mardy goes gangsta

In this world of customization — gold tennis racquets, tuxedos, monograms — it only makes sense when players create their own post-match victory rituals. There’s the Youzhny salute, the Agassi/Srichaphan bow, the Venus twirl, and the Petr Korda scissor kick (good riddance!).

Mardy Fish - Indian Wells 2008

Mardy Fish gives us his own with this adorable “hug” to each side of the stands at Court 1 of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. I’m sure he appreciated the crowd’s support in his 6-3, 6-2 win (his serve never got broken!) over Roger Federer.

(photo by Getty Images)


  1. So proud of Mardy. When I saw the score, I screamed for 10 seconds before I could get myself together and praise him for the great match. So proud of him. He beat Nalbandian, which I was sad about, but okay with. But knowing that he got through Federer made me all tingly inside. Locing every minute of it. It’s gonna be a great final on the men’s and women’s side!

  2. About Mardy Fish, wow. He takes out Davydenko, Hewitt, Nalbandian, and then The Fed. Now he gets a shot at Djoke. What a week for a great guy.

    Asked if he could recall another upset in tennis to equal it, Fish smiled and said, “I don’t think I’m that bad.”

  3. I cannot believe this result. just cannot.

  4. I was cheering Mardy on yesterday, and I felt the Mardy-hug even up in the nose-bleed seats. It was very touching; too bad he just lost the final to Nole. But, what a great tournament for Mardy nonetheless.

  5. P.S. Do you know what Mardy’s green rubber bracelet represents?

  6. The ‘hug’ is not quite Mardy’s own. He borrowed it from Jonas Bjorkman.

    The diff is Bjorkman’s is more of a crushing.

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