Mardy Fish faces down questions about career change

by: Jonathan Scott | November 17, 2013

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I recall my disappointment on Labor Day 2012 when Mardy Fish pulled out of his quarterfinal contest against Roger Federer in Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open. I was in the USTA president's box alongside luminaries like Anna Wintour, Vanessa Williams, Alan Rickman, and more, and his withdrawal meant that fans were treated to Serena Williams's 6-0, 6-0 drubbing of Andrea Hlavackova and then the less tantalizing men's match-up between Marin Cilic and Martin Klizan. Suffice it to say, Federer notwithstanding, crowds love and long for more Mardy on court.

Fish has been nearly a ghost on the ATP World Tour this season, that due to injuries. Now it has come to the forefront that he's rather openly giving a go at professional golfing. USA Today's Doug Robson has a full report on that, though Fish and his agent, John Tobias, aren't quite biting on the question of whether the former American No. 1 star is truly done with pro tennis. But his entry in a pair of Arizona events, tournaments where players seek to earn their PGA Tour cards, is telling.

Notably, Fish plays golf as a southpaw, the opposite of Rafael Nadal, who plays tennis left-handed but writes and golfs as a righty. Here's a glimpse at Fish's golf prowess:

If he's truly at the end of his rope with respect to injuries and psychological issues, anxiety and the like, what would you miss most about seeing Mardy Fish in the lineup at ATP events?

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