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Fish Named Main Draw Singles Wildcard for Winston-Salem Open

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Article Courtesy Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Mardy Fish will compete in the Winston-Salem Open at Wake Forest University Aug. 17-24 as a wild card player.  Fish is in comeback mode this year after being sidelined by heart-related issues for much of the past two years.


Fish returned to action from a three-month layoff last month and only has played six matches all year heading into this week's Masters 1000 event in Cincinnati. His 2012 season ended after the U.S. Open because of the health issues.


Fish was playing the best tennis of his life before the heart issues were revealed in the spring of 2012. He reached a career-high of No. 7 in the ATP World Tour rankings in August of 2011 and spent 10 months in the Top 10 from June of 2011 of April of 2012. Throughout much of that stretch he was the top-ranked American.


Before the heart problems surfaced, Fish was enjoying the greatest success of his career.
Dedicated to a new training regimen, he had a phenomenal 2010 with titles in Newport and Atlanta, plus trips to the finals at the Canada Masters and London Queens Club. He won in Atlanta again in 2011 and continued to climb up the rankings. Problems were apparent early in 2012 and news eventually surfaced about his heart condition, leading to surgery in May of 2012.


"The post-traumatic experiences that I've had are what I need to get over right now," Fish said at the Citi Open in Washington, D.C. three weeks ago. "It's still a process, there's no doubt about it. I still feel a little uneasy and that's to be expected. It's not going to be roses right away. It's not an easy game, and these are tough tournaments."


Because of the inactivity associated with his health problems, he has dropped to No. 129 in the latest rankings.  The 31-year-old owns six ATP World Tour singles titles and has been to 14 other finals. He was also the 2004 Olympic silver medalist.


"The addition of Mardy makes our previously announced field of top-ranked world competitors even stronger," Oakes said. "Mardy grew up in Blowing Rock, and we're thrilled that he's coming to Winston-Salem as part of his comeback career."


Tickets to the Winston-Salem Open are available online at winstonsalemopen.com, by calling (336) 758-6409 or in person at the Wake Forest ticket office located at Bridger Field House at BB&T Field.


About the Winston-Salem Open
The Winston-Salem Open, an ATP World Tour 250 event with a total purse of $625,000, will take place from August 18-24, 2013, with qualifying set for August 17. The tournament will be the final men's event of the Emirates Airline US Open Series.  For more information on the 2013 Winston-Salem Open, please go to winstonsalemopen.com.  


About the Emirates Airline US Open Series
Now in its 10th season, the Emirates Airline US Open Series continues to serve as a true regular season of hard-court tennis, linking nine summer tournaments to the US Open. Novak Djokovic and Petra Kvitova won the 2012 Emirates Airline US Open Series men's and women's titles. In 2007, Roger Federer collected one of the biggest paychecks in tennis history - $2.4 million - for winning the US Open and the Emirates Airline US Open Series titles. In 2005, Kim Clijsters also captured both the US Open and the Series, winning $2.2 million and equaled that amount in 2010, winning the US Open and finishing the Emirates Airline US Open Series in second place.


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