Just when will Mark be back on the court? At this point it’s anybody’s guess. Even Mark isn’t being specific. In a recent Australian radio interview Mark said “I haven’t set a time but I’m very confident by US Open time I would definitely be on the court before then.” While Montreal has been bandied about, he is not listed as entered in the qualifing round yet and the deadline is around the corner. Possibly he may compete instead at the Binghamton Challenger starting the same week – he did play there last year and it would give him an easier field.
For those still following what’s left of the tennis portion of Mark’s career, the numbers this week were disturbing at the least. Mark dropped 205 places to a professional career low of 370th in the World (his lowest ever is 410 from 1994 when he was first starting out on the pro circuit). The one ray of light is that Mark’s got a injury protected ranking of 112 (good for 8 tournaments over 6 months from his first tournament back). While Mark hasn’t made any official statements, rumors indicate he might attempt to qualify for the Montreal Masters and that it was back inflamation that kept him from Newport. As you can imagine, Mark is being savaged in the Aussie press for Age of Love and writers and fans wonder if they’ll truly ever see Mark on the courts again.