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2010 News, Cheers, Photos thread

flip_fan
01-28-2010, 09:04 AM
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Long time, no posting but for a while Mark has been so unpredictable it's been frustrating to follow and support.

For the first time in YEARS I feel Mark is back on the right path. Where it leads in 2010 is anyone's guess, but I personally think it'll be a more positive and productive year for Mark.

He's expected to play Dallas starting February 1 -6. Below is a recent interview that gives a little insight to what he's been up to over the past few months. Everyone knows about his financial situation, his knee injuries and struggles with depression. I think a large part of his positive recovery over the past 6 month is to do with his fiancee Jennifer Esposito. Mark now seems to have more motivation and purpose to his life and he's looking so much fitter and healthier then he has in years. Jennifer is only a couple years older, but stunning, mature, and not in to the flashy celebrity lifestyle most of his past girlfriends have been drawn to. They rumoured to be getting married this year so that's a pretty big occasion for Mark.

Anyway Dallas will start shorty, will try to update here and my website as much as possible.

Location: Dallas, Texas
Type: $50K
Surface: Indoor Hard
Starting Date: February 1
2009 Champion: Ryan Sweeting [USA].

Tournament websites: http://www.tbarmtennis.com
http://www.frontrowtennis.com/
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How are you feeling?
To be honest, Iíve been training pretty hard the last five or six months, working to get my body back into shape. Not just for tennis, but for everyday living. Iíve started to get a lot stronger; lost some weight.

This is the best Iíve felt in probably three years. Iíve come a long way. I couldnít really do anything coming off of my last knee surgery other than rehab. But Iíve been training in San Diego, working on the strengthening of the knee and the rest of my body. I have a long way to go, but Iím feeling pretty good.

Each time youíve hurt your knee and came back, have you been able to play at 100 percent and not even think about the knee during a match, or is it always in the back of your mind?
After the first injury with my left knee, I worked hard on my strengthening and had a great year in 2003. I never thought about it at all; I just went out and played. But after I hurt my right knee in January, 2007, up until I had surgery, it never was the same. After the surgery, though, I feel itís fixed everything. Thereís been a lot of hard work to get the chance to get back out there and hit balls; working on strengthening six days a week and getting on the court five days a week.

I have to work as hard I can to get whatever I can out of my body. But sometimes the body says, Ďyou know what, dude? Iím doneí and it wonít give you anything more Ė no matter how badly you want it. Hopefully that wonít happen anytime soon.

At this stage of your career, whatís your ultimate goal? Is it realistic to think you could one day get back to the Top 10 and be a force in Grand Slam events, or are you aiming a lot lower?
Iím not thinking anything like that; Iím just trying to keep working to get, again, not just my legs, but my whole body strong. Iím feeling the best I have felt for a long time. Itíll be important to see where Iím at during the event in Dallas, to see how my body holds up.

This will be my first Tour event in more than three years; itíll be different, but itíll be exciting. I just have to see how my body feels and take it from there. Iím on the right path to give it another go Ė I feel very strongly about that.

What makes you feel more proud; getting into the Top 10 and appearing in two major finals, or helping Australia win two Davis Cups?
I feel like incredibly fortunate to have accomplished all of that. The matches that helped win it for Australia were huge for me, but also being able to play at a high level after being in a wheelchair and thinking my career was over was huge as well. That was a proud moment.

Where do you spend most of your time these days?
San Diego for the most part, but I also spend a lot of time in New York with my fiancťe.

Does it get kind of old bouncing back and forth across the country, or do you just get used to it?
Being on a plane five hours is nothing like going to Europe or Australia, so itís no big deal.

Iíve got to ask you the obligatory questions about the reality show. Did you enjoy it, and would you do it again?
I wouldnít do something like that again; definitely not. I didnít have as much fun as you would maybe imagine. It was very awkward, to be honest. It was an experience; Iíll put it that way.

Whatís the most nervous youíve ever been?
The morning of both the Davis Cup finals I remember not being able to eat breakfast. I could hardly function, I was so nervous. I was actually quite relaxed before the Grand Slam finals interestingly enough, considering the occasions.

The most nervous Iíve ever been, though, was when I participated in a celebrity surfing event in 2004. There were more than 3,000 people on the beach who were watching, and itís not my main sport.

