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Catching Up With 14-Time Grand Slam Winner Pete Sampras

Sept 21, 2007 PETE SAMPRAS did something that has become a rarity it seems in pro sports — he left the game not with a whimper, but with a bang, winning the ’02 U.S. Open over, fittingly, ANDRE AGASSI. It was Sampras’ fifth U.S. Open title and record 14th grand slam win, a mark he knows will soon be surpassed by ROGER FEDERER. Sampras, now enjoying retirement and being able to spend time with his wife, BRIDGETTE, and two sons, CHRISTIAN and RYAN, has picked up a racquet again and is currently second in the Outback Champions Series points standings. Ahead of the series’ stop in Charlotte next week, Sampras took a few moments to speak with Staff Writer Jeremy Caslin about his return to the game. Favorite musician or band: Pearl … Read entire article »

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One-on-One with Pete Sampras

Sunday, September 23, 2007 Now that you are playing Champions Cup and Legends of Tennis events, have you lost a match? “I haven’t lost yet. Todd Martin was a point a away from beating me in Boston. Also I had a super tiebreaker in Athens against Todd. It’s very competitive (on the Champions Cup tour). We all take it seriously. We all want to play well. It might not be as cutthroat as it used to be 10 years ago (on the ATP Tour), but it’s really competitive. The real tour is still a little more intense dog-eat-dog world.” Is a match against Courier a pretty good test for you? “Jim still hits the ball really well. He has a big first serve anad cracks the forehand. He has been playing more than I … Read entire article »

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Audio Interview with Pete

Sept 17, 2007 – WFNZ Interview with Pete Sampras about the Outback Champions Series in Charlotte, SC Radio Interview Source: Champions Series Tweet … Read entire article »

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Outback Champion Series Schedule

SCHEDULE FOR 2007 CHAMPIONSHIPS AT THE PALISADES Wednesday, September 26 Beginning at 7 pmWayne Ferreira vs. Anders JarrydFollowed byPete Sampras vs. Mikael Pernfors Thursday, September 27 Beginning at 7 pmTodd Martin vs. vs. Aaron KricksteinFollowed byJim Courier vs. Jimmy Arias Friday, September 28 Beginning at 2 pmAnders Jarryd vs. Mikael PernforsFollowed byTodd Martin vs. Jimmy Arias Beginning at 7 pmJim Courier vs. Aaron KricksteinFollowed byPete Sampras vs. Wayne Ferreira Saturday, September 29 Beginning at 1:30 pmAaron Krickstein vs. Jimmy AriasFollowed byPete Sampras vs. Anders Jarryd Beginning at 6:30 pmWayne Ferreira vs. Mikael PernforsFollowed byJim Courier vs. Todd Martin Sunday, September 30 Beginning at 12:30 pmChampionship MatchFollowed byThird Place Match Tweet … Read entire article »

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Holding Court

No, it’s not a comeback (unfortunately), but Pete Sampras, who hung up his racket in 2003, is back in the game. The 36-year-old tennis legend, who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July, has stayed busy in his retirement by playing a few select exhibitions. And he’ll be making two stops in Texas this month, at the Christus Pro/Celebrity Classic, in Beaumont, where he’ll go up against Todd Martin (Anna Kournikova, meanwhile, will take on Chanda Rubin), and the FedEx All American Tennis Shootout Series, in Frisco, where he’ll spar with Robby Ginepri. Congratulations on the Hall of Fame. I think we saw more emotion from you during the twenty minutes of your acceptance speech than we did in the fifteen years of your professional career. Thank you. … Read entire article »

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Frisco Mayor to Honor Tennis Legend Pete Sampras

Frisco Event to Benefit Area Non-profitsFRISCO, TX (September 20, 2007) – Frisco Mayor Mike Simpson will be honoring legendary tennis player Pete Sampras by proclaiming Saturday, September 22 as “Pete Sampras Day in Frisco”. Sampras headlines the 3rd Annual All American Tennis Shootout in Frisco with ATP Tour star Robby Ginepri at 7 PM Saturday in the Deja Blue Arena at the Dr Pepper StarCenter, 2601 Avenue of the Stars. “We pay tribute to this great champion whose hard work off and on center court is leading youth of all ages and backgrounds to participate in a sport that canlead to a lifetime of physical fitness,” says Mayor Simpson. Saturday’s event, produced by ProLink Sports & Entertainment, will benefit the Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation (MCB) and the National JuniorTennis League (NJTL), … Read entire article »

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