Philippoussis, Dokic Forced to Play Aussie Open Wildcard Tourney


Posted on December 15, 2007

Former Top 10 players Mark Philippoussis and Jelena Dokic, trying to regain their former glory after injuries and off-court drama, won their first-round matches this week in the Australian Open play-off tournament at Melbourne Park where they are attempting to earn wildcards into the January Australian Open.

The 31-year-old Philippoussis, who hasn't played an ATP event since January 2007, opened with a win over reigning Australian Open junior champ Brydan Klein 6-3, 7-5.

The 24-year-old Dokic was a 7-6(3) 6-0 winner over 17-year-old Aussie Alenka Hubacek.

The playoff tournament is a round-robin event guaranteeing players three matches in three days.
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