Will he or won't he? - MensTennisForums.com
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 03:17 AM Thread Starter
Registered User
 
TennisHack's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: the arms of a Swissie
Posts: 10,038
                     
Question Will he or won't he?

Decision time nears for Sampras

With the 2003 season just around the corner, former world number one Pete Sampras says he’ll make a decision on retirement before the imminent birth of his first child. The man with the 14 Grand Slams has not played since dramatically winning the US Open in early September.

"There's a lot going on and I need to decide in the next couple of weeks,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “I've been in limbo for the last month, not avoiding it, but just not sure. It's all coming to terms with stopping."

The 31-year old California resident and wife, actress Bridgett Wilson are expecting their baby very soon.

Sampras continues to play his cards close to his chest.

"I've had moments of wanting to continue and I've had moments of stopping," he told the Times. "Either you do it all the way or you don't do it halfway."

Some observers believe Sampras might want to continue just to erase the humiliation of his 2002 Wimbledon defeat in the second round at the hands of Swiss qualifier George Bastl.

"In a romantic way, I would love to end it on a much better note than I did this year."

But if he does come back, it won’t just be for Wimbledon. "I won't play just for one tournament," he warned. "I'll play because I want to, because I enjoy playing, and go through the process and the challenges, not just for two weeks of the year.”

=================
If anyone is registered for the LA Times online, could you please post that report as well? Thanks

~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~
The Tennis Refuge

You will be missed, Michel Kratochvil!
TennisHack is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 04:50 AM
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
If he did retire right now...

Can anyone else name someone who retired aftering winning a grandslam and never playing again?

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #3 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 04:53 AM
country flag Lee
Gugaholic
 
Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Under the blue sky
Posts: 84,779
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by Rebecca
If he did retire right now...

Can anyone else name someone who retired aftering winning a grandslam and never playing again?
Good point Becca. May be if Pete will retire bcos of this.
Lee is offline  
post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 12:41 PM
Registered User
 
fleemke²'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 556
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by Rebecca
If he did retire right now...

Can anyone else name someone who retired aftering winning a grandslam and never playing again?
I'm not sure but didn't Steffi Graff retire after winning RG against Hingis?

"Justine not yet the number 1 monday, but that’s just because you can’t measure heart with a computer" Greg Laub, September 6, 2003



Tommy Haas and Olivier Rochus
fleemke² is offline  
post #5 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 12:47 PM
Registered User
 
King Aaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Anywhere
Posts: 1,549
                     
I think ultimately he won't.

perfect by nature | icons of self-indulgence | just what we all need | more lies about a world that | never was and never will be
King Aaron is offline  
post #6 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 12:58 PM
Registered User
 
irma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 297
                     
billie jean king did after she won wimbledon one year, but then she started playing again
irma is offline  
post #7 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-20-2002, 02:03 PM
Registered User
 
Ace Tracker's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 420
                     
Graf retired right after losing the Wimbledon finals to Lindsay Davenport in 1999...She had won Roland Garros against Martina Hingis in that same year
Ace Tracker is offline  
post #8 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 01:42 AM
KFS
Registered User
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Posts: 175
 
It's the best time for him to retire...........

Cheering for my ATP favourites:

Kafelnikov, Yevgeny
Ferrero, Juan Carlos
Safin, Marat
KFS is offline  
post #9 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 01:43 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 1,622
                     
He dominated for so long. What could motivate him to continue playing?
Jackie is offline  
post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 12:26 PM
Registered User
 
fleemke²'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 556
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by untitled2284
He dominated for so long. What could motivate him to continue playing?
euhm ... the love for the game?

"Justine not yet the number 1 monday, but that’s just because you can’t measure heart with a computer" Greg Laub, September 6, 2003



Tommy Haas and Olivier Rochus
fleemke² is offline  
post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 01:22 PM
Registered User
 
TheBoiledEgg's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: in Woop Woop Land
Posts: 17,684
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by untitled2284
He dominated for so long. What could motivate him to continue playing?
All it needs is for some idiot to say he won't win another slam
Why couldn't Greg the Gorilla keep his trap shut.
TheBoiledEgg is offline  
post #12 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 02:50 PM
Senior Member
 
joanbalcells's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 147
                     
Quote:
Originally posted by Ace Tracker
Graf retired right after losing the Wimbledon finals to Lindsay Davenport in 1999...She had won Roland Garros against Martina Hingis in that same year
not accurate. she played stanford/san diego as well, but retired in her opening match against frazier. a few days later, she held a press conference to announce her retirement.

Friday 13th July IIRC
joanbalcells is offline  
post #13 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-21-2002, 07:46 PM
Registered User
 
maratski's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: a nice loft near the Kremlin
Age: 35
Posts: 10,388
                     
He's not gonna retire yet, cause he loves the game and winning. There's also the 2nd round loss at Wimby. I think he wants to go back there at least once and show that he owns the place.

SINCE THERE'S NO TENNIS ACTION I WENT FOR TONGUE ACTION




Member of the unofficial international Mohamed Lahyani fanclub
maratski is offline  
post #14 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-21-2002, 12:10 AM
country flag Lee
Gugaholic
 
Lee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Under the blue sky
Posts: 84,779
                     
Just want to pump this post up when the result is in.
Lee is offline  
post #15 of 15 (permalink) Old 12-21-2002, 01:00 PM
Registered User
 
King Aaron's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Anywhere
Posts: 1,549
                     
He will continue for another year but will skip next years OZ Open

perfect by nature | icons of self-indulgence | just what we all need | more lies about a world that | never was and never will be
King Aaron is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome