July 28, 2005: A couple of articles on Mark’s loss in Los Angeles. There’s some significant doubt as to whether Mark will be granted a US Open wildcard. With so many US men trying to recover their rankings from injuries and other problems there’s doubt as to whether the USTA will give a slot to Mark when his results this season don’t offer mch hope that he’ll go past the 1st round.
July 25, 2005: The wheels seem to have finally fallen off on the Scud’s tennis year. Yesterday he lost 6-7 (0-7), 7-6 (7-4), 4-6 to Hadad, a player ranked in the low 400s who hasn’t made it into an ATP main draw since 2002. Now while Mark hasn’t had the best luck this year, a match like that should not have even been close. In searching for some positive news, if Mark can just make it into the main draw of some upcoming events and win one round his ranking will improve, as last year he lost in the first round of every match he played post-Wimbledon.
July 23, 2005: Mark was denied a wild card to the Los Angeles Masters event and so today began the qualifying round. First up was Bo Hodge of the US, and though he struggled a bit in the second set he managed to win 6-4, 2-6, 6-2. Next up is Amir Hadad of Israel.