Mardy Fish poised for comeback after 6 months away

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“I’ve retired 15 times in my head,” he said. “For the first three or four months, I was done for sure. Then gradually I started feeling better and working out. You start missing tennis and the guys.”

He added: “I haven’t felt better than this since the U.S. Open.”

Fish is planning to resume a full schedule of tournaments. He believes his health situation is “always going to be a part of me. I just want to be normal again.”

Fear of the unknown plays a part in his concerns.

“It’s something that’s very uncomfortable,” he said. “It’s sort of fear of what might happen. It’s sort of taught me how to handle stress better.”

Fish has six career singles titles and reached a No. 7 ranking in August 2011. Four more singles victories will give him 300 for his career.

“I still feel like I can play at a high level for many years,” he said.

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