Scud's dad slams 'Mother Delta'
By Robert Lusetich
October 27, 2004
MARK Philippoussis dumped Delta Goodrem because his tennis career was "going down the gurgler", according to the player's father and coach, Nick.
"Things weren't working out well," Nick Philippoussis said in an exclusive interview with The Australian from his son's $US6million ($8 million) Florida home.
He accused Goodrem's mother and manager Lea - whom many consider the power behind the pop queen's throne - of making his son into a public villain after the split, which occurred earlier this month.
"What has he done? Did Mark kill anybody? Did he **** anybody?" Nick said.
"They were not married, they weren't even engaged. I'm trying to understand what's the problem?
"Mark made a decision. His tennis has been going down the gurgler for the past 10 months and he decided to change things. Mark decided, 'Let's go ahead with my tennis and make that the priority.' What's wrong with that?
"Mother Delta and Co are trying to make him into someone who's done something wrong."
Philippoussis was in New York yesterday, practising with John McEnroe as he seeks to restore his flagging career.
The other woman in his life, Paris Hilton, was said in reports from New York to have moved up the tennis rankings after being seen "locking lips" on the weekend with US player Andy Roddick, who is ranked No 2 on the ATP tour.
After ending 2003 as world No 9 - in a year in which he heroically spearheaded Australia's Davis Cup final victory over Spain - Philippoussis has spent this year in a rankings freefall, dropping to 80th in the world. He began dating Goodrem late last year.
However, Nick Philippoussis would not deny that his son -- whose relationships typically last months rather than years -- was now dating Paris, the 23-year-old Hilton hotel heiress who has come to define the modern vacuous party girl. "And what is the problem with Mark if he goes out with anybody? He can go out with whoever he wants to. He's 27 years old, he doesn't have to get my permission or anyone else's," said Nick.
Meanwhile, Hilton -- who has reportedly denied making comments attributed to her in tabloid newspapers about Philippoussis -- would not be drawn yesterday into discussing any specifics about her private life.
She would only say in an interview that she was "happy, so happy".
Asked about reports that she was seeing Philippoussis, Hilton said only that she was "tired of the Hollywood guys".
"I want a normal nice boy," she said.
"I want someone, like, 30 (years old), not, like, 50."
When asked whether it hurt her to see stories that were not true appearing in newspapers, she said she did not "really pay attention" because she was "too busy working".
"And I'm so happy I don't really care if people want to say rude things," she said.
Hilton said she hoped that in 10 years' time she would have "children and just be at home".
She already had the children's names picked out -- London and China.
Those names could be confusing, however, as there are 14 Hilton hotels in London and five in China.