41 Facts About Mark Philippoussis

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Mark Anthony Philippoussis is an Australian former professional tennis player of Greek and Italian descent.

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Mark Philippoussis reached the finals of the 1998 US Open and the 2003 Wimbledon singles tournaments.

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Mark Philippoussis reached a career-high singles ranking of world No 8.

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Mark Philippoussis has had a minor career in modelling and starred in the American reality television dating show Age of Love.

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Mark Philippoussis was born in Melbourne to a Greek father, Nikolaos, and an Italian mother, Rossana; and was educated at Maribyrnong College and later at Wesley College.

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Mark Philippoussis was an Australian Institute of Sport scholarship holder.

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Mark Philippoussis was briefly coached by former 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, which ended in an acrimonious split in 2000.

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Mark Philippoussis finished as junior doubles champion with Ben Ellwood in Australia, Wimbledon, and Italy.

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At the 1998 US Open US Open, Mark Philippoussis reached his first Grand Slam final, losing to fellow Australian Patrick Rafter.

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10.

On 29 March 1999, Mark Philippoussis entered the top 10 for the first time and stayed there for 10 weeks.

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11.

Mark 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.

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12.

Mark Philippoussis reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Andre Agassi.

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13.

Mark Philippoussis appeared in his second Olympic Games in Sydney, losing in the third round to eventual gold medalist Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

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14.

Mark Philippoussis finished 2002 in the top 100, despite not winning a title.

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15.

Mark Philippoussis moved from Miami to the San Diego area in September 2002.

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16.

Mark 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.

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17.

Mark Philippoussis said Rafter was ill-informed and upset by the lack of support and understanding from his team-mates.

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18.

Mark Philippoussis sealed victory for Australia in the Melbourne Final against Spain.

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19.

Mark Philippoussis suffered a pectoral tear at the end of the second set, which caused him to lose the third and fourth sets.

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20.

Mark Philippoussis made himself available regularly for Davis Cup, hired a new physical trainer, and took up surfing as his new recreation.

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21.

Mark Philippoussis broke a two-year singles-title drought by winning the Shanghai Open in 2003.

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22.

The Age reported the pair had split in July 2006, but Mark Philippoussis denied this to Australian tabloid New Idea; they did split some time before he began filming Age of Love.

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23.

Mark Philippoussis 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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24.

Mark Philippoussis 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.

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25.

Mark Philippoussis, then ranked No 114, lost to Rafael Nadal as a wildcard entry in the first round of the 2006 US Open.

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26.

Mark Philippoussis played in a series of Challenger tournaments after the Davis Cup semifinals.

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27.

Mark Philippoussis acquired a protected ranking of No 119 and was allowed to use that ranking for entry into eight tournaments.

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28.

Mark Philippoussis has played for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis this summer.

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29.

Mark Philippoussis 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.

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30.

Mark Philippoussis contested 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.

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31.

Mark Philippoussis 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.

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32.

Mark Philippoussis won the 2017 RPIA Championships in Toronto, defeating Andy Roddick in the finals.

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33.

In early 2000s, Mark Philippoussis wore apparel manufactured by Fila on court, and used Dunlop 200G racquet.

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34.

In 2020, Mark Philippoussis competed as the 'Echidna' in the second season of The Masked Singer Australia and was the first contestant eliminated, placing 12th overall.

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35.

Mark Philippoussis starred as the bachelor in the reality television dating show Age of Love on the NBC television network, in June 2007.

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36.

Mark Philippoussis was shocked again after learning he would be dating younger women.

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37.

In May 2009, Mark Philippoussis declared that all his money was gone and that he would lose his home of residence.

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38.

The writ claims Mergis – of which Mark Philippoussis is the sole director, secretary and shareholder – defaulted less than a year later.

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39.

The other company is not detailed on the writ, but Mark Philippoussis said it was Pepper Home Loans – a company that provides loans through mortgage brokers.

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40.

Mark Philippoussis said he was three months behind, adding that each monthly payment was more than $10,000.

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41.

Mark Philippoussis married Romanian-born model Silvana Lovin in September 2013.

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