Mark enjoyed his time in Rio and even managed to fit in some surfing. He said that Brasil’s beaches are like those in Australia. In an interview with local news he says he got to surf with Kelly Slater (9 time World Champion surfer) at a celebrity event. There were over 4,000 people there and he was more nervous than at the Wimbledon final! More photos both on court and on the beach on the Rio Championships website. Thanks again to Juciane for all the info.

Also this week, Mark has also left his home in the US and mooved back to Williamstown, in the western part of Melbourne. He hopes to start up a tennis academy there with his father, Nick, to ‘give something back’ to the sport. The Hobsons Bay Leader has a nice article with an interview where Mark talks about moving back home.

Mark heads to Brazil

Mark is currently playing in another seniors event, the Rio Champions Cup in Brazil.
Due to travelling delays, Mark had to play his first two round robin matches on the same day and sadly the Friday the 13th bad luck was with him. First he lost 4-6, 6-3, 9-11 (tie break) to Meligeni and then he lost to Pat Cash 6-7 (3-7), 1-6. In his final match Mark will play Courier. The Rio Champions Cup website has some photos of Mark in action. Thanks to Juciane for the tournament information!