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Marks progress?

Bingerz
07-16-2007, 03:54 AM
Does anyone know if he is back in training after his show....'the poo pulls em' lol.

I want him to get back out there, this time last year he was playing pretty well, he is only 30 and with his game, he could have a few more competitive years out there

flip_fan
07-16-2007, 10:48 AM
who knows? so many conflicting reports recently, no one really knows what's going on... Alan Jones (close friend) said on the radio last week he talked to mark and his knee is fully recovered and is training hard with agassi in vegas. Gil reyes was at the premiere of the show so they obviously are still working in the gym together. Which is good news he's surrounded by the right ppl - i think its only a matter of time before he comes back. I feel mark knows this is the last roll of the dice so he's not returning with any nigglying injuries.

Latest report is he will try to qualify in Montreal on august 4.

Bingerz
07-16-2007, 11:52 AM
Ok cheers for that. As much as i doubt the intro for the age of love
....'Mark is in the prime of his career'
I would love it to be true, other than Rafa and Feds i believe next in line in terms of talent would be a toss up between Safin and Flip

the_natural
07-17-2007, 12:16 PM
In terms of raw talent Safin in his prime was ahead of federer and rafa, wilander said so himself, but its the head that safin and flip have that keeps them from being anywhere near that league on a consistent basis

luxsword
07-18-2007, 03:46 PM
:o sorry guys, but talent-wise, mark can't compare to safin :o :shrug: :wavey:

Bingerz
07-19-2007, 01:02 AM
The way he came out and blew Sampras away in straight sets at the aussie open in about 1995 was a good display of his potential talent

the_natural
07-23-2007, 11:07 AM
:o sorry guys, but talent-wise, mark can't compare to safin :o :shrug: :wavey:

I disagree to a point, Safin at his best had far superior court speed, is a freakish returner, and id say that he is 9 compared to marks 10, when they are both at their best ON SERVE. Also Marat is mentally tougher when hes really focussed look at his 5 set record. But mark at his best, was decimating on fast courts, his serve was ridiculously tough with the angles pace and even spin on the first delivery, and he had amazing hands at the net and all, plus hes a much better power volleyer, he was very much like lew hoad. He could also out hit anyone on a fast court at his best, his raw physical strength is yet unmatched (im talkin before the advent of super light powerful rackets and the awesome hybrid strings and what not that give little guys like Rochus a 130 mph first serve). But yes Safin all round is a much more complete talent definatley, its just that at marks very best on a fast surface he could just take anyone right off the court.

And pete played him stupid at the 96 Aussie, He didnt exactly completely destroy pete like marat did but he was dictating and pete was getting into a hitting war with him as opposed to the way pete played him later at wimbledon and the uso, Safin would fall into that trap of getting into a hitting war with him too and i think mark could beat him at both of their best on a surface like the USO or Rebound ace.

Matchu
07-30-2007, 08:54 AM
Whats the latest on Mark, is he definetly playing in Montreal?

george
08-01-2007, 08:07 AM
Any news?

flip_fan
08-01-2007, 10:07 AM
no news, just put up a little rant about the situation on my website - i am really pissed off by the lack of news and how long it's taking. He should be back playing. At this rate he'll be strugglying to finish the year in a respectable position to qualify for the australian open... that's if he doesnt injury himself before january...

apparently he's not ready yet - well thats what his agent told the organisers of the binghampton challenger event... it's on next week and they offered him a WC... i cant help but think the fact its the finale of 'Age of Love' has something to do with the delay.

not in a good mood.. sick of waiting and the bs excuses!

luxsword
08-01-2007, 05:52 PM
:secret: the poor guy must be scared of the locker room now :haha:

Matchu
08-03-2007, 04:07 AM
Mark should have a protected ranking now, and should make qualifying lists for most ATP events.

Mark does have a protected ranking doesn't he?

