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flip_fan
12-27-2006, 11:04 PM
The new year is approaching and Mark is set to play Hopman cup and hopefully have a great year in 2007.

So far all things seem to be positive. Darren Cahill talked to the media and said he would be surprised if Mark doesnt work his way back into the top20. Mark has said he is feeling stronger and happier on court then he has been for a very long time. He also announced yesterday he seperated from Alexis after the US Open.

Mark will play Dmitry Tursunov on Saturday and pair up with Alicia Molik in th mixed doubles.

GO AUSSIES!!!!!!!!!

Sean.J.S.
12-28-2006, 02:58 AM
Well I'm going to Russia vs Australia on Saturday to I'll take lots of pics and maybe a few videos and post them on here ;)

flip_fan
12-28-2006, 04:29 AM
woo hoo! I hope you have a great time!

Looking forward to seeing the photo's :)

Xristos
12-29-2006, 04:01 AM
I cant wait! So Marks playing tomorow??

flip_fan
12-29-2006, 09:17 AM
Yes it's Australia vs Russia.

The ladies match starts 1pm AEST, then Mark vs Tursunov, then the mixed doubles. Should be an interesting clash. I think Mark has a good chance if he starts well and gets a decent amount of 1st serves in.

GO MARK!

Xristos
12-29-2006, 02:55 PM
So Mark should be on at say 3ish? Is it on the ABC?

flip_fan
12-29-2006, 08:42 PM
Hard to say.. it all depends on the womens match and i really have no idea how long that will take, or how close the match will be. I'd proabably say 2.30, or possibly earlier if its a blow-out scoreline and finishes in straight sets.

yes ABC live coverage at 1pm, Fox sports will have highlights at 6.30pm.

Xristos
12-30-2006, 03:08 AM
Well its 3:10 and Marks about to start in about 10 mins...

Xristos
12-30-2006, 03:09 AM
I heard this will be Marks outfit for the Australian summer..

Xristos
12-30-2006, 05:04 AM
Way to go Mark! Great start to the new season!!

flip_fan
12-30-2006, 05:38 AM
Great effort with mark.. he fought hard, moved pretty well and looks focussed!

Xristos
12-30-2006, 07:22 AM
So who does Aus face next? Frence?

Mark should/will beat that unknown French dude!

missbungle
12-30-2006, 10:03 PM
Well done Mark! Nice to see him attacking the net on a surface other than grass.

Xristos
01-02-2007, 12:16 PM
Fuck!! What can I say??
I was close to tears...after all the hard work he has done....

flip_fan
01-02-2007, 12:36 PM
xristos... i cant even begin to tell you how sad i feel for Mark.

He was utterly devestated on court and it looks to be quite a serious injury... very similar to the 99 wimbledon match against Sampras.

I think if it is serious it might be the last straw for Mark. His heart wants to play more then ever, but his body is telling him he cant.

Xristos
01-02-2007, 01:04 PM
So that means another kneww opp? Ohhh no...
Just when he looked fit this happens..

I hate tennis in soo many ways.

bad gambler
01-02-2007, 06:34 PM
f**ing injuries, how bad is Flip's luck

Hopefully he recovers quickly

missbungle
01-03-2007, 12:00 AM
Cruel :sad:

new-york
01-13-2007, 10:40 PM
i really hope he'll get well soon.

flip_fan
01-14-2007, 07:57 AM
Scud's rehab well on track
Adrian Proszenko
January 14, 2007

MARK Philippoussis's hopes of a speedy comeback received a boost with news he is at least two weeks ahead of schedule in his recovery from knee surgery.

The Scud tore the lateral meniscus cartilage in his right knee during his Hopman Cup match against Frenchman Jerome Haehnel and was expected to be out of action for at least six weeks.

However, orthopedic surgeon Merv Cross, who performed the lateral meniscectomy procedure on Philippoussis, said the former US Open and Wimbledon finalist could be back on court within a month.

"There's no swelling or anything, it's going extremely well," Cross said.

"He's now in the water doing some [rehab] work. I reckon he's about four weeks away [from being able to play]."

The improved prognosis means Philippoussis could be fit for the San Jose Open from February 12. He received a wildcard there last season.

Cross predicted Philippoussis would take a conservative approach to building his fitness under Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi's former fitness trainer.

flip_fan
01-14-2007, 08:00 AM
some new pics of Mark this week in Melbourne for the Aussie Millions Poker Championship

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/72994125-1.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/72960193-1.jpg

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/72994070.jpg

maria_t
01-16-2007, 12:56 AM
Mark was just on channel 7 and he is going to be working with them for the rest of the Aussie Open.

He had no crutches and looked really nice!!

L James
01-27-2007, 02:53 AM
Is Mark and Roddick very good friends? I'm seeing more photos of them hanging out recently

flip_fan
01-28-2007, 07:46 AM
I probably wouldn't say they are "very" good friends , but they have partied together a few times and seem to get along petty good.

Mark tends to get along with everyone. Safin, Haas, Hewitt, even Nalbandian has stayed at Marks house to train with him.

shotgun
02-03-2007, 10:38 PM
even Nalbandian has stayed at Marks house to train with him.

:lol: Probably their relationship has changed since their match in Buenos Aires in September, though.

Xristos
02-20-2007, 12:49 PM
Any new news guys?

swisstruffles
02-21-2007, 12:23 AM
yeah no news from me, its hard to find news when poo is always injured and not playing. whenever he seems to be playing again he just gets injured again. sorry for being so negative but thats the truth

flip_fan
02-21-2007, 09:16 AM
he's back in vegas training with Gil.

I would be surprised if we dont see him back on tour within the next 3 weeks. I wish he was playing next week in vegas - i doubt though. He needs to come back soon, every week his ranking is dropping.

Xristos
02-21-2007, 11:00 AM
Flip fan and word if he is in IW or Miami?

Wildcard maybe?

flip_fan
02-21-2007, 09:13 PM
no idea what mark's schedule plans are yet.

He might have to play qualifying to get into IW and Miami.. i think Marks run of WC's in the US are done. You never know, but i'd be surprised if he gets any.

