SAS Australia star Koby Abberton reveals the REAL reason he awkwardly grilled Mark Philippoussis on how much money he earned playing tennis
SAS Australia viewers were left cringing during Monday night’s episode, after Koby Abberton grilled Mark Philippoussis on his tennis salary.
The Bra Boy, 42, bombarded the retired star with multiple questions about how much he earned at the peak of his career, and whether or not his Fila sponsorship was where he made ‘the majority of his cash’.
After the scenes caused quite the stir on social media, Koby assured his Instagram followers that there was a ‘method in his madness’ on Thursday – claiming he had asked the questions to inspire more children to take an interest in sports.
Explanation: SAS Australia viewers were left cringing on Monday night, after Koby Abberton (pictured) bombarded Mark Philippoussis with personal questions about his tennis salary. But on Thursday, the Bra Boy explained to followers exactly why he decided to do so
In a post on his Stories, the big wave surfer wrote: ‘I want young kids to know how much sports stars earn. In my height I earned $250k a year to do what I love and that’s surfing. I would of surfed for free.
‘Kids want to be TikTok/Youtube and Instagram stars these days. Not on my watch son. That’s why I asked Mark Philippoussis on live TV. There is a method in my madness always.’
He then tagged Mark, 44, in the post, brazenly adding: ‘If I offended you, well that’s life.’
During the episode, Koby had said to Mark out of the blue: ‘Did you earn a lot, bruh?’
Why: Taking to Instagram, Koby wrote: ‘I want young kids to know how much sports stars earn. In my height I earned $250k a year to do what I love and that’s surfing. Kids want to be TikTok/Youtube and Instagram stars these days. Not on my watch son.’
Questions: Mark Philippoussis (pictured) didn’t disclose an actual figure during Monday’s episode, but said he would be offered ‘big money’ to return to a tournament if he won
‘That’s very awkward,’ Dan Ewing whispered, with Koby quickly adding: ‘How much? Well just on average I’m not saying like, whatever…’
‘If you did well at a tournament and you won that tournament, they’d give you big money to come back,’ Mark replied.
‘But payment wise, were they good?’ Koby continued, to which Mark reluctantly responded: ‘Yeah, they were big contracts…’
Relentless in his line of questioning, Koby continued: ‘Why did you stop? You kind of stopped all of a sudden,’ before quickly asking: ‘Who was your sponsor again?’
After Mark replied that it was the sports brand Fila, Koby added: ‘Is that where you made the majority of your cash from?’
Comment: Fans took to social media to comment on Koby’s line of questioning, with one writing: ‘It is none of your business, Koby!’
Fans took to social media to comment on Koby’s never-ending line of questions, with one writing: ‘It is none of your business, Koby!’
‘Omg, why isn’t Mark saying to Koby “What, are you writing a f**king book about me?” Shut up!’ a second added, while a third wrote: ‘I think the biggest task is being in there with Koby.’
‘Koby’s a real conversationalist isn’t he,’ a fourth pointed out.
However, one fan agreed that Koby’s line of questioning was perhaps more intense and entertaining than during an interrogation, writing: ‘At least Koby’s questions were more direct, than some that are asked during question time.’
SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven
More to come: SAS Australia continues Monday at 7:30pm on Channel Seven