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Mardy Fish (born December 9, 1981, in Edina, Minnesotamarker) is an Americanmarker professional tennis player. He is a hardcourt specialist. He is one of several young American tennis players who rose to prominence at the beginning of the 21st century. He is currently ranked #56 in the world.

Fish has won three tournaments on the main ATP Tour, and has reached the final of two Masters Series events: Cincinnati in 2003, and Indian Wellsmarker in 2008. His best result at a Grand Slam tournament came at the 2007 Australian Open, where he reached the quarter-finals before losing to compatriot Andy Roddick, and the 2008 US Open, where he also reached the quarter-finals before losing to World No. 1 Rafael Nadal. His biggest win in singles came when he defeated the then World No. 1 Roger Federer at the Pacific Life Openmarker in 2008.

Early life

Fish is the son of a tennis teaching professional and a housewife, Tom and Sally Fish. He was born in Edina, MN. Fish earned his first taste of fame in 1984 when, at the age of two, a Minneapolis, Minnesotamarker TV station ran a profile of the young athlete hitting tennis balls from the baseline over the net. In 1986, Fish's family moved to Vero Beach, Floridamarker. Mardy attended Saddlebrook Academy for tenth grade. Fish then moved to Boca Prep in Boca Ratonmarker, Floridamarker for his junior and senior years of high school. He, Andy Roddick, and Jesse Levine all attended Boca Prep International School.[82458] During that year, he lived with Roddick's family, and the two young promising players raced their cars to school.

Tennis career

Fish turned professional in 2000 at the age of 18. He spent his first few years as a pro playing in the Challenger and Futures circuits, the minor leagues of tennis. He earned his first title on the ATP Tour, tennis' premier professional circuit, in 2002 playing doubles in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houstonmarker, Texasmarker, with Andy Roddick.

Fish's career improved significantly in 2003, when he won his first ATP singles title and reached the biggest final of his career, Cincinnati. His singles victory came near the end of the season, where he defeated Swedishmarker player Robin Söderling to win the Stockholm Open in Stockholmmarker, Swedenmarker. In addition, he defeated 5th-seeded and former World No. 1 Carlos Moyà at the 2003 Australian Open in the second round, 3–6, 7–6 (8), 6–4, 4–6, 6–2. He finished the year ranked No. 20 in the world.

Fish played well in 2004, reaching the finals at the SAP Open in San Jose, Californiamarker and in the Gerry Weber Openmarker in Hallemarker, Germany. Later that year, in August, Fish obtained a silver medal for the United States at the 2004 Summer Olympics, when he lost in five sets to Chileanmarker Nicolás Massú. Fish defeated players such as Juan Carlos Ferrero and Fernando González to reach the final.

In 2005, Fish injured his left wrist. It eventually required two surgeries, and as a result he only played 17 matches in the year.

2006

US Men's Claycourt Championships

Fish was awarded a wildcard in April into the US Men's Claycourt Championships. He won the tournament, defeating eighth seed Juan Mónaco, Rainer Schüttler, Vince Spadea, Tommy Haas, and Jürgen Melzer in the final 3–6 6–4 6–3.

Wimbledon

At the 2006 Wimbledon Championships, Fish signaled his return to professional status as he reached the third round, defeating fellow American Robby Ginepri, and Dutch player Melle van Gemerden. The night prior to his third round match, he suffered from food poisoning. He could only play one set before retiring against Georgian Irakli Labadze.

2007

Fish began 2007 by achieving what was his best finish at a Grand Slam. Fish reached the fourth round of the Australian Open eventually losing to his old roommate and doubles partner, Andy Roddick, in the quarter-finals. Fish made waves on Day 1 of the tournament by knocking off Ivan Ljubičić, the fourth seed, and had an easy win in the third round when his opponent Wayne Arthurs retired in the opening set. Fish had few problems in his first four matches, but lost in straight sets to Roddick in the quarter-finals. However, he moved by 17 places up the ATP ranking, due to the quarter-final.
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2008

Fish started off 2008 quite well at the Hopman Cup, an exhibition event in Perth, Australia. Partnering Serena Williams, Fish, won the title. Williams was ill and arrived after the start of the event, but Meghann Shaughnessy filled in for the first match against the Indian team. Fish won against Indian Rohan Bopanna and Australian Peter Luczak, and received a walkover from Czech Tomáš Berdych. Although Fish lost the first doubles match to the Indians with Shaughnessy, he and Williams were undefeated in 2 mixed doubles matches. They qualified undefeated for the final where they faced the top-seeded Serbians, Novak Djokovic and Jelena Janković. Although Fish lost in singles against Djokovic, the Americans again won the mixed doubles match to win the title.

