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Sampras Scheduled to Play Seven Matches

[Mar 28, 2006] NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. – Pete Sampras will play in seven matches for the Newport Beach Breakers of World TeamTennis in July, the league announced Tuesday. Sampras will play six road matches and one at the Palisades Tennis Club, where the Breakers play home matches. The Breakers made the 14-time Grand Slam singles champion the first choice in the marquee player portion of Tuesday’s draft, obtaining the choice from the Houston Wranglers in exchange for an undisclosed financial consideration. The dates of Sampras’ appearances are expected to be announced in April, a team official said. Tweet … Read entire article »

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Sampras couldn’t say no to River Oaks

By DALE ROBERTSON Pete Sampras could have launched his competitive comeback in a lot of places. River Oaks Country Club won out because of its … golf course. Well, maybe that’s an overstatement. Truth to tell, Sampras liked everything about the River Oaks proposal. But he definitely had fond memories of his first visit to the club when IMG dispatched him here as a gawky, unknown 17-year-old. “I remember the old wood stadium and this great golf course there,” Sampras said. The stadium’s gone, replaced by a modern concrete and metal structure a number of years ago, but the River Oaks layout has only become lovelier than what Sampras remembers. As part of his deal, Sampras, 34, will play a round or two with the tournament’s sponsors the morning after his best-of-three match April … Read entire article »

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Pete is back!

[February 28, 2006 AP, Howard Fendrich] Pete Sampras is returning to the tennis court, signing up for the World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after his last match. “This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at,” Sampras said in a telephone interview ahead of Wednesday’s announcement by the league. “It’s time this year to do a little more. Last year, I was kind of floating along.” Sampras’ last professional match was the 2002 U.S. Open final, when he beat longtime rival Andre Agassi for his record 14th Grand Slam title. Sampras held a news conference a year later at the U.S. Open to say he was retiring. As much as he says he’s looking forward … Read entire article »

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Sampras calls Federer comparisons valid

(February 28, 2006, Howard fendrich, Associated Press)All those comparisons between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are right on the mark. Sampras himself says so. “They’re all very valid: Not only is he winning majors, but the way he’s winning them – with pretty much ease. He’s pretty much the favorite in every major for the rest of his career,” Sampras said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press. “Clearly, he’s head and shoulders above the rest. I don’t see anyone pushing him over the next three or four years.” Sampras knows his record of 14 Grand Slam tournament titles could very well be threatened by Federer, who has seven so far. Time for the 34-year-old Sampras to come out of retirement and try to add to his total? Not quite. Sampras is returning … Read entire article »

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