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Scud Changes Coach Again

Action Jackson
03-30-2005, 04:44 PM
http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12702373-23216,00.html

Scud changes coach again
March 30, 2005

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS has had more coaches than injuries – if that's possible.

Now add the name Andrew Florent to the list.

Australia's fallen tennis star has employed Florent, a 34-year-old former doubles specialist with a career-high singles world ranking of 610th, on a two-month trial basis.

Desperate times call for desperate measures.

And, languishing at world No.188 and having not reached the third round of a tournament anywhere since Wimbledon last July, Philippoussis is nothing if not desperate.

He phoned Florent last week and, on two days' notice, Florent took up the challenge and promptly flew from Melbourne to Miami to hook up with Philippoussis.

Already, though, Florent has his work cut out – literally.

Philippoussis is out of action for up to a month after rolling his ankle in his first-round win in Miami over Belgian Christophe Rochus.

The 28-year-old former Wimbledon and US Open runner-up was last seen hobbling from his crutches into his 18-year-old fiancee Alexis Barbara's Mayback and heading to a destination unknown.

Doctors have told Philippoussis not to venture onto a court for at least two to three weeks, ruling him out of a scheduled exhibition event in Texas next month.

If fit, he may contest the US Men's Claycourt Championships in Houston from April 18 before playing the European claycourt season.

Florent faces an uphill battle getting his new employer in shape for Wimbledon, which is now less than three months away.

Philippoussis has won just two matches in eight months, missed the Australian summer with a groin tear and also struggled with knee and shoulder injuries before coming a cropper in Miami.

Florent does have the advantage of going back a long way with Philippoussis.

He beat a then 16-year-old Philippoussis in doubles on the Scud's professional debut in the first round of a second-tier Challenger event in Perth in 1992.

But while Philippoussis's career took off, culminating in two grand slam finals, a pair of Davis Cups and peaking with entry to the world's top 10 in 1998, Florent spent a decade toiling away in doubles events.

Although Florent accumulated $US1,109,785 ($A1.44 million) before retiring two years ago with three doubles titles, his main claims to fame may have been partnering then world No.1 Lleyton Hewitt at the 2001 and 2002 Cincinnati Masters Series events.

Florent is the latest in a long line of former players to have coached Philippoussis during a tumultuous career.

While his father Nick has been his coaching mainstay, Philippoussis has previously employed fitness fanatic Brett Steven, Wimbledon champions Pat Cash and Boris Becker, Peter McNamara and Gavin Hopper as mentors.

Last year, Philippoussis even turned to superbrat John McEnroe for help as he desperately tried to revive his once glittering career.

adeegee
03-30-2005, 04:50 PM
Philippoussis needs a new brain, not a new coach :rolleyes: what a prime example of a guy wasting away his talent

Action Jackson
03-30-2005, 04:51 PM
The Poo has almost had as many coaches as he has had women.

tennis4eva
03-30-2005, 04:56 PM
The Poo has almost had as many coaches as he has had women.
:haha: So true!

adeegee
03-30-2005, 04:59 PM
The Poo has almost had as many coaches as he has had women.

and brain cells :D

CooCooCachoo
03-30-2005, 05:23 PM
Andrew Florent rocks :rocker2:

robinhood
03-30-2005, 08:31 PM
Maybe it's about time he ventures into a new profession.

holagirl56
03-30-2005, 09:34 PM
Maybe it's about time he ventures into a new profession.

Like Paris Hilton's permanent "play mate"?

jrm
03-30-2005, 09:50 PM
How about dedicating your life to tennis and not party life, you idiot!!! If you want to enjoy life go right ahead ...

NYCtennisfan
03-30-2005, 11:17 PM
Too late. His chance has passed him by and he will be remembered only for being a guy who wasted away all of his talent.

Fergie
03-30-2005, 11:25 PM
Again? :rolleyes:

Roger-No.1
03-30-2005, 11:28 PM
poo...

Smankyou
03-30-2005, 11:33 PM
poo...
He loves it when girls call him that.

Smankyou
03-30-2005, 11:36 PM
Oh and if Mark is content with losing in the first round at every tournament, then by all means, continue. His problem doesn't lie with his coaching. But all thes best to his new partnership with Florent.

tennischick
03-31-2005, 12:00 AM
How about dedicating your life to tennis and not party life, you idiot!!! If you want to enjoy life go right ahead ...
exactly. maybe he just wants to make it look as if he's serious about the tennis. maybe knocking up the heiress is more important. :tape:

The 28-year-old former Wimbledon and US Open runner-up was last seen hobbling from his crutches into his 18-year-old fiancee Alexis Barbara's Mayback and heading to a destination unknown. :tape: :tape:

NATAS81
03-31-2005, 12:01 AM
Maybe this coach will convince him that his health is more important than playing underwater tennis with Taylor Dent.

flip_fan
03-31-2005, 02:35 AM
:(

robinhood
03-31-2005, 04:50 AM
Maybe this coach will convince him that his health is more important than playing underwater tennis with Taylor Dent.

I'm not sure what exactly you are referring to, but if it's that commercial from several years back, it was Tommy Haas, not Dent.

tennis4eva
03-31-2005, 05:42 AM
Maybe it's about time he ventures into a new profession.
I read an article awhile back that said he plans to go into fashion full time after his tennis career is over. He already has his own line called
MP ( :tape: kind of an uninspired name :o ) I wonder if his career in fashion is going to be as successful as he plans.....
Meanwhile, I really hope that Florent can put some fire in his belly!

robinhood
03-31-2005, 06:53 AM
I read an article awhile back that said he plans to go into fashion full time after his tennis career is over. He already has his own line called
MP ( :tape: kind of an uninspired name :o ) I wonder if his career in fashion is going to be as successful as he plans.....
Meanwhile, I really hope that Florent can put some fire in his belly!

Oh, didn't know that. Great that he's already planned a second career. Marrying a model is the step in the right direction then, I suppose.
Yeah, MP is a weird name for a clothing line, although it's his initial. Sounds like a gas station.

Smankyou
03-31-2005, 06:56 AM
Yeah, MP is a weird name for a clothing line, although it's his initial. Sounds like a gas station.
Member of Parliament.

bad gambler
03-31-2005, 07:50 AM
and the downward spiral continues......

Action Jackson
03-31-2005, 08:16 AM
Yes, it does continue.

flip_fan
03-31-2005, 10:01 AM
I dont think he will be releasing any fashion label soon. Mark is back in fila (thankgod!!) and got caught up in the idea from his last girlfriend, delta goodrem. She has released her undie range and the same fashion designer was helping mark with his clothes... but it was delta's mum who was behind the hideous MP logo creations so once they broke up mark came to his senses and burnt the clothes.... or maybe his walking fashion catalogue fiancee took one look at them and riped them up.

back to the topic at hand... nick has told supportes mark is training 4-5 hrs a day on his fitness and looks forward to the moment when all the idiot reporters have to eat their own words... sounds confident mark will regain form and despite what ppl believe mark has been working hard in 05'. Just looking at him you can tell he has lost weight, he said in january he lost 4 kilo and im sure he's lost more since then.

bad gambler
03-31-2005, 11:41 AM
actually i agree flip fan - he definitely is trying but simply has had no luck so far with respect with injuries

very difficult to find form and gain any sort of momentum if he sustains an injury every second week