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His Play Time is Over

Sampras retired on top after his record 14th Slam title and has no intention of coming back — even though he can still play, as the writer learns firsthand. By: Kurt Streeter, LA Times July 20, 2008 The great champion — young enough to play the grandest stage again, wise enough not to try — lined up that classic forehand of his, turned his shoulders and let loose. WHOP!I sent back a meager forehand and glanced up. Sure enough, Pete Sampras, stealthy and smooth, had already intercepted my reply with one of his own: a frozen-rope backhand volley winner that nearly tore out a chunk of the asphalt court. “Always loved that shot!” he said, grinning broadly. In terms of tennis, we don’t exist in the same universe. Period. But Sampras was kind enough to throw … Read entire article »

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Sampras Interview

Source: by Peter Bodo I spoke with Pete Sampras yesterday, and he says “Hi’ to all his fans at TennisWorld. Time out for a shameless plug: the book we wrote together, A Champion’s Mind, has been on the New York Times best seller list (at no. 20, now 21) since shortly after it was published. We talked mostly about the Wimbledon final, and his pal and hitting buddy, Roger Federer So what did you think? I thought it was great, maybe the best match I’ve seen in many, many years. Two all-time greats, at their prime, playing great on the best court on earth. if you wrote a script it couldn’t have been any better – Roger coming back from two sets to love, Nadal showing his heart. . . I thought … Read entire article »

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Sampras to play exhibition match in New Mexico

July 1, 2008 – Pete Sampras, considered by some tennis experts to be the greatest player ever, is coming to the Pit. Sampras, a seven-time Wimbledon winner and holder of a record 14 Grand Slam tournament singles titles, will play a two-out-of-three-set exhibition Friday night, Sept. 12. His opponent will be rising American star Sam Querrey, ranked No. 42 in the world and winner of his first ATP event, the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, Nev., in March. Querrey has been named to the U.S. Olympic team. Sampras will also conduct a clinic earlier that day and be available for a “meet-and-greet” with the public. “For Sampras to be here is incredible,” said Tim Cass, former UNM men’s coach and now senior associate AD for the school. “He’s definitely one of the all-time … Read entire article »

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Tidbit: Pete Sells His House

Pete Sampras has sold his $23-Million house To Will & Grace co-creator Max Mutchnick. It was also mentioned that Pete was given a spray can to autograph the tennis court. Source: Business Sheet Tweet … Read entire article »

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