Mardy Fish To Play in Citi Open in Washington D.C.

The Legg Mason Classic recently got a new title sponsor and a new name: the Citi Open. It got another new addition on Tuesday: Mardy Fish, the highest-ranked American tennis player. According to Howard Fendrich of the Associated Press, Fish will bypass the Oympics in London this summer and partake in the Washington D.C. tournament.

More Tennis … and Olympics: @MardyFish says he’ll skip London Games, enter D.C. tournament. Won silver at Athens in ’04.

Fish, who has a 7-6 record in 2012, did not participate in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

“I definitely thought about going — the prospect of playing the Olympics at Wimbledon on a grass court, a surface that suits me very well. I have some great memories from the Olympics. … I also have some tough memories from it as well, where I was so close to winning a gold medal,” Fish told the AP. “That loss hurt as much or more than any loss I’ve ever had in my career. So I stayed away in 2008 for Beijing and I’m going to stay away this time.”

The Citi Open takes place in late July and early August.

For everything related to sports in the nation’s capital, stay tuned here at SB Nation DC.

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