Mark Philippoussis

  • Age39
  • Born 7 November 1976
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesLas Vegas, NV, USA
  • Height196 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNick Philippoussis
  • Pro Since1994
“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.”

— Mark Philippoussis, 12 Jul 2015

» Philippoussis falters at Newport

Injury has plagued the past few years for Mark Philippoussis – the veteran Aussie has played just one event – a Challenger in Dallas – since breaking down with a knee injury during the Australian Open 2008 Wildcard Play-off. Mark had already had surgery on the damaged lateral meniscus of his right knee and sat out the entire 2007 season. Reinjuring this knee cartilage forced him to submit to a fifth bout of surgery keeping him out of tennis for a prolonged period of time.

Mark has a distinguished record on the singles court, reaching the final of the US Open in 1998, where he lost to Pat Rafter. In 1999 he moved inside the top 10 for the first time and helped Australia to win the Davis Cup final with a steely performance on clay in Nice.

In 2003 he reached the final of Wimbledon, losing to Roger Federer. He also pulled off a miraculous five-set win against world No.3 Juan Carlos Ferrero to seal Australia’s victory over Spain in that year’s Davis Cup final. In 2006, after further injury woes, Mark again proved his credentials, winning his eleventh ATP Tour title on grass in Newport.

He has represented Australia three times at the Olympic Games, in Atlanta (1996), Sydney (2000) and Athens (2004). A tennis player since the age of six, Mark was introduced to the game by his father, Nick, a former banker and soccer goalkeeper.

Mark Philippoussis in the news

Davis Cup: Australia to host Slovakia
Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt (R) congratulates Bernard Tomic after Tomic beat Jack Sock in the second singles rubber of the Australia v United States Davis Cup tie at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club; Getty Images
20 July, 2016

Australia will host Slovakia in a Davis Cup Play-off tie in September, hoping to seal a place in the 16-nation World Group of 2017.
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Kyrgios seals fourth round berth
Nick Kyrgios celebrates his third-round win over Feliciano Lopez on No.1 Court at Wimbledon; Getty Images
4 July, 2016

An exemplary performance against Feliciano Lopez has delivered Nick Kyrgios a third straight second-week appearance at Wimbledon.
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#HewBeauty: tribute to Lleyton Hewitt begins
Lleyton Hewitt in action at Queen's Club; Getty Images
3 January, 2016

As Lleyton Hewitt's farewell tour continues at the Hopman Cup tonight, fans can share their support for the Australian legend on social media to form a stunning digital…
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Wilander, Navratilova and Sanchez Vicario headed to Sydney
(L-R) Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mats Wilander and Martina Navratilova
30 December, 2015

Following the withdrawal of John McEnroe due to injury, tennis legends Mats Wilander, Martina Navratilova and Aranxta Sanchez Vicario are headed to Sydney.
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