• Scud can't hide fear factor in planned comeback

    12/24/08 10:31 AM | Johan Lindahl
    Scud can't hide fear factor in planned comeback Mark Philippoussis confesses that fear of another knee injury could prevent him from fulfilling his long-odds dream of a return to the top levels of tennis.

    But as he dips his toes back into the sport with a January appearance at the Legends doubles event at the Australian Open after last playing on the ATP in November, 2006, the 32-year-old admits that he's looking forward to trying to achieve the near-impossible.

    "It would be nice to play a match in Melbourne - it's been a long time," the hometown boy who twice lost Grand Slam finals told Australian media. "It's not the match I wanted, but it's a way for me to get back into the game.

    "It's just a slow start to the road ahead. It's gonna be fun - but I've got a long way to go. This is a great way for me to see how the body is feeling and take it from there."

    The veteran of half-dozen knee surgeries says he does not want to ever add to that total. "Obviously, I don't want to be 34 and 36 and have another surgery, I've got to be realistic. If I come back too soon and hurt myself it might end up being another surgery. And I don't want that."

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