It’s been several months since Mark’s name has appeared in the news, but he was back in the papers today, this time for a surfing accident. He was surfing at Bells Beach in what were rather nasty conditions and got swamped by a wave that broke his board in half. He was swept into a sea cave where he managed to take some shelter and spent almost two hours being battered by waves before seas calmed enough to make his escape. Thankfully his injuries appear to be minor – foot scrapes and a banged hip. He’s currently at his mum’s house in Williamstown recovering. Longtime fans will find some irony in the words of his agent Rob Aivatoglou that Mark is training for a return to the sport and was surfing as part of his rehab. Looking for the positive, it is the first time a return to tennis has been mentioned in months.