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Old 06-22-2005, 08:37 PM   #91
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An interview with Mark:

Mark Philippoussis says the days of excess are over: "I'm engaged to be married, I've sorted myself out in the past year and all I'm going to be doing back in Miami is to train and practice hard on the tennis court and watch DVDs with my fiancee, Alexis, at home. I want to lead a normal life, like anyone else...I bought my first Ferrari when I was 20. Who wouldn't? I did a lot of things. I wasn't mature enough to handle the expectation -- and I wasn't ready for the commitment I needed to give to tennis. I bought a top-of-the-range Ferrari, then, two months later, I sold it. You wanna know why? I was bored. That's when I began to grow concerned about the kind of person I was. I was leading a vacuous existence. It didn't matter how many cars and bikes I had. None of it mattered. I realized none of that stuff was important. I had everything, but I had nothing. I wasn't happy. That's when I understood why. What made me happy was not just playing tennis, but playing on the big stage. Suddenly I realized how much I had thrown away. I feel so unfulfilled. I lived my life the way I've chosen to do so, but now I understand that I haven't put everything into tennis.If I were to stop right now, I would have let myself down badly. I honestly believe that the best years of my career are just beginning."
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Old 06-22-2005, 09:56 PM   #92
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OK, to cheer up all Mark fans here I thought I'll post his interview after his loss to Marat. Despite the ankle injury he sounds quite optimistic.

M. Philippoussis - Day 3
Wednesday, June 22, 2005


Q. You had the ankle assessed. How bad was the damage?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: It's not the ankle. It's a ligament. I have to get an MRI.

Q. Any idea how bad it could be?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: Oh, it was pretty painful out there. But I'll see. I don't think it's going to be anything ‑‑ I don't think it's going to be anything too bad.

Q. Would it harm your chances of Davis Cup?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I don't know.

Q. You put in all the hard work, you come up again, get another injury. You seem to have gone through the cycle a lot of times. How hard is it mentally?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: It's nothing. I mean, it's frustrating. But, you know, looking at those two tiebreakers, I have 5‑4, Love‑40, two tiebreakers, and I was up a mini break on each one. And, you know, there's the match right there. So it was nothing (indiscernible) the match at all.

Q. The sharpness of those big points, is that where you missed just from being absent on the circuit for so long?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: No, no. I mean, you know, like I said, the Love‑40 point, rallied. It's always easy to say you could have done something a little different in that point. But, you know, just missed my opportunity, simple as that. I had the opportunities but didn't take them.

Q. Do you think you showed enough today you could get back into the Top 20, 10 even?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I know what I can do. Whatever you guys think, it really doesn't worry me.

Q. What do you think you can do?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I know my best tennis is ahead of me. It's as simple as that. I know I've proven it to myself here. The eagerness is back. I'm just going to get stronger. I'm going to go back and work hard. This is nothing. I'm going to get over it. There's only more positive things to come.

Q. The last time you were on that court, you were in the final.

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: It's really nice to be back on that court. I always love that court. It was a gorgeous day today. Unfortunately (sic), next time I'll come under different circumstances.

Q. What were you having checked by the trainer?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: Ligament.

Q. Your right?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: My right leg, ligament coming from the ankle up to the calf muscle.

Q. Is that something new?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: It came up after my match, my first‑round match. I was an hour later walking around, I didn't think much of it at all, and it was painful from then on. Yesterday, it was painful. Today, I just thought I'll tape it, you know, I'll play through it. Unfortunately, it just got worse and worse.

Q. You put the losses down at the end of the sets more to whatever it is that makes you not play well rather than the injuries?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: Of course, it's nothing to do with the injury. It's simple as that. At 5‑4, I had Love‑40, opportunity to win that first set with set points, and didn't take them. Twice in the first two sets, had mini break up. Again, he got back into it. You know, right there...

Doesn't matter how you're feeling the end of your match, you got those mini breaks, those chances, you've got to take them.

Q. Are you trying to use that as fuel to get you back here in a better position next year?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: Of course. Of course.

Q. What is the short‑term in terms of the next tournaments coming up? Where do you have wildcards coming into or have you entered into?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I don't know where I've got wildcards coming in. But the next one's LA. Leading up, you've got the Masters Series in Cincinnati, Toronto. So there's a lot of big tournaments ahead before the US Open.

Q. You're going to have to do qualifying at those?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: If I have to, definitely.

Q. Yesterday in her press conference, Eleni said her wish was to play mixed doubles with you. Has she ever asked you to play mixed?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: No. No.

Q. Do you think you ever would?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I'm not one for mixed doubles. If I ever do, I'd definitely ‑‑ I'd play with her. She is a great girl. I was very happy to see her do well.

Q. What about Marat today? Were you surprised at his ability ‑‑ the consistency with which he was able to play, given we all know his preference isn't that surface?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: No, I mean, anyone who is talented, the guy is top five in the world, you can play on any surface, doesn't matter. With a big serve like that, it's going to get you into the points. He hits the ball well. He's volleying a little better. That guy is going to be tough on any surface, whether he likes playing on it or not.

Q. Did you feel like it was a little early for you to have to meet him in the draw?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: No. That's what happens. You know, you let down your guard, you lose your ranking, that's what you've got to pay for. You know, hopefully next year I'm coming in with a better position, put myself in where, you know, that won't happen again.

Q. You said after the first match that this was a good opportunity for you to get your comeback going. Where do you rate your comeback?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: Everything's going fine. Everything's positive. Nothing's negative. I'm not going to go jump off a bridge anywhere. Everything's fine, so...

