Sampras of old - MensTennisForums.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 03:44 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 182
                     
Sampras of old

This is my first post here although I may have run into many of you at my site's message board, so hi!

Since we moved into our new house we have been living without cable tv. (Of coarse the cable guy will be at our place Saturday to hook us up). So last night I was bored and tired of watching Barney with my daughter so I popped in the 1994 Wimbledon final, Sampras vs Ivanisevic.

Sampras looked so young, so fresh, so fast. It kills me to see him today. Just this morning I read an article that Agassi said he has been training hard and taking out his frustration with early losses this summer and using it as fuel for his training. Sampras needs to get with that program. No matter how hard they say Pete is training, I think he needs to train harder. He needs to run hills on Christmas day like Agassi has.

Anyways, it was neat to see Pete from 8 years ago. Very interesting. Neat to hear McEnroe and Cliff talk to each other about the possibilities of Pete winning many Wimbledons. 94 was only his 2nd.

Good Luck on the Court!!!
Scott Baker
http://www.***************
tennis4you is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 03:59 PM
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
awwww Pete

THan again I really don't feel sorry about the guy..... I mean what he has accomplished is unbelievable, so if he doesn't go out with a bang, then he doesn't.

Anyhow, didn't you used to post on tennisweek too?

Welcome to the board either way

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #3 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 04:04 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 182
                     
I have posted around. I usually just post at my board, but I like to meet new people too! I haven't been to Tennisweek for a while.

It would be a miracle if he could go out with a bang!

Good Luck on the Court!!!
Scott Baker
http://www.***************
tennis4you is offline  
post #4 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 04:07 PM
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Maybe he can have another good US Open run.

It could happen, I mean look at what he did with that awful draw last year

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #5 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 182
                     
He has made the last 2 finals, that has to count for something. I just hope he is training his butt off right now. Unfortuently I see another early exit if he doesn't step it up.

Good Luck on the Court!!!
Scott Baker
http://www.***************
tennis4you is offline  
post #6 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 04:10 PM
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Yes, it would be a shame to see him not at least have a respectable run..

I don't usually really root for Sampras, but I respect what he has done, and it would be nice for him and his fans to see him stick this out for a good reason in the end.

But regardless of results, I think he should play the game as long as he deems fit

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #7 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 06:54 PM
Registered User
 
Dissident's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Procrasti-Nation
Posts: 4,430
                     
As Becca, Im dont really root for him, but he has to be respected. I also agree he has accheived enough to classify him as one of the best players ever, no matter what happens from now on. Last year´s USOpen was great when you remember who he had to beat and how great he played, and he was also on a bad year. This one is even worse, but you never know... He has some chances on this warming up events, although he skipping this week will hurt his ranking. He has two Masters Series on a good surface for him, so maybe that can help´to some extent.
I dont think he can do as good as he did the last two years at the USOpen this year, but maybe if he reach the semis or even the quarters it would be great.

BTW, hey there Scott. We had some interesting talks on Tennisweek a while ago. Good to see you around!

wooden jesus, can i be saved? i spent all my money on a future grave.. ill cut you in on 20% of my future sins..

TWENTY!
'97 ROLAND GARROS, '98 Stuttgart, '98 Mallorca, '99 MONTE CARLO, '99 ROMA, '00 Santiago, '00 HAMBURG, '00 ROLAND GARROS, '00 Indianapolis, '00 MASTERS CUP LISBOA, '01 Buenos Aires, '01 Acapulco, '01 MONTE CARLO, '01 ROLAND GARROS, '01 Stuttgart, '01 CINCINNATI, '02 Costa do Sauipe, '03 Auckland, '03 St. Petersburg, '04 Costa do Sauipe.
Dissident is offline  
post #8 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 06:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: london
Age: 34
Posts: 279
                     
Pete will be back.

No doubt a champion never dies.

Sampras GOAT

FC Porto. Arsenal.

Del Potro. Murray. Nalbandian. Soderling. Useless Gil.
Sean is offline  
post #9 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 07:01 PM
Registered User
 
Chloe le Bopper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Munchkin Land
Posts: 28,276
                     
Good luck to your man Sean

I like to quietly cheer for people that have been written off, just cause I like to see then eventually succeed, then see the detractors squirm.

What can I saw - I'm evil

I lack direction.