Bingerz
08-05-2007, 01:23 AM
Yeh he does around the 112 mark

Timbo
08-05-2007, 08:44 AM
Considering he's actually been uninjured since June, this is getting ridiculous...a lot of us are great supporters of Mark, but I just wish he'd get serious and get some matchplay under his belt. Is that pointless tv series still going? How can you say you're "not ready" for a challenger, yet expect to make it through qualies for the US Open?

flip_fan
08-05-2007, 11:15 AM
timbo, thankfully it's finale is this week.

i agree its ridiculous... but he has been spending the last few months mainly in the gym with Gil Reyes so i am expecting mark to be in top condition when he returns... but "when" is the big question. If he doesnt try and qualify for cinnincinati then he should not even be thinking trying to qualify for the US Open.

Xristos
08-06-2007, 02:16 PM
Hope to see him back on a court soon..

Xristos
08-07-2007, 06:23 AM
Hey guys could you all please vote for me.

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=107455

Thank you.

baghdatis
08-08-2007, 02:25 PM
:eek: Cmon Mark we are with you all the way! :D

the_natural
08-11-2007, 07:48 AM
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)

baghdatis
08-11-2007, 09:30 AM
mabie it was a little bit exadurated, but if mark has what it takes to get back in the top 100 I will be VERY Happy :banana:

flip_fan
08-11-2007, 01:59 PM
right now just playing a match this year would be an achievement for mark.... i have no idea what kind of training he is doing in vegas, and i dont know why he is not playing right now.

Its all going to come down to 8 events and what he can do with his protected ranking. At the start of the year i thought he could easily be back inside the top50... now 8 months on and no tournaments he's going to need a miracle to get back near the 100.

Bingerz
08-14-2007, 05:55 AM
I'm not sure how long ago that age of love was filmed, but he didnt look particularly fit then. I hope it was a while ago and he has been working with Gil ever since.

zizz
08-16-2007, 12:53 PM
On the entry list for New Haven I saw that his Protected ranking was 165. Is this right? From what date do they decide the Protected ranking?

flip_fan
08-16-2007, 01:34 PM
where did you see marks name on the entry list??? can you post a link please.

Thats probably right because it's an average ranking of a certain period of time.. I was hoping it would have stayed around 112 like it was in January, but beause he didn't defend Newport that's made the average go down.

So he's listed to play qualifying??

zizz
08-16-2007, 08:10 PM
where did you see marks name on the entry list??? can you post a link please.

Thats probably right because it's an average ranking of a certain period of time.. I was hoping it would have stayed around 112 like it was in January, but beause he didn't defend Newport that's made the average go down.

So he's listed to play qualifying??

Hey
He is not listed to play qualies. He has entered New Haven (which you can only enter main draw) but is like 50 spots out or something. There was a mark next to his name and the ranking of 165 which I assume is his protected ranking. Unless that was the ranking he had when the cut for NewHaven came out (6 weeks ago)
It'll be interesting to see if he his name will appear on the quali draw tomorrow night.

Ps, can't post a link as I saw a hard copy, but I will see if I can scan it..No copmuter wizard..Sorry

zizz
08-17-2007, 06:45 AM
Hey
He is not listed to play qualies. He has entered New Haven (which you can only enter main draw) but is like 50 spots out or something. There was a mark next to his name and the ranking of 165 which I assume is his protected ranking. Unless that was the ranking he had when the cut for NewHaven came out (6 weeks ago)
It'll be interesting to see if he his name will appear on the quali draw tomorrow night.

Ps, can't post a link as I saw a hard copy, but I will see if I can scan it..No copmuter wizard..Sorry

I am sorry but I made a mistake. The mark # next to his name doesn't indicate a protected ranking. The symbol @ does. So the 165 was his ranking 6 wks ago when the líst was released.

Sorry. My mistake.

Timbo
08-21-2007, 10:04 PM
I think it's becoming blatantly obvious that talk about a serious Poo comeback is largely being generated by his PR team and a physical trainer who still wants a job. I don't want to hear about him being "not ready" anymore...he's now officially "former pro Mark Philippoussis" in my book.

