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Old 12-05-2004, 04:16 AM   #16
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Here's sort of an official article I guess about Mardy's coaching change. Charlie Bricker from the Sun-Sentinel
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Fish makes move to Martin
Published December 5, 2004


Mardy Fish's two-year coaching relationship with former doubles star Kelly Jones is over. Some time after Fish returns from the Davis Cup final being held this weekend in Seville, Spain, he'll begin working with his new coach, Todd Martin.

Jones deserves a lot of credit for improving Fish's serve and his volleying. But for the last several months, Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe has been publicly prodding Fish, who lives in Tampa, to knuckle down on his off-court training and to get into better shape.

That wasn't happening fast enough with Jones, though Fish has poured more effort into his fitness and strength the past four months. With Martin, he starts a new relationship and probably with a clear understanding that Todd is not only going to give Fish the benefit of his 16 years of tour experience, but he's going to drive Fish hard off the court as well.

Reached at his Ponte Vedra Beach home, Martin was reluctant to comment about the link-up with Fish until Mardy gets home.

But Martin, who was one of the most cerebral players in the game, can infuse Fish with the mental part of the game in the way Brad Gilbert has turned Andy Roddick into more of a thinking player.

Fish, who finished the year at No. 37 in the rankings, has flashed his brilliance most recently by finishing runner-up at the Olympic Games in Athens after a tense five-set loss to Nicolas Massu. But he has not been able to build on his successes, often suffering letdowns in his next big event. That's something Martin also will want to attack.

Fish went from the Olympics to an upset loss to Michal Tabara in the second round at the U.S. Open.

Martin retired, dramatically, at this year's Open, ending a remarkable career in which he established himself as the elder statesman of American tennis. He never won a Slam but finished runner-up at the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 U.S. Open.
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I think that we are going to see a great improvement in Mardy's game this coming year. Todd has got a lot of experience and he will make sure that Mardy works really hard especially off court and to also help him get a bit more mentally stronger. This is going to be good for him.
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I agree, Rue And I think Todd has the guts to be forceful with Mardy, he's been there and he can speak from experience. From my own observations that was Kelly's problem - he just wasn't tough enouigh on Mardy, they were too much like buddies.
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Fish Joins Swingtime Roster

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12/07/2004

Mardy Fish follows his appearance in last weekend’s Davis Cup final by joining forces with standouts Venus Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Chris Evert, Stan Smith, Jim Courier, James Blake and Robby Ginepri at the Sixth Annual Swingtime Pro-Am Celebrity Tennis & Golf Tournament, benefiting the Tim & Tom Gullikson Foundation, December 11-12th at the Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Fish, who celebrates his 23rd birthday on Thursday, faces fellow Floridian and his good friend Blake during one of the four intriguing one-set or eight-game pro-set matches to take place during Swingtime’s tennis exhibition on Saturday. In doubles action, fans can see Capriati and Courier versus Venus Williams and Todd Martin, and Evert and Tom Gullikson versus Mary Joe Fernandez and Smith.

"I am looking forward to spending the weekend after playing in the Davis Cup final for the United States at Swingtime," said Fish, who cites golf as one of his favorite sports. "I’m expecting Swingtime to be a fun way to relax, entertain fans with some great tennis, and play a bit of golf."

Adding to the Swingtime excitement are some incredible auction items that can be bid on during Saturday night’s "Evening With The Stars" to be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. The gala, which will be decorated by Venus Williams’ interior design firm, V Starr Interiors, will feature a casino theme, and patrons will spend part of the evening gambling at poker, roulette, black jack and craps tables. But the best bet is that gala attendees can bid on many hot ticket auction items, including: lunch with Fish at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami that includes two player box seats; one hour with Jim Courier that could be filled by inviting two friends to play doubles with the former Grand Slam champion; a trip to the French Open that includes two coach airline tickets, tickets and hospitality access to two sessions during the first week of the tournament which has been donated by Swingtime sponsor, Rado; a 6-day, 7-night trip to the Couples Resort in Jamaica; an autographed pair of Shaquille O’Neal’s shoes, and a Lance Armstrong autographed jersey.

