Knowles loses in mixed doubles; out of Wimbledon
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 02, 2013
The return to professional tennis was short-lived for Mark Knowles, as he was officially handed his exit ticket from the prestigious Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, in London, England, yesterday.
Shortly after her stunning fourth round victory over the top seeded Serena Williams, German Sabine Lisicki was scheduled to team up with Bahamian Knowles for their second round match in mixed doubles. However, the pair lost via walkover to the 10th seeded team of Aisam Qureshi, from Pakistan, and Cara Black, from Zimbabwe. Up to press time, it was unknown if Lisicki’s big victory over Williams had anything to do with her and Knowles’ walkover loss to Qureshi and Black, who had advanced to the second round after receiving a first-round bye.
Last Thursday, Knowles and former singles champion Lleyton Hewitt, of Australia, lost to Jamie Delgado, of Great Britain, and Matthew Ebden, of Australia, 6-3, 7-5 and 7-6(4).
In mixed doubles, Knowles and Lisicki got by Mahesh Bhupathi, of India, and Daniela Hantuchova, of Slovakia, in their first round match on Friday, 6-7(2), 6-4 and 6-4. That might have turned out to be the final match of Knowles’ storied career in which he won each of the four grand slam titles, three in men’s doubles and one in mixed, and was a finalist on nine other occasions.
The 41-year-old Knowles is also a former number one ranked doubles player in the world, and amassed more than $7 million in earnings during a 21-year professional career. Knowles won 55 titles during his career, including the year-ending Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour Finals in 2006.
Knowles announced his retirement from professional tennis after a first-round loss at the 2012 U.S. Open with Xavier Malisse. He came back for Wimbledon, but it is unknown if he will continue playing this year or if he will retire again.
In other tennis news, Shaquille Taylor and Kevin Major Jr. were both eliminated in the semi-final round of the Bank of Bermuda Foundation International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junior Tournament, which was played in Bermuda. American James Wasserman defeated Taylor, the number one seed, in the singles division for the grade five tournament, 6-2 and 7-6(5). Major Jr. was the number two seed and fell 6-2, 6-7 and 4-6 to Jack Van Slkye of Canada.
In doubles, Major Jr. partnered with Jody Maginley of Antigua, and they lost in the final to Robert Levine and Jorge Vargas, 3-6 and 2-6. Taylor and Stefan Cooper were defeated by Courtney Murphy and Myles Schalet, 6-3, 1-6, 11-13.