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Sampras Is Inching Closer to Announcing Retirement

[August 20, 2003 by MICHAEL ARKUSH] Pete Sampras has not played in a tournament for almost a year, since his stirring triumph over Andre Agassi in the 2002 United States Open final. Now, people with knowledge of Sampras’s plans say that there is a strong likelihood he will announce his retirement within days, and that there is a good possibility there will be a ceremony honoring him on Monday night at the United States Open. The announcement would not come as a tremendous surprise. All year, Sampras, who turned 32 this month, dropped out of one tournament after another, including Wimbledon, because he lacked the desire and the motivation to put in the necessary work. While he continued to leave the door slightly open on the possibility of playing again, speculation … Read entire article »

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Waiting Too Long for the Inevitable

[August 20, 2003 By SELENA ROBERTS]HANG the same Crayola-colored sunset over Arthur Ashe Stadium Tweet … Read entire article »

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Sampras to officially retire at U.S. Open

[August 21, 2003 HOWARD FENDRICH, AP ] Pete Sampras is making his retirement official and he will be honored with a ceremony at the U.S. Open. Sampras hasn’t played a match since winning his record 14th major title at the 2002 U.S. Open, although he never came out and formally said he was retiring. That will change Monday at a news conference he will hold before a tribute at Arthur Ashe Stadium on the first night of this year’s Open, Sampras’ representatives said in an e-mailed release. Sampras has withdrawn from every event this season but remains ranked — currently 35th — because he never officially quit. Tweet … Read entire article »

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