Mark has begun speaking to the press again and has been speaking about his return to tennis. The good news is the knee is at 100%, the back problems are what’s been holding him back and right now that’s about 70% back to normal. He’s playing the over 30s event to judge his fitness and test the knee and back out. He hopes to play a few lesser events this fall and then return to the ATP main ciruit for the 2008 season – hopefully with an Australian Open wildcard. He’s been working hard in the gymn wil Gil and practicing with Andre in Vegas and says that every day things are going better.
Good News – Mark will finally return to the court in October! He will be playing on the Outback Champions Series, a series of seven tournaments for players over 30. Mark takes the court at the sixth event in Dallas on October 17th-21st. Fellow players will include John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander among others. No word as to whether Mark will compete in the seventh event in Dubai starting November 20th.