After falling to Ernests Gulbis of Latvia in three sets in the finals of the Farmers Classic on Sunday, American Mardy Fish decided to withdraw from the Legg Mason Classic this week in Washington, D.C. citing a bruised right heel that flared up during his match with Gulbis. Fish becomes the second top American player to pull out of the Legg Mason with injury. The first to do so was Andy Roddick with an oblique injury.
Taking Fish’s spot in the draw will be American Wayne Odesnik, who lost in the qualifiers of the event. Odesnik was put into Fish’s spot of the draw, which means he gets a first round bye, as Fish was originally the number two seed. Odesnik returned to action in January after serving a one-year suspension resulting from the possession of human growth hormone in his bags during a tournament in Australia.
For Fish, this may be a blessing in disguise after playing in two straight finals of back-to-back tournaments, and he could certainly use the rest. Fish had been scheduled to play every single U.S. Open Series tournament this summer, but will now sit and rest up for the week before he heads up north across the border to Canada with the rest of the men’s field for the Masters 1000 Series tournament for the Rogers Cup in Montreal.