Speaking of surfing, you had a pretty scary accident in 2008. What happened?
Yeah, I went out surfing one day and got smashed up against some rocks. I thought I was going to die, actually. It was pretty scary.

I rushed into some waves I shouldnít have, about 12 to 15 feet high, plus there were some really strong rip currents and it was high tide. That was a really bad combination. I was smashed up against the rocks in a little cove area and ended up being stranded for three hours. I had to wait until the tide came down to swim out of there. I was cut up some and bruised, but I was OK. I got really lucky.

Nobody knew where I was. A report went around that I was dead; missing at sea.

Fast forward a year from now. In the best-case scenario, where would you be with your game?
Thatís pretty simple. Back on tour, playing the game I fell in love with as a kid.

DartMarcus
01-28-2010, 04:26 PM
Go Mark! I have never lost my faith in him.

Countman
01-29-2010, 11:07 PM
Great news. Mark has always been one of my favourite players, I hope he won't have any knee problems anymore and why not seeing him at Wimbledon this year? I think they can give him a wild card if he is ok. Go, Scud! :)

Audacity
01-30-2010, 07:34 AM
Thanks for the article/interview flip_fan. I hope Mark can stay healthy and has a successful return this time.

L James
01-30-2010, 01:57 PM
Yessssssssss

Welcome back, Mark :yeah:

L James
01-30-2010, 02:04 PM
Melbourne, August 17 (ANI): Mark Philippoussis’ ex-girlfriend has spilt the beans about the Aussie tennis player, tagging him as aloof and shocking with money.

Cheerleader Amanda Salinas, who dated the player for five months, revealed Philippoussis’ wild spending habits, his poor work ethic, and his love rat ways.

“He just didn’t think things through,” the Herald Sun quoted Salinas as saying.

The 28-year-old, from Tennessee, said that the Scud bought a truck and got an expensive lease in Las Vegas so that he could live by the beach and surf.

Salinas continued that the 32-year-old, who confessed facing financial collapse this year, could not do his own laundry.

She further claimed that the star barely visited her while they were together, saying he had to train, adding he would spend his time watching movies instead of training.

Salinas said: “He was supposed to be training but he didn’t train a day that I knew him. He seemed aloof.” (ANI)



Hopefully things have changed for the better now

Hewitt2010
01-31-2010, 01:57 AM
Mark will play Michael Yani in the first round of Dallas. Yani is the fifth seed so hopefully he can do well even if he dosent win but good luck. Another aussie in the main draw is second seed Carsten Ball who is capable to go on to win the tournament. C'mon aussies show them stupid dumb ass yanks how to play tennis.

flip_fan
01-31-2010, 07:02 AM
Another recent interview:

Mark has been interviewed by star-telegram:

The last time you were here, you were playing in the Champions Series event. At that time, you were trying to work your way back onto the Tour. Is that still the plan? Well, that would be the ultimate plan. Iím a long way away from that happening, but thatís what Iím working toward.

Youíve been competing in Masters events, and reports are that youíve dropped some weight. Where do you think your game is at this point? Yes, I have been having a lot of fun in the Masters events. Training has been great and intense, and yes, I am a lot lighter now than when I used to play. Iím weighing 206 pounds compared to 214 pounds back in 2003, when I had one of my best years on the tour.

How are the knees holding up? How many knee surgeries has it been ó five? Well, Iíve actually had six knee surgeries ó three on each knee. They are feeling great. I have come a long way and my strength is building every day.

Have you watched much of the Australian Open? Whoís the man to beat? Yes, I have been watching a lot of tennis in the past couple of years and have been enjoying watching the Australian Open. Besides Federer I think [Andy] Murray is the one to beat. Heís my pick.

Did you give any thought about entering the wild-card tournament for the Aussie Open? No, I was nowhere near ready to think about anything like that.

What are your thoughts about the quality of tennis being played today both on the Challenger circuit and on the ATP Tour? The depth in menís tennis is great. There are no easy matches out there on the tour or at the challenger level.

What do you have to do to compete against guys who are 10-12 years younger than you? Itís all physical for me. The hitting part was never the problem. I have to be as physically fit and strong as I am capable of being.

Taylor Dent has recently been making a comeback from a back injury. While your injuries are different, can you describe how tough it is to get back to that level? He has done a great job in coming back from his injury. Heís a great guy, so Iím happy to see him back. The toughest thing about coming back from injuries is the mental side ó waking up and pushing yourself to keep fighting and staying positive.

