PLAYER PROFILE

Mark Philippoussis

  • Age43
  • Born 7 November 1976
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesLas Vegas, NV, USA
  • Height196 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNick Philippoussis
  • Pro Since1994
“I've always liked Thanasi. I've always been there for him. I'm a big supporter. He's a good kid. I just want to see him do well.”

— Mark Philippoussis, 9 Jul 2017

» Philippoussis tips Australian resurgence

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

Sydney 2000 Olympics: Celebrating the 20-year anniversary
Australia's Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde with their Olympic silver medals won in Sydney in 2000. Picture: Getty Images
15 September, 2020

With today marking 20 years since the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games began, we take a look back at how the Australian tennis team fared across that memorable fortnight.
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Flashback Friday: Rafter beats Philippoussis in US Open 1998 final
AUSSIE BATTLE: Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis embrace after the US Open final in 1998. Picture: Getty Images
11 September, 2020

In our Flashback Friday series, we look back at an all-Australian final between Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis at the US Open in 1998.
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Social round-up: Giving back and getting ready
Nick Kyrgios at a school visit in Canberra. Picture: Twitter
20 August, 2020

What have Australia's top-ranked players been up to? We've collated tweets and posts from this week to keep fans up to date.
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Wimbledon 2000 flashback: Aussie superstars shine
AUSSIE STARS: Jelena Dokic, Pat Rafter and Mark Philippoussis all made memorable Wimbledon runs in 2000. Pictures: Getty Images
5 July, 2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of Wimbledon 2000, we look back on a memorable tournament for Australian tennis.
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