July 14, 2004: Photos from yesterday’s match added, but Mark isn’t yet debuting his new colorful line – he’s still playing in all white; albeit different all-while than he wore for Wimbledon. Fans should also brace themselves to see Mark’s 52 week rankings drop outside the top 50. He made the semi’s in Los Angeles last year and his first round loss means a significant point loss.
July 13, 2004: Sadly it seems that the pre-Wimbledon match jinx is back upon Mark with a 1-6, 5-7 loss to Frenchman Benneteau at the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles. Unfortunately there were no posted match reports that indicated whether Mark was fighting but losing or just playing badly. Here’s hoping it was the former.