Delta fired up as Scud powers on
THE two women in Mark Philippoussis' life were on show yesterday as the Aussie tennis hero slugged it out at the Australian Open in Melbourne.
The Scud's new love interest, television and recording star Delta Goodrem, was courtside to watch her man win his third round match against Mario Ancic.
Goodrem, who has had a much-publicised battle with Hodgkin's disease, was an animated onlooker, cheering and clapping loudly as she sat with Philippoussis' entourage watching his straight-sets victory over the Croatian.
Last year, Philippoussis, 27, sent Goodrem, 19, flowers when she was diagnosed with cancer.
It was accompanied with a simple message to get well.
The pair stepped out together for the first time in public at lunch in Sydney nine days ago.
Goodrem has finished the cancer treatment and will have tests soon to determine if she has beaten it.
Philippoussis has had a number of high-profile love interests, including French actress and model Melanie Maudran and tennis glamour girl Anna Kournikova.
Actress Tara Reid, also a Scud admirer, was courtside watching the Aussie at the US Open late last year.
Also making waves at Melbourne Park yesterday was Philippoussis' new step-sister Maria Matey.
The stunning 17-year-old brunette has been a regular at Melbourne Park, supporting the Davis Cup hero.
"I go all the time," Matey said. The tennis is so exciting."
Philippoussis' father Nick, married his long-time partner Tatiana, Matey's mother, in a private ceremony last month.
At 180cm tall, with a look that is a cross between actress Angelina Jolie and model Gabrielle Richens, it is little wonder the athletic Russian-born teen has been such a hit with tennis fans.
She has been snapped up by IMG Models. The global promotions giant signed her last week.
With the Philippoussis camp basing itself in Florida, Matey, who has never done any professional modelling, will be managed by IMG's American arm.
However, should the opportunity arise – not swimsuit or lingerie modelling – she said she would love to work in Australia.
While she has taken a keen interest in tennis during the past few years, Matey, a talented swimmer, admits she is not about to take up the game.
"She's the ball girl," Nick Philippoussis quipped.