June 22, 2005: Unfortunately that ol’ Wimbledon magic just didn’t last for Mark. Today he lost 6-7 (4-7), 6-7 (4-7), 4-6 to Safin. Mark had chances, but was unable to convert any of his break point opportunities. In addition he received treatment on his ankle after the first set and seemed a bit tentative on it after. Media update to come later.
June 20, 2005: There’s some magic in that Wimbledon grass, at least for Mark Philippoussis. Showing some of that natural grass talent, Mark defeated Beck 7-5, 6-4, 6-2. The match started off a little slow for Mark but he soon found his rhythm and got that big serve and those booming ground strokes firing. He even showed some of that great skill at net. Mark has Tuesday off and will face off against Safin on Wednesday. And it’s amazing what winning a few matches can do for your rankings. After last week’s wins Mark jumped 41 places to 101 in the Champions Race and up 4 6 places to 142 in the Entry Rankings. Still a long way to go, but it’s nice to see those numbers moving upwards again!
June 19, 2005: Mark’s Wimbledon run begins Monday with his match against Beck being the fourth match of the day on Court 2. Here’s wishing Mark a good run! Mark is also the latest celebrity to be featured in the Ardmona Rich and Thick chopped tomatos ad campaign. The ad features an old photo, but still a good one.