Mark to tackle reality-tv! Philippoussis is the newest single man to take on the US dating reality world. He will star in Age of Love where he hopes to meet the woman of his dreams. The twist? The 13 female contests are in two different age ranges. “The Kittens” are six women in their 20s who will live one floor above the apartment Mark will have in L.A. and “The Cougars” are seven women in their 40s who will have the floor below. The eight episodes will air on NBC in the U.S. starting June 14th (so far no Australian network has expressed interest in the show). On an actual animal front, Mark has a new four month old rottweiler named Kya. And last but not least on the tennis front, Mark has supposedly been playing four times a week with rocker Gavin Rossdale at Gavin’s home in Beverly Hills. One hopes that tennis with a rock-star has been vigorous enough to get Mark into form as his Champions Cup debut is only six days away and losing early on the ‘seniors tour’ wouldn’t exactly be a good warm-up for the grass court season. Although no tournaments have been announced, he will most likely be seeking wildcards or attempting to qualify for Surbiton and Queen’s Club prior to Wimbledon.
Mark has a new business manager/agent, radio broadcaster Alan Jones. Jones has been a Philippoussis friend for several years and was by his side the day of his injury and following surgery back in January. Prior to January Mark had been represented by IMG’s Brian Cooney. Mark is expecting to begin practicing later this week and return to tournament play (Challengers most likely) at the end of the month.
In a new twist to his coaching stable, Mark has parted ways with his father. Nick has been absent from the tennis circuit for a few months and speculation was that Mark and his father had a falling out over his fiance Alexis. While Mark declined to comment on the reasons for the split, Mark confirmed that his father will no longer be travelling with him or coaching him.
A very good question! Despite his claims that he’d be entering every tournament he could, he’s no where to be found this week – either on the main tour or the Challenger circuit.
It’s amazing what one little win can do for your rankings. Mark jumped a whopping 89 places up to 125 in the entry rankings and up 37 to number 74 in the year-end race. While some of the games biggest returners weren’t in Newport, one amazing stat to come from Newport is that Mark only faced 8 break points and saved all of them – he was undefeated for all 54 service games! Mark’s first round match at the RCA Championships will be the second match of the day on center court against Lee of Korea.
That, dear readers is very good question. Although Mark’s agent indicated that Mark has received a wildcard to the Tennis Channel Open this week, he seems to have gone missing. There’s no news or announcements from the tournament indicating a withdrawl reason. Nor can Mark be found at any of the other ATP or Challenger circuit tournaments, so it’s anyone’s guess where he might be.