August 27, 2002: Today was not a good day for Mark. Initial reports from New York indicated that Mark was looking leaner and more focussed that he’s been in months. He was playing well and leading 7-6 (7-1), 6-4, 3-6; when at 2-2 (15-30) in the fourth he jumped up for a Sampras-like overhead, decided to let the ball go and sort of forgot he had to focus on landing. When he came down he hyper-extended that troublesome left knee! The trainer was called out and Mark continued with the match, but his movement was much more tentative and at 3-5 he retired. We’re ahead of the news cycle, but should have more details tomorrow. Also making the news today, Mark has put his DelRay, Florida home up for sale and will be moving to a surfing community outside of San Diego, Califorinia where he can better focus on only tennis and surfing.
August 22, 2002: The draw for the US Open was done today and Mark fares reasonably well landing in the bottom quarter. His first match will be against the 24th seed Schalken. The other top seeds in his quarter are: Safin (2), Nabaldian (16), Grosjean (10), and Ferraro (7). See the full draw here. Also this update, more doubles stats (1998, 1999, 2001 2002) added to the stats page.
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