By The Associated Press
American tennis player Mardy Fish recently had a medical procedure to correct a heart problem.
Fish hasn’t played since late March after being diagnosed with fatigue. He told USA Today he had a procedure called cardiac catheter ablation on Wednesday to deal with misfiring electrical pulses in his heart. He is recovering at his home in Los Angeles.
”It has been so scary,” Fish told the newspaper for a story posted in its web site Monday.
Fish, who at No. 10 is the highest-ranked American on the ATP Tour, told USA Today that at times he would wake up with his heart racing as if he’d been running sprints.
”It felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest,” he said.
Doctors described his condition as a form arrhythmia. It started afflicting him in February, he said.
Fish said he can resume light training soon and hopes to play at the grass-court tune-up for Wimbledon that begins June 11.
He said withdrawing with the explanation of fatigue bothered him.
”It’s kind of a ugly word for me because I’ve worked so hard the last three years to get that stigma off my name,” the 6-foot-2 right-hander told USA Today.
Fish said he kept his condition quiet until he had a better understanding of it.
Mardy Fish lost to French qualifier Albano Olivetti at Open 13 on Thursday night, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Olivetti is ranked No. 388 in the world. He had never defeated a player ranked higher than No. 194 before his victory over Fish.
This got us thinking: Was Fish’s loss the worst suffered by any of the current crop of top players? Busted Racquet went back through the records and found the worst defeat, based on opponent’s ranking, for each of the top eight players in the world. We restricted our search to losses that came while the player was ranked in the top 10.
Nadal’s loss to Jochansson is the worst defeat on the board but it comes with as asterisk. Johansson was a former top-10 player who had been injured and playing matches on the senior and challenger circuit. Other losses on this list — Federer to Gasquet, Ferrer to Karlovic and Tsonga to Querrey — fit a similar bill. Karlovic and Querrey had low rankings due to injuries. Gasquet was an up-and-comer. The same could be said of Andy Murray’s loss to Donald Young. And who knows? One day we could be saying the same of the 20-year-old Olivetti. For now though, it would appear that Fish’s loss is the worst.
This is a Tweet from Caroline Wozniacki
The United States Davis Cup Team is getting ready for this weekends Davis Cup tie in Switzerland. he U.S. team consists of Mardy Fish, John Isner, Ryan Harrison and Mike Bryan. A formidable team until you consider who is on the other side of the net – Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka – and the court surface – Red Clay. Here are some of their comments:
On what he expects in his second year as U.S. Davis Cup Captain
“I certainly feel more comfortable now in my third tie. I have been with all these guys, except for Ryan, in the heat of battle. That helps for sure. I will be as active as necessary. I will say as much as necessary, but these guys are pros; they know what they are doing. As far as my attire, I will be wearing a suit like I did last year. That is what I come with.”
On playing the first match of the tie versus Stan Wawrinka
“I would prefer to play first. I enjoy knowing what time I play. On a team note I would like to try to get the team off to a good start.”
On the importance of his first serve against Federer on Friday
“In any match, making a lot of first serves is important, especially for me. I am going to have to hit a high percentage to give myself the best chance of winning. On top of that I am going to have to hit my second serves big. I just can’t roll them in there because he can do everything. He can hit any shot in the book.”
On playing for the U.S. in a team environment
“It is a different feeling. This is one of the few times of the year you can play four a team. Most of the time you are out there playing for yourself, so anytime you get in a team environment, play for these guys, play for captain courier and play for your country, it is really an honor. You just want to go out there and compete your hardest. That is the only thing you can control is how you compete so I think that is what all of us are going to do. It is only my fourth match so I am not that seasoned in Davis Cup but at the same time it will be lot of fun and I look forward to the opportunity.”
On being nominated to play doubles with Ryan Harrison
“We have been practicing all week together. Ryan is a great doubles player. He won Newport last year for his first ATP Tour doubles title, and he has great hands. He has good instincts around the net, and I am excited to play with him. He has big pop on the serve, great returns, and hopefully we will suit up, but if not, these other two guys can play great doubles, too.” (NOTE: Bob Bryan bacame a father for the first time this past Sunday).
