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Fish receives wild card to compete at Tallahassee Challenger

April 3, 2013 12:09 PM
Mardy Fish has won three USTA Pro Circuit titles during his career, including the Tallahassee Challenger in 2006.
Tallahassee Mayor John Marks (second from left) and USTA Pro Circuit Director Brian Earley (far right) were among those on hand for the unveiling of the new Har-Tru court in Tallahassee.
By Nick McCarvel, special to USTA.com
 
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Former world No. 8 and three-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Mardy Fish has been awarded a wild card to compete in the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, a $50,000 USTA Pro Circuit event that will take place April 29 to May 4 at Forestmeadows Tennis Complex in Tallahassee, Fla.
 
Fish, 31, and currently ranked No. 42 in the ATP rankings, made his return to the pro tour at Indian Wells last month after being away from the sport for six months following the diagnosis of a heart condition he revealed at the 2012 US Open.

By accepting the wild card, Fish will compete in Tallahassee for the second time in his career. He won the tournament the first time he played the event in 2006, when he was making a comeback from a wrist injury and was trying to rebuild his ranking by playing on the USTA Pro Circuit. He also reached the final of a Challenger in Tunica, Miss., that same year.
 
Fish has won three USTA Pro Circuit titles during his career -- Tallahassee in 2006 and Challengers in the Bronx, N.Y., and San Antonio, Texas, as an up-and-comer in 2002.
 
Tournament Director Karen Vogter announced the wild card for Fish at a press conference Wednesday morning in Tallahassee that also unveiled a new Har-Tru court for the tournament, the last of three French Open wild-card qualifying events that make up the Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge. The player who earns the most points in two of three Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge events will earn a wild card into the French Open.
 
"We are delighted to welcome Mardy back to Tallahassee to play in the 21st edition of this event," Vogter said. "He has a special place in our hearts, and we’re happy to help him continue his tennis journey."
 
Additionally, Vogter and Tallahassee Mayor John Marks dedicated the court to the city. The new Har-Tru hydro court in Tallahassee marks the first year that a clay court is being used after two decades of hard-court play. 
 
 

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