Q. You worked with Andrew the last few weeks. Is that sort of going to be ongoing?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: I don't know. I invited Andrew along as a hitting partner more than anything, you know, to get me prepared for these tournaments. So we'll sit down and discuss that.

Q. I wanted to ask about the grass. A lot of players are saying the grass is getting slower every year. The head groundsman says that they don't do anything different. Is that your impression, that things are getting slower? Is that a disadvantage for you?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: The grass? I don't think the grass is getting slower. Some courts where some players think it's a little softer. But, if anything's getting slower, you would think sometimes they'd slow down the balls. But, no, I mean...

Q. Doesn't affect your performance here?

MARK PHILIPPOUSSIS: No, I didn't feel it was.
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Old 06-23-2005, 05:54 PM   #93
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OK, and here the Reuters article after the defeat. Mark staying positive.

Wimbledon-Safin punishes wasteful Philippoussis
Wed Jun 22, 2005 5:40 PM BST

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By Bill Barclay

LONDON, June 22 (Reuters) - Russian fifth seed Marat Safin won his sledgehammer duel with Mark Philippoussis at Wimbledon on Wednesday, edging out the Australian 7-6 7-6 6-4 on Centre Court.

Safin displayed the opportunism of a champion in a second-round match of such fearsome hitting that at one stage early in the second set the net collapsed and had to be replaced.

Nothing could distract the often erratic 25-year-old from his task, however.

Philippoussis squandered three set points in the first set and Safin took it and the second set 7-4 in the two tiebreaks, having been a mini-break down in each.

Neither set featured a single break of serve but Safin, showing none of his usual dislike for playing on grass, nailed a break for 4-3 in the third thanks to a blistering backhand pass.

The Russian then bisected the court with his 20th ace on match point to complete a victory that suggests he is in the form to improve on his best Wimbledon performance to date, reaching the quarter-finals in 2001.

The Australian Open champion will play Feliciano Lopez of Spain in the round three and could face a quarter-final with third-seeded Australian Lleyton Hewitt.

Safin, who reached his first grasscourt final at Halle 10 days ago and is playing through the pain of a knee injury, was at a loss to explain why he was suddenly having fun on a surface he once detested.

"We don't know why a lot of things that happen in life happen when they do. I don't know how to explain it," he said.

"I am comfortable on it and I'm confident I can make some good results.

"It's important to have fun on grass. You have to play a game that is not really comfortable for you. If you are not having fun it's impossible to do anything good here."

DEFIANT PHILIPPOUSSIS

Grasscourt specialists do not come much bigger than Philippoussis, even though the 2003 Wimbledon runner-up was troubled by a foot ligament injury on Wednesday.

Injuries have been the story of his year. Ankle and back problems have hampered the 28-year-old and he has slumped to 142 in the rankings.

A defiant Philippoussis vowed to remain positive despite the loss and his ligament injury, which will require a scan.

"Everything is positive, nothing is negative. I'm not going to jump off a bridge somewhere," he said.

"I just missed my opportunities, simple as that. I know what I can do, whatever you guys think doesn't really worry me.

"My best tennis is ahead of me. This is nothing. I'm going to get over it."
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Mark might get a WC into the LA tourney next week
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Hi Deb!!! Thanks for the rep. I mean I have no doubt you're going to the tournament. So have fun!!!

*I should come to Andys's forum but I'm sooo soooo sorry I haven't got enough time so please excuse me, I am lurking there from time to time though... *

Good luck to Mark!
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please take photos.... lots and lots of photos!!

im jealous, have fun!! GO MARK !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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wow, thats nice! ... and u almost got him to smile properly! lol thankyou!
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Mark plays his first singles match of 2006 today against vince spadea.

GO MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Hey BG!!!!!!! Hot in Sydney?
I'm here to cheer for Mark too! Hope it will be a good comeback!
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I'm here to cheer for Mark too! Hope it will be a good comeback!

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it's over 35 degrees here, extremely hot!!
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Just want to say good luck to the Scud for the AO Hope he can win some matches and bolster his ranking and confidence a bit
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That was unfortunate. Mark lost to Grosjean 4-6, 2-6, 3-6.
Let's hope he won't be discouraged by this loss.

Scud falls at first hurdle

Australian Mark Philippoussis' slide into the tennis wilderness continued tonight as he suffered a first round Australian Open exit for the first time in 11 years.

The former world No.8 was thrashed in straight sets by French 25th seed Sebastien Grosjean 6-4 6-2 6-3.

The last time Philippoussis fell at the first hurdle in his national tournament was in 1995, although he has had first round losses in other grand slam events the French and US Opens in the past two years.

Grosjean made light work of Philippoussis' greatest weapon, his booming serve, breaking him twice in each set, including the first game of each of the first two sets.

Philippoussis showed slightly more resistance early in the third set, taking it to 3-3 on serve.

But he was then broken to love in the seventh game to give Grosjean the decisive advantage and capitulated by losing serve again in the final game of the match.

Grosjean said he was surprised how easily he handled Philippoussis' serve.

"I tried to be really focused on the serve and it's a little bit easier at night, the serve has less speed than during the day," Grosjean said.

"But I hit the ball very well and it surprised me a little bit."

The Frenchman's pace around the court and accurate passing shots made it difficult for the Australian to gain any ascendancy by attacking the net.

And Grosjean was also the more consistent player from the baseline, leaving Philippoussis struggling to find a way to dent him.

With Philippoussis having been regularly affected by injury in the past two years, his lack of much recent competitive play was clearly a factor.

He played just 19 matches last year, winning nine of them, to slump to No.165 in the rankings and needed a wildcard just to play in this tournament.

His loss tonight leaves four Australians standing after the first round of singles. Thirteen started the tournament.

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