Fish claimed the top U.S. spot in men's tennis for the first time Wednesday by reaching the semifinals of the Sony Ericsson Open at Key Biscayne, Fla., when he beat No. 6 seed David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2.

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Fish doing justice
to his natural talent.

Fish established his dominance with some clever serving, mixing up the pace and direction.

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The Mardy Fish Foundation was established to support the youth of Indian River County. The Foundation has utilized funds from Mardy's Tennis & Jake's Music Fest to provide after school programs in the community. Thirteen schools in the Indian River County School District feature after-school programs sponsored by the Foundation. The Foundation also supports other youth organizations, including the Boys & Girls Club of Vero Beach and the Youth Guidance Foundation, which is dedicated to enriching the lives of children in need in Indian River County through the establishment of positive mentoring relationships with volunteer adults.

"I’ve been so fortunate to have this exciting
career and I’m amazed that in my 11th year as a professional tennis player I’m having such fabulous results, including helping the United States win the Davis Cup World Group Play-off against Colombia,” Fish said. “But what makes me most happy is that I can take my success as a tennis player and turn it into something special to help the kids of Indian River County through Mardy Fish Foundation initiatives. Whether its athletics, music, the arts, or other learning skills, every child can benefit from being exposed to new interests.”


(Sept 19 2010) Mardy Fish gives USA its third point to keep USA in the World Group.

Fish victory keeps US in World Group

Mardy Fish defeated Santiago Giraldo 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 4-6, 8-6 on Sunday to give the United States an insurmountable 3-1 lead over Colombia in the Davis Cup.

Winning the playoff match on outdoor red clay means the U.S. will remain in the World Group, the top tier of the Davis Cup. Colombia was trying to qualify for the first time.

"A lot of work and a lot of sacrifice went into this," Fish said. "A year ago today I wouldn't have been able to do this. I fought as hard as I could."

Fish also became the first American to win three times in a single Davis Cup match since Pete Sampras in the 1995 final in Moscow. Fish won in Friday's opening singles and teamed up with John Isner to win the doubles on Saturday.

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Mardy Fish serves to Colombia's Alejandro Falla on red clay during the opening singles Davis Cup match.

The key was staying ahead in the fifth set," Fish said. "I had some tough games to hold but was always able to stay ahead. When he had to serve to stay into it at 5-4, that's when all the pressure kicked in."

"It was a gutsy mental effort by Mardy today," said U.S. coach Patrick McEnroe who retires after this weekend. "It goes to show what being fit means."

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"On the eve of their own major tournament, America has a new tennis hero, a guy with a funny name, a pleasing personality and a big serve, not to say the sort of self-deprecation that wins friends and keeps him grounded. "


Birthdate: December 9, 1981
Birthplace: Edina, Minnesota, USA
Residence: Tampa, Florida, USA
Height: 6'2" (187 cm)
Weight: 180 lbs (81 kg)
Plays: Right-Handed
Turned Pro: 2000