Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety

Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety and made a comeback on the tour might have motivated a few others out there who are suffering from the same sort of problem.

Fish had to go through surgery the previous year to get his heart condition sorted out, but, that did not get him down as he showed immense mental strength to recover from that and then, return on the tour for one last crack.

He retired following his elimination from the US Open earlier this year, but, his comeback itself was a great example of courage and determination.

Speaking in the press conference post his retirement, the American said, “From the very small age, I have always looked to dig deep in any adverse situation. That’s what we learn as sportspersons and that’s for other people to learn as well. Determination can help you overcome anything. I would be very happy if I had set an example with my comeback.”

Fish, who ended his career with a winning percentage of 58 in more than 500 matches, won a total of just 6 titles in his career and that didn’t include any Grand Slam.

The best that Fish performed in a Grand Slam was in the Wimbledon Championships in 2009 where he made it to the Round of 4. It eventually turned out to be the one and only semi final appearance that he managed to make in a slam. Continue reading “Mardy Fish is hopeful that the fact that he managed to overcome anxiety”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco in the first round of the Western & Southern Open the coming Tuesday.

These two players have met as many as four times on the tour to date and out of those meetings; Tsonga has finished on the wrong side just once.

He would be looking for another win against his Spanish opponent who has not had the best of times lately.

Verdasco has lost his last four games on the trot and he would not want this run to extend any further.

When you lose games in succession, it automatically puts question marks over your form and it’s no different in Verdasco’s case, but, he has also had to face some very tough opponents in the recent tournaments. So, one can consider him a bit unlucky as well. You don’t want to face guys like Wawrinka and Nadal in the opening round of tournaments.

As far as Tsonga is concerned, he missed the first couple of months of the season being injured, but, after coming back, he has shown good rhythm.

The Frenchman had a good Rogers Cup. He was very impressive there and put on some fluent shows, but, in the Round of 8, he went down to Andy Murray who became the Champion at the end. Continue reading “Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will play against Fernando Verdasco”

Mardy Fish is back

Mardy Fish is back. He’s ready to give himself one last chance to have a go again.

Nobody knows how long he would be staying. Maybe just a solitary season, maybe two, but, he wants another crack.

It’s that fierce fighter in him which has pushed him to make his way to the place where he actually belongs.

He will be competing in the Indian Wells tournament in one week’s time.

According to Fish, he has to leave the scenes in a much better manner and that’s why, he is returning. He is willing to test himself. If it goes wrong, he would accept it as his fate and walk out, but, if he doesn’t give it a try, he would be cursing himself forever.

Fish sustained heart issues a few years back and that ruined his career. His career was going on pretty good lines until then.

Even after that, Fish tried to get back to the circuit several times, but, his health just did not allow him to do so.

And, it had almost been assumed by the experts that for Fish to be able to play the game again, it was just not a realistic prospect. Continue reading “Mardy Fish is back”

John Isner failed to make any Impact again

Mardy Fish’s compatriot John Isner again failed to make any impact at the Grand Slam level as he was beaten in Round 3 yesterday at Melbourne Park.

Isner will now have to take the long return flight to America a lot earlier than he would have expected.

It’s again his weakness on the return shots which let Isner down. He was fantastic on the serve as he normally happens to be, but, to be able to win matches; you have got to be good enough to break the opponent as well on a consistent basis.

This is always something that Isner has struggled to do. His serving abilities boggles mind, but, when it comes to playing the return shots, he falters. Continue reading “John Isner failed to make any Impact again”

Williams and Isner doing well in Hopman Cup

Mardy Fish’s compatriots, Serena Williams and John Isner, are doing very well in Hopman Cup that is taking place on the Australian hard courts.

Both these players, with their brilliant performances, have guided America through to the final round.

It’s not certain yet though which team America would be confronting for the title.

The Americans won both the singles as well as the doubles matches in the semi final tie against Czech Republic and completed a whitewash.

They could have lost one of the singles, the one that was played between Serena and Safarova.

That match had gone down to the wire and it was just a matter of a couple of points at the end.

One or two points here and there and it would have been Czech Republic’s match, but, Serena, being the fierce competitor that she is, did not surrender till the very end despite the fact that she was not in her zone.

Talking to the reporters afterwards, the veteran said, “I don’t like giving up. It is not in my nature. I have played so many tough matches in the past and one thing I have learnt is that you’ve got to hang in there even when the shots are not coming off as well as you would like.”

Isner who won his singles match in a more comfortable way than Serena was very happy to get past the semis.

When he was asked if he thinks, he and Serena are better than any other mixed American pair that has come on to the scene ever, he said, “Well, I can’t say anything about that. But, I do think that we are a decent team. Playing with one of the greats of the game, it’s always an honour.”