Unfortunately, but unsurprisingly, Mark lost to Nadal today 4-6, 4-6, . Nadal just had the goods and showed why he’s ranked 2nd – there wasn’t a shot he was missing. Now though Nadal played really well, Mark also played at a level better than I think we’ve seen so far this year and had he drawn someone other than Nadal he might have advanced. McEnroe was commentating for the match and repeated something we’ve all heard before – if Mark really wants to make it back to the top he needs to improve just one thing – his fitness. It was especially obvious against such an quick and agile player as Nadal, but Mark hasn’t really improved that part of his game. He’d have a much easier time if his overall fitness and quickness were better.
The rains that mostly skipped Wimbledon decided to take in the US Open this year with almost today’s entire schedule being rained out. As a result, Mark’s match against Nadel will be the first of the day tomorrow at 11am on Arthur Ashe.
Mark takes the court tomorrow against Nadel as the second match on Arthur Ashe. Also there’s an interesting article about the ATP’s plans to make some changes to the tour events for next season. Changes include starting tournaments on Sundays (instead of Mondays) and using a round robin format in early rounds. The changes are designed to increase the sports visibility and encourage more fans to follow the sport.
The draw has been released for the US Open starting next week. Unfortunately Mark did not get any benefit to his chances. He’s in the bottom quarter of the draw and his first round opponent will be none other than Rafael Nadal, the second seed. Mark’s going to need to bring his number one game if we wants to advance to the second round.
In a new twist to his coaching stable, Mark has parted ways with his father. Nick has been absent from the tennis circuit for a few months and speculation was that Mark and his father had a falling out over his fiance Alexis. While Mark declined to comment on the reasons for the split, Mark confirmed that his father will no longer be travelling with him or coaching him.
The draw for the main event at the Pilot Pen has been made and Mark was not awarded a wildcard for the tournament. Nor did he attempt to qualify so it looks like he will be sitting out this week prior to the start of the US Open.
Mark has received the nod from Tennis Australia for their wildcard slot for the US Open. The US Open begins August 28th. With the US Open wildcard the chances increase that the organizers of the Pilot Pen may also grant Mark a wildcard.