Philippoussis Receives Newport Qualifying Wild Card
With 14 titlists over the age of 30 on the ATP World Tour this year, players are aging like fine wine. Mark Philippoussis is hoping the trend is contagious.
The Aussie will contest his first match on the ATP World Tour in nine years after receiving a qualifying wild card at next month's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport. The 38 year old's last match win came in the 2006 Newport final (d. Gimelstob), claiming his 11th crown. He would hang up his racquet a month later.
Philippoussis reached a career-high No. 8 in the Emirates ATP Rankings after claiming his lone ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells (d. Moya) in 1999. He amassed a 313-204 record during his 13-year career. Boasting one of the most feared serves of his era, he fired 6,709 aces, which is good for No. 11 on the all-time list. He reached the final of two Grand Slam events as well, falling to Roger Federer at Wimbledon 2003 after finishing runner-up to countryman Pat Rafter at the 1998 US Open.
The qualifying competition at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships commences on 11 July. Buy Tickets