"We have some great auction items this year at Swingtime, which will help raise money for the Gullikson Foundation," said Tom Gullikson, the host of the Swingtime. "Just looking at the list of auction items available, I think I might have to put in a bid or two myself. My one concern is that I think my wife, Julie, might have her eye on different things than I do."

Swingtime, an event that is designed to publicize the Gullikson Foundation's aim of assisting brain-tumor patients and their families in managing the physical, emotional and social challenges presented by the illness — world-class tennis pro Tim Gullikson passed away in 1996 at age 44 after losing his battle with brain cancer — has raised nearly half a million dollars for the cause since its inception. Swingtime's unique design guarantees a weekend of fun as well as a rare opportunity for participants to mingle with celebrities. On Saturday, December 11th, a morning of round-robin doubles at Ibis’ world-class tennis facility, followed by the tennis exhibition. The day will be capped off with Swingtime's "An Evening with the Stars" gala that commences with cocktails at 7 p.m. On Sunday morning, Swingtime returns to Ibis for an enjoyable celebrity-amateur golf tournament.

Swingtime is managed by C & H Events of Boca Raton. The Official Host Sponsor is Ibis Golf & Country Club. Official Sponsors include Adelphia Media Services, Clear Channel - Palm Beach, Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront Resort, JetBlue Airways, Nike, Rado, The Palm Beach Post, Tennis Week and TIAA-CREF. Participating Gala sponsors include V Starr Interiors and Atlas Party Rental.

Swingtime tennis exhibition tickets are $55 for Box Seats and $35 for General Admission. Invitations for the "Evening with the Stars" are $200, or if bought in conjunction with exhibition tickets, there is a discounted price of $150 per invitation. Groups of 10 will receive a 10 percent discount on exhibition tickets. There are also a few choice spots remaining to take part in the tennis and golf pro-ams. For information, phone C & H Events at (561) 394-9190.
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Mardy Fish confident of 2005 Davis Cup title
He's encouraged because crucial ties would be played be on U.S. soil.

By Steve Megargee
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December 9, 2004

VERO BEACH — The United States hasn't won the Davis Cup in nearly a decade.

Mardy Fish doesn't expect the drought to last much longer.

"We think we can win it next year," Fish said Wednesday at Riverside Park. "Next year we'd have Spain, France and Argentina all at home. And those are some big ties."

The former Vero Beach resident received a key to the city Wednesday while playing host to a benefit exhibition just three days after the United States lost to Spain 3-2 in the Davis Cup final at Seville, Spain.

Fish split two singles matches last weekend, losing to Carlos Moya and then defeating Tommy Robredo after Spain had wrapped up a team title in the best-of-five championship. The United States was seeking its first Davis Cup title since 1995.

"We were just one match away," Fish said.

Winning the Davis Cup is one of Fish's chief goals for the 2005 season. He also wants to advance beyond the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in his career.

That's why he hired Todd Martin as his new coach.

Martin won eight career titles and reached two Grand Slam finals — the 1994 Australian Open and 1999 U.S. Open — before ending his playing career this year. He was ranked as high as fourth in the world and earned a reputation for winning five-set matches.

Fish and Martin never played against each other. They were scheduled to meet in the second round of this year's Australian Open, but Fish lost his first-round match to Ivo Karlovic in three straight tiebreakers.

Martin then proceeded to defeat Karlovic in three straight tiebreakers.

"That's the thing," said Fish, ranked 37th in the world. "He wins those kind of matches and I've been losing those matches. I'm just trying to get over the hump and I think he can help."

James Blake, an American touring pro and former Davis Cup player, joined Fish at Wednesday's benefit exhibition that attracted nearly 700 spectators.