Xristos
02-22-2007, 12:37 PM
Dang, ao no IW or Miami for Mark this year?

aussie ace
02-23-2007, 10:36 AM
hey ppls! new here! :wavey:

i'm a big fan of flip's, it sucks about the injury so much...
...the lack of news lately is so boring! i hope mark can score a wildcard into a tourney soon (unlikely though) so we can c him play!

anyway i found some random pictures on the net of mark over this ausssie summer... i was so bored and went searching! i'm not sure if i'm allowed to direct link sites to here? can you do that? :confused: if so i'll post them!!
thought i'd share some pictures due to the lack of news....u've probably seen them anyway!! lol

can someone help me out with the picture situation, as you can probably tell, i'm not bill gates when it comes to computers!

flip_fan
02-23-2007, 10:42 AM
hey aussie ace that would be sweet!

I'm pretty sure you can post the links.. if you show us where they are, i can upload the images seperately if you like.

Its extremely boring without mark playing, i really hope we see him back soon and he's able to stay healthy this year. He sounded so confident at the start of the year, and darren cahill was very optimistic about him returning to the top20.

aussie ace
02-23-2007, 10:57 AM
yeah i also have faith that mark can return to his best game...i think hopman cup showed us that he could do it....

well her r some addresses 4 some sites....hope u can find the pictures!!

mark partying with mates:
http://www.boondy.com.au/?p=8

an old 2004 photo...though it was cute
http://users.pandora.be/fleemke/

aussie millions tournament:
http://www.mediasearch.com.au/celebrity/article/crowncasino-2007pokerchallenge

nick's g christmas party
http://www.titomedia.com/site/show_gallery/1296

and if you go to http://www.boutique.net.au/
there's a few pictures in the fri and sat night sections in the photo gallery!

you've all probably seen half of them...but anyway i thought i'd share!
anyone else got random photos?

Xristos
02-23-2007, 12:03 PM
OMG I always go Boutique!
Next time I go Ill keeo an eye out for Mark and hopefully we can have a nice long chat.

flip_fan
02-24-2007, 02:24 AM
lol, ive seen them all. I havent been able to find any recent photos of mark, he's hiding in las vegas.

Happy Drunk:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/CIMG081120Small.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/CIMG081020Small.jpg

Poker player:
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/CROWN20POKER20JAN20200720-20rodd-1.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/CROWN20POKER20JAN20200720-20the20po.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/CROWN20POKER20JAN20200720-20roddick.jpg

flip_fan
02-24-2007, 02:28 AM
some random pics:

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/274512891_747697f6c8_o.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/DSC_0680.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/DSC_0710.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l155/flip-fan/IMG_1100b.jpg

.... i'll post more later to kill the boredom.

Xristos
02-24-2007, 02:33 AM
Is Mark back with Fila?
Also were those drunk pics taken in Las Vagas?

flip_fan
02-24-2007, 11:59 AM
no the Fila are old pics, and the drunk ones are from Boutique nightclub in january this year.

aussie ace
02-25-2007, 02:10 AM
that one of him with bernard is awesome!!
yeah, i reckon most ppl would have seen all of them!
he's a hard man to track down!

Xristos
02-25-2007, 02:38 AM
Dam I wish I saw him there. Maybe next time...

flip_fan
02-25-2007, 03:10 AM
Xristos im surprised you didnt know he was frequently there in january. It was in the melbourne papers all the time.

Next time during the Open you should go, because Safin was seen partying with mark.. also shannon elizabeth and Nick giannopoulos.

I hope mark surfaces soon. He's not playing in Vegas... this is so annoying having to wait!

Xristos
02-25-2007, 04:10 AM
I was there on 3 Thursdays in Jan. Thursday is the night where you go Boutique. So it was strange I didnt see him. Next time...

So are IW and Miami out of the question?

flip_fan
02-25-2007, 04:57 AM
i think Mark went fridays and saturdays.

not sure about IW and Miami... there's a very slim chance he'll get a WC for either.. so he'll have to play qualies and so far he is not on the list.

I think the best choice for Mark to make a return on the tour would be to play the Sunrise challenger. It's in florida on march 11-18, he should be fully fit by then.

http://www.sunrisetennis.com/home/homepage.php

Xristos
02-25-2007, 05:07 AM
Awesome, so slim chance he will play miami.

Is he ganna skip the clay season like last year and go straight to grass?

flip_fan
02-25-2007, 05:25 AM
I don't know.. i really dont see how he can skip all clay events.

He probably will, but i think he needs to try and play as many tournaments possible to get his ranking inside top100. He won't be given another WC for wimbledon so he'll need to get a pretty decent result between now and then.

Xristos
02-25-2007, 11:57 AM
Why wont he get a WC for Wimbly? I belive he can and should.

aussie ace
02-25-2007, 11:53 PM
i really hope he plays the clay season. just to get back in the swing of things... get back on the tour, get some matches under he's belt so he's fully equiped for wimbledon. I used to think he was doing the right thing by skipping it...but i'm not sure anymore.... after the last couple of years results...i know it's probably unfair to say that...but lets face it something different has to happen for improvement. i believe gil reyes is the best thing that's happened in years and with him i reckon the clay court season won't be so (bad/difficult) as the last couple of years.

....mark's mentioned in tommy's blog too....good blogs by the way!

Xristos
02-26-2007, 01:07 AM
FF any news mate?

flip_fan
02-26-2007, 09:03 AM
trust me xristos, if i knew where and what Mark was doing or planning i'd post it.

...we just have to wait...

Xristos
02-26-2007, 11:24 AM
Of course mate...

L James
03-05-2007, 10:36 AM
What's the latest?

flip_fan
03-05-2007, 08:33 PM
james i dont know and its starting to bug me... I don't blame mark for taking his time and making sure he is 100% fit, he really can't afford to get injured again this year.

I was hoping he would pop up on some qualifying lists, but so far nothing. He should be close to full fitness soon.

flip_fan
03-06-2007, 08:43 AM
lol, mark has gone from 132 to 123 in the rankings this week despite not playing a match this year... well done mark!

Xristos
03-08-2007, 01:28 PM
Good work Mark lol.

My mum tells me she spoke to Mark on Chapel st and said he was fully fit.

I wish I was there to ask him how he is going.

