March 1, 2004: Today was an unfortunate day for Mark as he lost to Rochus 2-6, 6-7 (8-10) in the first round of the Dubai Open. Broken on his first service game, Mark looked a bit out of sorts for the first set especially on the serve. He got in sync in the second and even had a set point at one point but a mistimed backhand let it get away. Additionally while Mark still holds at 10 on the entry rankings, he dropped four more places on the Champions Race. Mark will next play March 8th at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.
February 29, 2004: The Dubai Open draw has been made and Mark will play Oliver Rochus tomorrow in the opening round.
February 26, 2004: It’s been a slow week with Mark on break, but Dubai starts March 1st so there will be more news soon! In the meantime I’ve added the “Sexiest Import” article and photo from 1998 to the Articles section.