Chocking makes me sad.
Chloe le Bopper is offline  
post #10 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 07:13 PM
Registered User
 
Dissident's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Procrasti-Nation
Posts: 4,430
                     
Lol, Becca, those would be exactly my words... Id be the first to rub in.

wooden jesus, can i be saved? i spent all my money on a future grave.. ill cut you in on 20% of my future sins..

TWENTY!
'97 ROLAND GARROS, '98 Stuttgart, '98 Mallorca, '99 MONTE CARLO, '99 ROMA, '00 Santiago, '00 HAMBURG, '00 ROLAND GARROS, '00 Indianapolis, '00 MASTERS CUP LISBOA, '01 Buenos Aires, '01 Acapulco, '01 MONTE CARLO, '01 ROLAND GARROS, '01 Stuttgart, '01 CINCINNATI, '02 Costa do Sauipe, '03 Auckland, '03 St. Petersburg, '04 Costa do Sauipe.
Dissident is offline  
post #11 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-24-2002, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 182
                     
I have some co-workers who are always quick to let me know the next day when i come into work if Pete lost at a slam ro something. (Liek I didn't know) I would love to rub it in too. of coarse i had 6-7 years where I got to rub it in a lot! HEEEEEE

Scott
http://www.***************
tennis4you is offline  
post #12 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 05:09 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 3
 
Pete is my all time favorite tennis player, so of course, I'm going to be rooting untill the day he announces he's done. I disagree with people who say he should have stopped in his last win at Wimby. When he decides he can't train or doesn't want to train, then that's that. I don't think alot of us who still support him endlessly are looking for that big bang to go out. It is really hard to watch him play now, but I'd rather have him keep playing than stopping when he feels like he can still play!

So I agree, the champ will be back!
Hadas is offline  
post #13 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 05:46 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 117
                     
I agree Hadas with everything you said.

Pete is my favorite player and I agree that Pete should keep playing as long as he feels like he can and he is willing to put out the effort to train which it's obvious he's been doing.
It is definitely painful watching him making all of these early exits but I still think he has it in him to win a couple of more Slams.

Do I think he will? Only if he gets his confidence back. Yes, I know that sounds like a contradiction and maybe it is. He feels like he can be a contender but yet when he gets on the court these days he doesn't appear to be the confident Pete we've seen all these years. It's an indecisive Pete we see these days. One who appears unsure of himself. To me, that's more painful to watch than him losing.
kalforpete is offline  
post #14 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 09:48 AM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 4
 
Hi everybody

As you can see, this is my first post ever on the Atp forum, and only Pete could drive me to do this I am happy to "meet" some of his admirers, who still believe he has it in him to go out with a bang.
I feel like I have known Pete for years though I only really started following him after that match full of drama he played against Jim Courrier at the A.O. That match made an everlasting impression on me, and I have been admiring his class, cool and talents ever since.

Whatever happens now won't make any difference to me. Win or loose, I will always cheer for him. After all, he gave me so much joy (the 5 sets thriller quarterfinal vs Jim Courrier at the French, the epic match with Corretja at the US open (was it in 96 ?), last year's fantastic campaign at the US Open again, his duels with Becker, Andre...and the list goes on and on).

For most of his career, he looked like he was a player from another planet,which makes it all the more painful to watch him struggling now. But whatever happens, I will always cheer for him, and who knows what he is capable of. If he remembers who he is, he might surprise us all !

Oops, sorry for this long post. I guess I got carried away...
Malaye is offline  
post #15 of 29 (permalink) Old 07-25-2002, 12:01 PM
Registered User
 
tennischick's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 6,771
                     
all this reminiscing! you know things are bad when you have to reach back to old glories to evoke admiration for his performance. as a non-fan, it's just not my style to gloat as Pete fumbles his way downhill. i preferred it when he was still a threat bec then i could have fun making fun of him. he's such an easy person to caricature! but now that he looks like a shadow of his former formidable self, i find it hard to unleash the claws. who woulda thunk it!? now i too will have to bask in the memories of the days when i ripped into him with relish. it was fun...

nice to see you Scott! welcome to the other posters as well. some of my best friends are Pete-o-holics! i swear!

Q. When you've played as few matches as you have over the last two, three months, did you ever lack motivation to go out and practice?

ANDY RODDICK: Motivation? No. I enjoy what I do. I enjoy what I do. You know, I've never been one to, you know, blow off practice or, you know, do anything like that.

You know, I'd be lying if I said I'm looking forward to practicing the next two days as opposed to playing here. That part is gonna suck...(2010 Aegon Championships)
tennischick 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