Mark Philippoussis, who represented the Hyderabad Aces in the Champions Tennis League, is arguably one of the most exciting talents Australia has produced. The big server from Melbourne often triggers animated discussions among tennis fans about his fearsome serves.
1. What’s in a nickname?
2. Surfing freak
He has a big passion for surfing and is often seen catching waves at Cardiff Reef in California, where he is now settled with his wife Silvana Lovin, after getting hitched in September 2013. The couple also has a son named Nicholas.
3. Too many aces up his sleeve
Philippoussis is known to fire aces at will and he loves to rattle opponents with that lethal weapon. He set a new record of serving 46 aces at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships against Andre Agassi en route to reaching his second Grand Slam final. His record of serving aces was three short of the overall ATP Tour record then held by Netherlands’ Richard Krajicek.
4. Love for speed
Philippoussis instilled the fear factor in the minds of his competitors, thanks to his power-packed serves. At large, the Australian tennis player always had a penchant for speed. He relishes fast cars and motorbikes and even has a prized possession – an iconic Harley Davidson. However, it is believed that he only cleans it and never takes it for a spin!
5. Silver Screen
6. Davis Cup victory
Philippoussis took a lot of pride in playing for the country and the coveted Davis Cup afforded him that opportunity. He was instrumental in Australia’s win at the 1999 Davis Cup, beating France 3-2 in front of an inimical crowd at Nice – the country’s first win in thirteen years.
The Australian won both his singles matches to pave the way for a magnificent victory. Four years later in 2003, he delivered when it mattered again, winning the deciding singles against Juan Carlos Ferrero despite a dodgy shoulder injury, sealing a convincing 3-1 win over Spain.
7. Sampras admirer
8. Coaching stint with Pat Cash
9. Tattoo appeal
Originally published on the CTL website here.Published 05 Dec 2014, 16:23 IST