PLAYER PROFILE

Mark Philippoussis

  • Age40
  • Born 7 November 1976
  • Birth PlaceMelbourne, Victoria
  • LivesLas Vegas, NV, USA
  • Height196 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachNick Philippoussis
  • Pro Since1994
“The Legends tour is a lot of fun but I know I’m going to have my work cut out for me with Lleyton.”

— Mark Philippoussis, 24 Nov 2016

» Hewitt, Philippoussis line up for Sydney Legends

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

WTC: Philippoussis, Peers and more complete line-up
John Peers in action at the Paris Masters; Getty Images
2 December, 2016

Aussie stars Mark Philippoussis and John Peers will join the 12-player field at Adelaide's World Tennis Challenge in January.
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Hewitt, Philippoussis line up for Sydney Legends
Lleyton Hewitt (L) and Mark Philippoussis; Getty Images
24 November, 2016

Australian tennis icons Lleyton Hewitt and Mark Philippoussis will face off in a FAST4 Legends match on the final day of Apia International Sydney 2017.
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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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