Australian Mark Philippoussis is no longer the coach of world number five Stefanos Tsitsipas, the former tennis star announced on social media.
Philippoussis joined Tsicipas’ father Apostolos in the coach’s box in the second half of last season and helped the Greek reach the final at the Australian Open this year.
Tsicipas, who was stopped by a Serb in the final at the opening Grand Slam in Melbourne in January Novak Djokovichas previously praised the influence that the “sage” Philippoussis had on him several times.
But Philippoussis, 46, a former Wimbledon finalist and OP The USA, who has Greek roots, wrote on Instagram a few days before the start of the French Open that the partnership with Tsicipas was over. He did not explain why.
“Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your team,” wrote Philippoussis: “It’s been a great ride and experience and I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together in the short time we’ve had. I wish you health, happiness and success in the future, on and off the field!”
Tsicipas’ father thus remains his main coach.