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Welcome To SoUpGrRl's "I'm Obsessed With Mark Philippoussis" Page!!


If you're either one of my friends, family members, co-workers, or just whatever, then you know that Mark Philippoussis is, and will always be, my all-time favorite tennis player.

Mark made it to the U.S. Open Finals!!! I'm so proud to "know" this man! He played and lost a well fought match to his former doubles partner and fellow country-man Patrick Rafter.

Even though he won last year, Mark, sadly, lost here in Memphis at the Kroger/St. Jude Tennis Tournament in the Third Round. Tommy Haas went on to win it, beating former Number One-er Jim Courier.


Here's Some Info. On My Australian "Scud" Muffin:

BORN: November 7, 1976
BIRTHPLACE: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
RESIDENCE: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia and Monte Carlo, Monaco
HEIGHT: 6'4"
WEIGHT: 202 lbs
HAIR: Dark brown
EYES: Green
NICK-NAME: Scud. This is because Mark has the second fastest and hardest serve in the world.

TURNED PRO: 1994
PLAYS: Right-handed
HIGHEST SINGLES RANKING: 13 (June 16, 1997)
HIGHEST DOUBLES RANKING: 16 (August 11, 1997)
CAREER PRIZE MONEY: $2,105,095
CAREER TITLES: 5
CURRENT SINGLES RANKING: 15 (March 2, 1999)
CURRENT DOUBLES RANKING: i dunno

Year-End Ranking History
1998 : 14
1997 : 18
1996 : 30
1995 : 32
1994 : 304

PERSONAL

-Began playing tennis at the age of 6 with his father, Nick, a former soccer goalie
-Finished No. 3 in singles in 1994 world junior rankings. And in doubles, Mark and Ben Ellwood finished as No. 1 in the world, winning Australian, Wimbledon, and Italian juniors
-Played in The Atlanta Olympics and reached third round in singles
-Earned RADO Player To Watch award in 1995, which is given to the player who had a breakthrough year on the ATP Tour
-Even now, Mark is still coached my his dad
-Mark set the world record for the fastest serve on March 7, 1997, when he served a 142.3 mph ace. But in Dec., '97, Greg Rusedski broke the record THREE times: 143 mph, 146 mph, 149 mph
-Mark is sponsored by Fila, but appears in all the new K-Swiss commercials
-There's even a Fila Philippoussis shoe!!

Why I Love Him

-He's Greek/Italian/Austalian (The PERFECT man!)
-He's got(or he HAD) gorgous long, wavy hair
-He's always wearing the blue bandana
-He's a tennis player
-He's tall
-He's got a beautiful accent
-He's good to his fans (just ask me and/or Jennifer Daniels!!)
-He's quoted me on ESPN (email me if you haven't heard this story yet!!)
-He comes to Memphis every year
-I've gotten his autograph SEVEN times
-I've gotten my picture taken with him
-He gave me his wristband and said "hey" to me 'cuz he remembered me from the day before
-HE'S EXTREMELY GOOD -LOOKING!!!!!