Of course, since your reality series a few years ago, people are always interested in your love life. Anything to report on that front? Yes, I am very happily engaged to an amazing woman, Jennifer Esposito [an actress whose credits include roles on Rescue Me and Samantha Who?]

Do you have any other projects, outside of tennis, in the works? I do actually have one. Iím keeping it a secret for now but will let you know when itís time.

Matchu
02-01-2010, 04:38 AM
Wow I can't believe Mark is actually back, Yani has been struggling a little bit so far this year so maybe Mark has a chance. I really hope he wins at least one match I would love to see Mark with an ATP ranking once again. Does anyone know where Mark plays after Dallas?

Audacity
02-01-2010, 05:54 AM
I think Mark is fully capable of beating some challenger-level players, I just hope he is truly ready this time - fitness wise. It would be a shame to see him injury one of his knees again, hopefully he can end his career on his own accord.

pablo2k1
02-01-2010, 11:53 AM
Good to hear he's realised that the key is getting in good shape and he's now lighter than ever. Also good to hear talk of being realistic there (e.g. returning to Tour full time more of a big picture goal than a short term one and saying he was no where near ready for the AO Wildcard playoffs). Could Mark have finally turned the corner? :eek:

flip_fan
02-03-2010, 07:04 AM
Mark lost to yani 6-4, 6-4 .. i watched the match and will give my full report a little later... of course expect the positives and negatives!

Main positive... he looks so much healthier... slimmed down heaps, is back in the fila gear with headband, long hair... and he's shaved off the beard.

flip_fan
02-03-2010, 09:29 AM
ok so here's my honest opinion/report from today:

Mark lost to 5th seed Michael Yani 6-4, 6-4. I got to watch the match and here is my full report on the match.

Positives:

1. He looked great. You can definitely see he's been training, because he's lost over 10 kilos.. you can see it in his figure and face. Speaking of the face... ladies the beard is gone and the long curls are back! It was a flash back to the early years seeing Mark dressed in Fila, with the bandana holding back the hair.

2. Glimpses of the past... Mark served 12 aces in 2 sets, it was great to see and even the commentators were happy to see the big booming serve back. On several occasions he serve/volleyed.. it was refreshing tactic and on other points we saw the big forehand unleash some impressive winners.

3. He was there... it's been so long since we've seen Mark on the professional tour and he's had to overcome some obstacles to get back out there.

Concerns:

1. Footwork. As healthy and lean Mark appears to be, the legs still don't look as strong and built up as they did in 2003. It may be due to a mixture of things... the match started at 10pm, and he didn't really appear to be giving it 100%. Mark may still be cautious pushing off in certain directions, but it was obvious to anyone watching his movement is only about 65% where it needs to be. Of all the things, his footwork is was concerns me the most. The players these days are both offensive and defensive... they can hit hard and run hard. Back when Mark was bursting on the scene it was different. You were either a big hitter or a great retriever. From what I saw today I don't feel Mark has done enough work to build up his legs and improve his court movement/agility. If he wants to seriously attempt more challengers I still think he needs at least a solid month off with a professional trainer working on his leg strength and foot speed.

2. Match Fitness. It's a hard one to achieve because you only get match fitness by playing lots of matches. But as I said in above point I don't think he's physically ready to be playing pro matches.

3. Why is he doing this? As wonderful as it was to see Mark back in his tennis clothes and playing... it wasn't the same Mark. We got to see glimpses of his natural ability, but overall he looked like a person who hasn't played much tennis and is still struggling severely with his movement. Which begs the question... at his age (33) and his injuries (6 knee operations) why is there still a feeling he needs to do this?

If I was family or a close friend I would be wholeheartedly encouraging Mark to peruse something new and move on to the next stage of his career. In a recent interview he mentions he's got a side project he's working on. In the past he's talked about fashion and starting his own label, also last year there was a mention he's designing sandals.. whatever it is I think he should be switching his focus.

