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    Update on Mark & Amanda

    It sounds like Amanda is still goofy about Mark. I wonder how he really feels about HER?

    Scud girl: I'm really in love | Herald Sun


    FAST-serving playboy Mark Philippoussis has done the unthinkable – scored a love-match on the Age of Love show.

    Three months after the US reality dating series wrapped up, Confidential can reveal Scud and the winning beauty are still very much an item.

    Amanda Salinas, a 25-year-old business assistant from Tennessee, told Confidential yesterday life with the 30-year-old Poo was better than ever.

    "For whatever reason, I always felt comfortable with him, but now (the cameras aren't rolling) it's so much more comfortable," she said.

    "I'm actually flying out (to San Diego) to see him tomorrow."

    In an enthusiastic gush, Salinas said she had fallen for Philippoussis from their first meeting on set.

    "Initially I was attracted to him physically but then saw the way he was with everyone," she said.

    "He just has this huge heart.

    "He was so sweet and caring and the way he talked about his family was so nice."

    In the series, a group of women in their 40s vied with a bevy of beauties in their 20s to win Philippoussis's charms.

    The finale aired in Australia last night and in the US this month.

    Philippoussis opted for Salinas, an avid dancer, artist and reader who knows next-to-nothing about sport over her 40-something sports nut counterpart, Jenny Braff, in the final.

    The girl-next-door Salinas follows a string of high-profile beauties swinging on the arm of the eligible tennis bachelor.

    The Williamstown boy has dated Delta Goodrem, been linked to Paris Hilton and Tara Reid, and been engaged to 18-year-old model heiress Alexis Barbara.

    But Salinas defended her new beau's playboy reputation, saying Philippoussis was just misunderstood.

    "I didn't follow any sports so I didn't know who he was until I got home from the show and found out a bit of stuff," she said.

    "But if I hear something about someone, I'm the sort of person who will go to the source.

    "So I asked him, 'Hey, baby, did you date this person or do this?' And he said, it wasn't true.

    "And I believe him."

    For the final episode of the show, Salinas visited Melbourne in May to meet Philippoussis' mother and sister and to see his hometown.

    "I cannot wait to go back. I have bragged about that place ever since getting home," she raved.

    "There are no plans yet, but I know he always goes home to visit his family for the holidays, so we'll see."

    If the dismal precedent set by dating shows is anything to go by, Salinas and Philippoussis have an uphill battle ahead of them.

    But at least Salinas gets the nod of approval from Mama Philippoussis.

    "Everybody was so nice to me," Salinas said of Philippoussis's family and friends.

    "His mum pulled me aside because I am extremely shy, and she said, 'I can see you're shy, I understand, you're like me'."
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    Re: Update on Mark & Amanda

    Another post show story...

    http://www.buddytv.com/articles/age-of-love/age-of-love-its-back-to-tennis-10588.aspx

    While Age of Love was possibly successful in finding tennis star Mark Philippoussis a mate, it's looking like the show might not necessary have been a rousing success for his career development.

    His behavior and persona on Age of Love turned off a lot of viewers. While he did find some new fans from the audience, it doesn't seem likely there will be enough of a positive response demanding more reality time with Mark. And the stint on a reality dating show certainly didn't impress the tennis world which has already had its doubts about his commitment to the sport.

    However, Mark is determined to refocus his career on tennis, and he's starting to make the comeback he promised earlier this year. He might have found love with Amanda Salinas, but he remains passionate about tennis, saying "The biggest thing for me is I love the game and I miss the game."

    He has signed on to play in an over-30's tournament in Texas next month. The event is not of the same level or stature, however, as the events he used to participate in, but he insists this is just an opportunity to test out his fitness prior to working his way back to the major events. (It's fitting, somehow, that his comeback after Age of Love will be for an older age-bracket event!)

    He says that it actually has not been his injured knee delaying his return, saying “My knee is doing great. The only reason I haven't been playing is my back has been hurting. So I've just been taking care of that and making sure when I do get back on the court, it's 100 per cent.”

    He's continued to train with Andre Agassi's conditioner, Gil Reyes, and says "I've been in Vegas out on the court with Andre now and again and in the gym with Gil. I've been trying to do everything I can to work hard.”