At least thats a good sign.

flip_fan
03-08-2007, 11:30 PM
when did your mum speak to mark??

do you mean she thought he looked fully fit... he was moving quite freely about 2 weeks after his operation. But he wasn't about to run or bike ride for several weeks.

sunrise is next week... i really hope mark pops up on the radar soon.

Xristos
03-10-2007, 01:30 AM
She spoke to him on Chapel afew weeks ago. He was with Nick G. I wish I was there. He was wearing a tank top and shorts and moveing freely which is great news.

Hope to see him on a couty soon.

the_natural
03-12-2007, 09:24 AM
Isnt clay easier on the knees? so wouldnt it be ok for mark to play a few low tier events, and cant mark go through qualifying for wimbledon?

Xristos
03-12-2007, 04:07 PM
I think Mark would get a WC into Wimbly..

flip_fan
03-13-2007, 08:27 AM
he wont unless he does well at queens.. he came very close to not getting one last year, but because he made it to the qtr finals at queens they buckled and gave him one.

I really dont want him to rely on a WC, its time he gets himself back on track and inside the top 100... only problem is he's not playing. He wont be playing sunrise, theres still a slim chance he'll appear in miami.. im so sick of waiting!

Xristos
03-15-2007, 06:29 AM
Yeah!

This is very hard.

aussie_fan311
03-20-2007, 03:42 AM
hey im new here on mtf... im a big fan of marks and i really hope he is 100% fit and healthy and most importantly motivated to play again... cant wait 4 him to be back on the tour again

flip_fan
03-20-2007, 09:26 AM
woo hoo another fan!!

the wait is very frustrating, i thought he'd be back by now... maybe he'll play a couple of challengers next month.

there's 2 US hardcourt challengers early april, but we will have to see.

Xristos
03-20-2007, 04:45 PM
Dam. This is hard..

CmonAussie
03-22-2007, 11:35 AM
I`m also waiting patiently for Scud`s return~~ hope it`s soon!... Playing challengers would be good for him!

flip_fan
03-22-2007, 01:02 PM
Reports today say Alan Jones (mega rich radio personality) is now marks manager. Mark has been with IMG for a long time, but Mark obviously wants someone who is close to him and has his best interests at heart. Alan has been a HUGE support for Mark over the years, defending him on his program when the Aussie press went to far. He also was instrumental in organising Mark's surgery this year.

Unfortunately it said Mark is only just resuming practice, but he has been working very hard in the gym with Gil reyes. I think Mark knows his body has to be 110% for any chance of a comeback. Who knows if this report is accurate, but it said Mark will return to the tour in a month.

... i was hoping early april for some US challengers, but at this stage it aeems late april.

bigcat
03-26-2007, 11:08 PM
so whats going on with mark and alexis? are they still a couple?

flip_fan
03-26-2007, 11:55 PM
no mark and alexis seperated after the US open last year. Mark has been linked with various women in the gossip pages, but it seems he's still single.

bigcat
03-27-2007, 01:26 AM
hmm interesting...does anyone know what she is up to? i hope mark makes it back up in the rankings.

the_natural
03-28-2007, 12:22 AM
Best wishes to him, things are gonna be difficult, I hope when we see him play again he will look very different, slimmer in the upper body, stronger in the lower body, fit and healthy, this could be his last year because of that body of his. I hope Gil and Andre are really pushin him hard

aussie ace
03-28-2007, 04:55 AM
this sucks!... anyone heard any news..anything?

i read today that he's in to play a challenger next month...but i'm not sure about the website which quoted it though... it looked a bit dodgy!

flip_fan
03-28-2007, 05:34 AM
i just read that too... mark might play bermuda april 16. He played last year. It's a clay event, so soft on the legs. Ive been checking entry lists and still no sign.

He should look like superman after all these months of nothing! lol, i too hope gil is working on that big frame. He's too big and heavy and he can't afford another serious injury.

the_natural
03-29-2007, 11:35 AM
Or any injury for that matter... do u really think mark has another chance at making a dent at wimbledon, he believes he will win 1 wimbledon one day but the courts are so slow and bounce much higher than they used to and it makes it easier for guys to return his serve and force him to move more, i just wonder. Plus like mark said, the rackets these days allow for weak guys to be on even grounds with the power players.

Xristos
03-29-2007, 04:38 PM
FF. I need a favor.. Do you have close ups of Marks Alexander the Great tat? Im getting a tat and I want to see Marks close up.

Thanks..

flip_fan
03-29-2007, 09:08 PM
Or any injury for that matter... do u really think mark has another chance at making a dent at wimbledon, he believes he will win 1 wimbledon one day but the courts are so slow and bounce much higher than they used to and it makes it easier for guys to return his serve and force him to move more, i just wonder. Plus like mark said, the rackets these days allow for weak guys to be on even grounds with the power players.

I'm not too sure about Mark winning Wimbledon, but he could still go deep if he gets a little luck with the draw. Radek Stepanek and Jonas Bjorkman made it to qtrs and semi's last year... that gives me hope for Mark's chances if he gets a decent draw.

The biggest concern for Mark right now is matchplay. He can not expect to miss half a year and do well at wimbledon. Time is ticking, his preparation for Wimbledon is the key.

flip_fan
03-29-2007, 09:19 PM
here you go xristos:

the old >>
http://img442.imageshack.us/img442/2922/fliptattooqi4.th.png (http://img442.imageshack.us/my.php?image=fliptattooqi4.png)

new addition >>
http://img387.imageshack.us/img387/1314/theagedec061bw4.th.jpg (http://img387.imageshack.us/my.php?image=theagedec061bw4.jpg)

flip_fan
04-02-2007, 06:48 AM
out of pure frustration i have emailed Alan Jones(mark's new manager) to try and find out when Mark will return to the tour.

val from scudzone got a reply a litttle while ago saying Mark was feeling postive and working hard with gil reyes... but we've heard this before, hopefully Alan will give us a little more detail this time.

flip_fan
04-04-2007, 10:49 AM
I got a reply from Alan and unfortunately its not the news i was hoping for... Mark has had a tough 3 months of rehab and only just started hitting on the tennis courts. But the good news is he says Mark's legs are strong and powerful... so i guess he's now 100% with the knee, but needs time to practice before playing a tournament.

