Mark will be playing World Team Tennis again this year. At the February 14th draft he was selected by the Philadelphia Freedoms whom he last played for in 2002. Matches start this July. Earlier this month, SurfImages caught Mark on the beach walking Mika and then catching some waves.
Mark finished off October with a loss at the Chengdu Open. In his first round robin on 10/27 he lost to Moya 5-7, 2-6. His second round robin was more of a match but he lost in the end to Enqvist 7-6 (7-4), 6-8, 10-6. In November Mark was off to to Santiago, Chile for the Royal Guard Champions event where he would battle Carlos Moya for the number one ranking. Up first was a little revenge on Enqvist with a 6-4, 6-3 win followed by a win over Calleri 4-6, 6-4, 10-6. Finally came the match with Moya that unfortunately Mark lost in a close match 4-6, 7-5, 10-12.
After that Mark was in the Caymans for the KPMG Legends event where he played doubles with Martina Hingis against Chanda Rubin and Murphy Jense and won 8-5. The event The event allows amateur players to compete for a chance against the pros and is a benefit for the local tennis academy. Next up it’s the ATP Champions Tour final event, the AEGON Masters Tennis, in London starting on November 30th
Follow Mark on Twitter. Like many other athletes Mark is on Twitter and posts with some regularity. One of his recent tweets mentioned that he’s getting into fashion with his own line of clothing. It’s called Phlip and they have an announcement website up at phlipapparel.com with a full site expected in November.
ATP Champions Tour Having never really followed the ATP Champions Tour (aka the senior tour), I was unaware that they keep a rankings system just like the main ATP tour. And guess who’s atop the list? Yep, our very own Mark with 1200 points. The reason he’s at the top is because he won the first three events of 2011: Delray Beach, Zurich and Bogota. The next event is the The Chengdu Open in China from October 27-30th.
Mark’s been playing some more pro tennis and there’s more news available so I’m bringing this site back to life with some more updates. The big news is that Mark has apparently given up any plans for an ATP return, or well, sort of, depending on how you interpret this quote from The Boston Herald: “I don’t really have any interest in returning to ATP. I’d love to play some events. I’m very interested in playing some events, but I’m very happy playing senior events.” So he’s done with the ATP but would love to play some events? Guess we’ll have to wait and see.
- 7/21/11: “Scud admits his ATP tennis days are done” – Tennis Talk
- 7/21/11: “Scud to the ATP, I’ll be surfing USA” -The Australian [AU]
World Team Tennis: Mark played in his third season in World Team Tennis, this time for the St. Louis Aces. WTT uses a rotating team format and Mark played in 5 of the matches:
- 7/18/11: St. Louis Aces vs. Boston Lobsters. Mens Singles: Mark defeated Jan Michael Gambill 5-1; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lose to Jan Michael Gambill/Eric Butorac 4-5.
- 7/19/11: St. Lous Aces vs. Newport Beach Breakers. Mens Singles: Mark defeated Lester Cook 5-2; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer defeated Lester Cook/Trevor Kronemann 5-2
- 7/20/11: St. Louis Aces vs. Kansas City Explorers. Mens Singles: Mark lost to Ricardo Mello 2-5; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lost to Alex Kuznetsov/Ricardo Mello 4-5
- 7/21/11: St. Lous Aces vs. Kansas City Explorers. Mens Singles: Mark lost to Alex Kuznetsov 2-5; Mens Doubles: Philippoussis/Jean-Julien Rojer lost to Alex Kuznetsov/Ricardo Mello 3-5
- 7/22/11: “WTT Update: Mark Philippoussis Leads Aces into Playoffs” – 10sballs
- 6/5/11: “At 35, Aces’ Philippoussis still loves tennis” – St Louis Today [US]
In early June Mark apparently played at something called the Classique tournament in England but other than one vague promo article I found no other information on that. Back in May, Mark won another ATP Champions Series event, the Seguros Bolivar Tennis Champions in Bogota, Colombia. He defeated Carlos Moya 7-5, 6-7 (3-7), [10-4] in the tie-break on the 23rd. The May 19th APT Uncovered video series profiled Mark’s career.
- 6/9/11: “Mark Philippoussis and Richard Krajicek are big news at glittering tennis event” – Men Media [UK}
- 6/15/11: Photo call for Wimbledon with Evain
- 5/22/11: Philippoussis returns to Moya during the Seguros Bolivar Tennis Champions in Bogota, Colombia – Saudi News Today
While this site is not back to full operation Mark did have an impressive spring that needed documenting. On 2/22/11 Mark won his first Champions Series event, defeating Krickstein 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the Delray Open. Showing some excellent tennis Mark lost only one set in four matches, that in a tiebreaker in his first match against Pat Cash. He followed that win up with another win at the Zurich Open on 3/13/11, defeating Henman 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Later Mark took to the waves on April 20th in Seaside Reef, CA.
3/13/11: Mark Philippoussis overpowers field to claim Champions Tour title – The Palm Beach Sports Post [US]
2/23/11: Philippoussis captures Champions Tour title – Yellow Tennis Ball [US]
2/22/11: More Champions Tour joy for Philippoussis – Nine MSN [AU]
4/21/11: Mark hits the waves at Seaside – Surf Images [US]
The Mark Philippoussis Archives is officially on permanent hiatus. It’s been ages since Mark has seemed to set foot on the tennis court and the goal of this site was to follow his tennis life, not his tabloid life which is all there seems to be these days. While it seems that other Mark sites have disappeared entirely, this site will stay up as a historical archive of his career. And should he someday come back to tennis (player, coach, commentator, whatever) we’ll be back with the news. Thanks to all the visitors to the site and for everyone who’s ever sent in a news item – THANK YOU!
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