Australian tennis star Mark Philippoussis has got engaged to girlfriend ALEXIS BARBARA only five months after meeting the teenage model.

Philippoussis proposed to Barbara late last week (ends25FEB05) but he'd hoped to keep the news secret to avoid an unwanted media frenzy, reports Australia's SYDNEY DAILY TELEGRAPH newspaper.

A friend says, "Obviously it has come as a bit of a shock but Mark is very much in love with Alexis. We're all very happy the relationship has gone to the next level.

"It might come as a shock to a lot of people but those of us who know Mark are aware he is very loyal to his family and loved ones."

The hunk has previously dated singer Delta Goodrem, actress Tara Reid and tennis star Anna Kournikova.

03/03/2005 17:41