...probably end of April is more realistic

aussie_fan
04-05-2007, 08:26 AM
I got a reply from Alan and unfortunately its not the news i was hoping for... Mark has had a tough 3 months of rehab and only just started hitting on the tennis courts. But the good news is he says Mark's legs are strong and powerful... so i guess he's now 100% with the knee, but needs time to practice before playing a tournament.

...probably end of April is more realistic

at least he's on the tennis court, that's a good sign, hope he get himself into some good form

OZTENNIS
04-05-2007, 08:54 PM
It must be so frustrating for him. He seems to finally take one step foward, before having to take another one or two steps back

aussie_fan311
04-14-2007, 10:40 AM
cant wait 2 have mark back on the tour

flip_fan
04-14-2007, 10:33 PM
yes... but it seems we have to keep waiting...and hoping....and wait some more...

Xristos
04-15-2007, 03:46 PM
So whats the deal? We will see him queens? Wimbly?

flip_fan
04-17-2007, 10:21 AM
i guess so chris... he's not on any tournament entry lists, so i guess he won't be playing this month.

i'm fucking frustrated - he doesn't have a manager, alan jones denied it last week so that explains why there is no official news on what he's doing. i was hoping he'd try and play a couple of clay tournaments to get some points and match play but i wouldnt be suprised if he skips it.

i just wish we got some definate news about his plans.

bad gambler
04-17-2007, 10:38 AM
Is Jones acting as some kind of adviser to Flip?

flip_fan
04-17-2007, 11:18 AM
Yeah, he's like a mentor for Mark...over the years they have definately formed a strong bond.

flip_fan
04-17-2007, 08:47 PM
OMG... FINALLY SOME GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :woohoo: :yippee: :banana:

Athens, Greece To Host Champions Series Tennis Event
NEW YORK, N.Y., April 17, 2007 - InsideOut Sports & Entertainment today announced that the Olympic Tennis Centre in Athens, Greece will host a new International Champions Series tennis tournament, May 17-20 in the first-ever international event on the champions' tennis circuit co-founded by Hall of Famer Jim Courier.

The marquee player of the star-studded round-robin field will be 14-time Grand Slam champion and Greek-American Pete Sampras, who will make his first ever trip to Greece for the event. Also headlining the field will be former US Open and Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, another standout player of Greek heritage who will be the first-ever current ATP singles player to play in an International Champions Series event. Other players in the field include Courier, former US Open and Australian Open finalist Todd Martin, 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, three-time French Open champion Mats Wilander and 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash. The eighth and final player in the field will be announced at a later date.

The Champions Cup - Athens will be the first Champions Series event to be played outside of North America. There are six events on the US based 2007 Outback Champions Series, a collection of tennis events featuring the greatest names in tennis age 30-and-over. Greek American businessman Constantine S. Macricostas, Chairman of the U.S.-based Photronics, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the man credited with bringing the event to Athens, will serve in the role of Tournament Chairman for the event.

"My family and I are pleased and proud to bring world class tennis back to Greece and to the outstanding Olympic tennis facility in Athens," said Macricostas. "With the encouragement and cooperation of the Greek government and InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, we are now in a position to host one of the finest tennis events in the world with many of the greatest Grand Slam champions and other top players to ever play the game. It will be an exciting tournament this year and for many years to come."

"This announcement is exciting on many different levels and marks a great day for InsideOut," said Jon Venison, co-founding partner of InsideOut Sports and Entertainment. "Establishing a foothold in the international market is a testament to the global appeal of these players and underscores the success of our Outback Champions Series in the USA. It's an honor for this tournament to be part of the legacy of the Greek Olympic venue and to help contribute to the continuation of high-profile sporting events being staged at the facilities constructed for the 2004 Games."

The 2007 Outback Champions Series kicked off March 7-11 in Naples, Fla.., at The Oliver Group Champions Cup where Wayne Ferreira of South Africa defeated Aaron Krickstein in the final. Other events on the 2007 Outback Champions Series include stops in Boston, Mass., Newport, R.I., Charlotte, N.C., Dallas, Texas and Houston, Texas.

Athens will be the second Champions Series event for Sampras, who will make his series debut at the Champions Cup - Boston to be held at the Agganis Arena in Boston, May 2-6.

"Playing in this event in Greece is going to be very exciting for me and something that I am really looking forward to," said Sampras. "I've never had the opportunity to travel to Greece, but this event will give me the chance to see the country, meet the people and allow me to play in a tournament with a different kind of pride as a Greek-American playing in the land of my heritage."

All Champions Series events feature eight-man round-robin match formats with the winner of each four-player division meeting in the title match while second place finishers in each division meet in the third-place match. To be eligible to compete on the Champions Series, players must have reached at least a Grand Slam singles final, been ranked in the top five in the world or played singles on a championship Davis Cup team.

The Champions Cup - Athens will also mark the Champions Series debut for both Krajicek and Philippoussis.

"We are very proud of the quality of tennis and the competitive nature on the Outback Champions Series and now with a current ATP player like Mark Philippoussis playing in Athens, the bar will be further raised as we go international," said Courier. "With golfers like Fred Funk and Craig Stadler competing on both the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour in golf, it will be interesting to see Mark Philippoussis do the same in tennis on the ATP Tour and Champions Series circuits. This is going to be a fascinating event on a lot of levels."

Players participating in Champions Cup - Athens will receive Champions Series ranking points leading to an overall 2007 year end #1 player. In 2006, Courier finished the year as the Champions Series year-end points champion, with tournament victories in Naples and Charlotte and third place finishes in both Boston and Houston. John McEnroe finished in second place in the year-end points standings, led by a runner-up finish in Boston and a third-place finish in Naples. Martin finished in third place in the 2007 points standings, with the tournament triumph in Boston being his best result.

flip_fan
04-18-2007, 05:35 AM
when it rains it pours... more good news on mark!!!

Scud returns with Sampras
MARK Philippoussis will make his long-awaited comeback to competitive tennis alongside Pete Sampras at a Champions Series event in Athens next month.

Philippoussis hasn't played since suffering another serious knee injury in Australia's Hopman Cup campaign in Perth in late December.

After turning 30 in November and dropping out of the world's top 100, there were fears for his Philippoussis's playing future. But the former Wimbledon and US Open finalist remains committed to making a full-scale return to the ATP Tour.

