Father of tennis star Mark Philippoussis held on child-sex charges

The father of retired Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has been arrested in California on charges of molesting two minors to whom he provided tennis lessons.

Nikolaos Philippoussis, 68, was arrested Tuesday at his home in Mira Mesa, California, San Diego County Sheriff’s Lt. Greg Rylaarsdam told Fox 5 San Diego. No other specifics about the case were provided.

“We’ve developed probable cause to believe that this did in fact occur,” Rylaarsdam told the local news station.

Philippoussis was booked on suspicion of committing lewd acts and faces several additional charges, includes lewd and lascivious acts on a person under age 14 and having sex with a child age 10 or younger. He is being held on $2.5 million bail pending arraignment, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

“[He] works as a personal tennis coach … and the alleged molestation victims took tennis lessons from him,” Rylaarsdam told Australian broadcaster ABC.

San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said police were looking for “more victims.”

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