I'm not a fan of his either. I don't like his playing style or his personality, but I am still sad for the the guy, that he has been forced to end his career before he wishes due to injury. I wish him good luck in his future, whatever he chooses to do.Not a fan of his, but its sad that his body wont allow him to compete anymore. I didnt think the injury was serious at first, but it must be if it requires surgery.
more like 3 knee surgeries to his left knee by the age of 24, followed by a severe hyper-extension knee injury to the same knee in 2001 US Open. January this year he tore cartilage in his "good" right knee and has done it again in the exact same spot a little less then 12 months later.3 knee surgeries with another pending this time it is over.
I shed a tear. I have gotten to know Mark over the years due to my cousin playing with him when thew were young. I have always loved him not becuase he is Greek but becuase he is a kind wel mannered person much like myself. I honestly hope he does not announce his retirement tomorow.more like 3 knee surgeries to his left knee by the age of 24, followed by a severe hyper-extension knee injury to the same knee in 2001 US Open. January this year he tore cartilage in his "good" right knee and has done it again in the exact same spot a little less then 12 months later.
So he's had 5 cartilage operations to his knees, amongst several ankle ligament tears, and back problems ect... ect..
It's been reported that he'll announce his retirement tomorrow.. he'll either be remembered as one of the biggest underachievers, or over-rated payers of the modern game... to me he's just a guy who had a beautiful serve, was exciting to watch because he played with gut instinct and dared to take chances when most players wouldn't. He loved the game.. no one would endure that many injuries and face so much ridicule and criticism if they didn't truly love the sport... but he also enjoyed everything else in life.
A lot of people think he's a loser because he partied too hard and had to much fun in his 20's... wasted his talent... I say no one's perfect.. some have the unique desire and personal drive to value their profession above all else... and others like Mark struggle to balance his career, family, friends, relationships and off-court hobbies.
I've followed Mark's career since 1996 when he beat Pete Sampras at the Australian Open... 11 years on and Mark is still somewhat of a mystery, he has been one of the most talked about Athletes in Australian sport, yet he has never given a proper candid tv interview and rarely defends himself against negative press. Guys like Rafter, Woodbridge, Newk, Cash have enjoyed taking a swipe a Mark over the years.. but I've come to admire the way Mark has never reduced himself to putting down others in the media.
There have been many mistakes and bad choices Mark has made throughout his career, which hogs the spotlight.. but there's also a lot of good memories and achievements along the way. I don't know if I'll ever take an interest in another player the same way as Mark, but It's been a fun and highly entertaining (always unpredictable) career and I will deeply miss him.