Although he will be the first "active'' ATP player to make an appearance in the Champions Series - a 30 and over circuit - Philippoussis is not yet ready to end his career on the seniors tour.

"What unfolded around Christmas was very unfortunate for Mark but he's been working hard on the court and the opportunity to play in Greece works well for him,'' Philippoussis's manager, Rob Aivatoglou, said today.

"It's a slow process back and it's all about getting on court and doing your best.''

The Las Vegas-based world No. 138 has been training casually with internationally-acclaimed Australian coach Darren Cahill, the former long-time mentor of Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi, and is considering playing some Challenger events in the US before heading to Greece.

No doubt Philippoussis will be eyeing Wimbledon in July but he will almost certainly need to qualify or seek a wildcard unless he can miraculously break back into the top 100 over the next 10 weeks.

"He doesn't want to get ahead of himself and start talking about what he's going to do,'' Aivatoglou said.

"We've just got to firstly make sure he's comfortable with his fitness on court.

"He'll continue working hard and we can evaluate his options.

"Playing in Greece is seen as a nice stepping stone and, given his ranking, it's an opportunity for him to see where he's at.''

Like 14-time grand slam champion Sampras, Philippoussis is of Greek heritage and the big Victorian was a big hit when he represented Australia at the Athens Olympics.

He can expect another warm reception when he returns for the May 17-20 Champions Series event.

Fellow Australian Pat Cash, Philippoussis's one-time coach and 1987 Wimbledon champion, will also play in Athens, as will ex-world No.1s Mats Wilander and Jim Courier, two-time grand slam runner-up Todd Martin and 1996 Wimbledon winner Richard Krajicek.

- AAP

flip_fan
04-18-2007, 05:45 AM
VERY interesting... mark's new manage is Rob Aivatoglou. Rob was lleyton hewitts manager but was sacked and this year investigated over fraud allegations by team hewitt - no charges have been laid.

oh well, at least now we should get some more regular updates. Hopefully he can play a few challengers early May before greece to try and get some ranking points.

Xristos
04-18-2007, 05:03 PM
Great news!!

Really want to go Athens to see that. I wish I was playing.

W!MBLEDON
04-23-2007, 03:15 PM
YES! GO MARK! :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

BTW Xristos, why is your MySpace profile in your signature when it's set to private? :lol: I copied and pasted into ye olde web browser and when I got the 'profile private blah blah blah' message, I just thought to myself 'Well, that was a stupid way to waste 10 seconds of my life...' :lol:

Xristos
05-01-2007, 08:34 AM
Yeah my bad. Its off private now. Take a look.

flip_fan
05-08-2007, 04:00 AM
Scud to skip clay season
Leo Schlink
May 08, 2007 12:00am

DAVIS Cup coach Darren Cahill has confirmed Mark Philippoussis will be an absentee from the European claycourt season.

Philippoussis, 30, has been sidelined since having knee surgery in Sydney in January.

The right-hander, now based in Las Vegas, is scheduled to resume in a veterans' exhibition in Athens in nine days.

However Cahill, who recently trained with Philippoussis in the US, said the Melburnian was poised to return to regular tour action.

"He won't play any of the clay, but sure, he'll be ready for the grass," Cahill said.

Philippoussis is likely to contest the Surbiton Challenger in London from June 4 before trying to win main-draw berths at Queen's Club and Wimbledon.

As Davis Cup coach, Cahill has worked with several leading Australian players this season, including Lleyton Hewitt.

Philippoussis will test his form against Mats Wilander, Richard Krajicek and Todd Martin at the Athens Olympic centre from May 17.

The event also features his former coach Pat Cash, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Emilio Sanchez.
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Finally... 1 more week until we see Mark in tennis clothes and on a court... it's been a long 4 months since we last saw any photos or footage of him!

Xristos
05-08-2007, 04:35 AM
Yeah great news!

Thanks my friend.

aussie_fan
05-08-2007, 07:30 AM
Woul of like to seen him give at least FO qualies just for the hell of it but it would of been too hard for him anyway.

Expected, hopefully comes back fit and playing some good tennis.

CmonAussie
05-08-2007, 04:04 PM
***
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Have Mark Scud & Pat Cash managed to patch up their differences yet???
>>
3-years ago the words between the two were pretty nasty~~ seemed liked their was real hatred but hopefully time has mellowed things..

If they`re still not on speaking terms then this week`s Greek Champions event could be awkward for them;><:

flip_fan
05-08-2007, 11:42 PM
Lucky for them they are in seperate groups in the draw.. i'd guess that wasn't just by coincidence!

lol, i still remember Pat Cash going on TV and saying how he wanted police protection from Mark! I don't think after all the years of grief Pats big mouth has given Mark and his family they would ever be friends again... or on good speaking terms, Mark would probably be polite in front of the camera's.

It makes an interesting event though!

Xristos
05-11-2007, 05:42 AM
Is Mark in Greece yet? Any pics?

flip_fan
05-11-2007, 05:59 AM
not yet, i will post them as soon as i find some. :)

the_natural
05-14-2007, 10:59 AM
Lucky for them they are in seperate groups in the draw.. i'd guess that wasn't just by coincidence!

lol, i still remember Pat Cash going on TV and saying how he wanted police protection from Mark! I don't think after all the years of grief Pats big mouth has given Mark and his family they would ever be friends again... or on good speaking terms, Mark would probably be polite in front of the camera's.

It makes an interesting event though!

Pat cash has such a big f!@#ing mouth, hes the only aussie along with leytonn who has a rep for bein a d!ck and is hated by the wide tennis community for his attitude on and off the court (and to think of how laver and rosewall and co were known for being such gentleman!)

I wonder why the article didnt mention that Pete would also be at that tourney and mark would play against him :confused: strange seein the history the 2 have (on the court that is, not in a negative way)

flip_fan
05-15-2007, 11:04 PM
well we wont get to see a showdown between Mark and Pat... Mark has pulled out of the event.

I shouldn't be surprised... it didnt make sense how he could fly off to greece for a week whilst in the middle of filming a tv show. It claims he has pulled out because of his knee, but just last week Mark was talking about how he's hiting 4 times a week during the show with Gavin Rossdale.