Fish and former Vero Beach High School teammate Robert Kowalczyk lost a one-set doubles match to Blake and ex-University of Georgia All-American Bo Hodge. Fish then defeated Blake in singles.

The exhibition supported Adopt-a-Family Project Inc., which assists needy area families during the winter holidays..

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Here's a Q&A

But Mardy is wrong.... we'd play Argentina in Argentina. eep.

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Q&A: Tennis pro Mardy Fish
By Steve Megargee
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December 8, 2004

Mardy Fish couldn't even hear himself talk.

The former Vero Beach resident was playing in front of 27,200 fans — the largest gathering ever for a sanctioned tennis match — last weekend in the Davis Cup final at Seville, Spain. The crowd included a brass and drum section that created the type of deafening atmosphere typically reserved for football games or soccer matches.





The United States lost 3-2 to Spain, marking Fish's second runner-up finish while representing his country this year. He also won the silver medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics after dropping the gold-medal match to Nicolas Massu of Chile 6-3, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a four-hour marathon.

Now Fish wants to enjoy similar success when he isn't wearing the red, white and blue.

Fish's world ranking dropped from No. 20 to No. 37 this year, and he didn't get past the second round of any Grand Slam events.

Fish, who turns 23 on Thursday, has only about a month to rest and prepare for a 2005 season that begins in January. But that didn't prevent him from returning to Vero Beach this week to help support a local charity.

Fish and fellow American touring pro James Blake are playing an exhibition match today at Riverside Park to benefit Adopt-a-Family Project Inc., which provides food and Christmas gifts for needy people in the Vero Beach area.

As he prepared for the benefit, Fish spoke about his Davis Cup and Olympic experiences, his 2004 season and his switch to a new coach.

Q: How impressive was the atmosphere playing that Davis Cup final in Spain?

A: It was like nothing ever seen before in tennis, and it was a great experience to be a part of. I could only compare it to a college football game, except instead of everyone looking at a team, there were only two guys there. The crowd was so close and so vocal.

Q: Did the fans ever cross the line in their excitement?

A: I'd played Davis Cup ties in Croatia and Slovakia, and those also are tough places to play. They're all extremely supportive of their team. Every once in a while, you'd get someone who would blow a horn or do something like that when you were still playing a point, but overall, they were fine.

Q: How much of a home-court advantage was it for Spain?

A: We had about 100 people cheering for us, and they had 27,100. It was an unbelievable edge. It shouldn't mean that much in tennis because it's not like football, where they can scream at the away team and you can't hear yourself in the huddle. The only thing you couldn't hear is you couldn't hear when you were talking to yourself. You had to speak to yourself in your mind.

Q: Why do you think the Davis Cup is so much more popular overseas than in the United States?

A: Tennis in general is way more popular over there. It's the second-biggest sport outside the U.S., behind soccer. They're very passionate about it over there. There are a lot of people who love to play tennis over there, and it's been that way for a long time. They have stars they can relate to over there, especially in Spain with (Carlos) Moya and (Alex) Corretja, who's on his way to retiring pretty soon. They've had a lot of good players to watch.

Q: There's been a lot of talk about changing the Davis Cup format to broaden its appeal. What would you think about that?

A: I enjoy it the way it is. The format in general is fine. I think what may be more appealing to fans is a Ryder Cup format where it's every two years. The schedule is very tough for us. I just finished the season (Sunday), and I leave for Australia on Jan. 5. It's not too much of a break. But if we didn't make the finals of the Davis Cup, we'd have been off in the middle of November. It's nice to go this long, but I didn't have much of a break.

Q: How does the Davis Cup experience compare to representing your country in the Olympics?

A: The only thing similar about it is you're representing your country. It was very, very special to win a medal and obviously something I'll never forget, but there's nothing like playing for your country and playing for teammates as well. The four guys (on the Davis Cup team), we do nothing for ourselves when we're in Davis Cup. We do everything for each other, for the doctors, the trainers, the coaches, the practice partners. We don't do anything for ourselves. That's what makes it special. And if it's an away tie, you're going against all these people, and you feel like it's you against everyone.

