Australian tennis great Mark Philippoussis is back in business with Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas just months after coach and pupil parted ways.
The news has emerged mere days after officials announced Philippoussis had been sanctioned for a rules breach surrounding voiceover work for a betting company.
But the 46-year-old was cleared to continue working in tennis after fully cooperated with the investigation and did not contest the charge.
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A four-month ban was wholly suspended, though Philippoussis was told to pay a $10,000 fine.
“As a sport, tennis has decided that accredited individuals should not have commercial relationships with betting companies,” International Tennis Integrity Agency chief executive Karen Moorhouse said.
“Whilst this case is clearly not one of corruption, it is a rule that players, coaches, and others in the sport need to be aware of.”
Mark Philippoussis has linked up with Stefanos Tsitsipas for a second time. Credit: Instagram
Free to resume his tennis career, Philippoussis – who remains an active player on the legends circuit – wasted little time returning to his plum job coaching Tsitsipas.
The partnership helped the world No.5 reach the Australian Open final this year but they announced an abrupt split before the French Open.
Tsitsipas said he was motivated by a desire to simplify the feedback he was receiving, having kept father Apostolos as his primary coach.
Now, though, it appears he will swing back the other way as Philippoussis takes the lead for much of the season.
Apostolos will reportedly withdraw from full-time travel and only help coach his son at the grand slams.
“It’s never easy having two coaches on the court,” Tsitsipas said in May when he first split from Philippoussis.
“I know they are there to help and give the best they can, and provide for me, but sometimes it can get quite kind of hectic having two coaches share opinions.
“I’m at a phase of my career in life where I need one coach that can provide all the information, all the analysis, all of the things that I’m looking for to improve my game. Less is more, in my opinion.
“It is very important to stick with few people, in my opinion, and make that work, because when you have a lot of people around you, it can get very draining for your mental energy, too.”
Philippoussis (front row, middle) and Tsitsipas’s father Apostolos will share coaching duties at grand slams. Credit: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images
Tsitsipas already received a taste of what to expect with Philippoussis at the helm solo following a trial run earlier this year.
“I have had weeks where I just travelled with my coach because that’s how I felt it should have been done,” he said, going on to praise the Australian despite their split.
“I don’t regret any of it, because it’s a personal feeling.
“I love Mark. He’s an amazing person, and we still stay in touch with him very often.”
Between stints with Tsitsipas, Philippoussis spent time on the coaching staff of another Greek star – women’s world No.9 Maria Sakkari.
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