Mark Philippoussis
Australian tennis player
Mark Philippoussis
Mark Anthony Philippoussis is an Australian tennis player. He turned professional in 1994. His father is Greek, while his mother is of Italian ancestry. He has had a minor career in modelling and starred in the American reality television dating show Age of Love. He is nicknamed 'the Scud', after the Scud missile. He was educated at Maribyrnong College.
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Maria Sharapova Joins WTT Smash Hits Charity Tennis Event To Benefit the Elton John AIDS Foundation
Yahoo News - 5 months
NEW YORK, Oct. 5, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) is pleased to announce that tennis star Maria Sharapova will join Mardy Fish, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Mark Philippoussis, and Andy Roddick to headline World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King on Monday, October 10, 2016.  Also joining the line-up is former world No. 1 doubles standout Liezel Huber. Tennis action is set for 6:30 p.m. ...
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Scud: My career was no dud
The Canberra Times - over 4 years
He's widely condemned as a wasted talent, but Mark Philippoussis insists he's content with what he achieved during his injury-plagued tennis career.
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Superb courts lure Baghdatis to Devonshire Park
Eastbourne Herald - almost 5 years
Devonshire Park’s growing reputation on the ATP tour encouraged former Wimbledon semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis to compete in Eastbourne this year. World number 41 Baghdatis, who reached the Wimbledon semis in 2006, confirmed this week he will take part at AEGON International in June. The 26-year-old Cypriot said, “I’m very much looking forward to coming to Eastbourne and competing in the AEGON International this year. “I’ve always loved playing tennis on the grass and I’m told the courts at Devonshire Park are up there with the best in the country, so should serve me well going into Wimbledon. “Eastbourne is not a venue I have played at before but I have only heard good things about it so I can’t wait to see for myself what it’s like.” Baghdatis reached a career high world ranking of number 8 in 2006. That year he reached the final of the Australian Open as an unseeded player followed by his fine run at SW19. The AEGON International takes place from June 16-23, and provide ...
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Rusedski and Philippoussis set for Devonshire Park showdown
Eastbourne Herald - almost 5 years
BIG SERVING Former British No.1 Greg Rusedski is making a welcome return to the court this summer for an exhibition match at Devonshire Park Rusedski has been confirmed to play in a special legends match at Devonshire Park on Father’s Day, Sunday June 17, as part of a packed week at the AEGON International which takes place from 16-23 June. Great Britain Junior Davis Cup team captain Rusedski will be squaring up against the big-hitting Australian and former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis in a singles match, followed by a mixed doubles match. Their female partners will be named in due course. The duo met six times during their professional careers, including twice at The Championships, Wimbledon, with their head-to-head score level at 3-3. Greg Rusedski said, “Mark is a great player and we’ve had some really good matches in the past, particularly on grass. “I’ve always enjoyed playing on grass and I’m looking forward to trying out the Devonshire Park courts.” Philippoussis ...
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Zurich Open erstmals mit Marat Safin - Nachrichten.ch
Google News - over 5 years
Mark Philippoussis gewinnt in Zürich Mark Philippoussis heisst der Sieger der zweiten Austragung des BNP Paribas Zurich Open. Der Australier bezwang am Samstag im Final in der Zürcher Saalsporthalle den Briten Tim Henman 6:3, 7:6 (7:3)
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Caroline Wozniacki wins New Haven, John Isner wins Winston-Salem and Sabine ... - World Tennis Magazine
Google News - over 5 years
Also scheduled to be in the field are Mark Philippoussis, Carlos Moya, Thomas Enqvist, Paradorn Srichaphan, Wayne Ferreira and Younes El Aynaoui. The 31-year-old Russian is guaranteed to face Sampras in Chengdu since both were drawn in the same
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Near enough just isn't good enough - NTNews.com.au
Google News - over 5 years
Mark Philippoussis, Matt Shirvington, Anna Kournikova, Shaun Tait and possibly, Greg Norman. As a Geelong supporter I am well versed in disappointment and a sense of falling short of the summit. Losing four Grand Finals in seven years under Malcolm
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US Open 2011: Power Ranking Roger Federer's 16 Career Slams. - Bleacher Report
Google News - over 5 years
He won the Wimbledon title after defeating unseeded Australian Mark Philippoussis in straight sets. Federer did not concede a break point in the the entire finals match, which lasted one hour and 56 minutes. This was Federer's first US Open title
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Carlos Moya claims second ATP Champions Tour title in Belgium - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Spain´s former tennis player Carlos Moya holds the trophy of second place of tournament of legends ATP Champions Tour 2011 after loosing the final against Australia's Mark Philippoussis 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-5 in Bogota, Colombia, 22 May 2011
