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Fish Rebounds After Hitting 'Rock Bottom'

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Fish© Getty ImagesMardy Fish has played in two tournaments since the 2012 US Open.

Former World No. 8 Mardy Fish is optimistic about making a return to the ATP World Tour as he continues his recovery from a heart condition. Despite his restricted playing schedule this season, Fish said that he was in a better state physically and mentally after hitting his lowest point at Flushing Meadows last year.

“I really saw what rock bottom felt like. That was at the US Open last year,” Fish said in an interview with ESPN. “We're getting it back under control. I'm getting my normal life back first and foremost and then we can worry about the tennis from there.

“I'm feeling better and better. It's been a long process. I'm just getting my confidence back and getting into match shape. It's been very hard. I'm a lot further along than I was about eight months ago and have come a long way. I look forward to hopefully soon being able to pick and choose where I want to be.”

During the early stages of his time away from the game, the Los Angeles resident revealed that retirement was once on the table, but for now, is out of the question.

“It's not part of the discussion anymore,” said Fish. “It was something I thought about and did for the first month after the US Open. I was done playing. I just didn't really tell anyone. I was hoping I would start feeling better. Now I'm at the stage where I need to get on the court as much as I can and be in comfortable situations.”

Fish has played in two tournaments this season. He made a triumphant return at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, winning his opener against countryman Bobby Reynolds before falling in competitive fashion to eighth-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. He then took a wild card at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Savannah last week, losing to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo in the first round. Fish is not playing the two ATP World Tour Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome.

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