Tommy Paul slams criticism directed at US captain Mardy Fish

Fish was heavily criticized following the US exit from the Davis Cup Finals.

by Dzevad Mesic
Tommy Paul slams criticism directed at US captain Mardy Fish

Tommy Paul wasn't impressed by the reactions United States Davis Cup team captain Mardy Fish was receiving following his team's exit in Malaga. On Thursday, the United States exited the Davis Cup Finals after Italy beat them 2-1 in the quarterfinal.

For the knockout stage, Fish decided not to select reigning US Open and ATP Finals doubles champion Rajeev Ram. In the decisive match of the United States and Italy tie, Italy's Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini defeated Paul and Jack Sock 6-4 6-4.

It didn't take long before Fish started receiving criticism as many blamed the American captain for "making a poor decision" in not including Ram.

Paul hits back at the criticism directed at Fish

"It’s so cool to see people who aren’t or will never be Davis cup captains pretending to be Davis Cup captains on Twitter.

#tweetingfromyourparentsbasement," Paul wrote on Twitter. When Fish was asked to directly address not picking Ram, he suggested that he felt the team had other very good doubles options. “We’ve got a lot of great players that play for the US Rajeev is one of them.

He wasn’t on the team this year, and that’s my choice. This is the team that I put on the court, and so if anyone has an issue with that, that’s on me. Rajeev has played and he’s played well. He’s played for us a few times with Jack, and this is a team that I was excited to see.

Also, Jack and Frances are a phenomenal team. They have played and beaten some really good teams in some competitions as well, and so we had a lot of options. This was the team we went with today. But if Rajeev was here or not, those guys were going to win today. They played well and they’re too good," Fish explained.

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