Mardy Fish withdrew from the Tallahassee Challenger because of personal reasons.
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By Nick McCarvel, special to USTA.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Mardy Fish has withdrawn from the 2013 Tallahassee Tennis Challenger, citing personal reasons. The former world No. 7 was awarded a wild card earlier this month for the third of three 2013 Har-Tru USTA Pro Circuit Wild Card Challenge tournaments.
Thirty-one-year-old Fish, the current world No. 42, was a champion in Tallahassee in 2006, when he was battling back from a wrist injury. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has been making his comeback to tennis following a heart condition he was diagnosed with last spring. He has played in just two tournaments since the US Open.
"We’re sad not to have Mardy back in Tallahassee this year but wish him all of the best," said tournament director Karen Vogter. "We have 14 Americans that we’re thrilled are here for the tournament."
Florida A&M University No. 1 C. Salif Kante, from Senegal, has been given the tournament wild card in place of Fish. Kante went 18-2 in college play this season and for the second year in a row was MEAC Player of the Year.
More about the Tallahassee Tennis Challenger
The Tallahassee Tennis Challenger is a $50,000 event on the USTA Pro Circuit and last year was won by American Tim Smyczek. Players such as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Mardy Fish, James Blake, John Isner and Donald Young have appeared at the event, which benefits the D. Mark Vogter, M.D., Memorial Endowment for the Neuro-Intensive Care Unit at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare.
More about the USTA Pro Circuit
With approximately 90 tournaments hosted annually throughout the country and prize money ranging from $10,000 to $100,000, the USTA Pro Circuit is the pathway to the US Open and tour-level competition for aspiring tennis players and a frequent battleground for established professionals. The USTA launched its Pro Circuit 34 years ago to provide players with the opportunity to gain professional ranking points, and it has since grown to become the largest developmental tennis circuit in the world, offering nearly $3 million in prize money. Last year, more than 1,000 men and women from more than 70 countries competed in cities nationwide. Mardy Fish, Maria Sharapova, John Isner, Caroline Wozniacki, Sam Querrey, Li Na and Andy Murray are among today’s top stars who began their careers on the USTA Pro Circuit.
More about Mardy Fish
An Edina, Minn., native, the 31-year-old Fish lives full time in Los Angeles. The current world No. 42 has been ranked as high as No. 7 in the world and has captured eight ATP World Tour titles, the most recent in Atlanta in 2011. He has made 14 ATP World Tour finals while winning three USTA Pro Circuit three events. Fish made his pro tennis debut at a USTA Pro Circuit event in 1999 at the age of 17.