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.
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