June 29, 2004: At his post-match press conference Mark made a passing apology to the kids who might have heard his obscenities, but he stands behind the tirade itself. The ATP fined him US $1500 for the outburst. Numerous photos and articles added.
June 28, 2004: Unfortunately Mark’s run at Wimbledon was derailed by Henman 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7). Henman practically owned the first two sets, but Mark stormed back in the third, only to lose his composure and swear at the chair over the call of a Henman ace. He was given a warning for audible obscenity – not your typical Philippoussis behavior. Mark rallied again in the 4th and even broke Heman when he was serving for the match, but it was too good from Henman who won in another tie-break. Media update to follow.
June 27, 2004: It’s that old Wimbledon magic working for Mark again as he advanced to the 4th round with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win over Gonzalez. And with another round came an even higher ace count – 27. But Mark’s resurgence game will face a real challenge when he faces Henman for a spot in the quarters. Because of the rain delays Mark and Tim will play tomorrow on Centre Court.
June 26, 2004: Today was a another total wash-out at Wimbledon with no tennis being played. So for only the third time, tennis will be played on the middle Sunday. Mark is scheduled for second match of the day on Court 2.
June 25, 2004: Down goes Verkerk 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 and it’s back-to-back wins for Mark – something I’ve been unable to type for months! Mark struggled a bit in the first set, being broken on his first game and unable to find a good rhythm, but he settled down and played some good tennis in the next three sets to win the match. He was even broken at the end of the fourth, but didn’t let it rattle him and isntead broke right back. Match total of 24 aces. His next opponent will be Gonzalez, against whom he lost a tight battle at the BDCC last week. Also there’s a nice photo that shows some detail on Mark’s new clothing line. The white shirt he’s wearing has lime green piping on the seams and the MP logo is in lime and yellow.
June 22, 2004 pm: CORRECTION: Today Mark won his match against Christophe Rochus, not his younger brother Olivier. It was Olivier who started Mark’s horrid run with his win over Mark at the Australian Open, so it’s sort of fitting that Mark takes revenge on his brother. This update includes several articles and photos from Wimbledon.
June 22, 2004: Wimbledon is under way and Mark started off with a nice win over Oliver Rochus of Belgium, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. It took Mark about a set and a half to settle into his serve and put the brakes on some unforced errors and double faults. He did serve an impressive 22 aces. His next opponent will be the winner of the Verkerk / Davydenko match. Media update to come later today. Also