From Tuesday’s Pre-Draw Press Conference
“I am extremely excited to be on the team. It is an honor to represent your country, to be selected, to represent the U.S. it is probably one of the greatest privileges you can have to be around these guys, to play an away tie against the great players here. It is going to be a great experience, just being part of the preparation, part of the team, is something I am really soaking in and trying to take in as much of the experience as I can.“
This is from the Men’s Tennis Forum.
I am talking about players like
and you can name some more if you want. Which player you feel out of these or any other other contender would surprise us or live to your expectation and win a grandslam in near future. It may be in 2013 or 2014, but you would bank on this player to win a grandslam.
My opinion – Andy Murray, Ryan Harrison, Milos Raonic
Add your two cents at the Men’s Tennis Forum.
- Novak Djokovic – Shoulder and general fatigue. Has had some issues with patella tendinitis this season
- Rafael Nadal – Large burn blisters on fingers and left foot
- Andy Murray – Sore arm
- Mardy Fish – Heel
- Tomas Berdych – Shoulder
- Robin Soderling – Wrist – he has announced he will travel to NYC
- Jo Wilfried Tsonga – Arm. Ultrasound showed no muscle tear after he withdrew in Montreal.
- Andy Roddick – Recently pulled out of Montreal with an oblique but played in Cincinnati.
- Milos Raonic – Recovering from hip surgery
- David Ferrer – Recovering from hairline fracture in left hand
- Tommy Robredo – Withdrawn – Ongoing groin issues
- Sam Querrey – Withdrawn – Recovering from elbow surgery (spurs)
- Juan Carlos Ferrero – Recovering from multiple injuries
Womens injuries so far:
- Serena Williams – Aggravation of toe injury
- Andrea Petkovic – Torn meniscus
- Kim Clijsters – Withdrawn – Abdominal muscle tear
- Venus Williams – Recovering from virus
From the Posting at “The Tennis Times”
Following our recent look at this years potential breakthough stars we look at their chances in the Masters 1000 event at Indian Wells.
Richard Berankis is already through to the second round after coming back from losing the first set against Bogomolov Jr. With just 41% of first serves landing in it was the return game of Berankis which won him the match, breaking his opponent 4 times from 9 break points. He was broken 4 times himself though, including twice in the final set, and he will need to pick up his service stats if he is to go any further.
Next up lies a far greater challenge and with Fernando Verdasco across the net few will give the youngster a chance of progressing. The Spaniard lost to Milos Raonic in the San Jose final and again to him the following week in Memphis, before Bellucci made it 3 defeats in a row. A comfortable Davis Cup victory against Malisse followed and Verdasco showed some of his real ability in that match, so signs are that he’s starting to step up his game again.
As much as I would like to see Berankis progress I think Verdasco will be too strong for him, but the more matches he gets against players of this calibre the quicker we will see the Lithuanian start to fulfil his potential.
Milos Raonic will be the first of the remaining 3 to take to the court when he faces Marcel Ilhan in his first round match. Ilhan has lost all 8 of his matches this year, and has lost to Raonic in Tokyo towards the end of 2010, so it’s hard to see anything other than a Raonic win here. Next up would be a serve shoot out against Mardy Fish, a match he would have a fair chance of winning despite the Americans greater experience and home advatage. Harrison, Chardy or Garcia-Lopez would follow and again you couldn’t deny the Canadian would have a great chance there as well. If and when he manages to get that far, and I think he will, we will look at the latter stages of the draw.
Thiemo de Bakker will take on Benjamin Becker this afternoon in what is almost certain to be a serve dominated affair. Neither player is in the best of form and both will see this as an opportunity to pick up some form and regain some confidence. This may come down to a mental battle between two player not exactly renowned for their iron will, so it could easily go either way, but I think de Bakkers more conservative ground game will see him sneak through to the next round.
Finally Kei Nishikori takes on the Russian Igor Andreev in a match that pairs two players with rankings going in opposite directions. Andreev has been poor for some time and may find Nishikori’s solid return game is a bad fit for his aggresive groundstrokes. The Russian is prone to high unforced error counts when he’s out of form and if Nishikori can use his speed to keep the ball in play he should profit from Andreev’s errors. Andreev can be dangerous but recent performances suggest the Japanese youngster will progress to the second round