Mark did well at the Brodies Champions event in Edinburgh. In round one he defeated Rusedski 7-6, 6-1. This post match photo shows Mark waving to the crowd and you can see the rather monstrous knee brace Mark wears just to play. Next up he took on Moya and won 6-7. (the match was suspended on Fri and finished Saturday -I couldn’t find any more scores on that. Then Mark played the final against Enqvist where he lost 6-4, 5-7, 8-10 – a close one. But I saved the best for the end. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen Philippoussis and all the players from this event all kilted out!
Mark also played some doubles at the event. First it was Ferreira/Philippoussis v Ivanisevic/Pernfors and then McEnroe/Henman v Ferreira/Philippoussis. However I couldn’t seem to find any kind of scores for these matches. An exhibition of mixed doubles saw Davenport/Rusedski defeat Philippoussis/Stubbs 5-3. Pre-match group photo
It’s now time for Wimbledon and that means looking at Federer and that means to expect some material on his match with Mark. Up first the BBC looks back at Roger Federer’s time at Wimbledon. In this radio interview Mark talks about facing Roger at Centre Court.
Mark will be playing a Legends mixed doubles match at the Aegon International in Eastborne on June 16th. He’s partnered up with fellow Aussie Rennae Stubbs and they’ll be taking on Lindsey Davenport and Greg Rusedski.
Mark is also confirmed to play at the Statoil Masters Tennis tournament at the Royal Albert Hall December 4-8.
Back in February Mark gave an interview to The Tennis Space about How to Intimidate with Your Serve. It’s an interesting look into the psychology of having a game with a bombing serve.
Getty Images has added a permanent (hopefully) url for their Mark photos. You can see them all at Getty’s website
Last week Mark played at the Tennis Masters event in London. In his first match he lost to Santoro 6-7 (10-12), 3-6. In his second match Mark beat Moya 4-6, 6-1, 10-8. Mark is currently third in the tour standings. He is not scheduled to play in Rio next week.
Mark will be returning to Delray Beach, Florida to play in the ATP Champions Tour event from February 22nd to March 3rd. Also appearing: John McEnroe, Mays Wilander, Pat Cash, Carlos Moya and Aaron Krickstein. Mark previously won the Delray title in 2011.
To purchase tickets call 561-330-6000, order online at www.YellowTennisBall.com or in-person at Walmart’s Ticketmaster outlets or the Delray Beach ITC box office (open Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm, 561-330-6000, 30 NW 1st Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444). Complete tournament information is available on the Delray Beach ITC website.
Mark will be playing at the Statoil Masters Tennis event at the Royal Albert Hall from December 5-9th. Find that info a bit of a mouthful to say? So do the players. Check out this blooper reel of players trying to record that same tagline.
Mark finished off October with a loss at the Chengdu Open. In his first round robin on 10/27 he lost to Moya 5-7, 2-6. His second round robin was more of a match but he lost in the end to Enqvist 7-6 (7-4), 6-8, 10-6. In November Mark was off to to Santiago, Chile for the Royal Guard Champions event where he would battle Carlos Moya for the number one ranking. Up first was a little revenge on Enqvist with a 6-4, 6-3 win followed by a win over Calleri 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. Finally came the match with Moya that unfortunately Mark lost in a close match 4-6, 7-5, 10-12.
After that Mark was in the Caymans for the KPMG Legends event where he played doubles with Martina Hingis against Chanda Rubin and Murphy Jense and won 8-5. The event The event allows amateur players to compete for a chance against the pros and is a benefit for the local tennis academy. Next up it’s the ATP Champions Tour final event, the AEGON Masters Tennis, in London starting on November 30th