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."