The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that Mark Philippoussis has been granted a wild card entry into the 2006 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships singles tournament. The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is scheduled for July 10-16, and is the only ATP event in North America played on grass.
Mark Philippoussis has captured 10 career singles titles since turning pro in 1994. In 2003 he finished the year as the No. 9 ranked player 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).
Rebounding from injury, Philippoussis is moving back up the 2006 ATP INDESIT Rankings, currently at the No. 210 spot after reaching the third round at Queen’s, the tune-up to Wimbledon. At Wimbledon, Philippoussis received a wild card and reached the second round, bowing to Max Mirnyi 76(6) 64 67(5) 63.
The right-handed Philippoussis is known for his serve and volley prowess and his success on grass. He has been active member of the Australian Davis Cup team, competing in 12 ties with a 13-9 career singles record. He was also a member of the winning Australian Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003.
This will mark Philippoussis’ second appearance in Newport, having played in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 1995.
Also receiving a wild card entry into the singles draw is young American Sam Querrey. The 18-year-old, who turned pro this year, has been playing the ATP Challenger circuit this year, reaching the quarterfinal in Dallas and winning the Challenger in Yuba City. Querrey was also a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the 2005 World Group Playoff against Belgium.
Great that Sam Querrey got that wildcard, bit of a howler to see Philippoussis get one, and Kendrick rejected
I would say my favourite for this tourney would probably be Karlovic, or possibly Fish to win.
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SAM!!! Excellent choice, he should have a nice game for grass. no comment re: flip. I would be shocked out of my mind if Marcos ends up using his WC, but the stupid freaking rules prevent him from pulling out, right? Brilliant.
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