Two time Olympic Gold Medalist and International Tennis Hall of Famer, Gigi Fernandez was recently named the head coach for the second-year franchise of the New York Empire presented by Citi.
The franchise would play on Court 17 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, N.Y.
The legendary tennis player who won a total of 17 Grand Slam doubles titles during her professional career that spanned from the year 1983 to 1997 currently is the only female coach in Mylan World TeamTennis.
With the New York Empire holding the first pick, she would immediately be placing much of her focus on the March 14th Mylan WTT Roster Draft. John Isner, Mardy Fish and Eugenie Bouchard had also previously been acquired and announced by the team as part of the league’s Marquee Draft.
Speaking about the upcoming season and the additions made to the team, Fernandez believes that it was yet going to be a fantastic summer for the team. Continue reading “GIGI FERNANDEZ NAMED NEW YORK EMPIRE COACH”
Former tennis player Mardy Fish recently made an appearance to recall the events leading up to his retirement.
His last match on the court was played on a hot Wednesday morning in New York at the Louis Armstrong stadium in Flushing Meadows. The unseeded popular American favorite was engrossed in the field of play and was squaring up to the Spanish opponent Feliciano Lopez in a back breaking campaign.
Fish had lost the second set 6-2 to the Spaniard due to a faulty serve and the crowd was quieted. He went on to have multiple breaks at 2-2 and 3-3 in his fifth set only for his opponent to save them all. As the grueling game drew on, every point won by Fish was met with deafening applause but towards the end of the game, the player had began cramping up and was unable to move, this brought about the realization that these were the final moments of his career and a wide variety of emotion was registered on the faces of the crowd.
The 33-year old player had had a less impressive showing in the last 3 years of his career and this was majorly due to his heart problem and anxiety disorders. However, with a spirit of determination, the tennis star had chosen to compete at the US open because he had chosen to retire on the court. Before the commencement of the tournament, Fish had told reporters in an interview: Continue reading “THE LEGACY OF MARDY FISH BEGINS IN RETIREMENT”