Better late than never, the rest of the results from the Outback Champions Series in Dallas. Following his match against Korda, Mark played Todd Martin and won the match 1-6, 6-4, 10-7 (Champions Tie-Break). I believe Mark then played a match against Ferreira but I could find no articles mentioning it. In the final match for third place on the 22nd Mark, the youngest player, took on John McEnroe, the oldest, and lost 4-6, 4-6. It was McEnroe’s crafty skills that vanquished Mark’s power. Philippoussis said he was not sure what his next event would be, but he is planning to play the Australian summer circuit in January and will ask for a wildcard into the Australian Open. Mark also posted a short blog entry on the tournament site where he spoke about his plan to move from Vegas back to San Diego (what that will mean for his training with Gil and Andre is anyone’s guess). Mark’s going to need help whatever he does as he dropped to an all-time low of 1109th in the rankings. He has an injury protected ranking of 112 but has yet to file any paperwork to take advantage of this.
Mark’s return to tennis on Thursday was a positive one with a 6-4, 4-6, 10-2 win over Peter Korda. The tournament uses an unique super-tiebreaker format if it’s tied after two sets. While news sources are reporting the win, no one’s really said much about the quality of Mark’s play. Next Mark will face South African Wayne Ferreira for a place in the finals.
Mark is not currently defending his title in Newport. Even his new agent, Rob Aivatoglou, said he hasn’t been informed by Mark as to why he’s not playing. Currently there is no word as to when Mark might return to the courts – it’s now been six months since his surgery. (Thanks to Ruth for the tip)
Age of Love: Mark’s reality show is still ongoing in the US and is about to start running in Australia. As for the lack of updates on this site, I admit it, I am a tv snob – these dating reality shows are just unbearable to me and even Mark couldn’t get me to watch them. So instead, to keep up on all the Age of Love news, recaps and reviews Search for all Age of Love Articles with Google – there’s tons.
Mark’s official date with tennis destiny is October 18th at 2pm when he returns to the court to face Mats Wilander in the Outback Champions Series in Dallas. Earlier this month Tennis Australia rather unsubtly publically reminded Philippoussis that there will be no guaranteed wildcard for the Australian Open. TA now follows a policy that looks at ranking, current play, future development and includes a tennis camp in December. If Mark wants that wildcard he’s going to have to make the effort to go to camp and prove to his federation that he can beat the younger Aussies coming up and deserves the slot based on current play, not past glories.