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Tennis ace Federer to take on Sampras in Malaysia

Source: The Star, MalaysiaBy: S. Sivabalan May 24, 2007 – PETALING JAYA: World No 1 men’s tennis player Roger Federer will take on his predecessor Pete Sampras in an exhibition match on Nov 22 at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam. The clash between the two great players is part of the inaugural Merdeka Tennis challenge which features the exhibition match and the US$150,000 Malaysian Open. The Malaysian Open, featuring men’s singles and doubles, would be held at the same venue from Nov 18-25. The exhibition match is the second time the two players will meet Tweet … Read entire article »

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Sampras curious but rules out Wimbledon comeback

Source: AFP May 23, 2007, KUALA LUMPUR – Tennis legend Pete Sampras on Wednesday categorically ruled out making aWimbledon comeback this year, but admitted he was curious about how he would perform if he did stage a return. “I’m not doing it,” the 36-year-old told reporters in Kuala Lumpur in a telephone interview from Los Angeles. “I’m curious, but it’s just out of curiosity as to how I would compete if I played. People ask me all the time but it is not going to happen and that is really the end of it.” Sampras won 14 Grand Slam titles during his career, including seven at the All England club. He returned to competition earlier this month for the first time since retiring five years ago, defeating Todd Martin in the final of the … Read entire article »

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Press Release: Venetian Macao hosts historic tennis match

May 23, 2007 MACAO — (PRESS RELEASE) — The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, a Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) property, today announced it will play host to a historic match between two of the greatest tennis players of all time. Current World No. 1 Roger Federer will take on former No.1 Pete Sampras, in what is set to be one of the most anticipated events in world tennis, at The Venetian Macao Tennis Showdown, to be played on Saturday November 24, at The Venetian Macao Resort Hotel’s stunning new event center in the People’s Republic of China Special Administrative Region of Macao. “We are delighted to bring to Macao what has to be one of the most thrilling match-ups in international tennis,” said William P. Weidner, president and chief operating officer of … Read entire article »

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Pete Sampras Upcoming Events (updated Aug 23, 2007)

July 19, 2007Event: World Team Tennis – Newport Beach Breakers @ Philadelphia Freedoms Tweet … Read entire article »

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Federer to play Sampras in three Asian exhibition matches

The Associated PressWednesday, May 23, 2007 HONG KONG: Former world No. 1 Pete Sampras will take on top-ranked Roger Federer for three exhibition matches throughout Asia in November. Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Sampras, who retired in 2002, will play Federer in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur on Nov. 22, at the Chinese gambling enclave of Macau on Nov. 24 and at a third location to be determined on Nov. 20, organizers said Wednesday. (Update: The 3rd venue is Seoul.) Nick Freyer, senior vice president of sports management company IMG Tennis Asia, said in a statement that the tour originated from hitting sessions between the two players. Sampras and Federer practiced together earlier this year in March at Sampras’ home in Los Angeles as part of Federer’s preparations for the Indian Wells tournament. “Obviously he’s a … Read entire article »

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Sampras headlines Hall of Fame induction ceremonies

Source: The Providence Journal May 20, 2007 – Five years after he retired from the men’s pro tennis tour, Pete Sampras remains a marquee attraction. His July 14 induction ceremony to the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, which will precede the semifinals of the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, sold out in the weeks between the September announcement that he was on the ballot and the December count of the vote. The July 15 Hall of Fame Classic, a 10 a.m. separate admission exhibition featuring Sampras and former pro Todd Martin in singles and Hall of Famers Rod Laver and Stan Smith in doubles, is sold out. “It’s pretty amazing the marketing power of Pete Sampras,” said Mark Stenning, chief executive of the Hall of Fame. Sampras … Read entire article »

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