Born in Moscow, Russia Mark came to America at three years old and started playing tennis at age 5. Was a top ranked PNW starting with the 12 and under and continued to be until he went off to play division I tennis at Seattle University.
As a junior Mark was coached by Scott Shogreen and trained with touring pro Jan-Michael Gambill. Played in the top junior events including Kalamazoo in Michigan. He played 1 singles and 1 doubles all four years at Seattle U. Won over 50 collegiate matches during his time at Seattle University.
Has been coaching and helping out with junior programs since the age of 15. Coached with Scott Shogreen, Vitaly Gorin, and also at the Pro Sports Club and Central Park.