A year that began with such promise hasn't turned out to be a great 2012 for American Mardy Fish. Fish will attempt to revive his season at the Queen's Club event next month. The grass-count tournament, which is officially named the AEGON Championships, is a popular tour stop for players looking to prepare for Wimbledon. Andy Murray is the defending champion. He beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011 for his second title at the event.
At the start of 2012 Fish was riding high. He ended 2011 as the highest ranked American, at #8 in the South African Airways ATP world rankings. He won one title and $1.8 million last year, by far his most productive season on tour, topping by a million dollars his second best season of 2010. Fans of American players were happy to see this late-career resurgence from Fish.
It's not that Fish has slipped that far in the rankings. He currently sits at #9. Fish did briefly give up the honor of being the highest ranked American. In April John Isner jumped into the top-10 at #9 and bumped Fish to #10. Since then Isner has dropped back to the tenth spot.
What Fish fans are really worried about are his 2012 results. He has lost matches to such unknowns as Alejandro Falla, Albano Olivetti and Matthew Ebden. After making the round of 16 at the U.S. Open last year, he lost to Falla in the second round at this year's first Grand Slam in Australia. To be fair, Fish did come through with a crucial win in the U.S. Davis Cup tie with Switzerland, coming from down a set to beat Stanislas Wawrinka in a five-set match.
The latest setback to befall Fish this year has been a health scare. He was replaced on the U.S. Davis Cup team when they played France last month. He was diagnosed with fatigue and told to take some time away from tennis. He has said he will not play in the Olympics in July and August to rest and train for the U.S. hard court season. He has stated he would like to play in some clay court events but apparently no decisions have been made on his plans for the rest of May.
Match and career records found at http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Mardy-Fish.aspx.Brad Boeker has been a fan of professional tennis for over 30 years. He coaches high school tennis in Illinois.
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