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Scud's ranking climb stumbles

Scud's ranking climb stumbles
By Leo Schlink
November 09, 2006
MARK Philippoussis's 30th birthday celebrations were soured yesterday by an old adversary - a creaking body.

Ranked No.118 in the world, Philippoussis succumbed to bicep tendinitis after practising for an opening-round match at the Music City Challenger in Nashville, Tennessee.

The former world No.8 told organisers he would be unable to play in the $100,000 event, dashing hopes of a rankings boost before Australia's summer circuit.

Tournament supervisor Michael Loo said Philippoussis had complained of soreness after a training session.

Philippoussis, seeded fourth in Nashville behind American Vince Spadea, has entered another second-tier Challenger in Illinois next week.

The dual grand slam finalist has set himself a goal of returning to the top 100 before the end of the season.

If he achieves his target, Philippoussis will not need a wildcard into Australian Open.

Philippoussis won a Challenger title in California last month, continuing the form that netted him the Newport ATP grasscourt crown in July.

The right hander has been working on a casual basis with Andre Agassi's support team of Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes.

Cahill returns next week from Las Vegas to attend Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald's Bone Growth Foundation fund-raiser in Adelaide.

But the South Australian is yet to decide on career options after Agassi's retirement.

Tennis Australia is among Cahill's most ardent suitors and views the former US Open semi-finalist as potentially a key part of its plans.

Cahill has the distinction of helping Agassi become the oldest male to hold the world No.1 ranking at 33 and Lleyton Hewitt the youngest season-ending No.1 at 19.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-23216,00.html
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Scud's ranking climb stumbles
By Leo Schlink
November 09, 2006
MARK Philippoussis's 30th birthday celebrations were soured yesterday by an old adversary - a creaking body.

Ranked No.118 in the world, Philippoussis succumbed to bicep tendinitis after practising for an opening-round match at the Music City Challenger in Nashville, Tennessee.

The former world No.8 told organisers he would be unable to play in the $100,000 event, dashing hopes of a rankings boost before Australia's summer circuit.

Tournament supervisor Michael Loo said Philippoussis had complained of soreness after a training session.

Philippoussis, seeded fourth in Nashville behind American Vince Spadea, has entered another second-tier Challenger in Illinois next week.

The dual grand slam finalist has set himself a goal of returning to the top 100 before the end of the season.

If he achieves his target, Philippoussis will not need a wildcard into Australian Open.

Philippoussis won a Challenger title in California last month, continuing the form that netted him the Newport ATP grasscourt crown in July.

The right hander has been working on a casual basis with Andre Agassi's support team of Darren Cahill and Gil Reyes.

Cahill returns next week from Las Vegas to attend Davis Cup captain John Fitzgerald's Bone Growth Foundation fund-raiser in Adelaide.

But the South Australian is yet to decide on career options after Agassi's retirement.

Tennis Australia is among Cahill's most ardent suitors and views the former US Open semi-finalist as potentially a key part of its plans.

Cahill has the distinction of helping Agassi become the oldest male to hold the world No.1 ranking at 33 and Lleyton Hewitt the youngest season-ending No.1 at 19.

http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...-23216,00.html

As long as the Scud Poo Poo Dud Phili keeps working with Cahill then he should have a successful 2007

Considering that he was outside the Top #200 on a few months ago, then i think it`s pretty impressive how he`s improved during the 2nd half of 2006
Especially his win at Newport was a beauty & much needed confidence boost
Also the challenger he won 2-weeks ago because it was on hard court [sometimes Scud focuses too much on grass ~>which is of course a dying surface] ..
Only thing that makes me sad is that he appears to have broken off the engagement with Alexis ... Those two seemed really happy & I think he may regret it if he lets her get away ... The Poo was probably too studly for his own boots~> don`t realise what you`ve got until it`s gone [he probably thinks he can get another GF in a hurry]. Too dumb to realise the real sweethearts are a rare find
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he won't get into the top 100 after pulling out this week, probably should of just played and tried to see if he could get anywhere, and if needed, retire in the 1st to see if it gets worse. Hopefully the injury doesn't hamper him next week.
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it was a good decision for him to pull out, knowing how his body is he would probably have done even more damage. he won't get back into the top 100 this year. daren cahill is a great coach, but scud is a very difficult player to coach, so it will be interesting to see how it works out.
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Come on Mark. Please. Enought setbacks lets go at the AO!

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I miss you Mark.

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I'm sure he'll still get his undeserved WC at most of the slams
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I'm sure he'll still get his undeserved WC at most of the slams
undeserved!? Did you watch him at wimbly or uso.

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Philippoussis, seeded fourth in Nashville behind American Vince Spadea, has entered another second-tier Challenger in Illinois next week.
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undeserved!? Did you watch him at wimbly or uso.
His attitude stinks. Xristos would be more deserving of a WC.
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I fear it's time for Scud to retire.

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FYI, there is a Challenger in Maui at the end of November that Mark has entered. It ends the day before the rankings cut off for the AO. Mark still has two chances to get direct entry and finish the year in the top 100, if he can stay healthy. I think 2007 will be his last year on the tour, his body just can't seem to take it anymore (always harder for the big guys), so I hope it's a good one for him.

And yes, he and Alexis have ended their relationship, but I've seen nothing that suggests which one of them made the decision.

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