that makes me sad when i just realized this... :sad:

oh well... *goes back to andy's thread to look @ pix*

Deboogle!.
09-29-2008, 01:10 AM
I really thought Andy was gonna tank or something to get there in time. I'm sad he's not there, and I think he will probably regret it :(

otowngurl86apa
09-29-2008, 01:10 AM
:) Exciting day for them, I'm sure!

jeahhh!
09-29-2008, 01:15 AM
Dear Mardy,
Pictures NOW, please! Thanks :armed:
Love,
Me


ps congrats btw!!

I bet case 2 looked beyond pretty

Fee
10-04-2008, 05:01 PM
One wedding photo here: http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20229473,00.html

Deboogle!.
10-04-2008, 05:11 PM
That's so strange, I thought the twins' event was on Saturday night. They were in LA, and skipped his wedding? How odd

otowngurl86apa
12-14-2008, 04:01 PM
Fish, Owen draw sell-out crowd to charity event in Vero Beach
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2008/dec/14/fish-owen-draw-sell-out-crowd-charity-event-vero-b/


VERO BEACH — Mardy’s Tennis and Jake’s Music Fest was another success, despite the cooler weather and cloudy skies.

Vero Beach native and professional tennis player Mardy Fish was glad to see so many people take part and enjoy the third annual event, which he and childhood friend and country music star Jake Owen started to benefit the youth of Indian River County through the Mardy Fish Foundation.

The event kicked off with a Mardi Gras-themed dinner and live auction Friday that sold out, with more than 200 in attendance. It continued Saturday morning with the new addition of the Golf Pro-Am Tournament that featured 13 teams of five.

Later in the day, more than 800 tennis fans attended a tennis exhibition featuring Fish against No. 4-ranked Andy Murray and a pair of doubles matches, and Owen’s concert was a hit as well with at least 900 tickets sold by mid-afternoon.

“It gives you a nice feeling to see all these people here and have more people want to help out,” Fish said. “They see a couple Vero Beach kids helping out the younger Vero Beach kids. I think it would have been different if it was just any name coming out here, but they see we’re from here, we were raised here, our parents still live here and this is very much home to us.”

Other celebrities also were in attendance during various portions of the event, including Dave Matthews Band violinist Boyd Tinsley, former tennis player Thomas Blake Jr. and former NFL players Marvin Jones and David Pollack.

Last year, the event raised about $120,000, and Fish is hoping to reach at least that this year, despite the troubled economy.

The addition of the golf tournament should help. Golfers paid $500 to play in a group with a celebrity at Grand Harbor Golf & Tennis Club.

“There are tons of golfers here in Vero Beach and tons of tennis players, so it was a great tournament in the first year,” Fish said. “We had a lot of fun.”

Former tennis champion Ivan Lendl, who retired in 1994, was another one of the celebrities who joined Fish and Owen in the golf tournament. He originally wasn’t able to make it because of a conflicting event involving his daughters, but his schedule opened up two weeks ago so he added his name to the list.

“We finished, and no one got injured so that was good,” Lendl joked. “... I’ve known (Fish’s dad) Tom for a long time, and Mardy since he was 15 probably, and if I can help out in any way, I always try to do that. It was a lot of fun being out there today and helping out a good cause.”

MARDY’S TENNIS AND JAKE’S MUSIC FEST GOLF RESULTS

Team members: gross score-handicap-net score

1. David Pollack, Lloyd Klusendorf, Mark Morein, Rita Miller, Jeff Meyer: 59-8-51

2. Jake Owen, Steve Owen, Jarrod Owen, Tom Corr, Lad Aliff: 55-2-53

3. Blaine Wilson, Rusty Cappelen, Bob Dorfman, Rusty Cappelen Jr., Kelly Kite: 59-5-54

T4. Ricardo Acuna, Arien Kantarian, Giff Daughtridge, Jim Bowhers, Larry Larson: 63-8-55

T4. Bill Riehl, Blake Ward, Brad Norgren, Chris Gurney, Fred Baggett: 64-9-55

T6. Mardy Fish, Don Proctor, Alastair Kenney, Mike Retzer Sr., Mike Retzer Jr.: 60-4-56

