As a result of his poverty, the Wimbledon finalist had to ask acquaintances to buy him food.
Mark Philippousis, the former world No. 8, has spoken up about feeling “ashamed” when his family was left “poor” due to injuries and six knee surgeries that prevented him from competing and winning prize money.
Mark Philippoussis, the man Roger Federer defeated at Wimbledon in 2003 to earn his maiden Grand Slam title, has spoken out about his “shame” at being “poor” after battling emotionally and financially following knee surgery. The former world No. 8 said he suffered from depression as he saw his “loved ones struggle” and turned to friends for financial assistance.
Philippoussis made his top 10 debut in March 1999, after reaching his maiden Grand Slam final at the US Open in 1998.
After three knee operations, the Australian made a comeback in 2003, after his ailments had taken him out of the Australian Davis Cup team multiple times, causing a rift with players such as Pat Rafter.
Following his comeback, which saw him commit to being serious about tennis by hiring a new physical trainer and making himself available for the Davis Cup on a regular basis, the former top-ten player made the 2003 Wimbledon final, losing to a then-21-year-old Roger Federer, with the Swiss star winning the first of his 20 Grand Slam titles.
However, his recovery was stifled once more in 2004, when his performance plummeted and he went the rest of the year without winning a match after Wimbledon.
After hiring a new coach in 2006, he attempted a return but failed to win many games, and experienced another setback with his knee a year later. He tried again in 2008 before enduring further knee surgery, after which he was left “poor.”
Now, in an interview with SAS Australia, the two-time Grand Slam finalist discusses how he felt he had let his family down after failing to make enough money on the court following his injuries, despite his father quitting his stable banking career to help him become a pro player.
“My universe revolves on my family. It’s a top priority for me. It’s all about me. Philippoussis remarked, “I had a desire to become a professional tennis player, and my family put everything on the line for me.”
“Brinkwire Summary News” says, “My father had a nice job in the bank.”