• Philippoussis knee injury recovery prevents a return to senior tennis

    9/24/08 8:03 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Philippoussis knee injury recovery prevents a return to senior tennis The career-long injury jinx which stalked Mark Philippoussis during his time in APT tennis is resuming as he tries to play on the senior circuit.

    The hard-luck Aussie, soon to turn 32, was a late pullout from this weekend's senior event in North Carolina, citing - of course - a physical problem.

    He was joined as an absentee by former French Open finalist Mikael Pernfors, with the Swede suffering from an Achilles heel injury sustained last week in Paris and Philippoussis still not recovered sufficiently enough from knee surgery earlier this year.

    Philippoussis, a former Wimbledon and US Open finalist, was hoping to launch his comeback to professional tennis in Charlotte. He will now aim to play in a month on the circuit in Dallas.

    "I'm disappointed that I am not quite ready to compete in Charlotte," he said. "My doctor tells me I will be ready to go next month and I can't wait to step on the court there."

    Philippoussis has not played since hurting his knee during the Australian Open wildcard playoff last December. He has undergone five knee operations and also suffered a surfing accident in July.

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