Mark is at a great stage of his life. He's engaged to a fabulous woman, and no doubt if Mark and Jennifer make it down the isle this year babies will shortly follow. I don't think physically he can compete with the modern game. His body simply won't allow it. The only possible success on the main tour would be if he still trained hard but started to play doubles. It would be much more satisfying seeing Mark claim a Wimbledon doubles trophy, then struggle to win a singles Challenger event. Or simply just play on the Champions tour. I really would've liked to see some consistent and dominating results on the seniors tour before Mark decided to play a challenger.

Overall after today I am not convinced this is the best option for Mark to be pursuing. He's such a good looking and nice guy who should be utilising all his strengths and attributes to start a new career path. I know this sounds a little doom and gloom.. which is a little unfair because I am solely basing this on his performance today.. which was his 1st tour match in 3 years, late at night and against an unknown player. He can obviously improve greatly... but in the long term scheme of things I would still rather see him move on to peruse something new.

We will now brace for the negative press tomorrow... who won't take into account all the factors and just brand him dud scud. But Mark should be proud... he's worked hard to get back on a court in that shape, it's just a shame it's taken so long to achieve.

Mimi
02-03-2010, 10:34 AM
:tears::sobbing: poor Mark, suffered from so many injuries, I wish him the best of luck for the coming years:inlove::bigclap:

pablo2k1
02-03-2010, 11:31 AM
ok so here's my honest opinion/report from today:

Mark lost to 5th seed Michael Yani 6-4, 6-4. I got to watch the match and here is my full report on the match.

Positives:

1. He looked great. You can definitely see he's been training, because he's lost over 10 kilos.. you can see it in his figure and face. Speaking of the face... ladies the beard is gone and the long curls are back! It was a flash back to the early years seeing Mark dressed in Fila, with the bandana holding back the hair.

2. Glimpses of the past... Mark served 12 aces in 2 sets, it was great to see and even the commentators were happy to see the big booming serve back. On several occasions he serve/volleyed.. it was refreshing tactic and on other points we saw the big forehand unleash some impressive winners.

3. He was there... it's been so long since we've seen Mark on the professional tour and he's had to overcome some obstacles to get back out there.

Concerns:

1. Footwork. As healthy and lean Mark appears to be, the legs still don't look as strong and built up as they did in 2003. It may be due to a mixture of things... the match started at 10pm, and he didn't really appear to be giving it 100%. Mark may still be cautious pushing off in certain directions, but it was obvious to anyone watching his movement is only about 65% where it needs to be. Of all the things, his footwork is was concerns me the most. The players these days are both offensive and defensive... they can hit hard and run hard. Back when Mark was bursting on the scene it was different. You were either a big hitter or a great retriever. From what I saw today I don't feel Mark has done enough work to build up his legs and improve his court movement/agility. If he wants to seriously attempt more challengers I still think he needs at least a solid month off with a professional trainer working on his leg strength and foot speed.

2. Match Fitness. It's a hard one to achieve because you only get match fitness by playing lots of matches. But as I said in above point I don't think he's physically ready to be playing pro matches.

3. Why is he doing this? As wonderful as it was to see Mark back in his tennis clothes and playing... it wasn't the same Mark. We got to see glimpses of his natural ability, but overall he looked like a person who hasn't played much tennis and is still struggling severely with his movement. Which begs the question... at his age (33) and his injuries (6 knee operations) why is there still a feeling he needs to do this?

If I was family or a close friend I would be wholeheartedly encouraging Mark to peruse something new and move on to the next stage of his career. In a recent interview he mentions he's got a side project he's working on. In the past he's talked about fashion and starting his own label, also last year there was a mention he's designing sandals.. whatever it is I think he should be switching his focus.

Mark is at a great stage of his life. He's engaged to a fabulous woman, and no doubt if Mark and Jennifer make it down the isle this year babies will shortly follow. I don't think physically he can compete with the modern game. His body simply won't allow it. The only possible success on the main tour would be if he still trained hard but started to play doubles. It would be much more satisfying seeing Mark claim a Wimbledon doubles trophy, then struggle to win a singles Challenger event. Or simply just play on the Champions tour. I really would've liked to see some consistent and dominating results on the seniors tour before Mark decided to play a challenger.

Overall after today I am not convinced this is the best option for Mark to be pursuing. He's such a good looking and nice guy who should be utilising all his strengths and attributes to start a new career path. I know this sounds a little doom and gloom.. which is a little unfair because I am solely basing this on his performance today.. which was his 1st tour match in 3 years, late at night and against an unknown player. He can obviously improve greatly... but in the long term scheme of things I would still rather see him move on to peruse something new.

