Follow Mark on Twitter. Like many other athletes Mark is on Twitter and posts with some regularity. One of his recent tweets mentioned that he’s getting into fashion with his own line of clothing. It’s called Phlip and they have an announcement website up at phlipapparel.com with a full site expected in November.
ATP Champions Tour Having never really followed the ATP Champions Tour (aka the senior tour), I was unaware that they keep a rankings system just like the main ATP tour. And guess who’s atop the list? Yep, our very own Mark with 1200 points. The reason he’s at the top is because he won the first three events of 2011: Delray Beach, Zurich and Bogota. The next event is the The Chengdu Open in China from October 27-30th.
Mark’s been playing some more pro tennis and there’s more news available so I’m bringing this site back to life with some more updates. The big news is that Mark has apparently given up any plans for an ATP return, or well, sort of, depending on how you interpret this quote from The Boston Herald: “I don’t really have any interest in returning to ATP. I’d love to play some events. I’m very interested in playing some events, but I’m very happy playing senior events.” So he’s done with the ATP but would love to play some events? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
World Team Tennis: Mark played in his third season in World Team Tennis, this time for the St. Louis Aces. WTT uses a rotating team format and Mark played in 5 of the matches:
- 7/18/11: St. Louis Aces vs. Boston Lobsters. Mens Singles: Mark defeated Jan Michael Gambill 5-1; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lose to Jan Michael Gambill/Eric Butorac 4-5.
- 7/19/11: St. Lous Aces vs. Newport Beach Breakers. Mens Singles: Mark defeated Lester Cook 5-2; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Lester Cook/Trevor Kronemann 5-2
- 7/20/11: St. Louis Aces vs. Kansas City Explorers. Mens Singles: Mark lost to Ricardo Mello 2-5; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lost to Alex Kuznetsov/Ricardo Mello 4-5
- 7/21/11: St. Lous Aces vs. Kansas City Explorers. Mens Singles: Mark lost to Alex Kuznetsov 2-5; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lost to Alex Kuznetsov/Ricardo Mello 3-5
In early June Mark apparently played at something called the Classique tournament in England but other than one vague promo article I found no other information on that. Back in May, Mark won another ATP Champions Series event, the Seguros Bolivar Tennis Champions in Bogota, Colombia. He defeated Carlos Moya 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), [10-4] in the tie-break on the 23rd. The May 19th APT Uncovered video series profiled Mark’s career.
While this site is not back to full operation Mark did have an impressive spring that needed documenting. On 2/22/11 Mark won his first Champions Series event, defeating Krickstein 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Delray Open. Showing some excellent tennis Mark lost only one set in four matches, that in a tiebreaker in his first match against Pat Cash. He followed that win up with another win at the Zurich Open on 3/13/11, defeating Henman 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Later Mark took to the waves on April 20th in Seaside Reef, CA.
Mark played this week at the AEGON Masters Champion Series event. His first match on Dec 1st against Rusedski showed a slimmed down Mark looking in better shape than we’ve seen recently. He won the matcch 6-4, 6-7 (4-7), 10-3 and showed some fighting spirit at tough points. Unfortunately his next match against Edberg did not go nearly so well with a 4-6, 2-6 loss. Last night he played El Aynaoui lost again 6-3 5-7 6-10. For those who miss seeing Mark on their tvs, check out this BBC Video Interview.
During the first week of October Mark played at the AFAS Tennis Classic in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. Unfortunately he lost all three of his matches: Pioline (6-3, 1-6, 8-10); Krajicek (6-7, 6-7); Enqvist (6-7, 5-7). The second match was broadcast live and Mark apparently looks very slim and fit. In a short interview he spoke of hoping to return to the main ATP circuit and that he’s currently working on a side project to develop orthopedic sport shoes. (thanks to Katinka for the info)
Next Mark played at the Cancer Treatment Centers of America Tennis Championships in Suprise, Arizona. Sadly he fared no better here losing his first match to Ferreira 3-6, 2-6. But losing players stick around and play exhibition doubles matches and here Mark fared better winning both: with Arias defeated Courier and Pernfors 7-6, 6-4 and with Pernfors defeated Courier and Arias 7-5, 6-3.
As nice as it is to hear that Mark is in shape and looking fit, losing routinely on the senior circuit doesn’t show much hope that he would make it on the main ATP circuit. Next up is the AEGON Masters tournament at London’s Royal Albert Hall in December.
Mark played in another seniors tournament last week – the Hall of Fame Champions Cup in Newport, RI. He won his first quarterfinal match against Pernfors 6-3, 6-4. In the semifinal he lost to Cash 6-3, 3-6, 11-13. He then played a 3rd place match against Martin and lost 3-6, 7-6(7-4), 6-10. In addition to his singles matches he plaed an exhibition doubles match with Pat Cash against Wilander and Pernfors which they won 6-4, 6-2.
Mark is also scheduled to compete in the Afas Tennis Classic in Eindhoven, The Netherlands from October 1-4th. (Thanks to Ineke for the info!)