Former tennis player Mark Philippoussis, and his wife Silvana Lovin, welcomed their first child on February 3, and have named their son Nicholas Emanuel. Nicholas may be named after Mark’s father, Nick Phillipoussis, who was his first tennis coach.
Mark was a professional tennis player during the 1990s and early 2000s. He and his doubles partner Jelena Dokic won the Hopman Cup in 1999 – the only time Australia has ever won it. At the height of his career, he was known for having one of the fastest serves in tennis, and gained the nickname Scud, after the Scud missile. Mark has had a minor career in modelling, and appeared on the NBC dating show, The Age of Love. He is now in the fashion business after launching his own label, runs tennis clinics, and still plays seniors tennis.
Silvana is a model and actress who has appeared in the Australian movie Vanished, and in the American version of the television comedy, Wilfred. She and Mark were married last year, and live in San Diego.