T6. Rusty Meacham, Russ Greenberg, Richard Leffew, Kurt Grabher, Walt Rodman: 62-6-56

T6. Don Silvestri, Tim Smyczek, Rennie Stennett 62-6-56

9. Tom Gullickson, Tom Fish, Joe Pappalardo, Joey Pappalardo, Scott Oudsema: 60-3-57

10. Thomas Blake, Bill Antle, Kate Antle, Vaughn Bryson, Ben Cox: 64-5-59

Longest drive: Jarrod Owen

Closest to the pin: Rita Miller; 7 feet, 4 inches

Deboogle!.
12-14-2008, 05:17 PM
:yeah:

otowngurl86apa
12-14-2008, 07:32 PM
http://www.wpbf.com/slideshow/seenonthescene/18267155/detail.html?rss=wpb&psp=mostpopularslideshows
slideshow of the weekend.
I want one of those shirts! I like his foundation logo, it's really cute!!

Deboogle!.
12-14-2008, 07:49 PM
thanks! they are cute! I'm sure they'll be selling them online somewhere to benefit his charity :scratch:

otowngurl86apa
12-14-2008, 08:14 PM
I hope so, they're super cute!!

snaillyyy
12-15-2008, 03:23 AM
Ok Deb, I finally saw the hair :tape: :o:rolleyes:

Tytta!.
12-15-2008, 10:51 AM
Ok Deb, I finally saw the hair :tape: :o:rolleyes:

Hmmm, I thought you were the first one to see it? :haha: :devil:

otowngurl86apa
02-04-2009, 01:58 PM
Mardy's playin an exo in Akron this weekend :)

http://www.cleveland.com/sports/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/sports-10/123374000661080.xml&coll=2
TENNIS
Top-tier players in Akron this weekend
Wednesday, February 04, 2009
Jodie Valade
Plain Dealer Reporter

Local tennis fans will have an opportunity to see some top-tier U.S. tennis players this weekend at the Jim Thomas Grand Slam Event at Springside Racquet and Fitness Club in Akron.

Mardy Fish, the No. 24 player in the world, and Sam Querrey, No. 33, will headline a series of exhibitions and clinics Friday and Saturday that will raise money for Victory Gallop, a nonprofit therapeutic riding program for children.

"It's a phenomenal opportunity if you are a tennis lover to get up close and personal to these guys," said Sue Miller, co-director of Victory Gallop.
The event is in its fourth year and includes two pro-am tournaments Friday, 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m.; a singles exhibition at 5:30 p.m. Friday between Fish and Querrey; and a doubles exhibition at 4:30 p.m. Saturday between Fish / Querrey and Canton native Jim Thomas and David Martin. The exhibition events are $25 per ticket, and pro-am costs are at varying levels.

A dinner with a silent auction and a performance by the band Wild Horses will be emceed by Tom Gullikson - the Davis Cup captain from 1994 to '99 - at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $35 per person.

Junior and adult tennis clinics Saturday are sold out.

Deboogle!.
02-22-2009, 02:46 AM
Former Boca Prep tennis star Mardy Fish enjoying life, on and off the court
By HAL HABIB
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Saturday, February 21, 2009

Mardy Fish likes the way it sounds, likes it so much he says it twice.

"Things are great," he says, and even over the phone you can tell he's smiling. "Things are great."

Fish is speaking from Memphis, his final stop on the men's pro tennis tour before a homecoming this week in Delray Beach. But that's just window dressing on his demeanor. At 27, he not only has managed to put injuries behind him, but his world ranking has risen to where it was when he was too young and it was too easy to know that seldom does that kind of success last too long or come too easily in tennis.

So yes, Mardy Fish, former Boca Prep standout, can be happy about all of that ... but did we mention he's a newlywed? That his wife is a model and TV personality? And that they had a Beverly Hills wedding?

"Yeah," Fish adds. "If you're happy off the court, you're usually pretty content on the court."

Forget this nonsense about some guys having all the luck, because right now, it seems one guy has all the luck. Fish stands to be the top seed and top attraction at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, where he is likely to have wife, Stacey Gardner (of Deal or No Deal), among his cheering section.