Fish fell to Jarkko Nieminen in the third round of the Australian Open after a code violation caused him to lose his composure.

Fish then went on to make a quarter-final showing at the 2008 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships before losing to long time friend and wild-card entry Robby Ginepri.

At the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Californiamarker, Fish defeated Florian Mayer in the first round, 31st-seeded Igor Andreev in the second round 6–3, 6–4, fourth-seeded Nikolay Davydenko in the third round 6–3, 6–2, former World No. 1 and 24th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt in the fourth round 7–5, 4–6, 7–6(4), and seventh-seeded David Nalbandian in the quarterfinals 6–3, 6–7(5), 7–6(4). Fish then defeated World No. 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals 6–3, 6–2 in what Fish described as "a great win" after failing to beat the Swiss player in five previous matches. However, Fish lost in the final to Novak Djokovic, the third seed, 6–2, 5–7, 6–3.

Fish then lost his next match at the Sony Ericsson Open in Key Biscayne, Floridamarker to Arnaud Clément 6–3, 6–3.

At the French Openmarker, Fish lost in the second round to 25th-seeded Hewitt 6–4, 6–3, 6–2, with Fish committing 58 unforced errors compared to Hewitt's 12.

At Wimbledonmarker, Fish lost in the first round to eighth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France 6–3, 6–4, 6–2. Fish hit 33 winners and 18 unforced errors while Gasquet hit 45 winners and 14 unforced errors. Fish failed to convert his one opportunity to break Gasquet's serve while Gasquet converted four of his six break chances.

At the US Openmarker Fish triumphed in straight sets over one of his best friends on tour James Blake 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). Fish hit 16 aces and had 28 unforced errors. Fish would reach the quarter-finals where he lost to Rafael Nadal of Spain 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 2-6.

2009

Fish won his fifth doubles title, partnering with Mark Knowles of the Bahamas at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphismarker. The next week, where he ranked as the top seed, he won his third singles title at the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships against first-time finalist Evgeny Korolev.

In the 2009 BNP Paribas Openmarker, Fish received a first round bye, only to be eliminated in the second round 7-6 7-6 by unseeded Frenchman Jérémy Chardy. However, he captured his sixth doubles title and first ATP Masters Series 1000 title with partner Andy Roddick.

In April Fish played in the 2009 U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, but was knocked out in the first round 3-6, 7-5, 3-6 by Bjorn Phau of Germany. He then played in the 2009 Rome Mastersmarker. He beat Igor Andreev 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(0) in the first round, but lost his second round match to Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-5, 3-6.

In May he played in the 2009 Estoril Openmarker in Portugal where he was eliminated in the quarter-finals by Nikolay Davydenko 4-6, 3-6.

Fish advanced to the third round in Wimbledon men's singles, where he fell to Novak Djoković in straight sets. However, he did reach the doubles semi-finals with James Blake, losing to defending and eventual champions Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic, despite winning the first two sets.

In July, Fish competed in the Davis Cup against Croatia, losing to Marin Cilic in 5 sets. During the match, he suffered an abdominal strain, which forced him to withdraw from the LA Tennis Open later that month. On August 5th, Fish returned to compete in the Legg Mason Tennis Classicmarker as the No. 9 seed, but after a first round bye, he was upset by Germany's Philipp Petzschner 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.

On August 30, Fish withdrew from the 2009 US Openmarker where he was seeded 25th, citing a rib injury. He was replaced in the draw by Daniel Koellerer.

Equipment

Fish currently endorses the Wilson [K] Six.One 95 16x19 racquet with Luxilon BB strings. His grip of choice is "Wilson Pro Overgrip". He wears K-Swiss clothing and shoes.

Playing style

Fish uses his strong serve and powerful backhand to win points from the baseline. He would often move around the court and find his way to the net to put away a ball by volleying. In short, he is an all-court player.

