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Sampras Ready To Make Shock Comeback

Sampras ready to make shock comeback
Saturday June 30 2007


PETE SAMPRAS is contemplating making a sensational return to Wimbledon next year. The seven-times Wimbledon champion - who retired from top-flight tennis in 2002 - is still only 35, the same age as Jonas Bjorkman, the Swede who reached the last 16 at the French Open this month.


And, significantly, he is the same weight as he was when he stepped off the treadmill, having triumphed at the 2002 US Open for his 14th grand-slam title.

Ian Ritchie, the chief executive of the All England Club, said that the door was open for Sampras. "He's a member and if he ever wanted to come back and play, it is something we'd happily discuss," he said.

Sampras, who is unbeaten on the American 'golden oldies' tour, is clearly funimpressed with the current crop. "I have a hard time watching how these guys play today," he said. "It's just amazing that everyone stays back and hits with so much spin. When you put spin on the ball on grass, it doesn't really do anything."
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Re: Sampras Ready To Make Shock Comeback

I'm a huge Pete fan and I hope he doesn't come back. Wimbledon isn't the same anymore, it won't be good for him.
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This man needs to stay at home. Coming back on the courts is just going to demolish the aura of greatness he created around himself.
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Pete should stay retired before he gets embarrased in these conditions.
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that would not be a smart move at all for him.
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significantly, he is the same weight as he was when he stepped off the treadmill
....three days ago
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Re: Sampras Ready To Make Shock Comeback

Pete ending his playing days with a win at the Open adds to his legacy, his greatness. How many players end their careers with a win? Nobody does. It will be humiliating for him to come back and get passed left and right by some nobody.
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Pete ending his playing days with a win at the Open adds to his legacy, his greatness. How many players end their careers with a win? Nobody does. It will be humiliating for him to come back and get passed left and right by some nobody.
Yeah, it would be pretty pathetic if he came back only to lose to some claycourter in the first round.
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Sampras says the grass doesn't take spin. That was true in the '90s. Now it's taking spin, some players are even using kick serves. Time for him to wake up.
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Maybe, with protected seeding, he could have done some damage, but with a WC, he could play a person like Roddick in the first round, and that would be it.
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I reckon he might do well, but probably not live up to the standards he has set for himself in the past so if he is going to play I hope he views it as a relaxed add-on to his career and not expect too much of himself.
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Hopefully he'll do what Michael Jordan couldn't -- stay retired.
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Sampras, who is unbeaten on the American 'golden oldies' tour, is clearly funimpressed with the current crop. "I have a hard time watching how these guys play today," he said. "It's just amazing that everyone stays back and hits with so much spin. When you put spin on the ball on grass, it doesn't really do anything."
Since Raffa fans already busted the myth about grass being slower than it was - it is as fast as it was ofcourse, he should return and show those top spiners what is the real grass tennis.
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Does he really want to lose to some mug named Monfils or Verdasco
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I think he should come back! He would obviously be overwhelmed and wouldn't win majors, but I think it would be good for the sport to have him back.
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