We will now brace for the negative press tomorrow... who won't take into account all the factors and just brand him dud scud. But Mark should be proud... he's worked hard to get back on a court in that shape, it's just a shame it's taken so long to achieve.

It's only one match. Let's give it some more time before declaring that he should be taking a different path.

flip_fan
02-03-2010, 11:49 AM
I know its only one match... but the way he was moving... it really wasn't a good sign, did you watch the match pablo? . It's not like we are talking about a player like joachim johansson who has youth on his side. Mark has been battling for years... it's just at his age to have any chance on any level tour he'll have to be supremely fit.

Mark said so himself.."it doesn't matter how good you hit the ball, if you can't get to it there's no point"

sorry to be negative but I cant help question the point in all of this after seeing how restrictive his movement is... it's been quite a while since Ive seen mark play a proper match.. i hadn't really heard good things about his champions tour matches... and despite the positives i saw today... i'm just really concerned he'll get another injury trying to push his limits.

but yeah it's one match.. of course he can improve....but i'm going to be honest with what i see.

Baghdatis#1
02-03-2010, 09:21 PM
Good try, Mark! ;)

Countman
02-03-2010, 09:43 PM
If Mark wants to play, let him play. He has the right to finish his career the way he wants... And I don't think this is such a bad result, actually. I mean, it was his first serious match after what, 2-3 years absence, and today there are no weak players in the men's game. Look at my compatriot, Grigor Dimitrov, last year he defeated Berdych and pushed to the limit Rafa, many people said that he is the new Federer and now he loses in the same tournament to a player ranked nearly 70 places below Yani, so no shame in Mark's loss in my opinion. Somebody knows which will be his next tournament?

flip_fan
02-03-2010, 11:26 PM
If Mark wants to play, he will regardless of what others think... and the result isn't terrible i am not saying that at all. It was a very respectable scoreline considering the circumstances.

My comments are purely based on his fitness and movement. He's obviously lacking heaps of match play and his timing was off which is understandable and expected.. but he really couldn't push off or recover well in any direction.

No word yet on his next event, will post if it's announced.

pablo2k1
02-04-2010, 11:42 AM
Any pics from the match, anyone?

flip_fan
02-13-2010, 08:11 AM
**sorry but I've had to remove the photo of Mark and Jennifer at NY fashion week, it's being sold to media.. so once it appears in the press i can re-upload**

Mark is confirmed to play Rio and Boston champions events:

Rio champions Cup
March 12-14,
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Staples Champions Cup
April 29- May 5
Boston, MA

flip_fan
02-21-2010, 10:05 PM
New vid of Mark and Jim Courier preparing for RIO :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=62-8jdHw7kI

n8
02-25-2010, 08:40 AM
Even (radio talk show hoasts) Hamish and Andy today paid out Philippoussis's chances of making a tennis comeback.

flip_fan
03-13-2010, 05:15 AM
Mark is in Brazil right now playing the RIO champions event. He's won his first match against Pioline 7-5,6-3 and will play Mats Wilander.. really hoping he doesn't party too hard with Marat, so he can make his first champions final.

here are a few photos..

flip_fan
03-13-2010, 05:19 AM
more..

flip_fan
03-13-2010, 05:21 AM
If anyone can get this video working let me know... i can't seem to get it going on either PC or Mac... annoying!

http://espnbrasil.terra.com.br/tenis/video/108283_VIDEO+NO+BRASIL+PHILIPPOUSSIS+MOSTRA+HABILI DADE+NO+SURFE

flip_fan
03-13-2010, 08:21 AM
Funny video - Mark, Pioline and courier
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Dmitry Verdasco
03-31-2010, 12:03 PM
Oh he's still trying to comeback? How tragic. :sad:

flip_fan
04-07-2010, 11:34 AM
more video:

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Audacity
05-01-2010, 09:03 AM
http://www.nesn.com/2010/04/mark-philippoussis-sees-champions-cup-as-ideal-situation.html

Mark Philippoussis Sees Champions Cup as Ideal Situation to Make Return

Being in the spotlight is part of being a professional athlete. As someone who's played professional tennis since 1994, Mark Philippoussis is all too familiar with that credo.

