Although it is a test with not much tradition in the tennis world, the Olympic Games They have generated unforgettable moments in the imagination of the tennis fan and also endless sadness for many of the players who have gone in search of a medal that they could not get. In one sense or another, be it the examples of Djokovic or Puig in the last Olympic Games, what the American experienced Mardy Fish in 2004 it was especially painful.
This is what Mardy has told in ‘The Tennis Podcast’, as ‘Biobiochile’ has collected on its pages. The now retired American tennis player tells how he has been regretting more and more a final that he had in his hands, yielded in five sets against the Chilean Nicolas Massú, also adding the defeat of his compatriot Taylor Dent in the fight for the bronze medal, achieved by the also Chilean Fernando González.
“It is difficult to remember. At the time, I was disappointed, but I thought that over time it would be great to share and remember this medal with my family and friends. But that never happened. I never felt good remembering that final. ” Fish says that his experience in Athens was so great that he did not return to the Games.
“I have seen the photos again and the one on the podium says it all. Devastated is little. We entered after ‘We Are The Champions’ sounded, and I will never forget that. Before I liked the song, and now it’s a song I can’t stand. I never played the Olympics again. I thought I could probably never win a gold medal or have a chance to be in that position. Being there and doing what I did is something that I will never forget, that will continue with me, especially because of the scars left by the fact that I had the gold medal in my hands and I let it slip away. I felt like I shouldn’t relive those feelings, so I never played any Games again. “
But the trauma doesn’t stop there. The former ATP top-10 recalls that, by mistake, he received a ring that said ‘gold medalist’, and that he even put it on to go shopping. “There is something that many people do not know, and that is that they give you an Olympic ring. They engrave your name, your sport, and if you won a medal. They send it to you after the Games, and when it came to me, they were wrong, it said ‘gold medalist’. I wore it once, I’ll never forget it. I went to the supermarket with it and when I came back, I looked at it and was like: ‘ What are you doing? You didn’t win a gold medal, why are you wearing it? ‘I never wore it again, and actually I don’t know where I left it. “