Aug 20, 2002
Philippoussis back in Aussie squad
Mark Philippoussis has been named in the five-man Australian squad for September’s Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Qualifying Round tie against India in Adelaide.
The big-serving 25-year-old joins World No.1 Lleyton Hewitt, Wayne Arthurs, Todd Woodbridge
and Scott Draper
in the squad. Peter Luczak
and leading junior Ryan Henry
will act as hitting partners.
The selection marks Philippoussis’s return to the Australian Davis Cup scene after more than two years on the sidelines.
“It is great to have Mark declare himself fit, healthy and available for this tie,” Australian captain John Fitzgerald said. “His inclusion will bring a lot of versatility to the set up as he can play singles or doubles. He brings a lot of power and talent to the table and the rest of the guys are looking forward to having him in the squad.”
Philippoussis, currently ranked No.71, has been dogged by injury since reaching the final of the US Open in 1998 but this year has made a successful return to the tour following knee surgery.
Memorial Drive in Adelaide, the venue for the Davis Cup tie, has been a happy hunting ground for both Philippoussis and Hewitt, Philippoussis reaching the final of the AAPT Championships there in January this year and Hewitt a two-time champion in his home town.
The Indian squad is yet to be named but is expected to include former ITF World Doubles Champions Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi, and Davis Cup regular Harsh Mankad. The deadline for team nominations is Tuesday 10 September.
The Davis Cup by BNP Paribas World Group Qualifying Round will be played from 20-22 September. Three-day tickets for the Australia v India tie, which are priced at AUS$130.00 ($100.00 Concession), can be obtained by calling the ticket hotline on (61) 8 84002362. Fans in Australia can also ring a local hotline 131246 or buy tickets in person from any BASS outlet.
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how many times is this now that the Scud has quite and returned, or said he was going to return and didn't?
there used to be a very funny carton going around, with Scud's father not letting him go outside to play with Rafter. has anyone seen this? it's hilarious.