"It's one of those things you have to accept, because being an athlete in the public eye, you just have to understand it comes with the territory," he said. "It's just there."

A tennis pro like Philippoussis, now 33, would like to be known for reaching his first Grand Slam final in 1998, or for giving Australia its 27th Davis Cup victory in 1999, or for making a comeback in 2003 after three knee operations and beating Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero to secure another Davis Cup title.

But these days, more people may recognize him for his brief tenure on the NBC reality show Age of Love in 2007.

"If you asked me if I'd do it again," Philippoussis said with a laugh, "absolutely no."

The show starred the tennis star in a Bachelor-type setting, in which a group of women ranging from 20 years old (the "kittens") to over 40 years old (the "cougars") competed for his affection.
"I was training and I had surgery, and I couldn't really play at the time," Philippoussis said.

"I really had no idea what it was about. I just did it -- it was just one of those things that was a fun experience. I couldn't do any training because of my knee surgery, so it was just the right time to do something like that.

"It's another experience, I think, to add to my life. Something to tell the kids never to do."

Now, Philippoussis is focused on the tennis again -- which brings him to Boston this week.
Philippoussis will join tennis legends such as John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg in the Staples Champions Cup at Boston University's Agganis Arena from Thursday, April 29, through Sunday, May 2. The Champions Cup features a single-elimination tournament format, and Philippoussis is slated to face 1992 Olympic silver medalist Wayne Ferreira in the first round.

It's the perfect situation, in Philippoussis' eyes: A lot of fun and not a lot of pressure, but just enough to spark the necessary competitive edge.

"It's something I was happy to be invited along to," Philippoussis said. "It's going to be a great weekend, and it’s an amazing group of players.

"I love getting on the court. I'm loving my training and hitting the ball, and I'm looking forward to getting on the court with these guys and having fun."

The tournament features an exciting field of eight tennis greats, but among them, Philippoussis is most excited about the opportunity to play alongside -- perhaps even against -- six-time French Open champion and five-time Wimbledon champion Borg.

"When I was a kid, I used to watch these guys on TV," he said. "I've watched [Borg] play, and the great thing about [this tournament] is that it’s pretty laid-back and it's a lot of fun. … It's going to be exciting, and it's definitely something I'm looking forward to."

Just because Philippoussis expects the tournament to be fun and laid-back, don't expect his focus to stray from the primary task: competing.

"Number one, I want to go out there and enjoy myself," he said. "But absolutely, I'm coming in competitive. I'm a competitive person, and for me, my goal is just to keep working on strengthening my body and working on the game."

Though the game of tennis has changed considerably since Philippoussis stormed the scene as a teenager in 1994, as time has progressed, he has been able to adjust his strategies and mechanics to fit the new mold.

"The game has gotten a lot more physical," he said. "When I first got on the tour, everything was so quick -- the balls, the court -- it was just a different game. Now courts are slower, balls are slower. … The game has literally become a lot more physical because of that."

Above all, Philippoussis feels fortunate to still be a part of the game he loves, the game he dreamed of starring in when he started training with his dad at the age of 6. And though learning to deal with the intense media scrutiny that accompanied his tennis career was a challenge that could have rivaled any Davis Cup match, it was a challenge he learned to cope with over time.

"At the start [of my career], I took everything personally, and I was so angry [about negative media attention]," Philippoussis said. "Honestly, 80 percent of [what people said] was untrue, so as a younger person, you think, 'Why?' You have so much anger, but as far as living life and understanding it, unfortunately, you can never control it.

"You have to live your life, but at the same time, you have to understand that your life is under the microscope, and the things you do will be under the microscope."

Now, more than ever, life as a professional athlete comes with a fine-print agreement that ties you to a life of scrutiny. As far as Philippoussis is concerned, though, it's worth it.

"It's just about appreciating the important things in life," Philippoussis said. "It's about appreciating how lucky I am as a person who's made his dreams come true of being a professional tennis player.

"It's so easy to take things for granted. … Most importantly, I just want to keep enjoying what I'm doing."

Matchu
05-20-2010, 03:06 AM
Mark actually won the champions series in Boston, went undefeated. Good sign I guess, hopefully he gets a wildcard into some up coming American challengers. He needs an ATP ranking, although I think he may actually still have that protected ranking but I'm not sure.

:haha: mark is winning the 2010 champions series overall.

