Father Of Pro Tennis Star Arrested For Molesting Students Under Age 14

One of the students was allegedly under 10 years old. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A tennis pro's coach and father has been arrested for child molestation. According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, 68-year-old Nikolaos Philippoussis was taken into custody from his Mira Mesa home this morning. He is suspected of abusing two victims under the age of 14.

Authorities have not given much detail on the allegations but say that the victims were the coach's students. He has been charged with a dozen counts of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 and two counts of committing sexual acts with a child younger than 10 years old, per sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam.

Investigators do not believe there are other victims but urge the public to come forward with relevant information.

The coach is the father of Mark Philippoussis (pictured above), a retired tennis player from Australia. He is a two-time Grand Slam finalist and was once ranked 8th worldwide in singles. The accused served as his coach and manager at times.

[Photo: Instagram]

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