June 9, 2005: Mark’s winning streak didn’t carry on yesterday, with a 2-6, 4-6 loss to Roddick in round two and then a 6-4, 3-6, 4-6 loss to Grosjean and Mirny in the doubles. Post match Roddick was very complimentary of Mark saying that no one should count him out at Wimbledon as he was a formidable foe on grass. Lots of photos from Queens added.
June 7, 2005 pm: Media update from Queen’s. Reueters reported that Mark left California for grass courts in Miami a month before coming to Europe. He also made a deal with himself to pack up the surfboards for a few years to focus on the tennis, saying that he’s found peace of mind and doesn’t need the escape of surfing to cope anymore.
June 7, 2005: Mark’s doubles match turned out to be just what he needed to warmup as today he flattened Sluiter 6-4, 6-0 in a mere 62 minutes. Next up for Mark is a challenging match against Andy Roddick, against whom he’s never played. Should be a match between two big servers. Media update to follow.
June 6, 2005: Double good news! Philippoussis and Hewitt won their first round doubles match against Leach and Palmer 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Both players looked a bit rusty from their lack of match play (Hewitt has been recovering from broken ribs), but started showing some good form in the second and third sets. Mark is happy to have gotten some match play before his singles round tomorrow. But the really good news of the day is the All England Club granted Mark a wildcard into Wimbledon!
June 5, 2005: The draw has been announced for Queen’s Club and Mark will face Raemn Sluiter in the first round, though he isn’t expected to play his match til Tuesday. In addition he and Hewitt received a wildcard to play doubles together and they’ll play on Monday against Leach & Parrott. Keep your fingers crossed as tomorrow the All England Club awards it’s wildcards.