‘A Really Dumb Rule’- Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish Lash Out After Team Canada’s Surprise Inclusion in Davis Cup 2022

Published 03/20/2022, 7:15 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – OCTOBER 10: Former tennis players Mardy Fish (L) and Andy Roddick attend a news conference at the World TeamTennis Smash Hits charity tennis event benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on October 10, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

American Davis Cup captain Mardy Fish has been an instrumental force for American tennis. Since 2019, he has been appointed the captain of the United States of America team. They are the most successful team to compete in the competition. 

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Reflecting on the Davis Cup 2022, the International Tennis Federation mentioned that Canada has been selected as a replacement wild card and will compete in the Davis Cup Finals in September. Since Canada are the highest-ranked losing country in the qualifiers, they have received this benefit. 

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Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish react strongly 

Two notable players, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, found it absurd to see Team Canada included in the mix. Fish mentioned the 4-0 loss Team Canada suffered in the qualifiers. On the other hand, Roddick found it amusing and felt the tournament has become more of an exhibition. 

Speaking on this subject, Fish stated, “Wait, what? Y’all lost 4-0 in the Qualifiers. What’s going on here Davis Cup? Even Roddick added, “This is a really dumb rule ….. they’re determined to make a full-on exhibition.”

Coming to tennis, at the moment players are busy competing at the Indian Wells 2022. Yesterday, there were some intense matches. In the first semifinal, it was Rublev who took on Fritz. It was the American talent who overcame the Russian star in straight sets. 

MONTE-CARLO, MONACO – APRIL 16: Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a backhand against Juan Ignacio Londero of Argentina in their first round match during day 3 of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters at Monte-Carlo Country Club on April 16, 2019 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Top Quality tennis at the Indian Wells 2022 

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In the other semifinal, it was Nadal who took on Alcaraz. It went the distance and it was the experience of the 21-time Grand Slam winner that helped him see through the finishing line. On Sunday, it will be Nadal who will take on Fritz in what promises to be an epic battle as both players are in fine form. 

Focusing on the Davis Cup, the group stage matches will take place at venues in Italy, Great Britain, Germany, and Spain. Speaking on Team Canada, despite losing in the qualifiers and receiving this wild card, they can surely create an impact as they have some amazing youngsters like Auger-Aliassime and Shapovalov. We wish all players the best of luck.

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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