Good luck, then, to the jinx that has hovered over a tournament whose roots stretch back to 1993. No top seed has ever won the championship. Maybe none has arrived with so much in his favor.

"Now is the happiest I've ever been," Fish says. "I think 'content' is the perfect word for trying to kind of settle in my role as a tennis player and my role as a husband."

The backdrop for this is the number 341. That's where his world ranking stood three years ago, when a wrist injury suffered in practice led to two surgeries. As miserable as it was, who's to say Fish would be 21st in the world today - and the No. 3 American behind longtime buddies Andy Roddick and James Blake - without that time to reflect?

"I was just so hungry to get back - I mean, I won a clay court tournament, for God's sakes," he says, laughing. "I learned that I think I liked what I did a lot more than maybe I had let on. I learned that tennis was a huge part of my life. And I learned that it can all be taken from you just like that and to not take it for granted."

That's what he learned about himself. He also learned about others.

"You learn about who your true friends are and who aren't," he says, adding that he gets more calls now being ranked No. 21 than he did when he was ranked 341st.

Luckily, a mutual friend in Los Angeles did call, telling him there was a woman named Stacey he ought to meet. On Sept. 28, Mardy and Stacey were married, with Blake a groomsman.

"She's certainly a pretty girl," Fish says. "She's great. She's everything you expect in a partner - certainly a lot more than just the looks."

Gardner opens briefcase No. 2 for Howie Mandel on Deal or No Deal, has been featured on the Style Network and has served as a red-carpet host for Fox Sports.

More than just the looks? She graduated from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles and passed the bar in 2005. Since Deal or No Deal is on a break, the newlyweds have enjoyed more time together than expected, bracing for times when they'll both be away from their primary home in Tampa.

The trip south this week will bring Mardy close to his parents, who live in Vero Beach, and return him to an event that was a springboard for a career-best $847,690 in earnings last year. Fish began 2008 by reaching the quarterfinals in Delray Beach and San Jose and beating three top-10 players, including Roger Federer, en route to the Indian Wells final.

Federer was No. 1 at the time and so unbeatable that after winning the first set, Fish thought, "Now he's going to kill me." But 136 mph serves into a blur of just 63 minutes, Fish stunned Federer. And himself.

"I'm not sure what just happened, but I might as well go up to the net because I think the match is over," he admitted thinking.

Then came his memorable run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, where No. 1 Rafael Nadal required four sets to defeat Fish in a match that ended at 2:11 a.m.

This time, there were no tired "Filleted Fish" or "Fried Fish" headlines that Mardy has seen more times than he can count. This was more like the Fish who won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, has been a valuable member of the U.S. Davis Cup team and the tour's 2006 comeback player of the year. Fish's recent success doesn't surprise Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe.

"We've seen in some of the wins he's gotten in his career that he can pretty much play with anybody," McEnroe says. "He's got a great chance to finish the year in the top 20, top 15."

The difference, McEnroe says, is besides being healthy, Fish has improved his forehand, net play and conditioning to go with an already powerful serve and backhand.

Off-court happiness?

Of course, McEnroe says.

"When you get married, there's a different sense of responsibility - not only to yourself, but to your wife and who you are in general," McEnroe says. "When you're young and you start off on the tour, you don't necessarily have a grasp of the big picture, which is, 'Hey, I'm not going to play this game forever.' When you get married, you could sort of see your life after tennis. I think that's made Mardy more motivated, to be honest, to get the most out of this part of his career."

Roddick and Blake remain fixtures on the Davis Cup team, but Fish "is certainly right in the mix," McEnroe says, especially after stepping in at the last minute to team with Mike Bryan in the American team's loss to Spain just before the wedding. Bob Bryan, Mike's twin, was out with a shoulder injury.

"To be perfectly honest, for most of that match, Mardy was the best player on the court," McEnroe says.

Fish hopes the same can be said next Sunday, when the Delray event wraps up.

"It's certainly a fun tournament for me," Fish says. "It's a little more laid-back than most of the other ones because you're not as holed up in your hotel room, not-much-to-do kind of thing. There's tons of people around and that makes it a lot more fun."

