Philippoussis injury not serious

12-07-2003, 10:20 AM
MELBOURNE, Dec 1 AAP - Mark Philippoussis' injury suffered during his heroics at the Davis Cup tennis final are unlikely to hurt his preparations for the Australian Open next month.

An MRI scan this afternoon confirmed Philippoussis had suffered a shoulder/chest muscle tear, but it was rated as low-grade.
He will now have his scheduled three-week break before consulting with his physiotherapist.

"I am relieved that it is not a long-term injury and won't upset my preparation for the forthcoming Australian summer circuit," Philippoussis said in a statement.

A Tennis Australia statement said Philippoussis had "widespread general soreness" in his pectoralis major muscle, but had been cleared "of serious injury requiring long-term rehabilitation".
Speaking at today's public reception for the victorious Australian team, Philippoussis said he had felt discomfort after the loss on Friday to Carlos Moya.

That left Australia tied at one game apiece with Spain and Philippoussis played Juan Carlos Ferraro yesterday with the home team leading two-one in the best-of-five final.

The injury worsened during the match, but Philippoussis stormed through the fifth set 6-0 to clinch the Cup. "I don't know what the deal with that was, I honestly don't know what happened, but I was glad it was 6-0," he said today of the final set.
Philippoussis was the focus of attention at today's reception and told the crowd his injured muscle was "actually three times the size of normal".

"It's not painful, not unless I touch it," he said.
"If I raise my arm above my head, it's a little painful.
"There's plenty of time for the Australian Open."
Philippoussis admitted feeling tired after last night's celebrations and said the Cup triumph was "all a bit of a blur".
His father Nick was in tears after yesterday's win and Philippoussis said at the time he had not realised the extent of his dad's emotion.
"I saw my dad in the locker room, I didn't realise how much he was crying until I saw him on the news - I didn't know what the deal was with that," he said.