Mark Philippoussis talks about the glory years of party boys and how dramas outside of court changed everything
Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has revealed the extent of his wild hedonistic life outside the court and the moment when his drive to play the game changed.
The 43-year-old opened up his luxury spending habits and extravagant lifestyle during his career driving flash cars and dating celebrities while climbing the tennis ranks.
The two-time Grand Slam runner-up narrated ‘The Howie Games’ the story of how he bought a $ 100,000 car to sell it the next day after driving home from the dealership.
“I’m not exaggerating when I say that I would easily buy one car a month and just change it,” said Philippoussis.
“I never kept it because it never made me happy, I was just bored.”
Mark Phillippoussis (pictured with wife Silvana and son Nicholas) has opened up to his extravagant and luxurious life outside the tennis court
De Poo serves the ball in a game against Albert Portas at the US Open in New York in 2000
Philippoussis lived in Florida in the 1990s and drove to Tampa with a friend to check out the Dodge and Chevrolet dealers.
The pair took to the road in a Hummer convertible and slid down the slippery road on the way there, smashed into a concrete barrier and got along with the car.
Refusing to go home despite the crash, the Scud took a taxi to the dealers opposite each other, telling them that whoever had their Viper or Corvette ready would take their money first.
“You can laugh, because it’s ridiculous,” said Philippoussis.
Long story short, the Dodge Viper was ready in 45 minutes. They detailed it and I bought the car on my American Express and drove the car back home, but I didn’t fit in properly so the next day I sold it. ‘
Philippoussis called it a “screwed up story” and a “stupid thing,” all because he refused to take a cab home.
Known for his party boy antics, Philippoussis dated a slew of celebrities, including singer Delta Goodrem (pictured together)
De Poep enjoyed career highlights as captain of the Australian Davis Cup, took victory in 1999 and 2003 and celebrated like a party after his performance.
He said he wanted to have a life outside of the tennis court and enjoy himself outside of his professional life.
‘When I was on the field, I played. When I trained, I trained hard. But as soon as that was over, I switched off and enjoyed my life, ”said Philippoussis.
‘The great ones have almost no life, and that’s the reality of it. They are obsessed, you must be obsessed with everything you do.
‘That’s what needs to be done and it wasn’t me. It was at the beginning, but I wasn’t, and I can just be honest and say that. ‘
Philippoussis hits a backhand in the 1998 US Open. He reached the final that year, finishing second to fellow Australian Pat Rafter.
This effort to appreciate and celebrate his life with family and friends stemmed from a fear of cancer in Philippoussis’ father Nick in his teens.
The thought of losing his father put life in perspective for Philippoussis, changing his priorities and realizing what was really important.
“Watching someone you love, who you think has some time left to live, changed everything for me. And tennis didn’t seem that important anymore, ”he said.
‘It got to a point where I realized I didn’t care about eating, sleeping, breathing in tennis because my first priority in my life was always my family.
‘I grew up like this, but that took it to another level when I saw someone, your father, who helped me become who I am, and almost lost him to cancer. It changed everything.
“To be honest, I no longer have a clue about tennis.”
Phillippoussis said his view of tennis changed in his teens after his father Nick (pictured together) was diagnosed with cancer.