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Philippoussis signs up for US reality show

sports Updated: May 11, 2007 14:58 IST

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Two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis is reportedly set to become the star of a US reality television show as his tennis career continues to hit the skids.

The Las Vegas-based Australian, who has slipped to 138 in the world rankings after a series of injuries, will be the star of a show called "Age of Love", the US celebrity magazine People reported on its website.

The show will feature the 30-year-old dating two groups of women, one aged in their 20s, known as "the kittens", and the other in their 40s, called "the cougars."

Philippoussis, whose off-court exploits have often prompted critics in Australia to accuse him of wasting a talent that once made him world number eight, said he was just "a simple guy who wants a simple girl."

"Age doesn't matter to me — all the women are beautiful," Philippoussis told People.

"Until now, the oldest woman I've ever gone out with was four years younger than me."

Philippoussis, known as "the Scud" because of his powerful serve, was an unsuccessful finalist in the 1998 US Open and at Wimbledon in 2003.