when all hope was lost... i found this:
Agassi's coach testing new pupil
Las Vegas training coach Gil Reyes, one of the architects behind Andre Agassi's stunning comeback, has a new star pupil. Reyes and Agassi's former coach, Darren Cahill, have big plans for "Age of Love" star Mark Philippoussis, once one of tennis' brightest prospects before knee injuries took a toll.
"He belongs back in the top 10, the top 5, and he's set his course to be No. 1," Reyes said.
They face a tall order: Philippoussis, the 2003 Wimbledon runner-up to Roger Federer, has slipped to 370th in the world tennis ranking, his lowest spot since he was a rising teenager.
"It's not a fantasy mission by any means," Reyes said.
He recalls when Agassi, written off by many after falling to No. 141 in late 1997, rededicated himself and reached No. 1 in 1999. Agassi won more grand slam titles after age 29 than before it. Philippoussis is 30. Agassi has been working out with Philippoussis, who moved to Las Vegas last year to start working on his comeback.
Mark's the blueprint as an athlete," said Reyes. "He fits the prototype of what one takes to the court."
Under the guidance of Reyes and Cahill, Philippoussis was on his way late last year before injuring a knee that required surgery in January."
"He's ready for more games, and he has more games. I hope Mark is not impatient. We owe it to him, myself and Darren, that everything's in place for him to go out and win and win his way back in the rankings."
Las Vegas Review-Journal
thats a big claim... no wait... thats an ENORMOUS claim, i would say that they are all insane and that there is about a 0.0000000001% chance of him ever becoming number 1 again (Come on seriously guys?? just cos he has the game to destroy anybody on grass, in particular nadal as well as nadal on american hard courts) doesnt mean he could ever get the 7000+ points to become number 1 I dont think he could even beat federer on the grass his only chance would be indoors (grass courts are slow and the balls are big and heavy) plus hes 30 years old...
I would say that but it might be a case of "shoot for the stars if u want to reach the moon" (or watever it is), have some ridiculously high goal (number 1) so even if u only get close (top 10), its a huge achievement (and lets face it nobody expects mark to make the top 30 again).
The problem with the agassi comparison is that agassi was merely lacking focus, commitment, fitness (the marriage to brooke shields lack of motivation cos at his best pete still beat him), he wasnt an injury ravaged giant. Mark is injury ravaged, big and heavy, and slow (Even at his best he was about a 7.5/10 with his movement and that was mainly moving forward not side to side). Agassi also played in the 90s, balls were light, small and courts were fast (much like wat the america hc's seem to be moving towards), so rallies were shorter aggressive play was rewarded, also Racket technology wasnt as good, the blocked return was nowhere near as effective cos strings didnt off the spin, power and control they do now, so hes got alot to fight against.
The best i can see is mark making the top 10, and winning wimbledon (thats if all things go perfectly to plan, and he has to play to win, not play like a coward against federer)