October 26, 2005: Mark suffered another first round loss today to Verdasco 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 2-6 at the St. Petersburg Open. While Mark struggled to come back in the second set he wasn’t able to sustain it into the third.
October 23, 2005: Mark will be playing in the St. Petersburg Open starting tomorrow in Russia. He’ll face off against the number eight seed Verdasco. (thanks to JP for the info)
Looks like Mark did attempt to play the Challenger event this week in Calabasas, however prior to his first round match he withdrew with back spasms. (thanks to JP for the info). There are still a few more Challengers left in 2005, so it’s possible Mark will try to enter one of those. Also this morning Adelaide officially offered Mark a wildcard slot, so Mark’s summer will be completely full thanks to the three wildcard slots.
October 8, 2005: Unfortunately Mark’s run at the Open de Moselle came to an end lat night with a 4-6, 6-4, 1-6 loss to Hrbaty. But the tournament has been a plus for Mark with two match wins and some signs that his tennis skills haven’t entirely defeated him.
October 5, 2005: It’s another win! For only the second time this year Mark has won back-to-back matches, defeating Calleri 7-6 (8-6), 6-4. Reports from France say he was playing well and showing some of the old fire. Next up is Hrbaty.
October 4, 2005: A win! Yes that’s right, a win! Mark got a little revenge on Behrend for his Scottsdale loss ealier this year winning 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. His match was reportedly a rather impressive display of play including 20 aces. Next up for Mark is Calleri of Argentina.
October 1, 2005: Mark has received a wildcard to the Open de Moselle in Metz, France starting on October 3rd. (thanks to Vittorio for the info). And an update, all the Philippoussis tapes I had available are now gone.
September 28, 2005: Mark came close but it just didn’t happen and Mark lost 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 5-7 to Muller in the first round of the Thailand Open. What’s heartbreaking about this loss is that Mark actually served for the match at 5-4 in the third set. Unfortunately he was unable to close it out. Tennis Australia has spoken about giving Mark a wildcard for the Australian Open. Nothing’s official yet, but they spoke of all the good Mark has done for the tournament and that he has a pretty strong case to get one.
September 25, 2005: The draw for the Thailand Open has been released. Mark will play Gilles Muller of Luxemburg in the first round.
Philippoussis tapes – free to good home! I’m in the process of digitizing my Philippoussis collection so I’ve got a bunch of tapes I no longer need. If there’s any Mark fan who would like them, they can have them for just the cost of packing and shipping. All tapes are NTSC format in slow play. 1. Davis Cup Semis 09/19/03 vs Federer, 2. Scottsdale Final 03/09/03 vs Hewitt, 3. CIncinnati Rd 1 8/12/03 vs. Fish, 4. Wimbledon 03 Rd 3 vs Stephanik, 5. Wimbledon 03 Rd 4 vs Agassi, 6. Wimbledon 03 Semis vs Grosjean, 7. Wimbledon 03 Final vs. Federer, Contact me hoO@hooloovoo.com. First come first served!
Where in the world is Mark Philippoussis? Yesterday’s Herald Sun ran an article asking the same question we Mark fans have – if Mark is not too proud to play Challengers than why hasn’t he played any? Mark has entered ATP main events in Stockholm and Moscow, be he’s currently more than 75 places out of direct entry, so he’ll have to reply on a wild card or try to qualify. But some tournaments have had some sympathy – he’s been granted a wildcard to the Thailand Open that begins on September 24th.
Today was yet another bad day for Mark, as he lost 4-6, 2-6, 5-7 to Kucera. No major reports out yet, but the numbers tell it all: 24 winners and 48 errors. You can’t win a tennis match if you’re losing more points than you’re winning – replying on your opponent to make more mistakes than you is not the way to go. Unfortunately this loss means that it’s unlikely that Mark will be handed wildcards to any major upcoming tournament (with one possible exception of the Shanghai Open since he’s a past champion). What this loss means for the rest of Mark’s season is yet to be determined.