ATP Tour

Mardy Fish handed first-round loss

2015-07-29 08:36
Mardy Fish (AP)

Atlanta - The first stop of Mardy Fish's farewell tour ended quickly with a 6-4, 6-4 first-round loss to Israel's Dudi Sela in the Atlanta Open on Tuesday.

Fish said it was a success just to play only his second competitive match of the year. He recently announced he will retire after the US Open, and he also disclosed details of his battles with anxiety disorder.

Fifth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus earlier downed America's Austin Krajicek 6-4, 6-0, while No 6 seed Steve Johnson of the United States ground out a 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-2 victory over Slovakia's Lukas Lacko.

In other first-round matches, Benjamin Becker beat fellow German Michael Berrer, who retired at the start of the second set while trailing 7-5, Denis Kudla came back to beat fellow-American Ryan Harrison 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5), Australia's Sam Groth defeated American Frances Tiafoe 7-6 (3), 6-4 and Jared Donaldson of the United States had a hard-fought 6-1, 3-6, 6-4 win over India's Somdev Devvarman.

Fish, who won the Atlanta tournament in 2010 and 2011, also will play doubles this week with his friend Andy Roddick, who is taking a break from his retirement.

The 33-year-old Fish says he wished he could have played better but added "It's just nice to finish on my own terms."

Fish also plans to play in Cincinnati before the US Open.

Read more on:    atlanta open  |  tennis


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.


When all is said and done, who of the 'Big 3' in men's tennis ends their career with the most Grand Slams?

Love 2 Meet
Sport24 on Twitter

Follow Sport24 news on Twitter


The 2018/19 Absa Premiership season is in full swing. Will Mamelodi Sundowns retain their title? Or can one of Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Wits, SuperSport United - or another team perhaps - snatch glory from the Brazilians? Be sure to visit Sport24 for all the latest news!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.