February 9, 2004: Mark is back in California, having left Australia before the last Davis Cup match was even over in an attempt to escape the unwanted press. And the press still goes on – most of today’s articles are from what seems like every psychologist in Australia weighing in on Mark. (‘it’s his mind’ ‘it’s his body’ ‘it was Cash’ ‘he never plays Davis Cup well’ – you name it there’s a theory from someone). His agent announced that Mark will be taking some time off but that he was still expected to play Rotterdam next week.
February 8, 2004: Post-match Mark said that he felt that he spent much of the past three days in the twilight-zone with nothing he tried going well. He said he’s feeling very worn out and plans to take a one or two week break surfing back home in California. However, he’s still scheduled for the Rotterdam event starting on the 16th so hopefully for fans there it will only be a one week break.