June 21, 2004 A final update on the BDCC, Mark played his final match against countryman Todd Reid and won in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
June 18, 2004: Mark had today off but will return to court tomorrow to play Massu at the BDCC. At Wimbledon Mark’s first opponent will be Rochus of Belgium, whom Mark lost to earlier this year in Dubai. Several articles added – I recommend “We love you, we love you not…” as it’s an excellent snapshot of Philippoussis.
June 17, 2004: Mark played Gonzales in the first round robin of the Boodles and Dunthorne Champions Challenge yesterday, however it was another loss: 7-5, 5-7, 6-7 (1-7). What’s tough about Mark’s recent losses is that they’ve been very close – a point here or there makes all the difference. Next Mark was due to play Moya today but Moya withdrew to the flu so Mark played against Lee Childs (an upcoming English player ranked 262) and finally got that winning feeling 6-3, 6-1. . On the Wimbledon front, Mark has been seeded 11th for the tournament, which puts him in the top of the bottom half of the draw. Fellow seeds in his quarter include Henman (5), Robredo (20), and Nalbandian (4). (Thanks to Judith for the BDCC info!)
June 15, 2004: The Boodles & Dunthorne Champions Challenge starts tomorrow and while it’s only an exhibition, it is a good chance for some grass matches against some of the top players. Unfortunately they don’t always post their results so if any Londoners see the results posted locally, please let us know! And while Mark hasn’t been playing well lately, there is hope for the future. His current trainer Brett Stephens has said that the results of his work with Mark won’t really show til January. They plan to spend the limited off-season doing some heavy duty training in Australia, something Mark has never done before. But Brett says that he has been working with Mark and he will be ready and physically fit for Wimbledon.