TENNIS.com Podcast: Catching up with Mark Philippoussis

by: Tennis.com | September 18, 2018

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The Australian shares the latest developments in his life from work projects to family. (Photo courtesy of Jacques)

Former world No. 8 Mark Philippoussis joins the TENNIS.com Podcast, Inside the Tour to give his thoughts on life after tennis, his latest work with the clothing company Jacques, rising young Australians​, playing Roger Federer in the '03 Wimbledon final, the new Davis Cup changes, his passion for surfing and a lot more. 

The two-time Grand Slam finalist, and two-time Davis Cup champion, sat down with host Nina Pantic in New York City: 

Here are the timestamps: 

04:28 

Mark shares how he got involved with his latest project, a tennis collection capsule with the clothing brand Jacques.  

06:15

What was his transition to post-playing life like? Mark says he basically retired at the age of 28 in 2004, though he played a little bit through 2006 and played one ATP Challenger in 2010. Multiple knee surgeries ultimately ended his career early. 

12:00

The 41-year-old, currently based in San Diego, is interested in a variety of projects these days, including in clothing and coffee, but he's tasted fashion success before. In 2016, Justin Bieber wore a shirt from his Phlip Apparel line before the business shut down.

15:08

Mark shares his proudest moment of his career: winning two Davis Cup crowns for Australia (in 1999 and 2003). He also talks about his 2003 Wimbledon final loss to Roger Federer. 

23:35

Let's talk Davis Cup. Mark is vehemently against the changes that will be in place for 2019 and feels sad for players that will never get to experience the joy he did representing his country in both home and away ties. "Why touch a piece of history?" he says. "They ruined something so important."

25:57

Who is Mark most excited about coming up the ranks from his home country? Alex De Minaur just pushed Marin Cilic to five sets at the US Open and is quickly making a name for himself. Mark also has some strong opinions on Nick Kyrgios. 

37:00

Mark and his wife Silvana are both from Melbourne, where they're moving back to next year. The couple have a four-year-old son and just had a baby girl this summer. What's his son Nicholas' interest level in tennis? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

♡ my tribe @mark_philippoussis / I don’t care where we are just as long as we’re together #gratefulheart

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43:27

The retired tennis star has a huge passion for surfing, but how good is he? 

46:20

Learn more about Jacque and Mark's tennis collection here

That's it for this episode of The TENNIS.com Podcast: Inside the Tour. Subscribe on iTunes, Podbean and/or Spotify so you don't miss a single second.

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