Audacity
05-21-2010, 10:02 AM
Mark actually won the champions series in Boston, went undefeated. Good sign I guess, hopefully he gets a wildcard into some up coming American challengers. He needs an ATP ranking, although I think he may actually still have that protected ranking but I'm not sure.

:haha: mark is winning the 2010 champions series overall.

He has a protected ranking of 119 and has 6 uses left. I think he should enter an American Challenger soon, he seems to be in reasonable form, on the champions tour atleast.

Hewitt2010
05-22-2010, 02:14 PM
Where did you see this result about Mark winning i just want to see who he played and what the scores were in his matches.

Daniel.
05-22-2010, 03:14 PM
Agreed.
I joined just to ask what were his scores? It mentions nothing of this tournament on the Champions website...

flip_fan
05-24-2010, 05:15 AM
My website: http://flipfans.blogspot.com/

Photos: http://picasaweb.google.com/flipfan01/TennisTournaments2010#

Champions website: http://www.championsseriestennis.com/

Boston results :http://www.championsseriestennis.com/boston2010/schedule_results.php

Quarterfinal - Mark Philippoussis def. Wayne Ferreira 6-3 6-2

Semifinal Match 1 - Philippoussis def. Courier 4-6 7-6 (5) 10-7

Championship Final - Philippoussis def. McEnroe 6-3 4-6 10-5 (TB)

some details about the final:
BOSTON, May 2, 2010 – Mark Philippoussis staved off John McEnroe 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 (Champions Tie-breaker) Sunday to win the $150,000 Staples Champions Cup for his first career title on the Champions Series circuit, the global tennis circuit for champion tennis players age 30 and over.

Phillippoussis, 33, earned $60,000 for the title as well as 800 ranking points to become the new Champions Series points leader for 2010.

Philippoussis cruised to a 5-0 lead out of the gate before McEnroe was able to get on the scoreboard. After McEnroe threatened to make the first set competitive by winning three games in a row, Philippoussis served out the set on his second opportunity. McEnroe jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the second set, showing the spirit and fire that carried him into his fifth decade of competitive tennis. Philippoussis hung tough and connected on some blazing groundstroke winners – mixed with a few untimely McEnroe unforced errors – to break back in the seventh game of the second set. After each player then held their serve, McEnroe broke Philippoussis to win the second set 6-4, punctuated with a forehand volley winner, followed by a forceful fist-pump and scream of approval.

In the Champions Tie-breaker – a first-to-10-point tie-breaker played in lieu of a third set – Philippoussis proved to be too strong for the man 17 years his senior, hitting four aces, three groundstroke winners and winning six of the last seven points to close out the title.

“I knew I had to play some good tennis today,” said Philippoussis, who lost to Roger Federer in the 2003 Wimbledon final. “I wanted to play good tennis for myself more than anything. I came out good with an early break and things started to go my way. At 5-0, I had some set points and at 5-2, he started coming back and playing better and better. I think once he got into the match it got dangerous for me.”

Philippoussis, who was two years old when McEnroe won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 U.S. Open, has been struggling with knee injuries over the last few years. He has undergone six knee surgeries - three on the right knee and three on the left – and is finally beginning to feel at full strength.

“This is about going out there and having fun and building strength on my body and my knee,” said Philippoussis. “This is about getting matches and getting on the court and doing what I love doing.”

McEnroe was appearing in the Boston final for a fourth time in the fifth year of the event. The 51-year-old, who won his only Boston title in 2008, said he felt extra motivated after being down 0-5 and proving that he could come back and make it a match.

“I was getting blown out,” said McEnroe. “I wanted to show that I have been playing well and hopefully if I could get it going. I felt that I had a chance at the end.

The turning point, he said, was the fumbled half-volley he dribbled into the net at 4-4 in Champions Tie-breaker.

“I had one bad point at four all,” said McEnroe. “I hesitated a little bit and the next thing you know it’s 8-4. I felt like I played well and it wasn’t like I was playing badly.”

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Mark with Borg

recent blog from mark:
Dear Matuse Family,

Boston was a fun week and my first time visiting the city. I didn’t know but was surprised on how similar it was to my hometown Melbourne (Australia). The weather ended up being amazing but unfortunately I didn’t have the time to walk around and check out this gorgeous city.

