Former top-10 player Mardy Fish says the U.S. Open will be the last tennis tournament of his career.
The 33-year-old Edina native has played just one competitive match since August 2013 as he's dealt with anxiety issues. Fish will use a protected ranking to gain entry to the singles field for the year's last Grand Slam event, the U.S. Tennis Association said Wednesday.
"I will finish my career at the US Open," Fish tweeted.
Before that, he says he'll enter tournaments in Atlanta and Cincinnati.
Fish, who reached a career-high ranking of No. 7 in 2011, had announced last month that he would play doubles with retired pal Andy Roddick in Atlanta along with making his singles comeback there.
Fish's health problems began in March 2012 when his heart started racing uncontrollably the night after he lost a match. A couple of months later, doctors induced extreme palpitations to try to pinpoint the problem. Fish then returned to action at Wimbledon that year.
At the 2012 U.S. Open, Fish won a five-setter in the third round, setting up a match against 17-time major champion Roger Federer. But Fish withdrew before playing Federer.
He remained off the tour until March 2013, when he entered the tournament at Indian Wells, Calif. He played 10 matches that year, then missed more than 18 months before he returned at Indian Wells again in March.
"Obviously, it's no secret, I'd love to go back to the U.S. Open, where sort of it all came crashing down for me in 2012, and sort of conquer that place," Fish said last month. "And by 'conquer,' I mean just get back out on the court there. I have a lot of demons from that place."
Simmons going to HBO
HBO says it has struck a multiyear, multi-platform deal with Bill Simmons. Under the deal, which begins in October, HBO will be Simmons' exclusive television home.
Among other projects, Simmons will host a weekly talk show premiering next year. It will feature stories and guests from across the sports and cultural landscapes.
He will also have a production deal to produce content for the network and its digital platforms, delivering video podcasts and features. In addition, he will consult with HBO Sports.
Simmons has served as a sports columnist, TV host and analyst and author. He was also the founding editor of the Grantland.com website.
tour de france
Geschke wins 17th stage
Simon Geschke of the Giant-Alpecin team won a tough and dangerous Stage 17 of the Tour de France in the Alps with a brave solo ride, while former champion Alberto Contador fell during a terrifying high-speed descent. Contador's shorts were torn in his crash, and while the Spaniard stays in fifth place, he is now more than six minutes behind Froome.
Race leader Chris Froome staved off multiple attacks to get through the first of four days in the Alps unscathed.
Froome and Nairo Quintana sprinted together for the line on the final ascent to the Pra Loup ski station, with the Colombian just beating the Briton this time. Quintana is still second overall, with his 3:10 deficit unchanged.
around the horn
Golf: Bae Sang-Moon said he plans to play the rest of the PGA Tour season before submitting to his mandatory military service in South Korea.
College basketball: Police arrested three Arkansas players, alleging they used counterfeit money to buy merchandise at three locations near campus. After the arrests, the school announced indefinite suspensions for starting point guard Anton Beard, forward Jacorey Williams and junior transfer Dustin Thomas.
Track and field: Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin won a silver medal in the long jump at the Pan Am Games, leaping 27 feet, 1 ¾ inches (8.27 meters).