My gut tells me he's pulled out more because of conflicting schedules, then actual injury. If it turns out that he has done more damage to his knee - he should just call it a day... this is fucking ridiculous. (excuse language)

Xristos
05-17-2007, 06:44 AM
this is a joke. honestly.

the_natural
05-17-2007, 09:57 AM
well we wont get to see a showdown between Mark and Pat... Mark has pulled out of the event.

I shouldn't be surprised... it didnt make sense how he could fly off to greece for a week whilst in the middle of filming a tv show. It claims he has pulled out because of his knee, but just last week Mark was talking about how he's hiting 4 times a week during the show with Gavin Rossdale.

My gut tells me he's pulled out more because of conflicting schedules, then actual injury. If it turns out that he has done more damage to his knee - he should just call it a day... this is fucking ridiculous. (excuse language)

I dont know if it is about the tv show, cos one of the previews of the show gave information about wat happened like how conflicts arose when mark met the girls and they realised they were competing with each other for his love blah blah.

Well I guess i expected that it meant the show was taped and done but yeh hes probably half way through (i hope!!!) ur right if its injury just forget it, if its that fragile he wont have ne kind of chance at Wimbledon cos this isnt the early 90s nemore, the courts are too slow.

flip_fan
05-17-2007, 10:39 AM
In the articles last week it mentioned they have only filmed 3 episodes and sent 3 women home out of 13. Thats why i have to assume he's pulled out because of the show. It's disappointing... but i'm not THAT sad. Afterall it was a seniors event. It would've been nice to see him on a court, but i wasn't thrilled with him playing against the oldies just yet.

As long as he plays surbiton i will be happy.

flip_fan
05-20-2007, 02:48 AM
Mark interview on extra.. must say he's scrubbed up pretty good!

http://extratv.warnerbros.com/2007/05/meet_mark_philippoussis.html

OZTENNIS
05-20-2007, 07:20 AM
what an idiot he must be desperate!

flip_fan
05-20-2007, 09:18 AM
what an idiot he must be desperate!

This type of comment belongs in the general thread..you can bag him out all you like there, but please not here.

zizz
05-20-2007, 03:06 PM
This type of comment belongs in the general thread..you can bag him out all you like there, but please not here.

Maybe not so kind to bag a player in his fan forum. But you must admit that his career is taking a somewhat strange turn. Is he going to focus on his comeback or on being a general celebrity?? I think he should just hang up his racquet and be proud of what he did in the past. Can't see him going back to the challengers (he has pulled out of Surbiton by the way) and I really don't want to see him begging for WC.

Not bagging just honest truth. He needs to choose what to focus on.

flip_fan
05-21-2007, 02:24 AM
Although a dating show is not something i want mark to be associated with i can see why he is doing it. The past 3 years have been horrendous with injuries and when he did his knee in january the odds of making a full recovery weren't high.

Now we hear that there's still trouble with the knee, i think doing the show was a good idea. Tennis has given him nothing lately.. There's the chance he'll get more exposure and possible $$ opportunities from the 2 months when it goes air in the US, then he has in his whole career. Its a risk, the show could flop... but what else is he suppose to do?

I think after all Mark has been through he knows his teenis career is almost over, so he's now looking towards other things. For the past 10 years he has talked about an interest in acting, which i have found strange because he's been so distant with the media.. now he's letting cameras film his every move so maybe his focus has shifted off his tennis, can you blame him?

btw where did you read he pulled out of surbiton? every site ive looked still have him on the list.

flip_fan
05-21-2007, 02:34 AM
news just in from a source:

"Look, I have spoken to Mark. He hasn’t got another knee injury. But he’s won a role in a reality TV show. He’s training hard, playing hard and he’s in great shape. Nothing serious."

phew! lol, so after hearing this now i would be surpised if he's pulled out of surbiton. He wont "beg" for a WC, he didnt do it last year as he was prepared to play wimbledon qualies.. the officials gave it to him at the last minute after he made the qtr final at Queens. Mark will most likely play wimbledon qualifying this year.

zizz
05-21-2007, 08:34 AM
news just in from a source:

"Look, I have spoken to Mark. He hasn’t got another knee injury. But he’s won a role in a reality TV show. He’s training hard, playing hard and he’s in great shape. Nothing serious."

phew! lol, so after hearing this now i would be surpised if he's pulled out of surbiton. He wont "beg" for a WC, he didnt do it last year as he was prepared to play wimbledon qualies.. the officials gave it to him at the last minute after he made the qtr final at Queens. Mark will most likely play wimbledon qualifying this year.

I have a friend who works at the Suribiton challenger and has seen the list. He has definately pulled out!! His name is no longer on the list.

zizz
05-25-2007, 07:06 PM
Philippoussis comeback delayed


Melbourne, 25 May 2007
Tennis Australia

Mark Philippoussis looks like returning after Wimbledon.

Getty Images




Dual grand-slam finalist Mark Philippoussis has delayed his comeback until early July.

The decision, based on the advice of his trainer Gil Reyes, effectively means the Australian will miss the majority of the grass court season.

"He is only at about 95 percent fitness and Gil didn’t want him coming back anything short of 100 percent fit. He’s had such a rough trot with injuries we don’t want to take any risk of any further injuries," Philippoussis’ manager Rob Aivatoglou explained today.

The Newport grass court event follows Wimbledon. Philippoussis won it last year and tournament officials wrote to him on May 3 offering a wildcard for him to defend his title.

Mr Aivatoglou said that on May 4, Queens tournament officials wrote to Philippoussis offering him a wildcard to that event in the lead up to Wimbledon. He declined because he was unsure he would be at peak fitness for the event.

When it looked likely that he would be right to play, the Philippoussis camp later inquired about that wildcard, but it had been offered elsewhere.

"As it has turned out, he wouldn’t have been able to accept it anyway," Mr Aviatoglou said.

The Philippoussis camp anticipates he will play Newport and then tackle the United States hard court season in the lead up to the US Open.

L James
05-27-2007, 11:29 AM
Looks like Mark's career is just about done.

