Monday, May 3, 2010

Philippoussis wins Staples Finals in Boston

Photo: World Tennis Magazine

Mark Philippoussis, age 33, defeated John McEnroe, age 51, Sunday night for the Staples Champions Cup, part of the Champions Series, the global tennis tour for past champions over age 30. The final score in 3 sets: 6-3, 4-6, 10-5 (Champions Tie-Breaker).

Philippoussis lost the Wimbledon finals to Roger Federer in 2003, and was only 2 years old when John McEnroe won his first Grand Slam in 1979 at the U.S. Open. In recent years, Philippoussis had been struggling with knee injuries and six surgeries.

In the third place match, Jim Courrier, age 39, defeated Bjorn Borg, age 53, in 2 sets: 6-4, 7-6 (4). Borg was playing competitively in the U.S. for the first time in 10 years, and was warmly greeted by Boston tennis fans. Borg had played and lost to McEnroe in the semi-finals.

Well done to all the champions!
Best, Gary

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