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Mark Philippoussis Might Want to Stick to Tennis; Surfing Nearly Got Him Killed

Jul 3, 2008 – 8:04 PM
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Five years ago at this time, Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis was in the final at Wimbledon, where he lost to Roger Federer for Federer's first Grand Slam title.

Now Philippoussis is spending more time surfing than playing tennis. He'd probably be better off staying out of the ocean and on the court.
Australia's Daily Telegraph is reporting that Philippoussis was surfing off Bells Beach when things took a turn for the worse:
he got into trouble in the turbulent waters before being dragged into a sea cave while his board was smashed in half, the Nine Network said tonight.

Philippoussis' ordeal began when he paddled out of Winki Pop beach, between Bells Beach and Torquay, on the Surf Coast, southwest of Melbourne, this morning....

"He got swept down, broke his board and took refuge in a cave for, like, two hours, had all his feet cut up and he hurt his hip," [a witness said].

Philippousis is recovering from hip and foot injuries at his parents' home.

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