Tagnelia told reporters Philippoussis’ family were in shock following the arrest but were supporting him.
“This caught everyone completely flat footed,” he said.
Philippoussis’ bail was raised by the judge to $US9.2 million ($AUD12 million) but his lawyers didn’t try to fight it and said he was unable to raise the funds regardless.
Tagnelia said Philippoussis’ son Mark had offered to provide any comfort for his dad while he remains in jail.
Philippoussis Snr is being held in protective custody as a result of the child sexual abuse charges.
Mark Philippoussis attended the court hearing but refused to answer reporters’ questions.
He also refused to answer questions when his father was arrested.
Do you think your family would be this loyal to you?