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Agassi and Sampras: Two for the Ages

[7/25/03 Sally Jenkins August 2003 issue of TENNIS Magazine] The relationship between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi is that of two men so different that, in a way, each serves as a looking glass for the other. Andre and Pete Tweet … Read entire article »

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Sampras won’t play in U.S. Open

[July 20, 2003 AP] Pete Sampras plans to withdraw from the U.S. Open, opting not to defend his record 14th major title. His last competitive match was the final of the 2002 Open, when he beat rival Andre Agassi. This season, the 32-year-old Sampras has pulled out of a succession of tournaments, including the majors: the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. While playing at a celebrity golf tournament at Lake Tahoe this weekend, he told NBC-TV “there’s a good chance” he will officially retire soon. “Not being at the Open this year, which I’m going to pull out of, and not playing Wimbledon — I don’t miss it enough to really start training, start practicing, doing everything I have to do to be where I want to be,” Sampras … Read entire article »

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Sampras working on his golf game

Sampras working on his golf game [July 17, 2003 Chad Hartley] Going from the workplace into retirement means a lot more trips to the golf course for many people. It’s no different for perhaps the greatest men’s tennis player of all time. Though Pete Sampras has not officially announced his retirement from professional tennis, it seems clear that the 14-time Grand Slam champion has called it quits. He hasn’t played in any of the Grand Slam events this year and his entrance into the American Century Championship for the first time this week may be just another indication he has hung up the racket. “It’s a grind,” Sampras said of life on the pro tennis tour. “All of the travel and all of the work you put in, it gets … Read entire article »

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Pete to take part in a celebrity golf tournament

[July 11, 2003 Source: Tribune sports] Pete will be taking part in the Celebrity 14th American Century Championship from July 18 – 20, 2003. Dig out the signature-needy memorabilia and start memorizing a new scoring system. The underlying theme for next week’s 14th American Century Championship is change. Not only has the tournament name been condensed, but the 78-player field sports enough new star quality to rival an Academy Awards night. Throwing their names into the hat for the $500,000 championship for the first time are former single-season home run king Mark McGwire, three-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Troy Aikman, six-time NBA champion Scottie Pippen, Michael “Danny Noonan” O’Keefe, comedian Dennis Miller, Notre Dame football coach Tyrone Willingham, former Green Bay Packer receiver Sterling Sharpe, actor Dennis Quaid and radio personality Rush Limbaugh. They’ll … Read entire article »

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