well he's back in australia this week so it will be interesting to see what his plans are... other then partying... I am confident Craig Tiley will not give him a WC without some sort of success.
At this rate I will be shocked if he bothers to play Caloundra and brisbane challengers... and he has never like the idea of the WC play-off. lol, i just don't see how he can expect to play a slam with such little matches... but i'm not even sure he wants to play the Aus open right now... he's been all talk no action for so long.
Well if hes back in Australia so early he has to be thinking about playing Caloundra and Kawana (I think?), There is no way he'll play a futures event if theres even any left. I'm not sure how the ranking protection works but I think I read it's used for several events but I'm guessing if you get given a wildcard then you don't use up an event?
In an ideal world Mark would play both Caloundra and Kawana, win a couple of matches there, maybe even win one of them and show Craig Tiley and the rest of Australia he is serious about this and get Wildcards (Qualifying wildcard is more likely I think) into Adelaide, Sydney and the Australian Open and win a few matches at each. By that time he'd hopefully be getting close to his old ranking and he'd use his protection to get into qualifying events for Indian Wells and Miami and from there play a couple of smaller ATP events, then move into the top 100, thats in an ideal world doubt it will happen though.
Done a bit of research and it's not Kawana its Brisbane I also found out theres another challenger after Brisbane in Tasmania and theres a few points on offer there so Mark's chance to shine. I know this may sound weird but if Mark does enter Brisbane he will be defending points there a first round win would see him defending his points, Does anyone know where the Brisbane Challenger is being played, I want to go, is it being played at Tennyson or what? please I need to know.