TENNIS instructor Nikolaos “Nick” Philippoussis has pleaded not guilty to 14 counts of sexually assaulting two nine-year-old girls he was privately coaching and faces a 210-year sentence if found guilty.
The 68-year-old Australian appeared in handcuffs at the San Diego Superior Court, where he was slapped with a massively increased bail of $US9.2 million ($A11.5 million), up from the previous $US2.5 million ($A3 million).
His lawyers did not oppose it, saying it was commensurate with such grave charges — and they said he could not raise it anyway.
Philippoussis’s son, Mark, 40, the former tennis star, who like his father lives in San Diego, was in court to support his father but made no comment to the media.
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