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Mark Anthony Philippoussis (; born 7 November 1976) is an Australian tennis player of Greek and Italian descent. He turned professional in 1994. His greatest achievements were winning two Davis Cup titles with Australia in 1999 and 2003, winning the deciding rubber in the final of each. He also reached the finals of the 1998 US Open and the 2003 Wimbledon tournaments, losing to countryman Pat Rafter and Swiss Roger Federer respectively. He reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 8.
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Mark Anthony Philippoussis (born 7 November 1976) is an Australian tennis player. He turned professional in 1994. His father is Greek, whilst his mother is of Italian ancestry. He is well known for his powerful physique, standing at 6 ft 5 inches and weighing 106 kilograms. He has also had a minor career in modeling and was featured in the American reality television dating show Age of Love. Philippoussis was born in Melbourne and educated at Wesley College.
Coached by his father, Nick Philippoussis, the right-hander has played tennis since he was six years of age. He was briefly coached by former 1987 Wimbledon champion Pat Cash during his junior years, which ended in an acrimonious split. In 1994, he finished third in single ranking for juniors. Philippoussis also finished as junior doubles champion with Ben Ellwood in Australia, Wimbledon, and Italy. He turned professional in 1994. In 1995, at the age of 19, he was the youngest player in the year-end top 50.
Philippoussis has always claimed to be proud of representing his country in Davis Cup, but personal differences with John Newcombe and Tony Roche interfered with his commitment early in his career. Despite several highly publicised feuds, Mark played a large part in giving Australia their 27th Davis Cup triumph - second only to the United States with 31 - but it was their first since 1986. In 1999 Mark defeated Cedric Pioline, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 in front of a boisterous French crowd in Nice. Injuries plagued Mark`s availability for Davis cup and was the cause of a public rift between team-mates Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt. Rafter publicly accused Philippoussis of `jerking` the team around after he withdrew from a Davis Cup tie in late 2000.
In February, 2008, media attention again turned to Philippoussis`s love life, as reports surfaced that he had begun dating Siobhan Parekh - a Sydney-based model who won FHM`s Girl Next Door competition two years ago. After bouncing out of his reality TV relationship with Age of Love winner Amanda Salinas in late 2007, Philippoussis reportedly started dating the model in January.
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