3/6/13 6:40 PM | Johan Lindahl
Early bedtimes may be the key to comeback success for Mardy Fish, who will return to ATP tennis after six months away due to heart-scare problems which have kept him off court since the US Open.
The 31-year-old who lost weight in 2009 to renew his game, has performed another re-boot of his tennis after dealing with a scary accelerated heartbeat issue. He plans to stay fit with healthy food and sleeping patterns.
Fish stuck his toes into the tennis waters this week at an exhibition in LA, but will get serious when the first Masters 1000 of the season starts on Thursday in the California desert east of Palm Springs.
The winner of six career titles, who once stood seventh in the world, is optimistic about his potential success rate. "I still feel like I can play at a high level for many years. I don't feel 100 percent but I'm getting pretty close," said a player who understandably kept most details of his physical problem out of the spotlight. "'I've gone back and forth whether to spill it all or keep it in.
"What I went through is the toughest thing I ever had to deal with in my life. It's not something that's very easy to talk about. It took me months and months and months to have a glass of wine at dinner, to go out to a movie with my wife.
"I've retired 15 times in my head," he said of the problem which began more than a year ago. "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. I haven't felt better than this since the US Open."
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