Mark was in Hawaii for the Rip Curl surfing event and did a video interview wonderfully entitled Five minutes with tennis legend Mark Philippoussis”.
A date has been set for a tennis comeback, if not one on the main circuit. Mark has signed to participate in the Champion Series event in Charlotte from Sept 24-28th. The Champion Series is for players over 30 and will be an eight man round-robin format. The event is to be a test-run for the knee to see how it will hold up to match play for a hopeful return to the ATP circuit.
It’s been several months since Mark’s name has appeared in the news, but he was back in the papers today, this time for a surfing accident. He was surfing at Bells Beach in what were rather nasty conditions and got swamped by a wave that broke his board in half. He was swept into a sea cave where he managed to take some shelter and spent almost two hours being battered by waves before seas calmed enough to make his escape. Thankfully his injuries appear to be minor – foot scrapes and a banged hip. He’s currently at his mum’s house in Williamstown recovering. Longtime fans will find some irony in the words of his agent Rob Aivatoglou that Mark is training for a return to the sport and was surfing as part of his rehab. Looking for the positive, it is the first time a return to tennis has been mentioned in months.