Fish on Harrison Temper, Recruiting Roddick for Winston-Salem
by Staff | August 8th, 2011, 4:42 pm

Mardy Fish held a press conference via the USTA prior to the Rogers Cup in Montreal:

Fish on his current heel injury:
“I’m feeling a little bit better. I’ve got a bone bruise on my heel, so it’s more nagging and annoying than anything else. Certainly good to rest it a little bit; something that probably would take a little bit longer than five or six days to rest to fully heal. But shouldn’t hamper me too much in Montreal.”

Fish on the difficult draws at ATP Masters Series events:

“The tournaments in Rome and Madrid and Montreal and Cincinnati are probably the toughest events of the year. There are zero easy draws, zero draws where you’re just like, ‘Oh, I’ve got kind of a walk-through to the third round’ kind of thing. You can certainly get that at a Grand Slam just because you can play someone outside of the Top 100 in the first couple rounds just to make it to the third round. So these are by far tougher events than the Grand Slams; and, therefore, you respect people’s results and guys’ results that do well. Especially guys that have done well throughout the years in Masters Series events and consistently done well, because they are so tough.”

Fish on up-and-comer fellow American Ryan Harrison:

“He impressed me a lot even from Atlanta to L.A. He easily could have beat me there. Obviously 7-6 in the third is a kind of a coin flip, and I was really impressed with the way that he competes. He doesn’t give up and get down on himself, even though he’s young and inexperienced in that level. Yeah, he’s going to be a great player…he’s a fiery kid. I bet that if you asked him if he played better, if he didn’t get fired up, sort of subdued — I think he was a little more subdued in Atlanta, and to be honest, he played a lot better in L.A. when he broke three racquets. Over the years he’ll figure out how to channel that energy, but he’s got a lot energy, a lot of good energy. You know he wants to win if he’s breaking racquets like that. I think that’s a good sign.”

Fish on recruiting Andy Roddick to play the ATP Winston-Salem tournament with him:

“I did, and I’ll be asking for extra money there because I recruited him. No, I didn’t recruit him at all, actually. You know, just seems to have worked out with his injury that he feels like he needs some matches. I’m sure he’s looking forward to it as well. Sounds like it’s going to be a great event. I’ve seen pictures of the process of the courts going up and the site, and we’re all very excited.”

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5 Comments for Fish on Harrison Temper, Recruiting Roddick for Winston-Salem

killerc Says:

Is it plantar fasciitis? I got that, it sucks! Usually flares up a little on me after serving like all day on my plant foot. Wearing good insoles and advil helps hah.
Bone bruise sounds annoying too lol.. Wish Mardy a healthy return!

jane Says:

I had it too killerc, but I went to a sports therapist, who gave me several exercises to do, and I use tennis balls or even cola cans to roll on my feet. Anyhow it went away and never came back. But i was told never to walk in barefeet, even in the house, and to avoid shoes like flip flops.

Interesting what Fish says about the Masters events: “So these are by far tougher events than the Grand Slams; and, therefore, you respect people’s results and guys’ results that do well. ”

Many people here have commented that the Masters events seem tough as they’re every day, with no breaks, and you meet tough opponents right out of the gates, and yet to the general public, Masters events mean little compared to slams. It’s all in the pay off / history I guess. Plus Masters are best of three sets of course. As a fan, I love watching the Masters for the tight contests and sheer seed power. :)

Humble Rafa Says:

I hate masters series events. Doesn’t give you time to recover from ALL the injuries I suffered in the previous match.

Do you expect my foot, groin, knee, knee (the other one) and general fatigue to be ready in 19

Kimmi Says:

humble rafa :)

Margaret C Says:

Fish and Roddick playing together. I would love to be courtside to hear the banter.

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