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Philippoussis in dire straits

AUSTRALIA'S former Davis Cup stalwart Mark Philippoussis is in dire financial straits and being sued for defaulting on loan payments for his house, the former top 10 tennis player told local media.

The 32-year-old US Open and Wimbledon finalist, famous for his love of fast cars and a string of celebrity girlfriends, said he was in the "toughest time" of his life, with a finance company seeking US$1.3 million and possession of the Melbourne house he shares with his mother. "Things are tough. Financially tough - oh my God - but more importantly than that, it's been the mental side," Philippoussis told the Herald Sun newspaper. Philippoussis, whose world ranking peaked at eight in 1999 and who amassed nearly US$7 million in career earnings, was once lauded as a national hero after leading Australia to Davis Cup wins in 1999 and 2003.


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