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~~The Mark "please stop the rot" Philippoussis cheering thread! ~~

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I seriously contemplated on wether to start such a thread, but Im praying to the high heavens Mark can at the very least get past Karol Kucera. I mean the guy has played less tennis then mark this year, which is unbelievable...

c'mon mark you got the WC, a decent draw, its time to stop the rot and win some matches! :rocker2:

GO MARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I'll throw in my good wishes to Mark, too (at least until he's facing Lleyton).
What is Mark's shape like? If he is moving well and without pain, he will beat Karol. If he's still moving around like an old man, even no name Futures players can beat him.
pravda said:
What is Mark's shape like? If he is moving well and without pain, he will beat Karol. If he's still moving around like an old man, even no name Futures players can beat him.
im predicting he will be in pretty good shape. he's gotta know that its now or never, and he's had plenty of time to pump up the legs and get fit... i havent seen any recent photos of him so it will be interesting to see if there's any improvement. He looked good and was moving well 1st rd wimbledon, but obviously had to get fitter because of his injury he got in the 2nd rd.

i will go bizerk if he injures himself at the US open...
Swap secured Scud wildcard
By Paul Malone
August 27, 2005

A US OPEN source said last night Mark Philippoussis was given his Flushing Meadows wildcard last week after Tennis Australia guaranteed an American man would be granted a 2006 Australian Open wildcard.

As Australia had only two men, Lleyton Hewitt and Wayne Arthurs, as direct entries for the US Open, TA decided it should seek a career lifeline for Philippoussis, who is No. 208 in the world.

US Open spokesman Chris Widmeyer said the US Tennis Association did not explain wildcard allocations.

Wildcards have to be requested by players and it is not known whether the idea to swap grand slam wildcards came from TA, the USTA or the Philippoussis camp.

"One of the things we look for in the wildcards is someone who can add prestige to the tournament and there is no question Mark fits that category," Widmeyer said.

"He is a popular player here and New Yorkers enjoy his style of muscular play."

Grand slam wildcards are mostly reserved by host nations to blood junior players or reward other worthy recipients.

It is understood the swap is a one-off arrangement.

Philippoussis, who has not won an ATP match since Wimbledon, will have to hit a lot of balls to beat tough Slovakian Karol Kucera in his first-round match.

Philippoussis was not sighted at Flushing Meadows yesterday, but practised there on Wednesday.

Fellow Victorian Peter Luczak, trying to make the main draw the hard way, was a tenacious winner yesterday in the second round of qualifying, defeating Chilean Adrian Garcia 7-5 4-6 6-2. Luczak, 25, today faces Brazilian Thiago Alves, ranked No.175, for a place in the main draw.

Luczak, ranked No.188, said a stint as a hitting partner for Hewitt in Cincinnati last week and the experience of his Davis Cup debut against Argentina last month, had helped him remain resolute against the baseline game of Garcia.

"I watched Lleyton beat Greg Rusedski in Cincinnati when he didn't play well in the first set and just hung in to find a way to win. That's what I tried to do today," Luczak said.

"The last couple of weeks I've been working hard on my fitness. I'm not the fastest guy around, so I have to work hard to run well.

"He (Garcia) was cramping and a bit tired in the third and I knew if I just hung in there I should be able to get him."

The Courier-Mail
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Scud confident for US Open
By Darren Walton in New York
August 28, 2005

DOWN on form but high on confidence, Mark Philippoussis says he's ready to repay US Open officials for entrusting the fallen star with a wildcard into the last grand slam of the year starting on Monday.

The tournament's decision makers riled the British after granting Philippoussis, now ranked a depressing 208th in the world, direct entry into the main draw ahead of exciting Scottish teenager Andy Murray.

Murray, the world No.122 and reigning US Open junior champion, showcased his immense potential by reaching the third round on his senior debut at Wimbledon this year.

Yet the 18-year-old was made to battle through three rounds of qualifying to earn a start in New York after being controversially overlooked for one of the eight wildcards.

But if Philippoussis was feeling under pressure to perform after receiving this latest leg-up, he has had a series of wildcards since his career went into freefall after last year's Australian Open, he certainly wasn't showing it today.

An upbeat Scud emerged from a sharp workout with hitting partner Max Mirnyi to declare himself physically and mentally ready to see off Slovakian veteran Karol Kucera in the first round.

"I'm feeling good, looking forward to it. Definitely, definitely I can get through it," he said.

"I've just got to go out and give it my all and that's all I can ask of myself."

Asked what he would consider a successful tournament after his troubles of the past 18 months, Philippoussis said: "I'm just concentrating on that first match. That's the only thing I've got my mind on.

"I'm feeling good and I've got a couple more days to get ready."

The 28-year-old looked in good touch as he reeled off aces and nailed winners from the baseline during his 45-minute session with Mirnyi.

And afterwards, seven long years after reaching his first grand slam final at Flushing Meadows, it was still easy to see why Open officials awarded the Australian drawcard one of the precious few wildcards up for grabs.

As Mirnyi made his way back to the locker room virtually unnoticed, Philippoussis was mobbed and hounded for autographs from a throng of fans among the thousands who showed up to Arthur Ashe Kids' Day, the traditional prelude to the tournament proper.
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he really should beat kucera, regardless of how bad his form is given the slovak is basically semi retired

c'mon flipper :bounce:
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