Xristos
08-22-2007, 02:59 PM
Any news?

aussie ace
08-24-2007, 12:18 PM
hey guys!

found some news but its not at all great...
i don't know if anyone has a myspace account but mark does, as this is his title on the page "2 WEEK BOAT TRIP IN THE MANTAWIS WITH THE REEF SURF TEAM, OH YEAH"...
so i'm going to be guessing no tennis for 2 weeks... hmmm... makes you wonder...

the_natural
08-30-2007, 02:12 AM
What happened to him being at 95% ??? wat was that like 2 months ago!? A joke really, gil doesnt lie but maybe phillipossis is making it difficult hes probably either gonna retire at the aussie open or at wimbledon. Pitiful just pitiful that they should make so much hype about the shape hes in then he cant even play bloody challengers.

flip_fan
08-30-2007, 04:58 AM
This year has turned into a joke, but i am expecting some definate news soon about what's going on and if he will be playing... will post as soon as i get the email.

the_natural
09-01-2007, 05:20 AM
Thanks man.... I guess its possible that he just hasnt wanted to play cos hes such a slow healer and that have to be sure hes 100% recovered and then even stronger in the legs and possibly lighter in the upper body than before. Also maybe they saw no point even trying to play on the hard courts this year (They probably didnt realise that the USTA has really sped the courts and balls up this year), cos they thought hed have to do more running and itd be too much work to try out at the uso since hed probably not be in good enough match playing shape to make the main draw.

Plus if he focusses on the post USO season he has an indoor season, any indoor courts, but the carpets in particular would keep running down to a bare minimum and possibly the reasoning was that he could just focus on his serve in those conditions and slowly build up confidence that way and string a few matches together, rather than playing against guys ranked in the 200s who do get his serve back and force him into rallies possibly injuring himself again??

Just a guess

flip_fan
09-01-2007, 05:56 AM
well the 2 weeks after the US Open would be the ideal time to return... the china open and mumbai draws are pretty weak, i dont know his exact protected ranking but if it's around the 100 he'd get in main draw.

No news yet, but it will come shortly.

But i can say i've seen some very recent photo's of mark and he has dropped a large amount of upper body mass. So he's definately in great condition, probably the leanest i've seen in some years. Sorry but i can't post them here.. pm me if you want a look.

Timbo
09-04-2007, 08:29 PM
This article tells you all you need to know about how seriously the Scud is taking his comeback. He'd rather wait til late October to play has-beens for a fat cheque than make a proper comeback against serious players. I used to be a huge fan of his...now it's like watching someone make a last grab for cash before slipping off the face of the earth. RIP Scud.

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Australia's Mark Philippoussis, a former US Open and Wimbledon runner-up, will make his return from right knee surgery and a US romance reality series at an over-30 series event, not on the ATP Tour.

The 30-year-old once known as "Scud" for his missile-like serves will play in a Champions Series event October 17-21 in Dallas with retired elite-level stars John McEnroe, Jim Courier and Mats Wilander to be among his rivals.

"It is going to be a special day for me when I finally step back on the court to play competitive tennis again," Philippoussis said.

"It has been quite an adventurous year so far for me and I'm thrilled that it will now feature me playing against some of the greatest names in tennis history."

flip_fan
09-04-2007, 11:45 PM
exactly tim.. what a piece of shit news this is.

After 9 months waiting this was the last thing i was expecting. i dont see how he could justify this "tournament" over playing a challenger or qualifying. This is a very SOFT move by Mark no doubt motivated by $$. He should be playing right now... why on earth he needs another month is beyond me.

i think i'm too pissed off to say any more at the moment.

flip_fan
09-05-2007, 09:11 AM
okay ive calmed down a bit now. Its still annoying that he's chosen that event to play... but hey if he turns up in Australia fit and healthy next year i'll be happy.

it's hard to understand what is going on at the moment so i guess we just have to wait and see what happens.

flip_fan
09-08-2007, 03:30 AM
This is the type of news ive been waiting for... at least it gives us some info on what is going on. Again it's all talk..positive talk, but still I will believe it all when i see it. I really dont like the fact his back has been a problem since July and its still not fully recovered. If anything his back has been the most persistant problem over the last couple of years. Unfortunately making a successful return to the tour might be wishful thinking.. but regardless of what he can achieve it would be nice if he can fight his wait back on tour and retire in a similar fashion to Tim Henman. Really - even if its just one match... to see Mark play close to the level we all know his capable of would be a treat.

