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Mark Philippoussis has withdrawn his request for a wildcard into qualifying for the Indian Wells Masters.

Mark Philippoussis has withdrawn his request for a wildcard into qualifying for the Indian Wells Masters in California. The 34-year-old, who won the 1999 tournament, was set to receive a wildcard into qualifying for the event, which gets underway on March 7.

However, tournament officials said on Tuesday the former world No.8, will be now compete in a senior event in Zurich instead.

The two-time Grand Slam runner-up last played at ATP level at the 2006 US Open, falling to David Nalbandian in the first round.

The unranked Philippoussis has only been sighted on the secondary Challenger circuit and veterans’ tour since undergoing a third round of serious knee surgery after the 2006 Hopman Cup in Perth.


Mark Philippoussis to play in Indian Wells qualifier.

Bernard Tomic has been granted a wildcard into the main draw of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, one of the world’s biggest tournaments outside the four majors.

And, in what may be considered a surprise move, 1999 Indian Wells champ Mark Philippoussis, who is currently attempting a comeback, received a wildcard into the qualifying event. The 34-year-old Melburnian won his first ATP Champions Tour title with a 6-3 6-2 win over 46-year-old American Aaron Krickstein.

Tomic, the current world No.185, is one of the youngest players in the top 200 and will be joined by fellow rising stars Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Ryan Harrison, Coco Vandeweghe, and Christina McHale in the main draw, which will be played from March 7 to 20.

Veterans James Blake, Vania King, Jill Craybas and Sania Mirza were also given wildcards into the main draws.

Since reaching the third round at Australian Open 2011 as a wildcard, Tomic has made it to the semifinals and the final at Challenger events in Burnie and Caloundra respectively. He lost his most recent outing against Lukas Lacko in the first round of qualifying for the Delray Beach ATP event.


He’s broke, but he’s engaged….again!


PLAYBOY tennis star Mark Philippoussis is engaged – again.

He confirmed his engagement during the week as he tried to rebuild his career in the Arizona desert.

“Her name is Jennifer and we met in the Hamptons,” the cash-strapped player said.

He and his fiancee, Jennifer Esposito, plan to wed in May or June.

“I’m very excited,” he said courtside in Arizona. “That’s about all I want to say about that.”

Neither Philippoussis nor agents for award-winning Law and Order actress Jennifer Esposito, 36, would comment on speculation she was the sportsman’s new flame.

The Scud, who appeared in the 2007 reality dating show Age of Love, has a long history of tortured romance.

His engagement to Miami hotel heiress Alexis Barbara ended after 16 months and he has had a string of doomed relationships with high-profile women, including singer Delta Goodrem, Anna Kournikova, model Siobhan Parekh, cheerleader Amanda Salinas and socialite Paris Hilton.

Despite his money problems, Philippoussis, 32, has spent the past three months in the US, jetting between the east coast and his favourite surf haunts in southern California.

There was no sign of his bride-to-be in the small Arizona town of Surprise during the week, where he crashed out of the first round of a small charity event and returned to his hotel for a quiet night in.

“It was very frustrating,” Philippoussis said after losing to South African Wayne Ferreira.

“I just couldn’t control the ball. The balls were flying. It was tough out there. It was definitely disappointing for me.”

In stark contrast to his glory days on the professional tour, when he contested US Open and Wimbledon finals, he played last week’s match before a crowd of about 800.

“I miss playing in those tournaments,” he said of the grand slam events.

“I miss playing in front of the big crowds and all the guys in those tournaments. I don’t miss the travelling, you know, living out of a suitcase. But I definitely miss playing up at that level.”

Philippoussis, who spoke of his dire financial situation in May, has won $US45,000 playing the Outback Champions Series, which has a cash prize pool of $US150,000 per tournament. However, he said he was not playing for the money.

“I’m just trying to get back on the court and play a sport I love playing. Simple as that,” he said.

“I think for me, it’s just about getting back on the court, and getting my body stronger and my knee stronger.”

His promising career came undone in 2006, crumbling under the weight of a knee injury and his poor work ethic.

He will play in London in early November before returning to Australia next year.

His father, Nick, last night said he knew “all about” the wedding plans but would not elaborate.

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