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/sports/content/sports/epaper/2009/02/21/0221mardyfish.html

otowngurl86apa
02-22-2009, 01:46 PM
:awww: so cute!

Deboogle!.
03-13-2009, 01:08 AM
:o
March 12, 2009 - Fish breaks with coach; will try to go alone

By Charlie Bricker



Mardy Fish is no longer working
with traveling coach Craig Boynton and
he's not rushing to find a coaching
replacement. Fish has, however, hired
former USTA trainer Christian LoCasio on
a full-time basis and LoCasio will be
traveling with Mardy.



Boynton works out of Saddlebrook Resort,
where Fish trains. He'll continue to
work with one of the U.S.' better male
junior prospects, 6-foot-7, 17-year-old
Alex Domijan.



The Fish plan is to get through three
U.S. tournaments before deciding what he
needs to do, if anything, about a
traveling coach. He's playing Indian
Wells this week, then Key Biscayne and
the U.S. clay court event in Houston
before leaving for Europe and the
build-up to the French Open.

otowngurl86apa
03-14-2009, 12:57 AM
well isn't that just awesome :o

snaillyyy
03-14-2009, 03:42 AM
:o He is one player I don't see doing well without a permanent coach.

otowngurl86apa
06-11-2009, 08:06 PM
Mardy Fish Foundation News!
http://www.tcpalm.com/news/2009/jun/11/indian-river-county-mardy-fish-foundation-to-add/

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY — Because of the success of Pelican Island Elementary’s Mardy Fish Music Club and Health & Fitness Club, the Mardy Fish Foundation will open three additional after-school programs this fall.

Glendale Elementary, Sebastian Elementary and Thompson Magnet Elementary School are the sites.

Each school will use money provided by the Mardy Fish Foundation to open an after-school program involving sports and music activities.

The program at Pelican Island Elementary began in September 2007 and provides activities for 110 children. It includes music with a focus on playing the guitar, health and fitness, drama basketball, tennis, dance and cheerleading.

The foundation also supports the Youth Guidance Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Vero Beach.

For more information on the Mardy Fish Foundation visit www.mardytennis.com.

I Love Tsonga
06-14-2009, 04:46 PM
Thanx Man

zookeeper
12-18-2009, 07:37 PM
Mardy will be participating in an exhibition in Akron, Ohio on February 5 & 6. John Isner, Sam Querrey, David Nainkin and Jim Thomas will also be there.

Deboogle!.
12-18-2009, 08:49 PM
:yeah: hopefully whatever remaining injuries he was dealing with have healed

nalbyfan
12-09-2010, 01:10 PM
Mardy will play Copa Argentina Peugeot exh in Buenos Aires next Dec 117/18/19 along with Blake and Nalby

chewbacca74
01-16-2011, 04:27 PM
Notice that Mardy is ranked #14 (+2) in the ATP rankings if you remove
points from AO 2010:

see http://tennislive.free.fr

A new career high, I think...

n8
08-09-2011, 01:08 AM
Fish Wants To Lead American Resistance (Philip Oliver article)

http://thebigtip.com.au/tennis/fish-wants-lead-american-fight-against-european-onslaught

cobalt60
08-15-2011, 01:16 AM
All I can spout is good for him! Nice going at this stage of his career!
And yes I am too lazy or maybe too late and my internet connection is slow but I did not start a hard court thread since in some aspects it is almost over:p

cobalt60
08-19-2011, 07:26 PM
What a beautiful summer it is;)

Sonja1989
10-01-2011, 03:54 PM
This forum is so empty. :confused:
Nice draw in Tokyo btw. Good luck :yeah:

jcempire
11-11-2011, 08:03 PM
come on Mardy

best luck to you in WTF

please please please

Sonja1989
11-11-2011, 08:05 PM
If news.. I found it about WTF

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=15090&zoneid=25

Then good luck Mardy!! :hug:

SapELee
06-21-2012, 12:14 AM
Less than a month since undergoing surgery for extreme heart palpitations, Mardy Fish declared himself ready to tackle Wimbledon, which begins next week.

