Mark only makes it to the 3rd round at the US Open

September 1, 2003: Unfortunately Mark’s US Open run ended yesterday with a 5-7, 7-6 (12-10), 6-3, 6-2 to Nalbandian in the 3rd round. And while Nalbandian played well, the problems were squarely in Mark’s play with big problems on his second serve and an unbelievable 74 unforced errors. For every ace he fired, he hit two unforced errors! Numerous articles and photos added.

August 29, 2003: Mark advances once again, defeating Dupuis 6-2, 6-3, 6-4 to advance to the third round. On Sunday Mark will face Nalbandian. Several articles and photos added.

August 27, 2003 pm: Media update from Round 1 with numerous articles and photos added. I highly recommend the post-match interview – some great answers about his passion for surfing. His opponent for Round 2 will be Dupuis whom he’ll play on Friday.

August 27, 2003: Mark had a good start to his US Open bid with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Tipsarevic. The first set was a cake-walk but he faced a bit of a challenge at times in the second and third. But he made it through and was a nice warm-up match for him. Next up is either Youzhny or Dupuis.

August 25, 2003: Mark’s first match will be sometime Wednesday against Janko Tipsarevic, a qualifier. Several articles added.

August 22, 2003: An article on Mark’s chances at the Open added. Also Mark played in the Centre Court Challenge put on by EVIAN and supporting the Harlem Junior Tennis Program today. He was supposed to be doing some serve demonstrations.

August 21, 2003: The draw is out for the US Open and Mark is in the bottom quarter of the draw. He’ll face a qualifier in the opening round but after that it’s a bit of a tricky draw for Mark with potential opponents of Federer, Moya and Nalbandian just to make the semis.

August 19, 2003: The seeds for the US Open were announced today and Mark has been seeded 20th. The draw for the tournament takes place tomorrow. In the Champions Race he’s dropped a place to 9th but he held steady at 20 in the entry rankings. Mark has also been confirmed for the Heineken Open in Shanghai in September. Updates to the articles and FAQ sections.

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