By Nick Curcuru
---- — The Boston Lobsters main attraction will be making his home debut on Sunday against the Philadelphia Freedoms at the Manchester Athletic Club’s Joan Norton Tennis Court.
Mark Philippoussis, a former top 10 player in the world, will be in the Lobsters lineup Sunday against Philadelphia and Monday against the two time defending Mylan World Team Tennis Champion Washington Kastles, who will be bringing Martina Hingis, former No. 1 women’s player in the world and three time grand slam champion.
The 36 year old Philippoussis, a native of Australia, has put together a decorated professional tennis career since turning pro in 1994. The former No. 8 ranked player in the world is an accomplished singles and doubles player and he looks to help the Lobsters in both areas.
Over the last 19 years he has racked up 14 titles (11 singles, three doubles). The former junior doubles Wimbledon Champion has twice reached a Grand Slam singles Final dropping the 1998 US Open Final to Patrick Rafter and dropping the 2003 Wimbledon title to Roger Federer.
As a doubles player he reached the US Open and Wimbledon semifinals in 1996.
Philippoussis holds several wins over big name players including Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. He spent last Mylan World Team Tennis season playing for Sunday’s opponent Philadelphia before coming to Boston prior to the 2013 season.
Philippousis made a name for himself with a deadly power game featuring a devastating serve. At 6’5”, Philippoussis has been known to use his size to his advantage as his serve has reached upwards of 140mph.
The hard serving Aussie will actually make his Boston Lobsters debut tonight in Dallas against the Texas Wild, where the Lobsters will be playing the second match of back-to-back road tilts.
Philippoussis could not have picked a better time to join the Lobsters as the team is reeling dropping three straight matches heading into last night’s tilt against the Sacramento Capitals in Sacramento.
Boston started the season off on a high note with a well earned 20-18 win over the New York Sportimes last Sunday on opening night, which was also the first match at the Joan Norton Tennis Center. The Lobsters, however, have not won since dropping matches to the Springfield Lasers, the Kastles and a rematch with the Sportimes on Wednesday in Manchester.
The Freedoms (0-3) are the lone team sitting behind the Lobsters in the Eastern. The 1-3 Lobsters, however, are just a game out of first place behind 2-2 Washington and New York. Sacramento is the lone unbeaten team in the league as it took a 3-0 record into last night’s match with the Lobsters.
The Lobsters are hoping Philippoussis will provide that boost to get them back into the win column.