April 21, 2006 pm: Some bad news on the Mark front – he withdrew from his doubles match tonight with a sore left knee. No other news on how bad it was, but hopefully nothing serious.
April 21, 2006: Unfortunately once again Mark was unable to back up a first round with another one. He lost last night to Mardy Fish 7-6 (7-4), 4-6, 4-6. The one bit of good news about this loss is that it was close and Mark managed to win the first set. It was the windy conditions in the 2nd and 3rd set playing havoc with his serve that really cost him. Philippoussis and Becker also won their first round doubles match against Delic and Goldstein 6-1, 4-6, 11-9. They will play their second round doubles match tonight against Fleishman and Pehar, so at least Mark’s getting more time on court.
April 19, 2006: Mark finally managed a tournament win, defeating Marin 6-1, 6-1 yesterday at the first round of the Bermuda Open. He next faces a bigger challenge in Mardy Fish. Mark is also playing doubles in Bermuda with Benjamin Becker of Germany. Their first match is tonight against Delic & Goldstein. Also Mark has been confirmed for the Harrah’s Entertainment Pro Challenger in Tennessee in May.
Bad news on the injury front. Turns out Mark had been granted a late wildcard to the Memphis tournament starting this week but he’s had to withdraw citing back pains. The last thing Mark needs is to have another chronic injury to add to his knee problems.
Tennis Australia has confirmed that Mark will be receiving a wildcard for the Australian Open. On the heels of that announcement came a less encouraging one as citing a sore back he’s withdrawn from the Heineken Open in Auckland next week. Mark was a bit sore after his second round singles match in Adeliade and was still feeling stiff after his doubles match. It’s more of a precaution than a serious injury (we hope) as Mark wants to have it fully rested before he competes in the Open. Here’s hoping the back just needs a day or two off and that Mark will be fully ready for the Open.
July 17, 2005: Philippoussis played as planned with the FoxForce team this weekend. Details are sketchy (TeamTennis gets very little coverage). In his first matches he lost to McEnroe, but later won his singles match against Ryan Newport and then teamed with Don Johnson to win doubles. Mark will stay with the FoxForce for two road matches against the Capitals and the Wranglers this week. On serious tennis news, the draw for the RCA Championships is tonight and there is still one wildcard unassigned, so corss your fingers that it goes to Mark!
July 14, 2005: It seems that Mark’s ankle injury is healing. He’s been called up to replace Boris Becker in this weekend’s Team Tennis match in New York. He will join the Hartford FoxForce team and play today and tomorrow.
Philippoussis is out the Davis Cup against Argentina. The ankle tendon injury he suffered at Wimbledon is still being troublesome and he won’t be able to play on the 15th. And while Mark did move up in the 2005 Champions Race, by going out in the second round he lost the points he had from being the fourth round last year. It was a punishing drop of 66 points taking him to an all-time low of 208.
June 28, 2005: So far there’s been no word as to the results of Mark’s MRI, which hopefully means it wasn’t something severe. Fitzgerald is also holding off on naming the Cup squad to see whether Mark or Arthurs has the better fitness level.
June 23, 2005: It’s possible that there’s more injury bad news coming Mark’s way. After a night of sleep Mark was having trouble stretching out his right ankle. He was scheduled for an MRI late today to see if there was any ligament damange, but so far there’s been no update. Latest reports say that Mark is hoping to get a wild card for the Masters event in Los Angeles, though he might also apply for one in Indianapolis in mid-July as well. One article estimates that the early round loss is going to send Mark pluning to around 210 in the rankings.