Date of Birth: 07.11.1976
Plays: Right Handed
Highest ranking: 8 (April 1999)
Career singles titles: 11
Grand Slam results:
Australian Open: 4R (1996, 1999, 200, 2004)
French Open: 4R (1997, 2000)
Wimbledon: F (2003)
US Open: F (1998)
Philippoussis is well-known in the tennis world for his missile serve which reaches up to 142mph, earning him the nickname ‘Scud’. This dominant attribute is something that has helped him secure many victories in his career, including reaching Grand Slam finals despite injury troubles.
At Wimbledon in 2003 Philippoussis advanced to the Championships’ final where he met Roger Federer, a young Swiss talent who at the time had no Grand Slam titles to his name. After losing in four close sets, Mark would forever be remembered as the man that was on court at the start of Federer’s reign over world tennis. That year Mark was named ‘ATP Comeback Player of the Year’.
His greatest achievements are winning two Davis Cup titles with Australia in 1999 and 2003, winning the deciding rubber on each occasion.
Philippoussis is a regular at the Tennis Classic at Hurlingham and has previously expressed his fondness of playing in the UK saying, “I get goose bumps every time I go to the UK because of the British crowds. The British fans are incredible; they have such a great appreciation for tennis”.