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PETE SAMPRAS RETURNS TO PRO TENNIS WITH WTT DEBUT THIS SUMMER


PETE SAMPRAS RETURNS TO PRO TENNIS WITH WTT DEBUT THIS SUMMER

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Pete Sampras will make his World TeamTennis Pro League debut this
July when the 14-time Grand Slam Champion returns to professional
tennis for the first time since 2002. Sampras is expected to play
six or seven matches this summer during the WTT Pro League regular
season, July 6-26. Sampras' team and match schedule will be
determined at the WTT Player Draft, March 28 in Miami.

For WTT co-founder Billie Jean King, Sampras' participation has
always been at the top of her wish list. Last year King was asked in
an interview who is the one player she always wanted to play World
TeamTennis but hadn't been able to get. The answer was simple – Pete
Sampras. "I guess I'll have to update my list," said King.

"The timing is right," said Sampras of his agreement to play
WTT. "I've been busy with my family and enjoying retirement but this
feels like the right time to get back on the court and play World
TeamTennis. I respect what Billie Jean has done for the sport and
her support of me throughout the years so I'm glad it finally worked
out that I can play WTT this summer."

"This is an exciting day for World TeamTennis," said WTT
CEO/Commissioner Ilana Kloss. "Pete is a great champion and fans
have really missed his talent and character since he retired. His
WTT matches will be the hottest ticket in tennis this summer."

Sampras closed out his brilliant career by winning the 2002 U.S.
Open title over longtime rival Andre Agassi. During his 15-year pro
career, Sampras won 64 singles titles and more than $43 million in
prize money. His legacy was his success at winning the "big ones",
14 Grand Slam singles titles including five U.S. Opens and seven
Wimbledon championships.

Although Sampras has never played in the WTT Pro League presented by
Advanta, he is familiar with the format after participating in the
WTT Smash Hits charity event for several years. "World TeamTennis
gives me an opportunity to play singles, doubles and mixed doubles
and that's something I didn't get to do during my career," Sampras
said.

The regular season runs July 6-26 with the top two teams from the
Eastern Conference and the top two from the Western Conference
advancing to the WTT Finals, July 28-30.

Now in its 31st consecutive year of play, World TeamTennis is well
known for introducing innovative elements to tennis. Instant replay,
which debuted at WTT matches in 2005 as the WTT Coaches Challenge
and marked the first time the technology had been used in a
professional tennis match, will return to select WTT matches in
2006. Other WTT firsts include co-ed format, cumulative and no-ad
scoring, on-court coaching, Supertiebreakers, multi-colored courts
and player names on back of their shirts.

The unique gender-balanced team concept for WTT was created in the
early 70s by League co-founders Billie Jean King and Larry King. The
format used for a WTT Pro League match features teams comprised of
two men, two women and a coach. Each match consists of five sets,
with one set each of men's and women's singles, men's and women's
doubles and mixed doubles.

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AP Exclusive: Sampras calls Federer comparisons 'very valid'

All those comparisons between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are
right on the mark. Sampras himself says so.

"They're all very valid: Not only is he winning majors, but the way
he's winning them -- with pretty much ease. He's pretty much the
favorite in every major for the rest of his career," Sampras said in
a telephone interview with The Associated Press.

"Clearly, he's head and shoulders above the rest. I don't see anyone
pushing him over the next three or four years."

Sampras knows his record of 14 Grand Slam tournament titles could
very well be threatened by Federer, who has seven so far. Time for
the 34-year-old Sampras to come out of retirement and try to add to
his total? Not quite.

Sampras is returning to the tennis court, though, signing up for the
World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after his last
match.

"This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused
on something I used to be good at," he said ahead of Wednesday's
announcement by the league. "It's time this year to do a little
more. Last year, I was kind of floating along."

His last professional match was the 2002 U.S. Open final, when he
beat longtime rival Andre Agassi. As much as he says he's looking
forward to playing in the WTT, Sampras made one thing quite clear:
Don't call it a comeback.

"I miss playing the game. I miss the majors. I miss competing. But
to play at the level I used to play is a whole other animal. I've
done that, and I know what it takes," he told the AP. "Me playing a
little tennis this year is something I can control; there isn't any
pressure. I can relax and have a little fun. Coming back is not
something that crossed my mind."

While it's tough for him to watch Wimbledon, where he won seven
championships, Sampras keeps tabs on the game.

And he's impressed by the top-ranked Federer.

"He moves great, does everything very well. He's gotten to a point
that when he's not at his best, he's finding ways to win, and that
separates him from the rest," Sampras said, a moment before making
sure to bolster his own credentials a tad.

"There are less great players today than there was when I was
playing," he continued. "I just see him carrying on with what he's
been doing. He's got the whole package. He doesn't have any holes in
his game."

