epa03379608 Mardy Fish of the US volleys against Gilles Simon of France during their match on the sixth day of the 2012 US Open Tennis Championship at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York, USA, 01 September 2012. The US Open runs through 09 September 2012. EPA/JOHN G. MABANGLO |
Stricken American Mardy Fish is expected back on court this month in a lightweight pay-for-play exhibition in tennis-starved Singapore as part of a Clash of the Continents, another hit-and giggle nbightr providing almost steady employment employment for players during the ATP “off season.”
The November 24-25 event at the city-state’s indoor stadium which once hosted an ATP event more than a decade ago, will feature a four-man field plus a women’s one-exhibition tagged on as a sweetener for fans.,
In that contest Slovak Daniela Hantuchova will face China’s Peng Shuai.
In the men’s competition, Fish, who has not played for months due to a heart scare, will be up against rivals including Japan’s rising son Kei Nishikori, now a solid member of the top 20 after winning his home Japan Open last month.
Representing South America will be Argentine Juan Monaco while Serb Janko Tipsarevic will carry out playing “duties” for Europe.
Fish, 30, has not played since the US Open, when he quit before his fourth-round match with Roger Federer while complaining of more health issues.
The Connecticut Open presented by United Technologies, a WTA event that is part of the Emirates Airline US Open Series being held August 15-23 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale, has granted the Dave Solomon Media Award to WTNH Sports Team members Noah Finz, John Pierson, and Erik Dobratz.
Those close to Rafael Nadal, who yesterday announced he would not be able to defend his US Open title when play begins at New York’s Flushing Meadows next Monday, maintain rest is all that’s required to get the world no.2 back on court and he does not require wrist surgery similar to Juan Martin del Potro and Laura Robson.
It's no secret that we are in the midst of a rough patch for American men's tennis--certainly on the singles front. The trials and tribulations of the United States contingent are well-documented. It has been more than a decade since an American man won a Grand Slam title (Andy Roddick at the 2003 U.S. Open).