Chas­ing sum­mer

Two homes serve Philip­pous­sis fam­ily

Sunday Herald Sun - - News - FIONA BYRNE

HE might still be a cit­i­zen of the world play­ing ex­hi­bi­tion and leg­ends tour­na­ments, but Mel­bourne is al­ways home at Christ­mas for former tennis ace Mark Philip­pous­sis and his fam­ily.

Philip­pous­sis, wife Sil­vana and their three-year-old son, Ni­cholas, are look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing the fes­tive sea­son with their fam­i­lies be­fore em­brac­ing their favourite tour­na­ment — the Aus­tralian Open — in Jan­uary.

“We are ex­cited to be spend­ing so much time down here with the fam­ily dur­ing the best time of the year — Christ­mas and the Aussie sum­mer,’’ Sil­vana, the Liptem­ber am­bas­sador, said yes­ter­day.

“Aus­tralia is home for the both of us. Christ­mas brings ev­ery­one to­gether, it is all about laugh­ter and hap­pi­ness and cre­at­ing cher­ished mem­o­ries.’’

With Mark’s tennis com­mit­ments, it is con­ve­nient for the young fam­ily to be pri­mar­ily based in San Diego, Cal­i­for­nia.

How­ever, Sil­vana, a suc­cess­ful model and brand am­bas­sador, said their dream was to “chase the sum­mer’’ with homes in Mel­bourne and the US, and spend six months a year in each coun­try.

“We are def­i­nitely look­ing at prop­er­ties (in Aus­tralia),’’ she said. “And we have just bought a home in the US. It is by the beach, which is our pre­ferred life­style.

“I could not ask for more for my son to be grow­ing up in that en­vi­ron­ment.’’

Sil­vana said Ni­cholas had in­her­ited a love of tennis from his father, whom she wed in Septem­ber 2013. “His grand­fa­ther, Mark’s dad, bought a lit­tle mini rac­quet and handed it to Ni­cholas, I think he was six months old, and he was soon hit­ting balls across the liv­ing room floor,’’ she said.

“He was two when he was hit­ting fore­hands and back­hands and vol­leys.

“Ev­ery time he sees a tennis court he says ‘Daddy’. He un­der­stands what Mark does and he just wants to do ev­ery­thing that Daddy does, which is re­ally sweet. I love see­ing them both to­gether.”

Sil­vana Philip­pous­sis and (in­set) with hus­band Mark and their son, Ni­cholas. Main pic­ture: DAVID CROSLING

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