Mardy Fish has returned back to the tennis arena. He faced his countryman Bobby Reynolds in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open and won that match by 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
This was Fish’s first match after the US Open last year. The American player had withdrawn his name from the fourth round match because of the heart problems.
Fish won the first set in quick time, but, in the second set and in the initial parts of the final set, he struggled. He was down by 2-4 in the final set. However, he managed to pull things back and won the match.
Fish looked very happy after winning his comeback match. Talking to the reporters, he said, “It’s fantastic to be back. I missed tennis a lot and was very excited before this match. I was not fluent today and that happens if you are playing after a long gap.”
“I have gone through a very tough time; that’s for sure. I was very confused towards the end of last year. I couldn’t decide whether I should retire or not.”
“There were a few people who gave me a lot of support during that time. My wife was certainly one of them and I am playing for those people.”
Fish confirmed that he will take part in the Sony Open which will start from 20th March. Fish said, “After this tournament, I will participate in the Sony Open and thereafter, I will reassess things.”
Bobby Reynolds also expressed his delight on Fish’s comeback. He said, “I am so happy that he is back. He is a great ambassador of the game and the American fans had been waiting for his return since quite a whole. He really went through a horrendous time, but, now, everything is fine for him. Hopefully, his health will remain good in the future.”