"I'll keep my expectations low personally, but I know I can do well," Fish said Tuesday from London where he is preparing for exhibitions against Kei Nishikori and Lleyton Hewitt this week.

Fish, ranked 12th, has not played on tour since early April because of misfiring electrical pulses to his heart that caused him to wake up suddenly at night as if he'd been running sprints, including one prolonged incident in March that sent him by ambulance to a hospital.


Read more:Mardy Fish on mend, ready to take on Wimbledon (http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/story/2012-06-19/mardy-fish-returns-from-heart-ailment/55695824/1)

SapELee
06-27-2012, 12:44 AM
Fish, back in action, still wears heart monitor (http://tennis.com/articles/templates/ticker.aspx?articleid=18358&zoneid=6)



June 25, 2012

Mardy Fish tells the New York Times that he is frequently wearing a heart monitor when he goes to sleep, as it puts him mentally at ease. Fish underwent a heart procedure in Los Angeles on May 23 in an attempt to resolve a form of arrhythmia. "I still have it, and sometimes when I feel a little uneasy or feel like, in my mind maybe I’m going to convince myself to have a bad night or something, I’ll put it on and it makes me feel a lot more comfortable," Fish said. "Sometimes, I just put it on."

Fish also said that the night after losing to Juan Monaco in Miami, his heart was racing so fast while he laid in bed that he began to panic.

"I honestly felt in Miami like I was going to die,” Fish said. "I had just read that story about that soccer player [Fabrice Muamba, who collapsed on the field after a cardiac arrest during a match, but eventually survived]. “It’s pumping so hard, like out of my chest, beating so hard. If I were to just drop everything and just do a full sprint outside the grounds here at Wimbledon, that’s how fast it was going."

The American will play at Wimbledon, the first time he has competed since early April. Fish reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals last year and thinks he made the right choice to return at the All England Club. "I feel like this is the perfect surface for me to come back on,” Fish said. “It’s not as physically taxing. They don’t play as long points."

SapELee
07-13-2012, 09:43 PM
EMIRATES AIRLINES U.S. OPEN SERIES MEDIA CONFERENCE (July 12, 2012) (http://www.asapsports.com/show_conference.php?id=81473)

SapELee
07-28-2013, 09:13 PM
Fish Visits Washington YMCA

http://www.atpworldtour.com/~/media/D21DBE0272704E24A2ABD853F1E6A919.ashx

Mardy Fish visited the new YMCA Anthony Bowen Center of Metropolitan DC in Washington on Saturday. Together with WTA player Taylor Townsend, Fish toured the new facility and met some of the children who attend programmes there, hitting tennis balls with them and signing autographs.

“I had a great time at the YMCA and the facility was incredible,” said Fish, who is due to compete at the Citi Open next week. “I think it will serve as a great place for children and adults alike to congregate and improve their physical condition. In addition, I feel proud to be a part of the history that this particular YMCA honours.”

The facility re-opens this summer and celebrates the legacy of YMCA Anthony Bowen as historically the first African American Y, founded in 1853, along with its ability to adapt and serve the community’s evolving needs.

The new centre features a heated swimming pool, a spacious group exercise studio, a rooftop terrace for classes, a teaching kitchen and a rock climbing wall.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2013/07/30/Washington-Fish-Visits-YMCA.aspx

SapELee
02-15-2014, 04:21 PM
Better late than never, congrats to Mardy!! :baby:

Mardy Fish ‏@MardyFish Feb 9

So blessed to welcome our first child into this world. Beckett Gardner Fish born yesterday at 3:45pm. Baby and mommy happy and healthy!

grumpypotpie
02-22-2014, 10:05 AM
Better late than never, congrats to Mardy!! :baby:

Does this make it more or less likely that Mardy retires? I'm going to say more likely. I'm getting the sinking feeling we may never see Mardy on the ATP tour again. :sad:

SapELee
05-08-2014, 03:48 PM
Good luck to Mardy: http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2014/05/fish-try-qualify-us-open-golf/51376/

SapELee
08-22-2014, 09:44 PM
Mardy Fish discusses struggle with anxiety disorder

http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/tennis/2014/08/18/mardy-fish-anxiety-disorder-us-open/14253851/