Former Wimbledon and US Open finalist Mark Philippoussis has finally given up on his ATP dream at age 34 after last playing an active role in the sport half a decade ago.
The player whose work ethic never matched his talent and whose knees have been the subject of six operations - three per side - has finally admitted that he's far happier in his new life. Philippoussis, who surfs from his southern California base near San Diego and participates in the occasional senior event, has played TeamTennis this summer with Boston.
"I don't really have any interest in returning to ATP," he told the Boston Herald. "I'd love to play some events. I'm very interested in playing some events, but I'm very happy playing senior events.
"I'm having a lot of fun. It's a great group of guys. It's laid back. It's got a great vibe, and I'm just really enjoying doing that. I'm not really into the traveling. I've done so much of it over the years. I'm not really happy traveling."
Philippoussis, who has had his share of love-life troubles and financial worries, seems to have scaled back his ambitions. Only a few months ago he was again dropping hints that a return to the ATP would be right up his street.
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