As the Wimbledon fortnight comes to its centre-court climax writer Peter Swain looks at how the former giants of the game have faired both financially and on the property ladder.
Over the years, the ‘Scud’, as Philippoussis is known, has acquired a reputation for fast serves, fast cars and even faster women.
He’s been linked to the likes of Paris Hilton and Anna Kournikova, and drives Ferraris, Harley-Davidsons and Hummers.
In between, he’s even made two Grand Slam finals. But when it comes to money, this is one financially challenged Aussie tennis playboy.
Despite career tournament earnings of $6,984,682 plus lucrative endorsements and even a brief spell as a reality TV host, the Scud has admitted he was forced to sell his $900,000 Williamstown home in Melbourne last year to meet crippling debts.
In November, 2009, it was also reported he owed the US taxman $500,000 for tax debts dating back to 2003. His tennis career promised much but due to repeated knee injuries, he has under-delivered.
He was beaten by fellow Australian, Pat Rafter, at the US Open in 1998, and by Federer at Wimbledon in 2003, so his proudest achievements must be helping Australia win the Davis Cup in 1999 and 2003.
Back to back Champions Series victories this year in Boston and Arizona, earning the 34-year-old $60,000 a time, have helped the bank balance but details of his precise property portfolio remain hazy, quite possibly because he doesn’t have one.
Currently unattached according to the tabloids, he is reported to be living in San Diego, but his love life, which commands the same attention in the Aussie media as David Beckham’s in the UK, means he’s sure to be on the move again soon.
The charming lothario is one of the tournament favourites, but when it comes to ‘who’s got the biggest house’, the Scud is propping up our primelocation.com table.
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But when it comes to money, this is one financially challenged Aussie tennis playboy