Nick Philippoussis, father of retired Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis May 1997.
Nick Philippoussis, father of retired Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis May 1997.

Mark Philippoussis’s father faces US child-sex allegations

THE father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has been arrested on child abuse charges in the United States.

Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, allegedly molested two minors who took tennis lessons from him, authorities in San Diego in the state of Los Angeles announced on Tuesday local time.

Few other details have been provided but San Diego Sheriff's Department lieutenant Greg Rylaarsdam said the charges include lewd and lascivious acts with two children.

"Philippoussis works as a personal tennis coach in Northern San Diego County and the alleged molestation victims took tennis lessons from him," lieutenant Rylaarsdam said.

"The investigation is ongoing at this time."

County Sheriff Bill Gore posted a Tweet just before 8am AEST calling for other alleged victims to come forward.

Mark Philippoussis, dubbed the Scud in his heyday, is an icon of Australian tennis who reached a peak of world number eight, won two Davis Cup titles and made the US Open and Wimbledon finals.

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