Passing shots

Mark surfs his way to glory  

MARK Philippoussis has the perfect recipe for tennis success – go surfing before you hit the court. 

The Australian, who lives in Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Southern California, was deluged with messages of congratulation from his surfing buddies when he toppled world number one Andre Agassi at Wimbledon. 

When at home, Philippoussis hits the waves every morning by 7.30am and said: “I surf, I don't know, at least three to four hours a day. (Then it's) training two hours on the court, two hours of fitness in the gym. 

But has surfing helped the injury-plagued player? 

“It probably has helped my mind more than anything,” he said. 

Sharapova’s a Potter fan  

RUSSIAN teenage sensation Maria Sharapova refuses to give away any secrets and spoil a good read for millions of children around the world. 

Sharapova, the wild card who was such a star at Wimbledon 2003, passed the time off court reading the latest Harry Potter. 

She happily waded through 766 pages of “Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix” but refused at her last post-match press conference to reveal which main character dies in the wizard saga. 

“No, I'm not telling you. No, I'm not telling you,” she firmly repeated to reporters. 

Hewitt turns to the golf course 

DEFENDING champion Lleyton Hewitt may have lost his Wimbledon title on day one, but it has given the Australian a chance to hone his golfing and cricketing skills. 

As well as enjoying golf, he got to play a starring role in the annual cricket match between Australian and South African players at the tournament. Hewitt took four wickets for 13 runs as Australia strode to a comfortable victory. 

The 22-year-old also took time out last Saturday to travel to Dublin to meet athletes at the Special Olympics. 

But his main role has been as chief cheerleader to his Belgian girlfriend Kim Clijsters. – Reuters 

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