Sydney, June 20: Australian tennis ace Mark Philippoussis has insisted he is content with what he has achieved during his injury-plagued tennis career.
With protective strapping on both knees, Philippoussis is playing veterans doubles at an exhibition event in London this week rather than preparing for a Wimbledon start on Monday.
It is a far cry from the heady days nine years ago when he was lining up against Roger Federer in the 2003 final at the All England Club.
“Oh man, I wouldn’t change a thing. I don’t regret anything. I’ve had a career to be proud of, two Davis Cup wins,” The Age quoted Philippoussis, as saying.How often do you get a chance to have one Davis Cup win, let alone two? And both of them were the last match to win it,” he added.
The now 35-year-old also reached the 1998 US Open final, and beat a dozen world No.1s during his stop-start career, including Federer, Pete Sampras, Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt – and was the hero for Australia in Davis Cup final triumphs over France (1999) and Spain (2003).
Philippoussis retired with none after peaking at No.8 in the world aged 22 in 1999.
“The final of a US Open, Wimbledon … Obviously one match short, I would have loved to win a grand slam; I’ve won Masters Series events. But I’m very proud about what I’ve done,” he said. (ANI)