SYDNEY, Australia -- Mark Philippoussis has given up hopes of playing in next month's Australian Open after suffering another knee injury.
Philippoussis's career has been plagued by chronic knee problems.
The former world number eight had reached the last eight of the wildcard playoffs in Melbourne but had to drop out after damaging his right knee in an earlier match.
In a statement he said that he would undergo immediate surgery to fix a cartilage tear.
"I am bitterly disappointed because I really wanted to play in Australia this summer," he said.
"They tell me it can be fixed. My initial reaction is I want to get the surgery done and then work on getting back on the court as soon as I can."
After reaching the final of the U.S. Open in 1998 he did not get past the quarterfinals in one of the four majors again until 2003, when he faced Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final.
Philippoussis reached his career-high ranking of eight in April 1999 but then had chronic knee problems, the last of which has prevented him from playing for most of this year.
His former Australia Davis Cup captain John Newcombe said: "I think I'm the same as everyone that says it would be lovely to see him come back but you've got to wonder... there's been too many times that he's got injured." E-mail to a friend