Sick Fish Fears Open Absence

Mardy Fish says that he is likely to miss the French Open, in May, after further tests proved inconclusive on the illness that has plagued him for the past month.

The American fell ill after waking up in the middle of the night, back in March. He says that, despite visiting a number of doctors, it is still unclear what is wrong with him.

“I’m doing OK. We’re doing lots of tests to try to figure out what’s going on, and what went wrong”, Fish said.

“It’s sort of unclear as to how or why it happened, but we’re trying to figure it out. It’s not something I’m super comfortable talking about. It certainly was a scare.”

Fish first experienced problems when he lost a key match in Key Biscayne on March 29. After waking up in the night, he immediately visited a doctor. He was diagnosed him with fatigue, and ordered to take time off.

The 30-year-old returned to action on April 12, but looked a shadow of himself. He has not played since. He now says he is unlikely to take any part in the clay court season in Europe, but he is hopeful of being fit for Wimbledon.

Fish is obviously keen to get back into action, but the tennis player concedes that a break will probably benefit him in the end, following one of the hardest seasons of his career in 2011.

“It was a good problem to have, but I kind of ran into not having a break of more than four weeks for 12 months […] so, I needed a break – and I’m taking it now”, Fish said.

“I’m taking some time now to kind of relax and try to keep my mind off tennis a little bit”, he added. Fish will be an outsider for the title at the French Open, if he competes at 250-500/1 in the tennis betting odds.

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