11/27/12 2:30 PM | Johan Lindahl
Mardy Fish is planning a January return to tennis after his 2012 heart-scare incidents, with the American now planning to make a comeback in Auckland on the ATP in the run-up to the Australian Open.
The 30-year-old who spent last season dealing with an accelerated heartbeat syndrome, last played at the US Open, where he pulled out before a fourth-round match with Roger Federer citing his health concerns.
The world No. 27, who once stood seventh in the world in 2011, is hoping to start re-adjusting to the game. Auckland officials who just lost a major sponsor, are glad to put a recognizable name in their draw.
"Last year he was playing in the ATP World Tour finals after a great season. Funnily enough Mardy lost in 2007 to the eventual champion David Ferrer in the semifinals," tournament director Karl Budge told local media.
"He’s an all court player with a strong net game, which will certainly add variety to an event normally dominated by the baseliners."
Fish had reportedly been due to play in last weekend's Challenge of the Continents exhibition in Singapore, also featuring Janko Tipsarevic and Kei Nishikori. But due to a miscommunication from one side or the other, his team said he had never been scheduled for that exho payday in the city-state.
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