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Pete mulls over return

December 2004Pete Sampras has sounded out Jim Courier about a return to competitive tennis, albeit the Seniors Tour after two seasons out of the sport. The seven-times Wimbledon champion, who captured his 14th major title at the U.S. Open in 2002, has been chatting to his old friend and rival recently. The 33-year-old American is believed to have grown “restless” in California playing golf and rang Courier to find out about the Seniors Tour. “I spoke to Pete this week. He was curious to see how I’m enjoying doing this. I sense a little bit of restlessness there,” Courier told reporters at the Royal Albert Hall. “Pete has been playing a lot of golf, but he was curious to know what this seniors tour is all about,” he said. Sampras was given an … Read entire article »

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December 2004Pete Sampras has played down reports that he could be poised to make a return to competitive tennis. The 33-year-old announced his retirement from the professional circuit last year, and has not played a competitive match since beating fellow American Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final. He has recently been rumoured to be considering a return to tennis on the seniors tour, but he told French newspaper l’Equipe on Wednesday that he has no regrets about stepping out of the limelight. “I’m not at all disappointed about what the sport did for my finances and my name. But I was tired of tennis and it consumed me,” said Sampras. “I spent so many years getting to the top and then keeping my place as number one, and it was very stressful. “Throughout … Read entire article »

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Sampras Says Federer Can Match His Long-Term Dominance

December 2004PARIS (Reuters) – Seven-times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras believes Roger Federer could match his long stint as the world’s dominant tennis player. Federer’s haul of three grand slam wins this year — taking his overall tally to four — has prompted suggestions that he could eventually surpass the American’s record haul of 14. “I think so, yes,” Sampras, 33, who retired two years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the U.S. Open, told French sports daily l’Equipe on Wednesday. “Of course, he can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others.” “He is the best athlete, the one who moves best on court. What’s impressive is that he can play at the … Read entire article »

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