This news seems to have gone fairly unnoticed over the last week.
But it’s a nice addition to the already king-sized ESPN tennis crew.
American Mardy Fish, who turned 36 Dec. 9, is joining the network’s tennis coverage in 2018, as reported by Vero News.
He will work the four Grand Slams, beginning with the Australian Open next month.
Fish worked a little bit on the Tennis Channel in 2015. But this past summer, stints for ESPN at Wimbledon the US Open led to an offer of an expanded role.
Fish remains close to the game, having retired just two years ago.
“People I know seem to like what I’ve done so far, and they’ve been pushing me to do more of it. And I’ve really enjoyed the TV experiences I’ve had, probably more than I expected,” Fish told VeroNews.com.
“So when I had a chance to work with ESPN again, especially at the four biggest tournaments of the year, I decided to go for it. This is a tremendous opportunity.”
In-studio, hopefully not for long
Vero News says Fish is expected to be an in-studio analyst. Hopefully, they can quickly promote him to a live match commentary role.
It’s a great add for ESPN, which needs to get a little younger and more current.
The fact that Fish has faced most of the players they’ll be featuring on the broadcasts can only be a major plus. In recent months, he also has done some coaching with the USTA, working with up-and-coming pros.
He talks about how wanting to be a mentor to young American players met with surprising resistance. And he also talks about how his awareness that playing tennis and being a television analyst are separate skill sets means he has already begun preparing for Melbourne.