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Carlos Moya defeats Richard Krajicek to lift title – Optima Open 2011 - bettor.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
With this win, Moya grabbed 200 points on the ATP Champions Tour Rankings and closed the gap between him and the current world number one, Mark Philippoussis. Finishing in third in the event was Frenchman Forget as he secured a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over
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US OPEN NATIONAL PLAYOFFS: Unseeded Nathan Healey staying alive - Middle East North Africa Financial Network
Google News - over 5 years
With early exits by Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis, Healey was the only Aussie still left in the field when he took to the court. "It was amazing," Healey said. "I was the last match of the day. It was Heineken Day so everyone was in the beer garden
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Safin joins old boys club in China - SuperSport.com
Google News - over 5 years
Safin, who retired as a professional in 2009 after winning two Grand Slam titles, joins fellow former world No 1 Pete Sampras at the Chengdu event with Mark Philippoussis, Carlos Moya, Thomas Enqvist, Paradorn Srichaphan, Wayne Ferreira and Younes El
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Wozniacki lacks a 'great weapon' to justify her No 1 ranking - The National
Google News - over 5 years
Tim Henman, Henri Leconte, Mark Philippoussis and Magnus Norman never reached the top of the rankings, but their inability to win a grand slam disappoints fans to this day. On the women's side, you could put names like Pam Shriver, Elena Dementieva and
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Plenty of painful tales from the world of sport - Enniscorthy Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Even the normally gentile tennis courts aren't immune from calamitous injuries as Goran Ivanisevic showed when partnering Mark Philippoussis in a doubles match. The Croat, who was paired at a tournament in Toronto with Philippoussis, decided to head
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WTT Update: Mark Philippoussis Leads Aces into Playoffs - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Mark Philippoussis led the Aces into the World Team Tennis playoffs. The Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis completed an undefeated season. The Boston Lobsters also made the playoffs over the New York Sportimes. EPA/Leonardo Munoz | Going into the
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World Team Tennis - Latest News - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Mark Philippoussis\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) 5-4 Mixed Doubles – Liezel Huber\Jean-Julien Rojer (Aces) def. Alex Kuznetsov\Kveta Peschke (Explorers) 5-2 Women's Doubles – Liezel Huber\Varvara Lepchenko (Aces) def. Jarmila Gajdosova\Kveta Peschke
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WTT Update: Serena Williams, Hingis, and Philippoussis - 10sBalls
Google News - over 5 years
Serena Williams, Martina Hingis, the Bryan Brothers and Mark Philippoussis were all in action in World Team Tennis. Serena Williams defeated Martina Hingis in a marquee match-up to keep the Washington Kastles season undefeated
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mark Philippoussis
    THIRTIES
  • 2013
    Age 36
    He was engaged to actress Jennifer Esposito. He married Romanian-born model Silvana Lovin in September 2013. Lovin gave birth to their first child, Nicholas, in 2014.
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  • 2012
    Age 35
    He was the team's marquee player on 25 July 2012 when they faced the Boston Lobsters and travelled with the team to their matches against the Sacramento Capitals and Orange County Breakers.
    More Details Hide Details Philippoussis contested in his first match on the ATP World Tour in nine years since winning the 2006 Newport title, after receiving a wild card into the qualifying rounds of the 2015 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships at 38 years of age. He lost to Eric Quigley 6–7(1), 6–7(4). Philippoussis also played doubles in the tournament with Ryan Harrison, winning the first round to make it to the quarter-finals before losing to the second seeds Austin Krajicek and Rajeev Ram. Afterwards, Philippousis said: "It was just about playing one event. There’s no talk about a comeback. Down the line if I see something, maybe close to California, I might do that. It’s one event and that’s it." In early 2000s, Philippoussis wore apparel manufactured by Fila on court, and used Dunlop 200G racquet.
  • 2010
    Age 33
    Philippousis also competed in some of the events on the Champions Series, winning two tournaments and topping the rankings for 2010.
    More Details Hide Details Philippoussis has played for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis this summer. The Freedoms used the No. 1 overall pick to draft Philippoussis, who previously played for the team in 2002.
  • 2009
    Age 32
    In a writ lodged with the Supreme Court on 15 May 2009, it was alleged Philippoussis took out a loan through his company Mergis Pty Ltd which he personally guaranteed.
