Tennis star's father pleads not guilty to molesting girls

VISTA, Calif. (AP) The father of retired tennis star Mark Philippoussis has pleaded not guilty in California to molesting two 9-year-old girls.

Nikolaos Philippoussis entered pleas Wednesday in Vista to more than a dozen counts of lewd conduct and sex with a child. He was ordered held on more than $9 million bail.

The 68-year-old Philippoussis is accused of molesting two students while he was a private tennis coach in San Diego County.

Prosecutors contend the assaults continued for a year in his home, car and at a country club.

Philippoussis, who's an Australian citizen, could face up to life in prison if convicted.

The San Diego Union-Tribune ( ) says his son, a former Wimbledon finalist, attended the hearing but declined comment.

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