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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

2015 US Open: Mardy Fish in an Emotional Comeback


It's always tough to talk about your weakness and the lowest points of your life, so it's really a class act for Mardy Fish to come back to Flushing Meadows, to give closure to this point in his life which he said was the lowest point of his tennis career. 

Apparently, four years ago, he was suffering from severe anxiety disorder which made him withdraw from his quarterfinal match against Roger Federer.  For Mardy to talk about this in public is very brave of him.  Sometimes we think these top players are invisible but they do have demons like some us that can sometimes be their Achilles heel.

Anyhow, Mardy did well for himself, reaching the top 10 and three grand slam quarterfinals.  Those achievements are not easy to make especially if he had to grapple with that mental disease.

Currently ranked at #581, this is Mardy's 10th time into the second round or deeper in the US Open.  He reached the quarterfinals in 2008.  He defeated Marco Cecchinato (#104) of Italy in the first round 67(5) 63 61 63 but lost to Feliciano Lopez (#19) of Spain in the second round 62 36 61 57 36.

He has been to the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2007), Wimbledon (2011) and the US Open (2008).

Overall, he has been to the second round or deeper in all the slams for 28 times.

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