    More Details Hide Details The writ claims Mergis – of which Philippoussis is the sole director, secretary and shareholder – defaulted less than a year later. The lender is seeking $1,313,351.96, plus interest, costs and possession of the house, or is threatening to go to trial. The Perpetual Trustee Company Ltd is listed in court documents as the plaintiff, but a company spokesman said her firm had provided funds to another company which was the one foreclosing. The other company is not detailed on the writ, but Philippoussis said it was Pepper Home Loans – a company that provides loans through mortgage brokers. Philippoussis took out a mortgage in February, 2008. He said he was three months behind, adding that each monthly payment was more than $10,000. "I haven't played tennis since 2006, and tennis is one of those sports where if you don't play, you don't get paid", he said.
    In May 2009 Philippoussis declared that all his money was gone and that he would lose his home of residence.
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  • 2007
    Age 30
    Philippoussis starred as the bachelor in the reality television dating show Age of Love on the NBC television network, in June 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The show centred around women in or near their 40s and women in their 20s competing for his affection. At first Philippoussis, unaware of the special format of the show, was shocked at the ages of the "cougars" as the older women were called. He was shocked again after learning he would also be dating younger women ("kittens"). The final dates occurred in his hometown of Melbourne, Australia, including a date at Moonlit Sanctuary. In the end, Mark chose Amanda Salinas (the 25-year-old Nashville Predators dancer) because it "wouldn't work out" with Jen, the 48-year-old assistant to Jerry Buss.
  • TWENTIES
  • 2006
    Age 29
    Philippoussis, then ranked no. 114, lost to Rafael Nadal as a wildcard entry in the first round of the 2006 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details The Australian Davis Cup team lost against Argentina in an unpredictable 5–0. On 22 September, Philippoussis was defeated by David Nalbandian 4-6, 3-6, 3-6, in the first match of the series. Philippoussis played in a series of Challenger tournaments after the Davis Cup semifinals. Philippoussis won the Calabasas tournament, defeating Amer Delic, 6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–4), 6–3, in the final. Philippoussis beat Russian Dmitry Tursunov, 6–4, 7–6, at the 2007 Hopman Cup. However, during his second match against Jérôme Haehnel, he was forced to retire after hyperextending his knee. An MRI showed that he had torn cartilage in his knee, forcing him to miss the rest of the season. Philippoussis acquired a protected ranking of no. 119 and was allowed to use that ranking for entry into eight tournaments. Tennis Australia, not being happy with his lack of match play and unwillingness to play the Australian Open wildcard playoff, told him that he would not be given any special treatment and would have to earn his wildcard. This forced him to use one of his protected ranking tournament entries.
    After some controversy over his wildcard selection after a disappointing 2006 Australian Open, Philippoussis made more headlines when he again earned entry into the 2006 Wimbledon.
    More Details Hide Details He was defeated in the second round. Leading into the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships as a wildcard, his record was a modest 6–7. He had a fantastic run in the tournament, getting to the final, where he defeated Justin Gimelstob in straight sets to claim his first title in almost three years.
    He confirmed to Sydney's Daily Telegraph on 23 August 2006, that he "parted ways with" his father as his coach and rehired Peter McNamara in an attempt to revive his career.
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    The Age reported the pair had split in July 2006, but Philippoussis denied this to Australian tabloid New Idea; they did split some time before he began filming Age of Love.
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  • 2005
    Age 28
    In March 2005, he became engaged to actress and model Alexis Barbara.
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  • 2004
    Age 27
    In 2004, he began a nine-month relationship with Australian singer Delta Goodrem.
    More Details Hide Details Her "comeback" single, "Out of the Blue", was written about his support during her cancer battle. The couple's relationship ended in controversy when newspapers reported Philippoussis had been unfaithful.
    In October 2004, a much-publicised affair with Delta Goodrem had soured and seriously damaged his standing, after newspapers alleged that he had dated Paris Hilton while with Goodrem.
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    After shouldering most of the blame for losing Australia's Davis Cup tie with Sweden with an unexpected below-par performance, Philippoussis struggled through to the Wimbledon fourth round in June 2004.
    More Details Hide Details From Wimbledon in June until the end of the season in October, he failed to win a single ATP tennis match and finished with one of his lowest rankings since turning professional in 1994.
    The honeymoon period with the Australian public, however, did not last. 2004 proved a disastrous year in terms of his tennis career and public profile.
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  • 2003
    Age 26
    On 30 November 2003, he defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain to win the fourth match of the Davis Cup final in Melbourne, securing the title for Australia.
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    Philippoussis broke a two-year singles-title drought by winning the Shanghai Open in 2003.
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    It seemed to work, as he made the 2003 Wimbledon final, finally losing to Roger Federer, 6–7(5), 2–6, 6–7(3).