Q: When you look back on your Olympic experience, what sticks out the most —making it all the way to the gold-medal match or the way that match ended?

A: To be honest, I really don't think about how the match ended at all. I honestly felt when I got off the court, I gave it everything I had. There may have been a few different things I could have done. I obviously wanted to win more than anything. But I felt when I came off the court, I left everything I had on the court. I was extremely happy to get the silver and to take away the experience of living in the Olympic Village and meeting all those great athletes, making friends and the whole experience.

Q: You had a year where you made the Davis Cup final and played for a gold medal, but your ranking dropped. Do you think of this year as a success or a disappointment?

A: That's a good question. Personally, ranking-wise, it wasn't where I wanted to be, but yet again, No. 35 in the world isn't so bad. Next year I don't have many (points) to defend. I started at No. 20 this year and got to No. 17 in the world, which is my career high. So you can look at it a few ways. I made the finals of the Olympics and Davis Cup the same year. I won a silver medal. It's been a great year; there's no way around that. But personally, ranking-wise, I'm not where I want to be. That will change.

Q: What do you think you need to do to improve your performance in the Grand Slams?

A: I made one step of hiring a new coach. I'm not working with Kelly Jones anymore. I'm working with Todd Martin. With his skill and experience in those matches, he can help me out a lot. Hopefully, his experience and knowledge will help me.

Q: Todd Martin played many five-set matches in his career, particularly in the Grand Slams. What do you think he can add to your game?

A: It's great to have someone with that type of experience. Kelly was a great coach. That wasn't the issue. It wasn't his coaching. I just needed some sort of change to get me over the hump. Hopefully, this is it.

Q: What are your goals for next year?

A: I'd like to make the top 10. I'd like to make the Masters Cup. I'd like to win a couple of tournaments. I'd like to win a Masters Series event. I'd like to make the semifinals of a Grand Slam. And we'd like to win Davis Cup, and I think every year we have a great chance. Next year will be no different. We'd have Spain at home, we'd have France at home, we'd have Australia in Australia when you're looking at the top teams we might play.

Q: It's been almost two years since you moved from Vero Beach to Tampa. Why do you still return here to hold these benefits?

A: This is where I grew up. It's where all my memories are. I want to give back to a community that gave a lot to me.
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Interesting interview there, but really good. Lets hope he can make it into top ten which I know he is capable to doing considering how talented he is.
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I was watching an Andy match from earlier this year, it was right before the DC tie against Sweden, and Cliff and PMac were talking about Mardy and some of his tough losses and then they mentioned how well he always plays against Andy and Cliff said that Mardy has to play every match like he's playing against Andy. I thought that was really interesting. Mardy really does play great when he's playing other top players, not just Andy. His matches against top 10 players in general (whether he wins or loses) are some of his best matches. That's just so odd. It seems like it's often the matches he can or should win that is where he has the mental troubles.
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I was watching an Andy match from earlier this year, it was right before the DC tie against Sweden, and Cliff and PMac were talking about Mardy and some of his tough losses and then they mentioned how well he always plays against Andy and Cliff said that Mardy has to play every match like he's playing against Andy. I thought that was really interesting. Mardy really does play great when he's playing other top players, not just Andy. His matches against top 10 players in general (whether he wins or loses) are some of his best matches. That's just so odd. It seems like it's often the matches he can or should win that is where he has the mental troubles.

I was thinking the same exact thing, that Mardy does seem to play really wel against someone like Andy. I think that if he had beaten Andy in any one of those finals they played he would be a different player. He would love to beat Andy and I think that he will one day do it. It is a work in progress.
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I like this:
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After losing to Mardy Fish in the San Jose final, Agassi was asked what he thought of Fish. Agassi responded: "I eat it all the time. It's got lots of protein."
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oooooo that was after a reaaaaaalllllyyyyy contentious match. Still I never got to see it

but yea, funny
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