Born on December 9 in the year of 1981, Mardy Simpson Fish is an American professional tennis player who also happened to be an Olympic Silver medalist. With his specialization in hard courts, he rose to prominence in the year of 2000. In total he has won 5 tournaments on the main ATP tour and has reached the final of 3 Masters Series: namely Cincinnati in 2003 and 2010 and Indian Wells in 2008. 2007 Australian Open, 2008 US Open and 2011 Wimbledon have witnessed his terrible performance and best results at the Grand Slam Tournament by reaching the quarter final stage. He acquired the ranking of America’s No. 1 in ATP Ranking in April 2011 after overtaking his compatriot Andy Roddick and currently holds the position of No. 8 in world.
Born in a Jewish family in Edina, Minnesota, Mardy’s father Tom was a tennis teaching professional and his mother Sally was a housewife. At the age of two he astounded everyone by hitting tennis balls from the baseline over the net and this compelled a TV Station in Minneapolis to run a profile on him at 1984. Fish’s family moved to Vero Beach, Florida in 1986 where he attended Saddlebrook Academy till tenth grade after which they moved to Boca Raton, Florida where he completed his junior and senior years of high school. In Boca Prep International school he befriended Andy Roddick and Jesse Levine.
He lived with Andy’s family during 1999, when he and Andy played on the same tennis and basketball team. Mardy Fish’s professional career started to take shape form the age of 18 and from the year 2000 as he spent his initial few years as a pro playing in the Challenger and Futures Circuits, which are the minor leagues of tennis. 2002 saw him earning his first title on the ATP Tour Tennis premier professional circuit, at the time when he was playing doubles in the US Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas with Andy Roddick. He reached the first vestige of success as his career improved significantly in 2003 after he won his first ATP singles title in Cincinnati. His success story continues with his next singles victory against Robin Soderling to win the Stockholm Open in Sweden.
His achievement saw next height with his victory against the 5th seeded and formet world No. 1 Carlos Moya in 2003 Australian Open, which resulted in his finishing the year with rank No. 20 in the world. 2004 too proved to be beneficial to his career’s flight to success as he glided to the finals at the SAP Open in San Jose and in Gerry Weber Open in Germany. But the most glorious moment was decided in 2004 Summer Olympics, when he obtained silver for the United States, where he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando Gonzalez to reach the final.
In 2005, he could play only 17 matches due to his wrist injury and successive surgeries. However, no injuries, obstacles or challenges could stop him from marching ahead towards further successes and glories till date.