Vero tennis star Fish hired as Grand Slam commentator

Someday, when he’s old enough – and, he hopes, good enough – Vero Beach’s homegrown tennis star, Mardy Fish, wants to take a shot at playing senior golf on the popular PGA Tour Champions circuit.

His more immediate plan, though, is to continue making a living in tennis, working as a commentator during ESPN’s television coverage of the sport’s four Grand Slam tournaments in 2018.

Fish, who played professionally for 15 years and reached a career-high No. 7 in the ATP World Tour rankings in 2011 before retiring in 2015, said he recently accepted ESPN’s offer after what amounted to an on-air audition with the sports network at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last summer.

He also appeared as an analyst on the Tennis Channel during the summer of 2015.

“People I know seem to like what I’ve done so far, and they’ve been pushing me to do more of it,” Fish said from Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and two children. “And I’ve really enjoyed the TV experiences I’ve had, probably more than I expected.

“So when I had a chance to work with ESPN again, especially at the four biggest tournaments of the year, I decided to go for it,” he added. “This is a tremendous opportunity.”

Fish, 35, said he expected to be used as an in-studio analyst, offering opinions and observations based on his tennis experience, vast knowledge of the game and familiarity with today’s players.

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