Tennis superstar, Mark Anthony Philippoussis, born November 7, 1976 in Melbourne, Australia turned professional in 1994. He started his tennis career coached by his father, Nick Philippoussis, who is a former soccer player. He was the youngest player in the top 50 at the age of 19 in 1995. A year after that, in 1996, he won against Pete Sampras at the Australian Open in the third round. This right hander recorded a personal best of 229.0 km/h serve in a game last May 1997 which he unfortunately lost to Albert Costa. Philippoussis rose to fame when he ranked 8th in the world professional tennis, and was proclaimed a national hero after leading Australia to several Davis Cup victories in 1999 and 2003.
But this fast-serving tennis celebrity has been slowed down due to quite a number of injuries in the recent years. He underwent 3 knee injuries which led to continued defeats against Andre Agassi at the Australian Open and the Russian gold medalist, Yevgeny Kafelnikov at the second Sydney Olympics both in the year 2000, and to Roger Federer in 2003 at Wimbledon finals.
Philippoussis gained a controversial wildcard entry to the Wimbledon in 2006, however, he was defeated in the second round. In the 2007 Hopman Cup, he defeated Russian Dmitry Tursunov which brought him to his second match against Jerome Haehnel. However, he was forced to retire due to severe knee injury.
Due to his fallen career, Philippoussis is struggling with his finances and is losing his home which he shares with his mother in Melbourne. He sold his Lamborghini and is on the verge to win his fight against his financial dues.