Moves into reality TV and Senior events just about confirms it.

the_natural
05-28-2007, 08:14 AM
Looks like Gil, Darren and Andre really want mark to focus on losing a bit more muscle from his upper body and getting those legs as strong as possible to make a good run at the USO, I think they are lookin to go out with a bang next year at Wimbledon after which I dont see him playing ever again with or without injuries. When he is 110% better he will use the latter half of the year to get back confidence improve his ranking and match fittness and then do some damage in australia but the main focus will revolve around a ivanisevic-esque run at SW19 2008

flip_fan
05-28-2007, 10:53 AM
well if the numbers are correct.. on atp site his weight is 226lbs(102kg). The other week on extraTV interview they listed his weight as 202lbs(91kg). Thats already a pretty big drop, if Mark can get between 88-91kg that should make a huge difference in his court speed and help prevent injury.

L James
06-02-2007, 03:24 AM
They were talking about this new reality TV show on the radio here today. Looks like Flip's profile is about to go up again! Unfortunately not because of his tennis. I have a feeling he is going to turn into one of these 'celebrities', like Kournikova. Perhaps we will see him on Celebrity Big Brother, Dancing with the Stars or something similar to this in the future.

flip_fan
06-02-2007, 05:26 AM
i doubt he will do another reality series, but i dont mind the idea of people getting to know him better. For a guy who's life has been talked about so much in the press, the public have never really got a good chance to see him for who is his. He was quoted in an article recently saying "Its a chance for people to get to know me". The press have labelled and stereotyped Mark his whole career so maybe he's a bit fed up.

Hopefully the show goes well, and he gets some support in the US when he does return in July. If for whatever reason he retires, he would be silly not to cash in on any 'celebrity' status he has and do exhibition/charity tennis like Kournikova.

flip_fan
06-05-2007, 11:00 PM
Philippoussis Will Defend Newport Title
International Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, RI - The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that Australian Mark Philippoussis, star of NBC's new reality dating series "Age of Love," will defend his title at the 2007 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 9-15 in Newport, Rhode Island. Played for the Van Alen Cup, the tournament is the only ATP event in North America played on grass.

Philippoussis will be making his third appearance on the legendary grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Sidelined since January after injuring his right knee during the Hopman Cup, Philippoussis has been training in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi's strength coach Gil Reyes, and has designated Newport as his comeback tournament.

Known for his serve and volley prowess and his success on grass, Philippoussis won the 2006 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships over American Justin Gimelstob. Throughout the entire week Philippoussis was unstoppable, winning every service game while shooting 64 aces in the tournament.

Since turning pro in 1994, Philippoussis has captured 11 career singles titles and in 2003 he finished the year with a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world. He was the runner-up at the 1998 US Open (to Patrick Rafter) and at Wimbledon in 2003 (to Roger Federer) and has also been a Wimbledon quarterfinalist three times (1998, 1999, 2000). In Davis Cup action, Philippoussis has been a member of the Australian Davis Cup team, competing in 13 ties with a 13-10 singles record. He was also a member of the winning Australian Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003.

Philippoussis will also be in the spotlight of NBC's upcoming reality dating series "Age of Love" premiering Monday, June 18 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). The new series features a timely, diverse twist on the reality dating show format, with the 30-year-old Philippoussis attempting to find love among women ranging in age from 21-48 in this unique reality series.

Tickets for the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships July 9-15 in Newport at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum can be ordered online at www.tennisfame.com or by calling 866-914-FAME. Tickets for Saturday's 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and semifinal matches are sold out. For more information, call 866-914-FAME.

the_natural
06-14-2007, 11:37 PM
Philippoussis Will Defend Newport Title
International Tennis Hall of Fame

NEWPORT, RI - The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that Australian Mark Philippoussis, star of NBC's new reality dating series "Age of Love," will defend his title at the 2007 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 9-15 in Newport, Rhode Island. Played for the Van Alen Cup, the tournament is the only ATP event in North America played on grass.

Philippoussis will be making his third appearance on the legendary grass courts at the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Sidelined since January after injuring his right knee during the Hopman Cup, Philippoussis has been training in Las Vegas with Andre Agassi's strength coach Gil Reyes, and has designated Newport as his comeback tournament.

Known for his serve and volley prowess and his success on grass, Philippoussis won the 2006 Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships over American Justin Gimelstob. Throughout the entire week Philippoussis was unstoppable, winning every service game while shooting 64 aces in the tournament.

Since turning pro in 1994, Philippoussis has captured 11 career singles titles and in 2003 he finished the year with a career-high ranking of No. 9 in the world. He was the runner-up at the 1998 US Open (to Patrick Rafter) and at Wimbledon in 2003 (to Roger Federer) and has also been a Wimbledon quarterfinalist three times (1998, 1999, 2000). In Davis Cup action, Philippoussis has been a member of the Australian Davis Cup team, competing in 13 ties with a 13-10 singles record. He was also a member of the winning Australian Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003.

Philippoussis will also be in the spotlight of NBC's upcoming reality dating series "Age of Love" premiering Monday, June 18 (9-10 p.m. ET/PT). The new series features a timely, diverse twist on the reality dating show format, with the 30-year-old Philippoussis attempting to find love among women ranging in age from 21-48 in this unique reality series.

Tickets for the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships July 9-15 in Newport at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum can be ordered online at www.tennisfame.com or by calling 866-914-FAME. Tickets for Saturday's 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and semifinal matches are sold out. For more information, call 866-914-FAME.

Hey dude wasnt there an article saying he wouldnt be 100% by then, not until the hard court season??? I thought he was only 95%??? Maybe those girls helped speed up his recovery hehe

flip_fan
06-15-2007, 09:16 AM
no the article said he was 100% not ready for wimbledon qualifying, but already offered a WC into Newport and most likely will make his return then.. makes sense, he will have points to defend so i hope for his ranking sake he is fit to play.

L James
06-17-2007, 07:44 AM
Nice to hear Flip is still playing ATP events. Although, we've heard that he will be playing in events in the past only to pull out with injury, so I'll wait and see on this one.

the_natural
06-19-2007, 04:57 AM
no the article said he was 100% not ready for wimbledon qualifying, but already offered a WC into Newport and most likely will make his return then.. makes sense, he will have points to defend so i hope for his ranking sake he is fit to play.

