Tennis Insider: Retirement no longer an option for Mardy Fish

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Mardy Fish is on the way back from a heart condition and the anxiety related to that condition that kept the former No. 8-ranked player out of action for the better part of a year.

Fish, who returned to action in March at Indian Wells, told ESPN’s Prim Siripipat on Tuesday that retirement is off the table, even though he pulled out of the Tallahassee Challenger this week.

“It’s not part of the discussion anymore,” said Fish about retirement. “Now I’m at a stage where I need to get on the court as much as I can and get into the most comfortable situation I can.”

Before Indian Wells, Fish had not played since withdrawing from the U.S. Open in September.

“We really saw what rock bottom felt like,” Fish told ESPN. “That was at the U.S. Open last year. We’re getting it back under control. I’m getting my normal life back first and foremost and then we can worry about the tennis from there.

“I’m feeling better and better. It’s been a long process. I’m just getting my confidence back and getting into match shape. It’s been very hard. I’m a lot further along than I was about eight months ago and have come a long way. I look forward to hopefully soon being able to pick and choose where I want to be.”

Fish began his comeback by reaching the third round at Indian Wells before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish then lost in the first round of a Challenger event at Savannah, Ga.

He plans to skip the clay-court season and return to the tour for the grass-court season.

Meanwhile, Fish’s parents have had a houseguest this week.

Mitchell Krueger of Aledo has been staying with the Fishes while playing in the Futures tournament in Vero Beach, Fla., and the comfortable surroundings seem to be paying off.

Krueger has advanced to the semifinals of the clay-court event by defeating Oleg Dmitriev of Russia 6-2, 6-4 on Friday. He will play Carsten Ball on Saturday. The 19-year-old first-year pro also reached the semifinals in doubles with Chase Buchanan and will be looking to extend his stay with the Fishes.

Wild update

Alex Bogomolov Jr., who will be playing this summer for the Texas Wild of World TeamTennis in Irving, won the Challenger event in Guadalajara, Mexico, last month. He beat American Rajeev Ram in the finals 2-6, 6-3, 6-1.

Wild teammate Aisam-ul-Haq Qureshi of Pakistan has climbed to No. 8 in the world in the ATP doubles rankings, matching his career high. He and partner Jean-Julien Rojer of France are ranked No. 4 in the world as a team after reaching the quarterfinals last month in Monte Carlo.

The Wild’s marquee doubles team — top-ranked Bob and Mike Bryan — reached the finals at the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston and Monte Carlo, losing in third-set tiebreakers in both tournaments.

On the women’s side, Canadian Eugenie Bouchard played through qualifying at the clay-court tournament in Charleston, S.C., to reach the quarterfinals before losing to Jelena Jankovic. Bouchard defeated Samantha Stosur, who retired with a calf strain while trailing Bouchard, 6-1, 2-0.

Worth a look

Venus and Serena, the documentary about the Williams sisters, will be in theaters May 10 and is already out on iTunes.

The documentary looks at the careers, and recent health issues, of the two sisters who have solidified their place among the greatest players in the women’s game.

Rusty Hall, 817-390-7816 Twitter: @RustyHall10s

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