Reuters - Tue, 27 Jul 16:52:00 2010
American Mardy Fish, the hottest player on the ATP Tour, has withdrawn from this week's LA Open because of fatigue and an ankle injury.
Fish, who had been seeded eighth for the $619,500 event at the LA Tennis Center, decided to pull out after arriving in Los Angeles late on Monday.
"Due to fatigue and a sprained ankle in Atlanta, I am not in good shape to play," the 28-year-old said in a statement. "I need to rest in order to compete at a high level".
Fish won his second successive ATP World Tour title, and the fifth of his career, at the Atlanta Tennis Championships on Sunday by beating compatriot John Isner 4-6 6-4 7-6 in oppressive heat.
The victory extended his winning streak to 10 matches for an overall record of 28-11 this season.
"I've never won two tournaments in one year, I've never won two tournaments in a row and on the ATP tour I've never won 10 matches in a row," Fish said. "This is probably as good as it (my form) has been."
He suffered the ankle injury during his second round match in Atlanta against fellow American Robby Ginepri.
Fish, who had been scheduled to take on Germany's Benjamin Becker in the opening round of the LA Open on Tuesday, will be replaced in the draw by a lucky loser.