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Pete mulls over return

December 2004
Pete 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 emotional send-off at Flushing Meadow last year, and has previously said that any retirement would be final, that he “did not want to come back 17 times like retired boxers”.

“It’s been two years since Pete played and I think that’s about the time when people start to feel how much they love the game of tennis and creep back into it with a few exhibitions here and there, and test the water,” Courier said.

“What you soon realise is that tennis is a core part of your being,” he said. “It would certainly be a boon for the tour if Pete came out of retirement.”

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