April 21, 2006 pm: Some bad news on the Mark front – he withdrew from his doubles match tonight with a sore left knee. No other news on how bad it was, but hopefully nothing serious.
April 21, 2006: Unfortunately once again Mark was unable to back up a first round with another one. He lost last night to Mardy Fish 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 4-6. The one bit of good news about this loss is that it was close and Mark managed to win the first set. It was the windy conditions in the 2nd and 3rd set playing havoc with his serve that really cost him. Philippoussis and Becker also won their first round doubles match against Delic and Goldstein 6-1, 4-6, 11-9. They will play their second round doubles match tonight against Fleishman and Pehar, so at least Mark’s getting more time on court.
April 19, 2006: Mark finally managed a tournament win, defeating Marin 6-1, 6-1 yesterday at the first round of the Bermuda Open. He next faces a bigger challenge in Mardy Fish. Mark is also playing doubles in Bermuda with Benjamin Becker of Germany. Their first match is tonight against Delic & Goldstein. Also Mark has been confirmed for the Harrah’s Entertainment Pro Challenger in Tennessee in May.