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Annacone keeps schedule open for Sampras [Apr 27, 2003]

Former Tennessee All-American tennis player Paul Annacone is still working with Pete Sampras – sort of.

Annacone resigned his position with the USTA development program to spend more time with Sampras this season.

Sampras said he wanted to play another season, but only if Annacone would travel with him full time. Annacone’s loyalty to Sampras won out.

But Sampras hasn’t played in a match this season. He’s been entered in a number of events, only to withdraw because he doesn’t feel mentally prepared.

“Since January, Pete has been struggling with whether he wants to play or not,” said Steve Annacone, Paul’s brother and tennis director at Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy. “He’s having a hard time finding a reason to play again (after having a son in December).”

Sampras has been working out for months, although not hitting as much as usual.

Meanwhile, Paul Annacone is running a Pete Sampras tennis academy in California.


Source: Knox news

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