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Sampras enters Australian Open [Dec 4, 2002]

Australian Open organisers have confirmed that Pete Sampras is among the entries for next month’s tournament, but remain unsure whether the American will compete. The US Open champion was automatically included in the official entries for the event when nominations closed on Wednesday but has yet to indicate whether he will play. Under ATP rules, the top 100 ranked men were automatically entered into the tournament unless they had notified organisers they would not be playing. But Sampras has not played since winning the US Open in September and has hinted he may retire. Sampras tipped for Oz return “Like everyone else we’re still waiting to see what Pete’s future in tennis is,” said a spokesman for the event. “Of course we’re hoping he’ll come, but at this stage we … Read entire article »

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Sampras does a Lazarus – [Dec 3, 2002]

Having watched in person at Melbourne Park, Roland Garros and Wimbledon as Thomas Johansson, Albert Costa and Lleyton Hewitt won the year’s first three grand slam titles, the United States Open final for this viewer was a bedroom affair. September. Early morning. Remote control. Warm doona. Bleary eyes. Bleary, not teary, it should be emphasised, but then again any misty tendencies could have been excused. For if Pete Sampras’ victory against his great rival Andre Agassi was not one of the more emotional moments of the sporting year, then Mick Malthouse merely had MCG grit in his eyes after the siren on grand final day. First, a little perspective. Unlike jockey Damien Oliver, Sampras had not just lost a brother, but his dignity was rapidly going the way of his hairline. Sampras … Read entire article »

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