ATP Champions Rankings

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.

The same ol’ words

It was a cut and paste – Mark’s post match interview sounded just like every other one he’s given this season: “it was all mental..” “been working very hard off-court…” “will do whatever it takes…” The only new info is that Mark has been spending 4-5 hours training each day, and granted it looks as though he has gotten fitter and taken off some of the excess weight he was carrying earlier this summer. There’s no word on what might or might not be happening with the MP clothing line – in New York Mark was once again decked out in all FILA gear – some nice Getty photos of him in the blue outfit.

Mark practicing quietly in Melbourne

December 8, 2004: Mark slipped quietly back into Melbourne this week and has been spending time practicing on the coruts at Melbourne Park. Mark’s been hitting with several of the younger future Australian tennis stars. However Mark has been declining all media requests for interviews so other than a few quick comments that he’s ready to go, he’s keeping quiet. Photos from practice show him in a white t-shirt with the large winged version of his MP clothing logo (looks like this one might be replacing the original sunburst design).

November 24, 2004: Mark is set to return to New York for three more weeks of pre-season training with John McEnroe. Hopefully this will give him the push he needs to start his season off right.

Henman stops Mark at round 4 at Wimbledon

June 29, 2004: At his post-match press conference Mark made a passing apology to the kids who might have heard his obscenities, but he stands behind the tirade itself. The ATP fined him US $1500 for the outburst. Numerous photos and articles added.

June 28, 2004: Unfortunately Mark’s run at Wimbledon was derailed by Henman 2-6, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3), 6-7 (5-7). Henman practically owned the first two sets, but Mark stormed back in the third, only to lose his composure and swear at the chair over the call of a Henman ace. He was given a warning for audible obscenity – not your typical Philippoussis behavior. Mark rallied again in the 4th and even broke Heman when he was serving for the match, but it was too good from Henman who won in another tie-break. Media update to follow.

June 27, 2004: It’s that old Wimbledon magic working for Mark again as he advanced to the 4th round with a 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-4), 7-5 win over Gonzalez. And with another round came an even higher ace count – 27. But Mark’s resurgence game will face a real challenge when he faces Henman for a spot in the quarters. Because of the rain delays Mark and Tim will play tomorrow on Centre Court.

June 26, 2004: Today was a another total wash-out at Wimbledon with no tennis being played. So for only the third time, tennis will be played on the middle Sunday. Mark is scheduled for second match of the day on Court 2.

June 25, 2004: Down goes Verkerk 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-5), 7-5 and it’s back-to-back wins for Mark – something I’ve been unable to type for months! Mark struggled a bit in the first set, being broken on his first game and unable to find a good rhythm, but he settled down and played some good tennis in the next three sets to win the match. He was even broken at the end of the fourth, but didn’t let it rattle him and isntead broke right back. Match total of 24 aces. His next opponent will be Gonzalez, against whom he lost a tight battle at the BDCC last week. Also there’s a nice photo that shows some detail on Mark’s new clothing line. The white shirt he’s wearing has lime green piping on the seams and the MP logo is in lime and yellow.

June 22, 2004 pm: CORRECTION: Today Mark won his match against Christophe Rochus, not his younger brother Olivier. It was Olivier who started Mark’s horrid run with his win over Mark at the Australian Open, so it’s sort of fitting that Mark takes revenge on his brother. This update includes several articles and photos from Wimbledon.

June 22, 2004: Wimbledon is under way and Mark started off with a nice win over Oliver Rochus of Belgium, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. It took Mark about a set and a half to settle into his serve and put the brakes on some unforced errors and double faults. He did serve an impressive 22 aces. His next opponent will be the winner of the Verkerk / Davydenko match. Media update to come later today. Also

Mark flounders on grass at Queens

June 8, 2004 pm: Mark and Lleyton pulled out of doubles today at Queens, immediately after Mark’s loss – no word as to why though. Mark fans can find some hope though – he lost first round at Queens last year as well. On the fashion front, Mark debuted some of his new clothing line at Queens. The outfit was white with a steel blue pattern down the left side of the shirt and shorts. My guess is that some sort of marketing deal still exists with Fila as he was wearing their sneakers, which actually had the same steel blue coloring. There are some nice photos in the Photos section showing the complete outfit.

June 8, 2004: Just where has the Mark of 2003 gone? In the opening round at Queen’s Club, playing someone who was ranked 866 and in his first ever ATP tour event, Mark lost. For the player who ran all the way to the Wimbledon final just one year ago, this is not a good start to the grass season. As to how he played, I give you this from The Age: “In what, on paper, was probably the worst defeat of his career, the Australian was scratchy from the start, serving three double-faults to lose serve in the fifth game, missing simple volleys, dumping overheads into the net and generally looking ill-equipped for the short grasscourt season.” Not the way to start your grass court season, but at least he still has doubles this afternoon with Hewitt.

June 6, 2004: The draw has been released for Queens/Stella Artois and Mark, seeded 9th, will face qualifier Ian Flanagan of Great Britain in the opening round on Tuesday. Trouble looms almost instantly though with a potential second round match with Ivanisevic. Mark is also entered in the doubles with Hewitt and they’ll face off against Gambill and Hill in their first match.