Mark Knowles returns!
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jun 27, 2013
Less than 10 months after announcing his retirement from professional tennis, Bahamian Mark Knowles decided to return to the sport he loves.
Knowles will play with Australian Lleyton Hewitt at the prestigious Wimbledon Championships currently being played at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. The unseeded duo, Knowles and Hewitt, will go up against Jamie Delgado and Matthew Ebden, a pair from Great Britain and Australia respectively, in their first round match. The match will take place later this week. Knowles will also take to the court in the mixed doubles segment of the championships with Sabine Lisicki of Germany.
Knowles and Lisicki will play the pair of Mahesh Bhupathi and Daniela Hantuchova in their first round match. The winner of that match will move on to play the mixed team of Aisam Ul-Haq Qureshi and Cara Black, who have already advanced to the second round after receiving a first round bye.
Knowles is no stranger to the Wimbledon Championships. In fact, he has participated in one of the longest matches in Wimbledon history. That showdown which he and Daniel Nestor won in 2006 lasted six hours and nine minutes. Apart from that, Knowles secured numerous awards before he announced his retirement shortly after being eliminated in the 2012 U.S. Open. Knowles partnered with Xavier Malisse, from Belgium, in that tournament and lost in the first round.
In 2004, Knowles and Nestor won the U.S. Open doubles crown, defeating Leander Paes and David Riki in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-3. Some of his other title wins with Nestor are the 2002 Australian Open and the 2007 French Open. In 2009, he and Anna-Lena Groenefeld won the mixed doubles title at Wimbledon. Knowles is a five-time Olympian, reaching the quarterfinals at 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. He has also represented The Bahamas at numerous Davis Cup Ties where he has recorded the most total wins in both singles and doubles by a Bahamian. He and Roger Smith are listed as the best doubles team in the history of Bahamian tennis at the Davis Cup level. Knowles is viewed as a staple in the history of tennis in the country, arguably the country’s greatest tennis player ever.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), the governing body for the sport in the country, honored Knowles shortly after his retirement last year. The six ‘Play and Stay’ courts to be constructed at the center will be named in his honor.