Mardy Fish Will Not Play In The US Open
by Tom Gainey | August 21st, 2013, 10:59 am

The struggles continue for Mardy Fish. The 31-year-old withdrew from the US Open this morning due to ongoing health issues.

Fish hasn’t been right since the night after a loss to Juan Monaco in Miami last year when the American had to be rushed to the hospital because of a heart scare.

Fish is currently ranked No. 173 but has been as high as No. 7 in 2011. He hasn’t played a Grand Slam match this year and has played just six events on the ATP/Challenger tour.

After losing in the first round last week in Cincinnati, Fish said he would assess his career after the US Open.

“I think there’s going to be some sort of assessment period, maybe after the US Open, where I’ll kind of see how far‑‑ feel how far away I am to where I want to be,” Fish said last week. “I left ‑ with all these problems that I had health‑wise, I left the game in the top 10 in the world, and that’s pretty hard to deal with. It was very, very hard to get there and to stay there for a while, for a little while and to make the World Tour Finals and to do all those cool things.

“So it’s been very hard and very challenging to know that I had really no control over it.”

Fish has been seeing a psychiatrist since his abrupt US Open withdrawal last year and admitted to hardly leaving the house for three months while recovering.

“I’ve come a very, very long way,” he said. “It’s been a very slow process. Come an extremely long way. Like I said, it’s very hard to come back.

“When all this happened in sort of February, March kind of thing, I was in the top 10 in the world. That’s hard to take.”

This week in Winston-Salem Fish collected his 300th career match win in the first round over Evgeny Donskoy but yesterday in the second round retired late in the third set to Jarkko Nieminen with an undisclosed illness.

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10 Comments for Mardy Fish Will Not Play In The US Open

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

This is such a shame really,i thought Mardy had put his health issues behind him ,i can only wish him well and hope to see him back on court soon.

Peter Says:

From his quotes it sounds like he has needed – and continues to need – psychiatric help. He’s been on record saying he’ll divulge more when the time comes, but I wonder what he’s been dealing with – depression, anxiety, or a disorder of some sort…

MMT Says:

Good riddance – I find his behavior on court to be unbearable, unneccesarily combative with his opponents, and he always seems to be quick to get invovled.

Maybe the psychiatrist will help him be less of a prig.

Anna Says:

This has to be heartbreaking for Mardy. He worked so hard later in his career to put himself in the position to be a top ten player, only to have to deal with this. Mardy’s been well liked by players and fans who have followed his career over the years (your the exception MMT and your description of Mardy is not accurate). I wish him the very best for whatever his future holds.

Steve 27 Says:

what a pitty! Hope he recovers soon.

majurej Says:

I always thought Mardy was a better player then Roddick. What a horrible setback and frustrating. Hang in there Mardy, you will get thru this.

MMT Says:

Paul Henri Mathieu
Grigor Dimitrov
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
Carlos Bernardes
Felix Torralba
Phillip Kohlschreiber

All of these people/players have unjustly been on the receiving end of Fish’s unsporting rants and flashes of petulance – if you’d like I can describe each one, but you can also just google it if you think I’m making it up.

Anyway, in the words of Silvio Dante (of the Sopranos), “I said my piece, Chrissy!”

Anna Says:

Mardy’s been on court hundreds if not thousands of times in his career and you manage to find 6 times in which he went off the rail. The last couple of years have been tough trying to combat health issues and reignite his career at the same time. I think that takes courage. Judge him if you will, but Fishs’ rants were small potatoes compared to Roddick, MacEnroe and Connors. Do you know any of those guys?

MMT Says:

I’m sorry Anna, I didn’t mean to suggest that Fish’s behavior has been worse than the worst of those three boors – they TOO were awful at various times in their careers, but as far as I’m concerned, this just means Fish is in bad company.

There, that’s all I’m gonna say!

Steve 27 Says:

and Sharapova out

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