MASON, Ohio — Many of his fellow countrymen might not recognize his face or his name, but Mardy Fish insists he’s fine with that.
It actually has helped his rise in the tennis world from consistently strong veteran to upper-echelon elite.
The Los Angeles resident is playing the best tennis of any American on the men’s tour, and has been for most of the year. A string of victories and deep runs in tournaments has vaulted him into uncharted territory in the world rankings. He currently sits at No. 8, amid a slew of European players, and he’s the only American in the top 20.
Fish is seeded eighth for the U.S. Open, which begins Monday in New York.
“I don’t necessarily feel like I’ll be the top American,” Fish said. “I will maybe be ranked the highest. I’ve sort of gone under the radar pretty comfortably and haven’t had to answer too many critics.”