Despite several highly publicised feuds, Mark played a large part in giving Australia their 27th Davis Cup triumph - second only to the United States with 31 - but it was their first since 1986.In 1999 he defeated Cedric Pioline, 6–3, 5–7, 6–1, 6–2 in Nice, France.In 1996, he reached the 4th round of the Australian Open upsetting Pete Sampras in the 3rd round and in doubles with Patrick Rafter.
Philippoussis said Rafter was 'ill-informed' and upset by the lack of support and understanding from his team-mates.
Knee surgeries forced Philippoussis out of Davis Cup until February 2003.
Injuries plagued Mark's availability for Davis cup and was the cause of a public rift between team-mates Patrick Rafter and Lleyton Hewitt.
Rafter publicly accused Philippoussis of 'jerking' the team around after he withdrew from a Davis Cup tie in late 2000.
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Mark Anthony Philippoussis (Μαρκ Φιλιππούσης)(born 7 November 1976) is an Australian tennis player. His father is Greek, while his mother is of Italian ancestry but speaks Greek.He moved from Miami to the San Diego, California area in September 2002.Philippoussis has always claimed to be proud of representing his country in Davis Cup, but personal differences with John Newcombe and Tony Roche interfered with his commitment early in his career.With his right shoulder aching, Mark Philippoussis summoned the strength and shots to beat Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 2-6, 6-0 and clinch a 28th Davis Cup title for Australia. Two years ago, Mark Philippoussis was laid up in bed in Miami Beach following a complex third knee surgery, wondering not so much whether he would ever win a Grand Slam but whether he would ever play professional tennis again at a high level.Philippoussis, the Wimbledon runner-up, called it "definitely the most important win of my tennis career, without a doubt." His shoulder was treated by a trainer at length on the side of the grass court after the fourth set. On Sunday, in one of those "miracle" comeback stories that seem so frequent in sports, the tall, powerful Australian with the tattoo of Alexander the Great on his right bicep, plays for the Wimbledon title. On 29 March 1999, Philippoussis entered the top 10 for the first time and stayed there for 10 weeks.