Popular Tennis Player Mark Philippoussis
Born and educated in Melbourne, Australia, Mark Philippoussis was best known in his career for his fast services in the game. Initially, he was coached by his Father Nick. Later, he was coached by former 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash. The duo split in 2000. Philippoussis finished 3rd in the juniors ranking in 1994.
Philippoussis made it to his first grand slam semi final in 1998 at the U.S. Open. He lost the match to Patrick Rafter, a fellow Australian.
Philippoussis entered the top 10 ranking on 29 March 1999 and stayed there for 10 weeks. He managed to reach the Wimbledon 1999 quarter-finals against Pete Sampras but could not continue the match due to an injury in his left knee.
Philippoussis achieved a tremendous feat for his country when he brought Australia a 27th Davis Cup triumph in 1999. It was Australia’s first since 1986.
Mark suffered many injuries during his career. Particularly after 1999, he was forced to retire from the game temporarily due to his knee injuries. Always determine to present his country proudly at the Davis Cup, he came back to play for Australia in 2003 and scored another Davis Cup win against Spain’s Ferrero.
Philippoussis’ injuries have been the main cause of him being unable to score any major grand slam victory at all. He was surrounded by controversies due to his unavailability to play and whenever he made his return, it was very short termed due to an injury and he was forced to go back to the bench. His last match was in 2010 against Michael Yani which he lost.