Mark rallies but still out in 2nd round in Paris

May 31, 2002: Article wrap-up from the Moya match yesterday. In the post-match press conference Mark seemed upbeat about the match and that he didn’t crumble but Moya was just tough on clay. He is off to London to begin preparing for the grass court season which will start for him at the Stella Artois tournment at Queen’s Club.

May 30, 2002: Article and photo wrap-up, most from the press-conference after the first round match against Varlet.

May 29, 2002: In a nearly 3 hour match, Mark was defeated by Moya in the 2nd round. After an unbalanced first set, Mark took the next to to tie-breaks, 2-6, 6-7 (7-9), 6-7 (9-11). The numbers tell the tale though, with Mark having 84 unforced errors to 55 winners.

May 29, 2002: Mark’s match against Valet was the first time Mark has come from two sets down to win. It was also reported that some of his early season problems were from aggravating his knee while snowboarding and failing to lose much o the weight he’d put on while laid up. He’s now tossed the snowboarding gear and dropped back to trim 90kg. He’s also gone back to a style of racket he used several years ago. Mark will face Moya later today in the second round. Six articles and two photos added.

May 28, 2002: It was shaping up to look like a miserable Paris for Mark when his first round match against qualifier Varlet was suspended on Monday night with Mark trailing 1-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 1-3. Very little was going right for Mark, but today a new day dawned and Mark finished off the match 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 to advance to the next round. Hopefully the shock of almost making another quick tournament exit will help keep his game up for the next round. We’re ahead of the main news cycle so only two articles and one photo linked.

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