Mardy Fish fell to Philipp Kohlschreiber in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Monday but received a wild card entry into the field in next week's Winston-Salem Open. The ATP 250 event is the last stop of the Emirate Airlines U.S. Open Series and last chance to tune up before the U.S. Open in two weeks.
For Fish, the work is invaluable as he continues to comeback from a heart condition that took him out of action. Since last year's U.S. Open, Fish has only played in 5 Singles events including a Challenger event in Savannah, Ga. The 31 year old has seen his ranking drop to 129 this week after playing only 8 matches since withdrawing from the U.S. Open last September. He made the round of 16 there and was scheduled to play Roger Federer before being forced to the sidelines.
Fish was ranked 7th in the World in August of 2011 and stayed in the top 10 from June of 2011 until May of 2012.
His has only won 3 singles matches since his comeback but one of those was in Washington a couple weeks ago against Julien Benneteau in straight sets before falling to Kevin Anderson in the next round of the event.
Fish will join Americans John Isner, James Blake and Sam Querrey in the field of the Winston-Salem tournament.