Get Well Poster (September, 1999)
The announcement that Pete was withdrawing from the US Open 1999 because
of a herniated disc on his back stunned the group.
Since winning Wimbledon, Pete dominated the tournaments leading up to the
US Open. The Fanz knew he was gunning for the record breaking 13th Grand
Slam -- and what better place to set this record than the US Open where
it all began.
In his press conference, Pete said...
"It's a setback. I mean, it's definitely tough. The last three days
have been hell, just feeling like I could -- the worrying about not playing
and the stress, then finally getting some tests done on it was really the
last straw that said, "That's it, it's over."
"But I believe, you know, everything happens for a reason. These last
couple days, I've been trying to figure out that reason. I'm sure it will
be very clear to me in six months' time or a year's time why this has happened.
But right now, I'm obviously very overwhelmed, and I really wanted to have
the chance to play here. I'm not saying I was going to win here or whatever,
but, you know, to break the all-time record was a dream that I had, to do
it here in New York."
As a show of support and to provide encouragement to our hero during this
difficult period, the group sent Pete an 11x14" sized get well poster.
A member, Linda Reed was inspired to write a poem right after Pete won Wimbledon
and it was used as the message for the poster. Joy Parker designed the layout
and the caricature was provided by Philip Ip.
Click on the image to view the poster. We have also retyped the poem
and fans' messages below.
Fans' Messages to Pete Sampras
Miriam Garcia Poggi
Sally Stanton: We miss you Mr. Sampras, we miss your smile, your humor,
your big brown eyes, you slam dunks and style, your whopping aces and most
of all your presence. BTW remember if you need a PR consultant, I'm always
Maria Luisa Llenas: A world of wishes at your command. God and his angels
close at hand, family, friends, and fans their love impart. And God's blessings
be always in your heart!
Nadine Tembiwe (Yaounde)
Csilla Kiss (Montreal): Thanks for being the way you are, thanks for bringing
joy to my life day in and day out. You are the true champion on and off
the court. Wish you the best and miss you terribly
Sarah Weinman (Montreal)
Lily Chan (Hongkong, SAR)
Philip Ip (Hongkong, SAR) Dear Pete, I really hope you will recover soon.
You are destined to be the greatest player of all time. Be patient, in time
you will win the titles you deserve to win. Also, I am going through difficult
times with my career, failing exams etc. One of the reasons why I keep on
trying and not giving up is by what you said in the US Open press conference,
how "everything happens for a reason...", and how you never seem
to give up year after year in Paris. You inspire me so much, thank you!
Zhou Ligian (Shanghai)
Omar Garcia (Palencia)
Herna (Jakarta) Wish you all life's best, Pete. From a faithful fan
Wilma van der Pols
Karen Calilung (Manila)
Rouchelle Davids (Johannesburg) Pete Sampras get up and let your good deed,
for the millenium be that you take the French Open by storm!!
Babs Clark (Plymouth)
Helen Virth (Lincolnshire) Pete, thanks for keeping us entertained here
at Wimbledon all these years! I'm counting down till the next one! Hope
you get better soon, take care and keep on smiling. We all love ya!
Katherine Wood (York)
Suprya Bhat (Cupertino)
Bernie Lin (Stanford)
M. R. McDonald (Redlands)
Rina Manning (Jacksonville)
Anita Haque (Savannah): Get well soon Pete. We miss you
Alison DeFrank (Riverwoods)
Joy Parker (Chicago) Loved holding up the banner and singing Happy Birthday
to you in Cincy. Get well soon, we all miss you.
Paul Fein (Agawam)
Caryn Sweeney (Boston)
Megan Luckfield (St. Paul)
Megan Garton (Pete's Center Court)
Marylee Longo "Success is to be measured not so much by the position
that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome while
trying to succeed" Pete, your recent injury is yet another obstacle
you will overcome and succeed. God bless, the best to you and your family.
Ruth Muzik (Green Brook) I hope this card brings you happiness, peace and
the knowledge that you inspire many of us with your manner on and off the
court. You are a true champion. Thank you for being the way you are.
Anna aka Samprasmom (Morris County) Best wishes for a speedy recovery from
Sampasmom! We met at the Movado signing in NYC right before the US Open.
I was one of the first in line and I told you about all the wonderful fans
in our group who love and admire you (including me). You seemed a bit surprised
by the Samprasmom name, but that is my computer screenname. I have a son
who looks like you and has a personality like you. I feel a very close bond
with you. Hope you don't mind that I proudly use your name. Get well soon!
All our prayers and thoughts are with you.
Jonnie McIntyre (Farmington)
Maki Berger (New York City): IIn our minds we know who the real world's
#1 is - Best of luck for a speedy recovery! Looking forward to seeing you
play again. Tennis without you is boring!
Deb Willett (Long Island)
Doreen Barrett (Middletown)
Daniel W. Foster (Berwyn)
Sally Turkovich (Pittsburgh) Pete, you are such an inspiration to us all.
Your dedication and love of the game you play so well is truly amazing.
Love and Best wishes
Laura D (Columbia)
Sylvia Demian (Columbia)
Linda Reed (St. Albans)
David Wilson Thanks for being old school. thanks for working so hard at
being so great. Thanks for the running cross court backhand. Thanks for
the overhand smashes at altitude. Thanks for making the Fourth of July even
better every year. Thanks for caring so much about the game that it shows
on every point. And thanks for boring holes in your opponent's strings.
Richard Goitia (Maracaibo)
Sunaina Sinha (Hanoi) Pete, may life fulfill all your dreams and may God
give you eternal happiness. Thank you for inspiring me to be a champion
in my life. See you back on the tour!
Ode to Sampras
There's a man in our midst, a legend to be
His name is Pete Sampras, a great man to me
He swings his racket with great power and ease,
and wins over crowds with his smiles and tease.
His game is tennis, and boy, can he play!
He has set many records that will forever stay
From the Super 9's to the Grand slam tourneys,
Us fans will stand by him in all of his journeys.
His serve and volley never do fall,
With his Airsampras leaps through the air he can sail
His serve is so powerful and accurate too,
So fluid and quick like none other can do.
His best game is on hardcourts, but don't forget grass,
In England, in whites, he'll win and with class!
The red clay of France is a challenge for Pete,
One year he may win and accomplish this feat.
He has dark, curly hair and beautiful, brown eyes,
And an athletic body that causes females to sigh
I love his big smile, it comes often these days
It's because he enjoys the game that he plays.
To the many who don't know him, what can I say?
Us fans will know him as the best that played.
If someday at a tournament, Pete Sampras you meet
Stop and look, catch your breath, for a champion you'll greet.
This is dedicated to the inspiration that Pete instills in all of us! We
miss you, Pete. Get better soon!
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