Mark Reflects on Davis Cup

Mark recently spoke about Australia’s hopes in Davis Cup. It’s a pretty accurate analysis I’d say. Watch the video below.

Mark to Return to Tennis

It’s been an interesting holiday week for Mark fans and time for a new present – Mark set to return to tennis. Mark held a press conference on December 22nd, early speculation thought he was to announce his retirement, but instead, he announced that he’d be playing in Melbourne next month. Sadly it won’t be in the Australian Open itself, but rather the Legends tournament held afterwards. He’ll be teaming up with French tennis great Henri Leconte for doubles. After that he hopes to play on the challenger circuit and eventually be ready for the main tour and Davis Cup. In a rare moment of honesty, he admitted to wanting an Australian Open wildcard but didn’t apply for it because he knew it would be a waste of the slot a she’d likely be out in the first round. Mark has not played on the main ATP circuit for two years and is currently battling back from his fifth knee surgery. While reporters didn’t see him play, he says he’s still working his way back, physically Mark appears to be much lighter than in the past (a boon to his knees I’m sure). What’s unclear is Mark’s participation in the World Tennis Challenge the week prior to the Australian Open. He’s scheduled to compete with Pat Cash at the exhibition tournament. However some articles indicate he’s pulled out due to the knee not being ready while others indicate he’s still playing.

Australia out of Davis Cup

Australia is out of the Davis Cup, with a straight 3-0 defeat by Argentina. Mark had the first match on Friday against Nalbandian and was taken down 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. This was Mark’s first match on clay in almost two years and it showed with Mark making errors all over the place. Later defeats of both Hewitt and Arthurs & Henley meant Argentina has now taken Australia out of the Davis Cup two years in a row.

Mark to play Davis Cup against Argentina

Australia’s Davis Cup semifinal match against Argentina is next week and Australia has formally announced their team which will include Mark, Lleyton Hewitt and doubles specialists Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley.

Mark wants to play Davis Cup

In interviews post-match Mark spoke of being pumped up for the Davis Cup semifinals against Agentina. He’s feeling healthy and is looking forward to getting in the team spirit. The semifinals will be September 22-24 in Parque Roca, Buenos Aires on clay. Mark also denied reports of a split between him and his father, saying that they still talk everyday and the reason for his father’s absence has been because Mark felt he wanted to give it a try on his own for a while.

Bad blood brewing

There’s more bad blood brewing between Mark and Tennis Australia. Mark spoke to the press saying he will not play in the upcoming Davis Cup match and that he is sick of the back-room politics that go on. Reports indicate that Tennis Australia is less than pleased by this as they payed Andrew Florent’s coaching fees for three months on the understanding that Mark would be available for Davis Cup. And to make matters worse, the word is that tournament directors are starting to feel that Mark isn’t worth a wildcard if he’s not going to make it past the first round. Lucky for Mark he was awarded a wildcard spot to the Nasdaq 100 Masters event in Miami starting March 22nd, and in the hopes of getting some more match play Mark accepted a late wildcard offer to the BMW Tennis Championships Challenger event in Sunrise starting this Tuesday. Here’s hoping he can get a few wins under his belt!