Dont worry Gil doesnt f@#$ around, if he says hes ready, remember he was 95% they wanted 100% before he returned, so in gils mind if hes 100% ready, hes 100% ready, the only thing that he will lack is match play for his state of mind on break points etc

flip_fan
06-19-2007, 05:22 AM
mark said in his blog today that he's in the gym 5 days a week strengthening the leg and is aiming to be ready for Newport. But he's not rushing back or playing if not 100%.

Xristos
06-19-2007, 05:28 AM
Good news...

baghdatis
06-19-2007, 08:35 AM
cmon Flip defend ur title!!

aussie_fan
07-08-2007, 09:11 AM
why isn't mark playing in queens? i haven't heard anything.

flip_fan
07-08-2007, 02:58 PM
he pulled out on friday.. he wasnt overly confident when asked about Newport a couple of weeks ago - he said he was aiming for Newport, but seem more confident for LA.

I dont know what's going on, he might already have a WC for LA, otherwise he's preparing to qualify.

aussie_fan
07-08-2007, 05:56 PM
i'm scared what his ranking is going to be after newport, it would be at best at around 300.

baghdatis
07-08-2007, 06:00 PM
Cmon flip you need a tourney or 2 before the open!

flip_fan
07-08-2007, 09:34 PM
i'm scared what his ranking is going to be after newport, it would be at best at around 300.

he should have a protected ranking of about 112 - he's been out over 6 months... otherwise he's screwed.

baghdatis
07-11-2007, 05:10 AM
He needs some wildcards! Come on Flip i Believe in you, you bludger that doesn't know how to use so much potential :(

L James
07-14-2007, 02:45 AM
So apparantly Scud was aiming for a US Open Series return? The time is nearly here, any news? Or has he retired to move into TV full time?

Matchu
07-14-2007, 03:17 AM
So apparantly Scud was aiming for a US Open Series return? The time is nearly here, any news? Or has he retired to move into TV full time?

Well the US Open series begins in LA and so far Mark has not pulled out of qualifying he should be seeded. I think he's got a good chance of qualifying and if he does he'll either play Robert Kendrick, Wesley Moodie or another qualifier. Hopefully he doesn't pull out otherwise I dont see him getting in many more ATP tournaments this could be his last real shot.

george
07-14-2007, 09:16 AM
Mark is working hard with Agasi. may be back for qualfing at montreal. watched this on other forum - scud central

hope is true.

george

Xristos
10-15-2007, 04:40 PM
Whats the latest?

Is he all done and dusted?

flip_fan
10-15-2007, 10:31 PM
...maybe... will be playing the champions series this week so it will be good to see what condition the body is in. he will be done if he gets another injury.

Matchu
10-18-2007, 01:03 PM
Well tommorow is the big day, Mark Philippoussis makes his return...... all I can say is please don't get injured.

flip_fan
10-18-2007, 09:43 PM
He was probably a mixture of nerves and rust but he came home strong against Petr Korda. 4-6, 6-4, 10-2(TB)

I will be happy if the score line gets easier with each match he plays. well done though... he's back on a tennis court and playing!

OZTENNIS
10-20-2007, 09:27 PM
:tape: lost a set to a 40 year old part timer

Matchu
10-21-2007, 03:18 AM
Well Mark has finished 2nd in Group B behind Wayne Fereira and will play the 3rd place finishing against probably John Mcenroe which should be interesting. Good to know that Mark beat the number 1 ranked Senior Todd Martin today 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.

flip_fan
10-21-2007, 06:56 AM
yeah.. from the interviews he's done i really don't think he's been hitting that much. Physically he looks good, but it's only been a couple of weeks max since he's completely gotten over his back injury. I would still like to see him play 2 challengers before the year ends.

He will request a WC for the Aussie Open but have a protected ranking for other events.. it really didn't sound like he had big expectations, just seeing how the body comes through this event... oh well i think at this stage just Mark playing tennis is a good thing, if he somehow gets into the position to play the Oz series and Australian Open would be a nice surprise.

OZTENNIS
10-21-2007, 08:16 PM
He so should not get a wildcard for the Australian Open...unless he won the wildcard playoff or a couple of challengers in the States (if he plays them at all). It would be a waste of a wildcard and it could go to a much more deserving player

flip_fan
10-21-2007, 10:43 PM
He won't be getting a WC without somehow proving his worth. If he doesnt play many(if any) challengers before christmas he will literally have to win the WC play-off.

At this point he shouldn't even he talking/thinking about the Australian Open.. he really does need a solid couple of months playing matches before contesting a slam. I am going to try and not get worked up over this. I am setting my expectations for Mark's "return" to tennis very low until he proves me wrong. I am glad his body has held up this weekend, but the results were eratic and he didn't seem to improve with each match.

the_natural
10-29-2007, 01:11 AM
Even if he were working round the clock with Gil and Andre hes got no hope, his layed back approach at this point in his career is pathetic. Even the quotes about working with Andre and Gil seemed a bit lazy like hed only been working when he had time. I think hes feeling a little bit of tightness or stiffness and then deciding not to go into the gym that day. Far out man and theres no way he should even ask for a wildcard, if he "doesnt like" playing qualies in aust then dont play it, Just retire now, all that bull$hit talk about Winning wimbledon once before he retires because hes Destined for it was just Talk on his part.

Enough feeling sorry for yourself and your situation man, i used to be a big fan and a big suppourter, but even with all the talent that mark has its just wont carry him anymore, Technology has moved past him, even if he was still 25 his naturally big serve and powerful groundies wouldnt look as big by comparison with the amount of spin and power that can be generated with the rackets and particularly the strings that have come along in the last few years. Talk all you want about Andres best tennis coming at 29+ But Andre trained like a monk.

Maybe im being a bit harsh on him because hes had the back problem, but can you blame me? Really??? Im gonna keep checking in here whenever i come on, i do enjoy hearing good news about him, but he just makes it so hard to give him a "thumbs up champ". I really hope he doesnt even apply for a wildcard, Just play the qualifying, get some honor back, although I dont know how likely it will be for him to even make it that far, he sounds so damn fragile, he hasnt played a match and is injuring his back, and his knee has taken so many months to heal, you would hope that he had spent all this time making himself into the most perfect athlete he could be...