    More Details Hide Details During a 2003 Wimbledon tennis match against Andre Agassi (6–3, 2–6, 6–7 (4–7), 6–3, 6–4), he set a new Australian tennis record of 46 aces served in a match, three aces short of the overall ATP Tour record then held by Richard Krajicek.
    Knee surgeries forced Philippoussis out of Davis Cup until February 2003.
    More Details Hide Details By then, Pat Rafter had retired, and John Fitzgerald and Wally Masur were the new Davis Cup captain and coach. The impact of these changes was instantly recognised, as team harmony was at its highest throughout the year. Philippoussis once again sealed victory for Australia in the Melbourne Final against Spain. Mark beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero in a 7–5, 6–3, 1–6, 2–6, 6–0 battle. Mark suffered a pectoral tear at the end of the second set, which caused him to lose the third and fourth sets. He regrouped in the fifth set and trounced Ferrero 6–0. After three knee operations and a protracted comeback, Philippoussis avowed a new seriousness to his sport. He made himself available regularly for Davis Cup, hired a new physical trainer, and took up surfing as his new recreation.
  • 2002
    Age 25
    He moved from Miami to the San Diego area in September 2002.
    More Details Hide Details Philippoussis has always claimed to be proud of representing his country in Davis Cup, but personal differences with John Newcombe and Tony Roche interfered with his commitment early in his career. Despite several highly publicised feuds, Mark played a large part in giving Australia their 27th Davis Cup triumph - second only to the United States with 31 - but it was their first since 1986. In 1999 he defeated Cédric Pioline, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2, in Nice, France. Injuries plagued Mark's availability for Davis cup and was the cause of a public rift between team-mates Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt. Rafter publicly accused Philippoussis of jerking the team around after he withdrew from a Davis Cup tie in late 2000. Philippoussis said Rafter was ill-informed and upset by the lack of support and understanding from his team-mates.
    Philippoussis finished 2002 in the top 100 (seventh time in eight years), despite not winning a title.
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  • 2000
    Age 23
    2000 was the fourth consecutive year in which Philippoussis finished in the top 20, at World No. 11.
    More Details Hide Details He reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Andre Agassi. He defeated Sampras, then the World No. 2, 8–6 in the fifth set at the French Open in a first-round match, but lost in the fourth round to Juan Carlos Ferrero. For the third consecutive year, he made it to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, losing again to Agassi. He appeared in his second Olympic Games in Sydney, losing in the third round to eventual gold medalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov.
  • 1999
    Age 22
    He finished 1999 at No. 19.
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    He advanced to the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 1999 for the second straight year, where he retired in the second set against Sampras after having won the first set.
    More Details Hide Details During that match, Philippoussis suffered a moderate cartilage tear in his left knee and underwent arthroscopic surgery four days later. Sampras later remarked that he "dodged a bullet out there". Philippoussis returned to professional tennis seven weeks later at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships and lost his second round match after receiving a bye in the first round. He did not play again until October in Singapore, where he lost in the second round.
    On 29 March 1999, Philippoussis entered the top 10 for the first time and stayed there for 10 weeks.
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    In January 1999, Philippoussis and Jelena Dokić won the Hopman Cup for Australia, defeating Sweden's Åsa Carlsson and Jonas Björkman in the final tie.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first time that Australia won the Hopman Cup and the only time, until Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova won in January 2016.
  • 1998
    Age 21
    At the 1998 U.S. Open, Philippoussis reached his first Grand Slam final, losing to fellow Australian Patrick Rafter.
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  • 1997
    Age 20
    On 25 May 1997, he recorded a personal best 229. km/h (142.3 mph) serve in a game he lost to Albert Costa.
    More Details Hide Details During the height of his career, Mark was known as having one of the fastest serves in the game.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1996
    Age 19
    In 1996, he reached the 4th round of the Australian Open upsetting Pete Sampras in the 3rd round and in doubles with Patrick Rafter.
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  • 1995
    Age 18
    In 1995, at the age of 19, he was the youngest player in the year-end top 50.
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  • 1994
    Age 17
    He turned professional in 1994.
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    In 1994, he finished third in single ranking for juniors.
    More Details Hide Details Philippoussis also finished as junior doubles champion with Ben Ellwood in Australia, Wimbledon, and Italy.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1987
    Age 10
    Coached by his father, Nick, the right-hander has played tennis since he was six years of age. He was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder. He was briefly coached by former 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, which ended in an acrimonious split in 2000.
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  • 1976
    Born
    Born on November 7, 1976.
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