Mark heads to the Challenger Circuit

March 20, 2005: Mark showed some excellent fitness in the doubles on Saturday, starting the day with a win over Gimelstob & MacPhie 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). He and Gambill then came back later in the day to play Beck & Levinsky and win 6-3, 1-6, 7-6 (7-2). Today they were supposed to play Leach & Parrott, but the results are listed as a walkover. With little press at Challenger events, there’s been no word on why Philippoussis and Gambill didn’t play.

March 19, 2005: Sadly one win wasn’t enough to spark a streak as Mark lost to Christophe Rochus 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 2-6. But I suppose fans can take heart that he at least won a set before going out. Later today he and Gambill will play Gimelstob and MacPhie in the second round.

March 18, 2005: It may not be the great achievement in sport, but Mark has finally won a singles match again. He defeated Morrison 6-3, 7-6 (9-7). Later today he’ll play Christophe Rochus.

March 17, 2005: Mark has taken the big step and gone back to play the Pro Tennis World Open, a Challenger event in Florida. In a positive step to get some more match play, he’s teamed up with Gambill in doubles and they won their first match against Martin and Ventura, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. His first round singles match against Morrison will be finished later today. Mark currently leads 4-3. The NASDAQ-100 in Miami has granted Mark a wildcard for next week’s tournament. The 3/21/05 issue of Australian Woman’s Day has a four page spread on Mark and Alexis and their wedding plans. (Thanks Gail for the AWD info) The results with corrected tie-breaker points for Mark’s match against Carraz are 6-7 (7-9), 1-6. (Thanks Aaron for the correction).

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