Yeah really great result for him and great that he can put the first title duck off his mind. If anyone is interested Mark is staying in Japan for another week and playing in another future on carpet. Should be a good indication of how well Mark can back up week to week. Hopefully a strong result this coming week, I am not sure where he will be heading after this week but hopefully he continues the good results and pushes towards that top 500 mark before the US Open.
Mark got a first round win in the Japanese future this week. He now plays Moriya again, the guy he played in the final last week. Hopefully he has a mental advantage over him and can pick up another win over him. Hopefully Mark has a strong showing this week too. If he was able to win this week as well he would actually move into the top 600 in the world, which is a great result considering how little points he gained from this point onwards last year (2 points).
Mark lost in the first round to sixth seed Tasuku Iwami and also bowed out in the first round of doubles with last year's junior wimbledon runner up Jordan Cox. Now onto Sapporo to play on the clay. The pics from last year's venue looks as though it might be red clay unless it is like Houston.
Mark is the number 5 seed at the tournament on clay in Japan and recorded a first round win 6-2 4-6 6-3. Bit shakey but at least he won, hopefully he can do well in this one. If he makes the final this week he will move into the top 600 so I'm really hoping for a finals showing from Mark. Then it starts to get a lot tougher for mark to move up in the rankings but at least he will get seeded in most 10k's now.
Good luck for the rest of season Mark I'm hoping he finishes in the top 500 at least.
Mark bowed out in the second round to a Japanese player. Mark has entered a future tournament on clay in the US the week after next so I suppose he will stay in the US playing futures for a while after next week. I would really like to see him finish the year inside the top 500, he is the 9th highest entrant on the future list in the US future so maybe he will squeeze in and get a seeding there.
Mark is playing in a US Future this week where he recorded a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win over fellow young Aussie Stephen Hoh who received a wildcard due to his college connection with Illinois. Next up for Mark will be Jarmere Jenkins or Johnathon Cooper.
Looks like Mark is making a bit of an impression overseas, this week he was awarded a wildcard into the Mexican challenger in Cancun where he lost in the first round to Haracio Zeballos 6-1 6-3. Next week he'll play in a Mexican future where he will most likely be seeded. He will also play in two more futures in Mexico after next week before returning to Australia for the Aussie summer of ATP tournaments.
Mark seems to be doing fairly well this year but with the exception of this week has not played since August. Hopefully he can string together some wins and move up in the rankings.