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.
In the French Open, he never succeeded to get past the second round, while, at Flushing Meadows, where he had the home support too; the farthest that he could go was the third round.
He was rated as quite a high potential guy by the pundits when he had emerged on the scene, but, he could never translate his ability into performances and he would surely remain disappointed when he turns back and see what he overall achieved in his career.