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”

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.”