The field for Queens is filling out and along with Mark will include: Agassi, Henman, Roddick, Hewitt, Ivanisevic and Srichaphan.
May 22, 2004: Mark lost his match today in the World Team Cup finals against Massu 3-6, 1-6. He had a rough start, dropping serve his first two times up. But after winning the next two games, Mark called for the trainer and received treatment on his shoulder. But fans need not worry, post match Mark said it just felt really tight and so he took it easy on the shoulder in the second set (thus more serve problems) and that with some massage therapy he’ll be ready to go for the French Open. Eighteen articles and twenty-one photos added from the past two rounds added.
May 21, 2004: It’s taken a few outings, but it looks as if Mark has finally found some of his form on clay. He defeated Zabaleta 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 today at the World Team Cup. With Hewitt losing his match today, it’s up to the doubles team of Hanley and Arthurs to help Australia advance to the finals. The draw for the French Open (http://www.rolandgarros.com) is out and Mark, seeded 18th is in the bottom quarter. His first round opponent will be Horna from Peru who’s had his best results on clay and could prove a tricky opponent. While Mark might arguably have one of the easier quarters, with the depth of men’s tennis today there is no truly easy section at a major. With Mark in the bottom are Agassi, Corretja, Henman and Roddick!
May 19, 2004: Another outing and yes, another win for Mark. This time it was a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 defeat of Schalken in the second round-robin at the World Team Cup. It was a nearly three hour match that featured some big forehands and generally aggressive play from Mark. With his win today the Australian team advanced and they’ll face-off against Argentina on Friday. Also photos show that Mark is still playing without his usual Fila gear on.
May 18, 2004: Mark’s win yesterday got some good write-ups in the press and Mark was especially praised for holding it together when he faced match point in the second set and fired off a series of aces. On Wednesday the Blue group will have it’s second day of play and Australia faces off with the Netherlands. Several articles and photos added.
May 17, 2004: Finally! Mark’s got a win! Matches for the Blue Group at the World Team Cup started today and in his first round match Mark played American Vince Spadea and won 6-7 (1-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-4). It’s Mark’s first singles match win since the Australian Open.
Mark has been confirmed to play in the 2004 Boodles & Dunthorne Champions Challenge in London from June 16th to 19th. It’s an exhibition tournament that features some of the best grass court players (so far Roddick and Nalbandian are also confirmed). Mark won the event last year which gave him a major boost toward his Wimbledon final appearance. Here’s hoping the magic can work again this year!
Mark and Fila no more? Eagle-eyed fans noticed that in the recent batch of photos Mark is wearing clothing without the Fila symbol. He is however still wearing the red and white Fila sneakers. A recent check of the ATP website shows that Fila is no longer listed as his sponsor and Mark is absent from the Fila website. No word on what’s up, but it’s likely that Mark might be switching sponsors. A few more Hamburg articles added.
May 11, 2004: Match reports from Hamburg say that Mark started off the match playing strongly and the first set was close. However as Johansson started finding his serve and putting more pressure on, Mark started to show some frustration and clearly went for too much on some points. In the second set Mark’s fitness also started to show and he slowed down a bit which was all Johansson needed to take the win. Several articles and match photos added. In Davis Cup news, the Royal Kings Park in Perth was chosen as the venue and the surface will be grass for the September tie against Morocco.
May 10, 2004: Germany was no luckier for Mark than Italy, as he suffered his eighth straight singles loss to J. Johansson 6-7 (5-7), 1-6. We’re ahead of the news cycle so there’s been no word on exactly what happened between the first and second sets to cause such different scores. The Articles pages have been modified to the new layout system and now match the Photos section.
May 9, 2004: The draw is out for the Hamburg TMS starting tomorrow. Mark will play Johansson of Sweden in the first round. The two players have never met before and they have the last match scheduled for Centre Court tomorrow. Mark is not playing doubles this week. New to the Articles section is a Dunlop promotional interview with Mark from 1997. Interesting to note that he speaks about needing to approach matches with a game plan and not just hope to overpower his opponent – something he’s clearly still trying to master 7 years later.
May 8, 2004: Yesterday Mark and Marat finished their second round match in Rome and unfortunately they lost to the Bryan Brothers 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 3-6. While it was a loss, the fact that they took a set off the reining French Open Champions is pretty impressive.
May 6, 2004: The rain in Rome has created some scheduling problems with Mark’s doubles match today being postponed (his partner Safin has to play 2 singles matches and if the rain hadn’t fallen he’s have had to play the doubles as well!). A few articles and photos from Rome added. Also the last of the Getty images are now in the archives with the final 250 covering 1996 to 2000.
May 4, 2004, pm: So close, but not quite enough. Mark played a good match but ultimately lost 2-6, 6-4, 4-6 to Robredo in Rome. It may be yet another first round loss, but fans can take hope in the fact that Mark did manage to win a set, his first in seven matches. And he and Marat did advance in the doubles so he’ll get more court time. The downside there is they next take on the number one team of the Bryan brothers. Also there’s more Getty images – 105 photos added to the 2002-2001 photo archives.
May 4, 2004: It’s taken a while but Mark finally has some kind of win under his belt. He and Safin defeated Arnold & Sargisian 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round of the doubles event. Later today Mark plays Robredo. Here’s hoping for a singles win too!
May 1, 2004: Mark fans can rest easy as Mark was not staying at the Parco dei Principi hotel which suffered the terrible fire yesterday. The draw is out for Rome and Mark will face Tommy Robredo in the 1st round which is a potentially very tricky match as Robredo just won the Barcelona tournament. In addition, Mark is playing doubles with Safin and they will face Arnold/Sargisian in their first round match.