Thomas Muster’s first appearance on the ATP World Tour circuit since the 1990s has brought another man to his feet, Mark Philippoussis. The 33-year old tennis dynamo recently beat former World No.1 Jim Courier 6-4 6-1 to clinch his second straight Champions series title. Philippoussis has recently stated that his goal is to return to play on the ATP World Tour.
“I’ve just fallen back in love with the sport on the Champions Series,” the Australian said. “It’s just great and since I’ve gotten that love back, my body has been getting stronger. I feel I can hit the ball just as hard as the guys on the tour, so why not give it a go if I’m having this much fun?”
The Wimbledon and US Open finalist hasn’t played on the ATP World Tour since late 2006. He has been constantly niggled by knee injuries in the past and critics have continually questioned his willingness to represent his country in Davis Cup.
However not everyone shares Philippoussis’ optimism that beating Jim Courier in an old blokes hit and giggle is enough to cause a boilover against Federer or Nadal. However we do wish him well in his latest comeback, successful or not, he will be remembered as one of the most talented players never to have won a Grand Slam.