There was a very heated exchange of words early in the 1st but Mark showed who has more class.
Well I guess Brydan Klein is really asking for it, Funny thing is he will probably get a wildcard.Four-letter insult fires up Philippoussis
December 16, 2007
A FOUR-LETTER insult from fiery Australian Open junior champion Brydan Klein last night prompted an unprecedented outburst from Mark Philippoussis, who challenged the 17-year-old to repeat the words and accused him of a lack of respect.
Klein was heard to tell the former world No. 8 and dual grand slam finalist to "f--- off" after Philippoussis had broken his serve with a fine drop volley for 4-2 in the first set. The usually unflappable Philippoussis reacted furiously, telling Klein, among other things, that "you're not playing juniors any more".
Philippoussis described the incident as "nothing" after the 6-3, 7-5 win on the opening night of the Australian Open wildcard play-off, insisting that "it was fun to be out there".
When pressed on whether he had been upset by Klein's comment, he said: "I'm just really happy to be back on the court."
Although the pair shared a handshake at the net afterwards, perhaps the best barometer of Philippoussis' mood came in his reaction to match point, when he raised his arms and turned to his chilly entourage to bellow what sounded suspiciously like "the old man won".
Klein had joked after the draw the previous day about Philippoussis' recent loss to 48-year-old John McEnroe in a seniors match, and suggested that he had nothing to lose against a player he suggested did not deserve a wildcard ahead of the younger generation if he did not earn it via the play-off.
Now 31, and unranked except for his temporary protected slot of 119th, Philippoussis must back up again today, against 20-year-old Samuel Groth, ranked 341, who defeated 131st-ranked Alun Jones.
Klein's remark was not the only indignity during a night in which he was forced to fetch his own balls - and on the vast surrounds of court two, no less - for probably the first time since his junior days. Fewer than 100 people were there for the start of a match delayed until evening by rain, and fewer still were there when it ended.
You should have jumped on him, held him down while Mark kicked his assXristos said:Where did you see the footage? I wanna see it agian.
I was hyped!
If it was a drop volley, then obviously it wasnt cheap, I thought I read it was a drop shot.This would have to be one of the most ridiculous comments i have read! hahahaha... it was a drop volley, which is not a "cheap" shot, rather takes good hands and skill you fool!