Personal life

In November 2007, Fish became engaged to Stacey Gardner, a California attorney and a "Briefcase Model" on NBC's Deal or No Deal. The two were married in September 2008. Fish's friend and fellow tennis player James Blake served as groomsman. He is also good friends with Andy Roddick and the Bryan Brothers.

He has a group of fans called "The Fishheads" who travel with him and cheer him on during matches.

Career finals

Singles: 13 (3-10)

Wins (3)
Legend (Singles)
Grand Slam (0)
Tennis Masters Cup (0)
ATP Masters Series (0)
ATP International Series Gold (0)
ATP Tour (3)


No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. October 20, 2003 Stockholm, Swedenmarker Hard (I) Robin Söderling 7–5, 3–6, 7–6(4)
2. April 10, 2006 Houston, United Statesmarker Clay (O) Jurgen Melzer 3–6, 6–4, 6–3
3. March 1, 2009 Delray Beach, U.S. Hard (O) Evgeny Korolev 7–5, 6–3


Runners-up (10)
No. Date Tournament Surface Opponent in the final Score in the final
1. March 10, 2003 Delray Beach, USAmarker Hard (O) Jan-Michael Gambill 6–0, 7–6(5)
2. June 23, 2003 Nottingham, UKmarker Grass (O) Greg Rusedski 6–3, 6–2
3. August 18, 2003 Cincinnati, USA Hard (O) Andy Roddick 4–6, 7–6(3), 7–6(4)
4. February 16, 2004 San José, USA Hard (I) Andy Roddick 7–6(13), 6–4
5. June 14, 2004 Hallemarker, Germanymarker Grass (O) Roger Federer 6–0, 6–3
6. August 22, 2004 Summer Olympics, Athensmarker, Greecemarker Hard (O) Nicolás Massú 6–3, 3–6, 2–6, 6–3, 6–4
7. August 27, 2007 New Haven, USA Hard (O) James Blake 7–5, 6–4
8. March 23, 2008 Indian Wellsmarker, USA Hard (O) Novak Djokovic 6–2, 5–7, 6–3
9. August 23, 2008 New Haven, USA Hard (O) Marin Čilić 6–4, 4–6, 6–2
10. February 15, 2009 San José, USA Hard (I) Radek Štěpánek 3–6, 6–4, 6–2


Doubles: 7 (6-1)

Wins (6)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. April 29, 2002 Houston, United Statesmarker Clay Andy Roddick Neville Godwin

Jan-Michael Gambill
6–4, 6–4
2. February 16, 2004 San José, United States Hard James Blake Rick Leach

Brian MacPhie
6–2, 7–5
3. April 19, 2004 Houston, United States Clay James Blake Rick Leach

Brian MacPhie
6–3, 6–4
4. July 7, 2008 Newport, United States Grass John Isner Rohan Bopanna

Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi
6–4, 7–6
5. February 13, 2009 Memphis, United States Hard (i) Mark Knowles Travis Parrott

Filip Polášek
7–6, 6–1
6. March 9, 2009 Indian Wellsmarker, United States Hard Andy Roddick Max Mirnyi

Andy Ram
3–6, 6–1, [14-12]


Runner-ups (1)
No. Date Tournament Surface Partner Opponents in the final Score
1. February 27, 2006 Memphis, United Statesmarker Hard James Blake Chris Haggard

Ivo Karlović
0–6, 7–5, [10–5]


Grand Slam singles performance timeline

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. This table is current through the 2009 French openmarker.
Tournament 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 2003 2002 2001 2000
Australian Openmarker 3R 3R QF A 2R 1R 3R 2R A A
French Openmarker 1R 2R A A 1R A 1R A A A
Wimbledonmarker 3R 1R 1R 3R A 2R 3R A 1R A
US Openmarker A QF 2R 2R 1R 2R 2R 2R 1R 1R


References

  1. Pacific Life Open - March 22 - Mardy Fish (interview transcript)
  2. Match Statistics
  3. Statistics
  4. ESPN.com Mardy Fish upset at Legg Mason, August 5, 2009.
  5. [1]Fish Withdraws From Open, August 30, 2009.
  6. [2]TENNIS: NOTEBOOK; Fish's Fans Add Flavor To First-Round Victory, August 26, 2003
  • Retrieved Sep. 1, 2006.


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