Scud desperate to make up for lost time
September 8, 2007
Done with reality TV, Mark Philippoussis has declared his undying love for tennis and says he is desperate to play at next year's Australian Open.

Already he can hear the doubters, but Philippoussis pledged to make a full-scale comeback to the ATP Tour and said his appearance next month at an over-30s tournament in Texas was merely an opportunity to test his level after nine months out recovering from knee surgery.

"I would love to get back and join the boys on the tour," Philippoussis told AAP from his US base in Las Vegas.

"The biggest thing for me is I love the game and I miss the game. I just miss playing it. I just want to get out there and enjoy it."

Turning 31 in November, Philippoussis has not played since tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee at the Hopman Cup in Perth last December.

Since then, Australians have seen more of Philippoussis on the box starring in the American reality series Age of Love, where women in their 20s - known as the "kittens" - vied with a selection of 40-something "cougars" for the Scud's affection.

The one-time world No.8 has plunged to 457th in the rankings and when he slipped off to San Diego last month for four days with Tennessee cheerleader Amanda Salinas - the program's winner - any chance of a Philippoussis comeback appeared remote.

All things considered, Philippoussis admitted it wasn't unfair for cynics to doubt the seriousness of his latest comeback bid.

"No, it's certainly not unfair," he said.

"But you must understand that everyone has the right to think and say whatever they like and, to me, I know what I'd love to do is in my heart, in my mind and tennis is my life.

"If it wasn't for tennis, I wouldn't be who I am ... so I'm just looking forward to coming back and I believe in what I can do and that's the most important thing."

The former US Open and Wimbledon finalist claimed his appetite for the game was as stronger as ever and that he had sought assistance from Andre Agassi and the American's revered conditioner Gil Rayes in order to get back.

"I love the sport of tennis. I'm always watching it on TV and taping matches - I haven't done that before," Philippoussis said.

"I've been in Vegas out on the court with Andre now and again and in the gym with Gil.

"I've been trying to do everything I can to work hard."

Philippoussis will gauge his form against the likes of retired legends John McEnroe, 48, Mats Wilander, 43, and 37-year-old series promoter Jim Courier at the Stanford Championships in Dallas from October 17-21.

"It's going to be a bit of pressure on me. I can't be losing to these guys," he said.

"But, at the same time, I'm just going to have so much fun."

Philippoussis said he would have returned earlier to try to defend his title in Newport, but he had to turn down a wildcard invitation because of back issues.

"Trust me, even if I was 90 per cent I would've played," he said.

"The knee is 100 per cent and the back is pretty much 70 per cent, 75. Every day it keeps getting better and I have no doubt that in over a month it will be 100 per cent.

"What I'd love is to play a couple of small events until the end of the year and get some match fitness and then concentrate on getting back on the tour at the start of next year, hopefully at the Australian (Open)."

© 2007 AAP

OZTENNIS
09-23-2007, 10:44 PM
There's no way he should get a main draw wildcard for the Australian Open. If he's that determined to come back, make him play quallies

flip_fan
09-23-2007, 11:20 PM
i think he will have to play the aussie Wild Card play-off... although with luczak and chris now inside the 100 he still might get one. He'll also have a protected ranking so it will be interesting to see what that is, i would assume its about 112.

At this point in time Aus open is a long way off for Mark. Let's just see how he goes with the old folks next month and how many "small events" he plays before the end of the year.

