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getright
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:15 PM
Ex-champ in RMKC field

By Phil Stukenborg
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February 8, 2006

Two-time Memphis champion Mark Philippoussis, a former top 10 player and the 2003 Wimbledon runnerup, was awarded the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships final wild card Tuesday.

RMKC tournament director Phil Chamberlain said Philippoussis, 29, will join previously announced wild-card entrants Mardy Fish and Scoville Jenkins in the 32-player field, which includes Andy Roddick and Tommy Haas, one the ATP Tour's hottest players.

Haas, also a former Memphis champ, is 11-2 this year with a tournament win last week at Delray Beach, Fla., and two losses to Roger Federer, the world's top-ranked player.

Chamberlain also announced Alexandra Stevenson has accepted a wild card into the Cellular South Cup, the women's event held concurrently with the men's tournament. The RMKC and CSC run Feb. 17-26 at The Racquet Club.

Coming off another injury-plagued season, Philippoussis, the hard-serving Australian, finished outside the top 100 for the second straight year. He has won one of three matches this year as he continues his comeback.

"He approached us about wanting to play here, which is good," Chamberlain said. "He has good memories here."

Philippoussis, who won the Memphis event in 1998 and 2001, hasn't played at The Racquet Club since losing a first-round match in 2003 to eventual champion Taylor Dent.

As for Stevenson, she was a finalist in 2003, dropping the championship match in three hard-fought sets to Lisa Raymond.

In addition to the player announcements, Chamberlain said Tracy Austin, a 1992 International Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, will participate in the Cellular South Cup Charity Challenge Feb. 20. The two-time U.S. Open singles champ will join Anna Kournikova and the Bryan brothers -- Bob and Mike -- in a mixed doubles match to benefit the Katrina Relief Fund, LeBonheur Children's Hospital and St Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Thanks for the article... Alex should be playing in the 50K that is taking place the same week as Memhpis as she would have a better chance of winning a match or 2. But whatever... same old same old :rolleyes: :wavey:

frenchie
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:18 PM
AnnaK :hearts: :hearts:

I think it will be the first time she'll step on a tennis court since her "match" in Mexico :tape:

-sugi-
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:18 PM
good luck Alex

CrossCourt~Rally
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:19 PM
It should be fun to see ANNA and TRACY play against each other in Mixed Doubles :worship: :bounce:

jonny84
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:38 PM
Hope Alex uses her WC well!

maccardel
Feb 9th, 2006, 10:42 PM
Sorry, I thought it said Stevenson gets WC (wheelchair). What is going on with her? what happened to I am a top 10 player? Oh, the list was turned upside down....I guess she realized it and the truth hit hard.........nah, I love my girl Alex, but damn go back to Bollaterri or whomever, but not Samantha.......for crying out loud, you claim you are a college student then make some good decisions cos keeping Sam as coach is like keeping Sam as a coach.....you are top 10, but you can only get into challengers......reality sets in.

Meesh
Feb 9th, 2006, 11:22 PM
It should be fun to see ANNA and TRACY play against each other in Mixed Doubles :worship: :bounce:

Yes, that's worth the trip up there!

CoryAnnAvants#1
Feb 9th, 2006, 11:22 PM
A qualy wild card would be pushing it for Alex right now, but a MAIN DRAW one?:o

Correct me if I'm wrong, but will Alex have used up all of her wild cards at the end of this month? Since coming back, she's used four Injury Protected Rank's (at Luxembourg, Filderstadt, Moscow, and a challenger last July). She took wild cards at all three of the WTA tour events in California last summer, one last week at a challenger in Michigan, Memphis in a couple weeks, and then she got one for a challenger in Las Vegas the week after that. She certainly can't get unlimited wild cards, so how many does she have left?

vogus
Feb 9th, 2006, 11:27 PM
A qualy wild card would be pushing it for Alex right now, but a MAIN DRAW one?:o

Correct me if I'm wrong, but will Alex have used up all of her wild cards at the end of this month? Since coming back, she's used four Injury Protected Rank's (at Luxembourg, Filderstadt, Moscow, and a challenger last July). She took wild cards at all three of the WTA tour events in California last summer, one last week at a challenger in Michigan, Memphis in a couple weeks, and then she got one for a challenger in Las Vegas the week after that. She certainly can't get unlimited wild cards, so how many does she have left?


It's a new season, last year's WCs don't count, so Alex has plenty left. This giveaway just shows how hard up the United States is right now for up-and-coming female tennis stars. There is basically nobody in the pipeline. Stevenson will probly get maindraw WCs at IW and Miami as well.

GoDominique
Feb 9th, 2006, 11:34 PM
Well let's see who will have the honour of kicking her (fat) ass. :)

alwayshingis
Feb 10th, 2006, 12:10 AM
No way should Alex have gotten a WC. Wasted :mad:

I don't buy the argument that she draws crowds. What casual fans have ever even heard of her/remember her?

LefandePatty
Feb 10th, 2006, 04:43 AM
Alexandra :rocker2:

darrinbaker00
Feb 10th, 2006, 04:53 AM
Samantha must have used her "special talents" to get Alex that wild card..... :tape:

Scotso
Feb 10th, 2006, 12:27 PM
go Tracy!

Taz Warrior
Feb 10th, 2006, 03:22 PM
How many chances is Alex (and Phillipoussis) going to get? :rolleyes: