Stefanos Tsitsipas and Mark Philippoussis are not working together anymore as the Australian announced their split.
Philippoussis joined Tsitsipas's team as a co-coach after Wimbledon last year and has since played a significant role in guiding Tsitsipas to strive for his maiden Grand Slam. With the Greek one win away from the Australian Open title this year, their partnership seemed to be succeeding.
Only a few months ago, Tsitsipas called Philippoussis 'the right fit' and he had words of praise for him also ahead of the 2023 Indian Wells, as nothing seemed to be standing in the way of their partnership.
"Mark is a very wise man, he has a lot of knowledge. I think the fact that he’s lived these things himself on the tour and he’s able to provide some [advice] to me now is essential. He provides a lot of feedback. He can relate to a lot of things that have happened to me and sees a little bit of himself in me in some circumstances and situations."
Their relationship transcended the typical player-coach dynamic, with Philippoussis recognizing the unique position of Tsitsipas's father, Apostolos, who is also a coach to Tsitsipas. This understanding of the familial connection in the team led to a balanced and supportive environment for Tsitsipas.
Only recently, we saw the Greek player throw out his mom out of his box and it seems that for now, only his parents will be in his box as Philippoussis should not appear there anymore. The Australian coach shared the news, stating:
"Stefanos Tsitsipas thank for the opportunity of being a part of your team. It was a great ride and experience, I’m proud of what we achieved together in the short amount of time we had. I wish you health, happiness and success for your future, on and off the court! "