OZTENNIS
09-24-2007, 09:54 PM
i think he will have to play the aussie Wild Card play-off... although with luczak and chris now inside the 100 he still might get one. He'll also have a protected ranking so it will be interesting to see what that is, i would assume its about 112.

At this point in time Aus open is a long way off for Mark. Let's just see how he goes with the old folks next month and how many "small events" he plays before the end of the year.

My guess is he'll play no 'small events' this year

flip_fan
10-01-2007, 10:18 PM
Was reported today in vegas that Mark is now fully recovered from all injuries.

Can't wait for Dallas!!!

flip_fan
10-08-2007, 10:34 PM
not long now.. and Mark is definately playing.

Can't believe it's 10 months since his last match... i'm expecting the older guys to give him heaps trash talk so the pressure will be on to win. He should win... i will be peeved if he doesn't, but still it will be nice to see him back on a court even if it is against seniors.

schedule:
Thu 18 @ 2pm: vs. Mats Wilander
Friday 19 @ 7pm: vs. Wayne Ferreira
Saturday 20 @ 3pm: vs. Todd Martin

some pics from Andre agassi's charity event on the weekend:
http://flipfans.net/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_77214213.jpg http://flipfans.net/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_77213553.jpg

http://flipfans.net/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_77215238.jpg http://flipfans.net/gallery/albums/userpics/normal_77214227.jpg

Eden
10-10-2007, 08:11 PM
Scud set for solo comeback
By Peta Hellard in Los Angeles
October 11, 2007

MARK Philippoussis is to make his tennis comeback alone next week without his personal cheerleader.
The Scud's reality TV romance with Tennessee cheerleader Amanda Salinas appears to have hit the rocks and the brunette is unlikely to be courtside when he competes at the Stanford Championships in Texas.
Philippoussis's agent Carlos Fleming has refused to comment for the past two weeks about whether the couple - who met on reality dating show Age of Love this year - were still together.
Mr Fleming, who works for international sports agency IMG World, would say only that Philippoussis was concentrating on tennis.
"Mark is focusing on his preparation," Mr Fleming said.
"His progress is coming along well."
Philippoussis, 30, suffered a knee injury during the Hopman Cup in Perth in January.
He emerged victorious from his first match against Dmitry Tursunov, but retired after he tore cartilage in his knee during a match against Jerome Haehnel.
The injury forced him to miss the Australian Open.
Philippoussis's surgeon Merv Cross had estimated a recovery period of four to six weeks after surgery in January but it has taken 10 months for him finally to make a comeback - after he took time out to film the reality show in which he had to choose between women in their 20s and 40s.
Philippoussis is to launch his comeback at the Stanford Championships in Dallas, where he will face top players aged 30 and over in a field that includes Jim Courier, Todd Martin, Wayne Ferreira and John McEnroe.
His first match is against Swede Mats Wilander on Thursday and he could meet Australian tennis great Pat Cash - a close friend - if both make it through to the finals of the round-robin tournament.
Philippoussis said this week that he was hoping to be back in form for the Australian Open in January.
"What I'd love to do is start playing a couple of small events at the end of the year, get match fit and concentrate on getting back next year - hopefully at the Australian Open."
"The most important thing for me is to take it day by day.

I've missed the game. I love the game.

"I would love to get back out there and enjoy myself."
Philippoussis, based in Las Vegas, said he had been training with Andre Agassi and would have returned to competition sooner but had problems with his back.
"I've been training non-stop since the surgery," he said.

Source: http://www.news.com.au/entertainment/story/0,23663,22563561-10229,00.html

the_natural
10-29-2007, 01:43 AM
Well he lost badly at the over 30s tour

azza
11-04-2007, 01:57 AM
results?

StevoTG
11-10-2007, 09:44 PM
results?

His results from four matches in four days were mixed with wins over Petr Korda and Todd Martin offset by a loss to Wayne Ferreira then the defeat by McEnroe, 6-4 6-4 in the third place play-off.


http://www.stuff.co.nz/4247785a10393.html