In news that is somehow depressingly familar to fans, Mark has pulled out of the Charlotte tournament. Even worse, it’s knee related – it’s not fully recovered yet. The tournament quoted Mark saying, “I am disappointed that I am not quite ready to compete in Charlotte. My doctor tells me I will be ready to go for the Stanford Championships in Dallas next month and I can’t wait to step on the court there.”
The anticipation is high and the questions are many as Mark prepares for yet another comeback performance. The Outback Series event in Charlotte starts on the 24th and it will be Mark’s first tournament since getting injured at the Australian Open wildcard playoff 9 months ago. It’s now been 3 surgeries and 10 years since he made his first Grand Slam final appearance (1998’s US Open against Pat Rafter). What kind of player this version of Mark will be is anyone’s guess. No reporters have ventured to find his practice grounds so there’s not even a hint of what we’ll see. Here’s hoping it’s all good!