I was invited to play a Champion Series Event which I was very exited about because it had an amazing field of players. Tennis legend Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Mats Wilander, Milael Pernfors, Jimmy Arias and Wayne Ferreira were all participating. The best thing about it is that they are all great guys so it makes the whole week that much better.

Before the event started I had a few appearances which I always enjoy. Kids day, pro ams and hitting with and meeting the sponsors. My first match was again Wayne Ferreira which is always a tough match. I won that 6/3, 6/2 and was happy with the way I played. The second one was going to be tougher because I was playing Jim Courier. He’s still playing some great tennis and hitting the ball well. The score was 4/6, 7/6, 10/6 (third set is a champions tie break first to 10). This was a fun match to play and I was happy that I was still hitting the ball well.

Now it’s finals day and I’m playing John McEnroe (I want to kick his ass because he was talking a little crap before the match). First set was 6/3 and I was up 5-0 but took my foot off the gas. I lost the second set 4/6 which I wasn’t happy about. Now 3rd set was the champions tie break and I didn’t want to lose to him (I wouldn’t hear the end of it otherwise). I played a great breaker and won it 10/5 along with bragging rights.

So that’s pretty much it for my week in Boston. I visited a great city, played well, hung with great people and pocketed some coin. It’s good to be back home in San Diego. I can’t wait to get into the water and surf the next South Swell.

Mark P.

Daniel.
06-20-2010, 12:55 PM
If Mark had planned to make a serious comeback he has most probably ruined the ideal opportunity.
He had clearly trained and was in decent form when he won that Champions event. He should have continued training and played the Nottingham challenger, Queens or Eastbourne and Wimbledon.
He would have gotten wildcards into MD or atleast qualies as everyone loves him.
Now he's missed the grass season for another year and that being a soft surface, and his favourite surface by far...

He probably wouldn't have done very well, may be he would have, but if this "comeback" is going to happen that was the opportunity! :sad:

flip_fan
06-29-2010, 06:14 AM
daniel i agree.. i said it at the start of the year, if Mark wasn't playing challengers by june then there's no more hope left for a 'comeback'.

it's so bizarre i can barely make sense of it anymore. One moment he's talking about it, the next he's talking as if it's all over... seriously why not just make it official?

i will literally "flip" if i hear him mention playing on tour next year... he's quietly suggested aiming for the Aus open next year, but if his only plans are to play on the seniors tour for the rest of 2010 i'd say he's got zero chance of making it happen.

we shouldn't even been discussing this... because the thought of Mark playing on tour is now beyond ludicrous, but Mark keeps mentioning it in interviews...which is getting really annoying!

Daniel.
09-22-2010, 12:01 AM
I'm still holding onto hope that Mark will play a few challengers at least.

Otherwise come out with the official retirement statement and let us all drop it for good.

L James
10-09-2010, 08:57 AM
Let's go easy on Mark. He probably needs to build more conditioning into his body and not rush back to the Tour so quickly. He mentions repeatedly through the above articles that playing on Seniors Tour is about building strength back into his body. The Tour is very tough on the body and winning 3 matches at Seniors Level does not necessarily mean he's reading to get back into it. Hopefully we can see him in some challengers in the latter part of the year, perhaps leading into the Australian summer next year :yeah:

flip_fan
10-17-2010, 02:08 AM
Although he hasn't "officially" said it.. it's safe to say he has retired from the tour and is now active on the champions tours.

This week Mark is playing expo matches in mexico with agassi and courier. Next week he'll play in Arizona champions event with courier, chang, mcenroe and ferreira ect..

for quick updates on mark follow

http://twitter.com/flipfocus

illepingis
12-21-2010, 03:14 PM
He now says he is Focused on coming back for the grass season and to play wimbledon

Hewitt =Legend
02-27-2011, 02:40 AM
Apparently the poo has requested a wildcard for Indian Wells..

Dmitry Verdasco
02-27-2011, 07:02 AM
Apparently the poo has requested a wildcard for Indian Wells..

http://a.l.d.2.aimini.net/play/?fid=2DlawrQRreRbjVsQVIFY

tennis2018
03-20-2011, 04:06 PM
I met Mark @ Delray Beach last month & IMHO there is no danger of him making an ATP comeback sadly...he is however doing very well on the champions tour as mentioned & his hair is still unbelievable!!!!!!!!!

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