Tennis legend Pat Cash is embroiled in a war of words with former protege
Mark Philippoussis over comments he made about the hunky player's popstar lover
Former Wimbledon champion Cash threatened to call in police after he was
"repeatedly threatened with the most hostile form of physical violence" during
two phone calls from Philippoussis during last week's (ends30JAN04) AUSTRALIAN
championships in Melbourne.
Following Philippoussis' loss against Moroccan HICHAM ARAZI last Monday
(26JAN04), commentator Cash said his former pupil performed so badly on the
court because he had been "distracted" by new girlfriend Goodrem and "looked
like he was up all
night doing whatever... getting busy".
The BORN TO TRY singer, 19, who is awaiting to hear if her treatment for
Hodgkins Disease has been successful, was said to be "very hurt" by Cash's
After hearing Cash's comments, Philippoussis, 27, phoned his ex-teacher in
a fury, leading the 38-year-old to consider taking out a restraining order
Cash fumes, "Both times he completely lost his cool and evidence would
seem to suggest that I hit a nerve.
"I'm not prepared to suffer such a string of foul-mouthed insults, not
from anyone, least of all Mark who I regard as the most blatant waster of
talent in the current game of tennis.
"He is a sulker who likes to blame everyone but himself for his
deficiencies and failures."