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Biofile with Mardy Fish

Tennis Inspirations: “I think my father is a big tennis guy, tennis has been pretty much his whole life. He’s been huge in my career and kind of pushing me towards tennis when I was younger and maybe wanting to play other sports. And he saw a little bit in me and so I think he’s top of the list.”

Hobbies/Interests: “I play a lot of golf. Listen to a lot of music. I try to get on the golf course as much as I can and hone my tennis player/golfer category. (That’s you?) Oh yeah, that’s me, any golfers that can play as good of tennis as I can play of golf, bring ’em to me. Because I don’t think they can [smiles].”

Favorite Movies: “I liked Fletch, Old School, Wedding Crashers.”

Last Book Read: “I’m reading Pete Sampras’ book. (It’s pretty good?) Yeah it’s good. Kind of sputtering in the middle of it right now though.”

Favorite TV Shows: “I like 24, Prison Break, shoot, I can keep going, I watch a lot of TV. I can watch anything, sports.”

Musical Tastes: “I’m a big country music fan. My best friend is a country music singer – Jake Owen. I love his stuff. Dave Matthews Band, stuff like that is great.”

First Tennis Memory: “Chang at the French, against Lendl. Then winning. 17-years-old, the whole thing.”

First Car: “Was a Ford Mustang (white).”

Current Car: “Range Rover (silver) and a Range Rover (black).”

Favorite Meal: “Is a chicken and rice dish that my mom makes.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: “Strawberry.”

Pre-Match Feeling: “I’m thinking about – that I’m a little nervous. I have all my gameplans. Stretching. And ready to go, everything set.”

Greatest Sports Moment: “Probably either playing Davis Cup for the States or silver medal in the Olympics.”

Most Painful Moment: “Silver medal in the Olympics, without a doubt (2004).”

Favorite Tournaments: “I’m a big fan of Indian Wells and Wimbledon. Big fan of the summer tournaments in the States.”

Best You Ever Felt On Court: “Final of Indian Wells against Djokovic. The crowd was just incredible. (You played better in the final vs. Djokovic than beating Federer in SF?) Well, that’s kind of like a blur type match, to be honest. And the crowd was like, they like Roger, everyone loves Roger, so people didn’t really know what to do, to clap for, whatever. I think it was pretty one-sided for sure in the final, that’s why it was a little better.”

Closest Tennis Friends: “James (Blake) and I are real close. Andy (Roddick) and I have gone back for a long time. I talk to the Bryan Brothers a bunch. Robby Ginepri. There’s a lot of guys.”

Funniest Player Encountered: “I’ll say Michael Llodra. (Why him?) He’s just funny. I mean, he just does stupid stupid stuff that’s funny.”

Toughest Competitors: “Nadal is tough. Mr. Roddick is tough. Those two are probably top of the list.”

Funny Tennis Memory: “I can’t think of anything on the court. I don’t have anything for you, sorry.”

Embarrassing Tennis Memory: “Wish I had something for you, I mean, I wish I did.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “I like to watch Mr. Federer. I like to watch James a lot. See how much power he’s got. I like to watch Roger because he’s just got so much game and can do pretty much anything. I like to watch Mr. Nadal just for how much he fights on the court, it’s pretty fun.”

People Qualities Most Admired: “I like Please & Thank you, probably number one.”

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  • Tom Michael · July 15, 2010 at 10:47 am

    I like Mardy Fish. Congratulations to him for winning Newport (especially after the lost opportunity against Querrey in Queens Club), and winning a full collection of tournaments on all surfaces–not a common everyday feat. He is very talented-can hit all the shots, with excellent strategic variety. It is a shame he only realized late the importance of fitness to be more successful. He may have won that gold medal in Athens if he did. But he still has an enviable career. Whatever happens for the rest of his career, he is a overall a class act, an admirable competitor, and nice player to watch.

  • Scoop Malinowski · July 15, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    He really laid it all out on the line in Newport and earned the hard fought win, you could tell in the interview after with Harry Cicma how much this title meant to him and how it could launch him on a serious run for the rest of the summer. Rochus was playing incredible, Dell was in awe of the high level of tennis they played, big win, great to see Fish play so well and be so happy.

  • Andrew Miller · July 23, 2010 at 4:40 am

    Mardy Fish, another of the most talented U.S. players. Glad to see that the hard work is paying off. Interesting how Fish/Dent on the up, and Ginepri/Blake on the slide down the rankings.

    Then again, Fish was supposed to be the guy challenging Roddick. I am glad he is making the most of it, I think all fans of U.S. tennis are glad to see Fish back in the mix.



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