Mark Philippoussis announces split with Stefanos Tsitsipas
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Mark Philippoussis has announced that he and Stefanos Tsitsipas are parting ways. Last summer, Philippoussis joined Tsitsipas' coaching staff. After nearly a year of working together, the two decided to go their separate ways.
"Stefanos Tsitsipas, thanks for the opportunity of being a part of your team. It was a great ride and experience, I’m proud of what we achieved together in the short amount of time we had. I wish you health, happiness and success for your future, on and off the court!" Philippoussis announced on Instagram.
Tsitsipas just recently spoke extremely highly of Philippoussis
In March, Tsitsipas reflected on his partnership with Philippoussis that started in the second half of the 2022 season.
“Mark is a very wise man, he has a lot of knowledge. I think the fact that he’s lived these things himself on the tour and he’s able to provide some [advice] to me now is essential. He provides a lot of feedback.
He can relate to a lot of things that have happened to me and sees a little bit of himself in me in some circumstances and situations. I very much enjoy this relationship that the two of us have. There’s so much compatibility in terms of team chemistry but also our philosophy behind the tennis we’re trying to pursue," Tsitsipas said of Philippoussis in Indian Wells.
When Tsitsipas hired Philippoussis, he was hoping the 2003 Wimbledon runner-up would help him elevate his game and guide him to a maiden Grand Slam title. At the start of the 2023 season, Tsitsipas nearly became a Grand Slam champion as he made the Australian Open final before losing to Novak Djokovic.
Tsitsipas maybe didn't win a Grand Slam during his time with Philippoussis but he is now a much better player volleyer - all thanks to Philippoussis. Tsitsipas' father Apostolos now remains the lone coach in the Greek's box.