Mardy Fish to play pro golf

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  1. sureshs

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    Hard to believe that only 2 years ago he was a top 10 player and taking Djokovic to the brink in Masters finals! Now he's #369 in the world, can barely swing a racquet and is contemplating taking up golf full time.

    It sounds as if this is the beginning of the end for his tennis career. He will turn 32 shortly and is obviously not in the best of health so it is hard to see what he can hope to gain from trying to make a comeback on the tour. Expect to hear the dread announcement anytime soon!
     
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    At least now the short socks would fit.
     
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    He's a scratch golfer (or even plus handicapper) so it would make some sense.
     
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    didn't he have heart problems? I don't think he will do anything as a golfer but I rather see him retire than dying on court from a heart attack. that has happened to quite a few soccer players and should not be taken lightly.
     
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    He now suffers from Anxiety issues? the fear of dying playing tennis? that's terrible and saddening given Fish was top 10 2 years ago!

    He's made a dollar to live on for the rest of his life at 32!, ease up and try golf, why not?
     
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    this. his preference of no show socks shows that he was born a golfer
     
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    Wow. Dude is talented.
     
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    It would be nicer waking up and not worrying so much about dying on the job
     
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    Certainly, I can only imagine how scared you can get with heart issues. I hope he's ok.
     
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    So he's retired now? When was this?

    Damn, I remember him making a name for himself at the American HC Masters and ALWAYS giving Murray a hard time.
     
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    I bet he will hit more slices than HOOKS, being a fish and all, and he can just dive in the pond to find his ball, you know, being a fish and all.
     
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    He will put the ball into every water hazard
     
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    Bye bye, Fish. At least he ended his career with something noteworthy- beating Nadal at least once in his career. (And Nadal has the highest winning percentage in world history, so every time Nadal loses is extremely noteworthy in the record books.)
     
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    Nadal is the best player ever, isn't he?
     
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    Poor old Mardy has always been rather unfortunate. He just couldn't get past a certain level: losing three Grand Slam quarter-finals, four Masters Series finals, and an Olympic final. You could thus claim that he lost the eight most important matches of his career. (I suppose there's an argument for saying that a Masters Series or Olympic semi is bigger than a Slam quarter, but I wouldn't buy that argument myself). And his overall winning percentage in finals was 30. And just when he looked like he would finally advance beyond that level, he got struck down by heart problems.

    Still, all things considered a nice life if you can get it. Which of us wouldn't happily take a career with three Slam quarters and five finals at the next rung down over our own career?
     
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  17. sureshs

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    His wife is not bad looking either, from what I have heard
     
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    The one true hope at a U.S. tennis revival....
     
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    Really hate this for Fish. The run he made was outstanding and I always enjoyed watching him play. Sad for him to go.

    I wish him the best on the golf tour. However, there are plenty of better than scratch golfers out there that can't keep their card on the PGA Tour. It's going to be tough, but who knows?
     
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    Love Mardy. Probably my favorite ATP player to watch since Santoro. Best of luck to him.
     
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    Sadly another victim of a badly managed doping regime.
     
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    First alternate! That's great!
     
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    You generally need to be a +3 handicap to compete in top amateur events, and about a +6 to be a successful pro. MF has a long way to go.
     
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    Pro golf is incredibly difficult even for a scratch amateur/pro-of another sport.

    Surprised mardy is still playing tennis. Thought he had retired. Yes he was a very good player but his health became a major issue with the heart issue. Really didn't make sense for him to keep playing.
     
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    Sorry, did I miss something? I didn't read anything about Mardy playing any tennis: the entire story was about his golf playing.
     
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    Good for Mardy! Nice that he can continue playing sports!
     
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    Golf is not a sport
     
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    He isn't still playing. He hasn't played any pro tennis since he lost in the 2nd round of Winston-Salem last August, almost exactly a year ago!
     
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    I'm not 100% clear as to the meaning of your post.

    Are you personally stating that as a factual matter Mardy Fish was doping while a professional tennis player ?
     
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    Not even a positive doping test can factually confirm that a player was doping. Those pesky false positives and false negatives ruin everything. Damn that biological passport too, it can't confirm it either. You know? You should sue WADA and the ITF itself for even testing the players. How could they even think the players can dope!? It's preposterous.

    Political correctness for the win! (even though it's incredibly stupid)
     
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    Mardy could come back and play ten years of high quality dubs, so not all hope is lost. It is bizarre though. Can't exactly blame the guy for not wanting to slug it out in the heat at Atlanta or DC, though. What exactly are you trying to accomplish after showing up at the same tournament for the 12th year?
     
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  35. Tshooter

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    So you were just talking out of your *** then ?
     
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    Fish would have had zero chance to make it as a pro on the Web.com tour, let alone ever having a crack at the PGA tour. He'd be lucky to win a hooters tour event (he wouldn't).
     
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    No. Like the passport, I'm making reasonable assumptions based on health indicators. You seem to be very anger about it. Relax. You should threaten the WADA too with that pesky passport. How could they even use a method that does not prove doping, just increases suspicions? Slander!

    Oh, that Mardy... How could a professional sportsman that loss weight and was under an strict diet got heart issues without previous symptoms? God... What a mistery...
     
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    It's a shame that he was forced to retire from tennis due the heart problems.I enjoyed his game a lott.
     
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  39. Tshooter

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    Not really. I just wanted to know do you actually know something the rest of us don't or are you merely engaging in "internet BSing" at the expense of Mardy Fish ?

    Or perhaps you think everyone is doping so your statement would apply to any player so Fish shouldn't feel you singled him out ?
     
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  40. Tshooter

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    Guy has a sweet backhand motion.
     
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    Bit of trivia I just read about Fish.... "He is trying to join Ellsworth Vines and Frank Conner as the only players to compete in the U.S. Open in both golf and tennis" He'll have to wait 'til next year!
     
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    Well, there is more than one way to win the US Open.
     
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    Still remember Cincy a few years back...some dude at the top of the stadium yelled out: "Got any aces?"...a friend of his on the other side of the stadium responded: "Go Fish!". Everyone had a good laugh that day!
     
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