    Whether his efforts will pay off remains to be seen, but maybe with new flame Amanda supporting his efforts, he can make his desired return to the big time of tennis


    - Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
    Source: Brisbane Times
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    Duiring an interview at the US Open entitled ''Where is Philippoussis?", a man said (sarcastically) that one of the reasons Mark may not have wanted to sign up for the event was because he may not have wanted to show himself after being seen roller-skating with 19 year-olds. Comments like that from his peers are harsh, but I don't think it was a put down aimed at Mark, it felt more like a comment that reflects how people, including those in the tennis world, feel about reality dating shows in general. I don't think it will affect his reputation in the long run, or at least, I HOPE not. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He behaved like a proper gentleman. Like Jen said to his mom, she raised him right. I think it was Megan, who in her post-show interview, said how nice he was and how well he treated the ladies, even when they were not on dates with him. It took a lot of guts to do what he did, especially with the concept of pinning younger women against older ones (which was not his idea), and I also think his willingness to do the show proves how difficult it is for these star athletes to meet someone and form long-lasting relationships. Justine Henin, after a brief marriage, just went through a painful divorce this year, Andre Agassi was married what? Five minutes to Brooke Shields? And Chris Evert, if I'm not mistaken, is on hubby no. 3. That being said, I don't know how long his relationship with Amanda will last, but I'm surprised it even lasted this long, so who knows. In any case, I wish them the best and hope they are happy together, and I CAN'T WAIT to see Mark back on the tennis court. Go Mark!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jewels2312;2566846;
    Duiring an interview at the US Open entitled ''Where is Philippoussis?", a man said (sarcastically) that one of the reasons Mark may not have wanted to sign up for the event was because he may not have wanted to show himself after being seen roller-skating with 19 year-olds. Comments like that from his peers are harsh, but I don't think it was a put down aimed at Mark, it felt more like a comment that reflects how people, including those in the tennis world, feel about reality dating shows in general. I don't think it will affect his reputation in the long run, or at least, I HOPE not. He has nothing to be ashamed of. He behaved like a proper gentleman. Like Jen said to his mom, she raised him right. I think it was Megan, who in her post-show interview, said how nice he was and how well he treated the ladies, even when they were not on dates with him. It took a lot of guts to do what he did, especially with the concept of pinning younger women against older ones (which was not his idea), and I also think his willingness to do the show proves how difficult it is for these star athletes to meet someone and form long-lasting relationships. Justine Henin, after a brief marriage, just went through a painful divorce this year, Andre Agassi was married what? Five minutes to Brooke Shields? And Chris Evert, if I'm not mistaken, is on hubby no. 3. That being said, I don't know how long his relationship with Amanda will last, but I'm surprised it even lasted this long, so who knows. In any case, I wish them the best and hope they are happy together, and I CAN'T WAIT to see Mark back on the tennis court. Go Mark!
    I actually heard one of the USA commentators make this joke (I am fairly sure it was Ted Robinson). But the bottom line remains, Mark declined an invitation for a wild card spot in this event. Perhaps he feels he's not ready to play again - not sure of that at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MissThing;2569629;
    I actually heard one of the USA commentators make this joke (I am fairly sure it was Ted Robinson). But the bottom line remains, Mark declined an invitation for a wild card spot in this event. Perhaps he feels he's not ready to play again - not sure of that at all.
    Didn't know who the guy was that made the comment, but that makes sense. Yes, after declining the invitation to the US Open, everyone (including this Ted guy) pretty much feels like his tennis days are over...at least that's seems to be the general consensus among tennis experts. According to an article above, Mark now has back problems he needs to deal with. As if the knees weren't bad enough. Hopefully, with the right training, he can get back into shape and make a comeback soon. The only one out there who does not seem to suffer from any type of injury is Federer. What the HECK does this guy do to maintain such fitness???? The guy is just a-ma-zing.

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    Even if he was 100% healthy it wouldve been foolish to except a wildcard into a slam after not playing in 8 months. He wouldnt have the match fitness to play best of 5 sets.

    will be very interesting to see how he goes in Dallas...he should win against the legends.

    I've seen some recent pics and he's definately toned up since the show and looking nice and lean. He has the talent to be in the top20, but i'm not sure if his big frame can handle the pressure anymore.

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    Re: Update on Mark & Amanda

    Quote Originally Posted by flip_fan;2572639;
    I've seen some recent pics and he's definately toned up since the show and looking nice and lean. He has the talent to be in the top20, but i'm not sure if his big frame can handle the pressure anymore.
    I don't know if you meant his physical frame, but as I was reading.. I took this as if his big ego can handle it. That made me chuckle.

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    no... he certainly doesn't have any ego problems, he is well aware of the situation he's in with his tennis career. I was talking about his body.

    Mark is a lot bigger them most players on tour. He's tall and has a solid upper body - more like a footballer then tennis player. These days the ideal body type for tennis would be tall but very lean... Roger Federer is of course perfect height and weight so he's been blessed with hardly any injuries.

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    There is also this 7 foot giant out there. I forget his name but he belongs more on the basketball court than on the tennis court.

    Is the DAllas event being televised? Wish they had a tennis channel the same as a golf channel (at least in our area they don't), that way, we would see a lot more than just the major tournaments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jewels2312;2579783;
    There is also this 7 foot giant out there. I forget his name but he belongs more on the basketball court than on the tennis court.

    Is the DAllas event being televised? Wish they had a tennis channel the same as a golf channel (at least in our area they don't), that way, we would see a lot more than just the major tournaments.
    There is a Tennis Channel. Contact your cable provider!
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