Federer has won Wimbledon three years in a row, and he's won the
past three majors: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and the Australian Open.
The Swiss star heads to the French Open in May with a chance to
complete a Grand Slam, albeit not in a calendar year.

The French Open is the only major Federer hasn't won; Sampras never
made it past the semifinals at Roland Garros.

"Clay will be the toughest surface for Roger," Sampras said. "If
things go right, if the weather's right, I think he can win it."

Sampras has never played in the WTT, a 12-team league that in recent
years has featured such stars as Agassi, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe,
Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams. Sampras will
be chosen by a team in the March 28 draft and expects to play about
a half-dozen matches during the July 6-26 regular season.

WTT co-founder Billie Jean King unsuccessfully tried to persuade
Sampras to participate in the league while he was on tour.

"He's definitely someone that we wanted," WTT commissioner Ilana
Kloss said. "We're just thrilled that Pete's going to be back out
there, and fans will get an opportunity to see him again."

Sampras also will be appearing in an exhibition match at Houston in
April. He said he's thought about working as a TV commentator, but
he's not interested in coaching.

"When you retire, you take time away, you don't want to have
anything to do with tennis. After two years of having fun and not
doing much in the sport, you get a little bored and want to know
what's the next chapter in your life. Last year was a turning point -
- 'What am I going to do next?' -- and I had to make a decision,"
Sampras said.

"Playing in front of some people -- you kind of look forward to it a
little bit."

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Sampras returns

Tennis: Pete Sampras is returning to the court, signing up for the World Team Pro League more than three years after his last match, a victory over Andre Agassi in the US Open final. “This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at,” Sampras said. “I miss competing. But to play at the level I used to play is a whole other animal. I’ve done that and I know what it takes.”

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Pete Sampras is returning to the game, signing up for the World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after his last match. "This is more about getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at," Sampras said.

His last professional match was the 2002 US Open final, when he beat Andre Agassi for his record 14th Grand Slam title. Now 34, Sampras has never played in WTT, a 12-team league that in recent years has featured big names such as Agassi, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams.



Sampras: Don't call it a comeback


Pete Sampras returns to Sjeng Schalken, of the Netherlands, during their men's semifinal match at the U.S. Open in New York, in a Sept. 7, 2002 photo. All those comparisons between Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are right on the mark. Sampras himself says so.
Pete Sampras is returning to the tennis court, signing up for the World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after his last match.

"This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at," Sampras said in a telephone interview ahead of Wednesday's announcement by the league. "It's time this year to do a little more. Last year, I was kind of floating along."

Sampras' last professional match was the 2002 U.S. Open final, when he beat longtime rival Andre Agassi for his record 14th Grand Slam title. Sampras held a news conference a year later at the U.S. Open to say he was retiring.

As much as he says he's looking forward to playing in the WTT, he made one thing quite clear: Don't call it a comeback.

"I miss playing the game. I miss the majors. I miss competing. But to play at the level I used to play is a whole other animal. I've done that, and I know what it takes," he told the AP. "Me playing a little tennis this year is something I can control; there isn't any pressure. I can relax and have a little fun. Coming back is not something that crossed my mind."

The 34-year-old Sampras has never played in the WTT, a 12-team league that in recent years has featured such stars as Agassi, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams.

Sampras will be chosen by a team in the March 28 draft and expects to play about a half-dozen matches during the July 6-26 regular season.

WTT co-founder Billie Jean King unsuccessfully tried to persuade Sampras to participate in the league while he was on tour.



"He's definitely someone that we wanted," WTT commissioner Ilana Kloss said. "We're just thrilled that Pete's going to be back out there, and fans will get an opportunity to see him again."

Sampras also will be appearing in an exhibition match at Houston in April. He said he's thought about working as a TV commentator, but he's not interested in coaching.

"When you retire, you take time away, you don't want to have anything to do with tennis. After two years of having fun and not doing much in the sport, you get a little bored and want to know what's the next chapter in your life. Last year was a turning point - 'What am I going to do next?' - and I had to make a decision," Sampras said.

"Playing in front of some people - you kind of look forward to it a little bit."
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Posted March 9, 2006


Newport Beach to host TeamTennis finals

Associated PressNEWPORT BEACH,

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - The top teams in the World TeamTennis Pro League will play in the finals July 28-30 at Palisades Tennis Club in Newport Beach.

The Newport Beach Breakers won the league title in 2004 and was runner-up last season.

The league's regular season runs July 6-26 with the top two teams from the Eastern and Western conferences advancing to the finals. The winner receives the King Trophy, named for WTT co-founder Billie Jean King.
The New York Sportimes, led by Martina Hingis, won last year's title.

The 12-team league will put together its lineups at the March 28 player draft in Miami. Pete Sampras will make his WTT debut this summer.
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Sampras still in the rackets - petepage

By KEN HOFFMAN
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

TENNIS legend Pete Sampras, quite possibly the GOAT (greatest of all time), promises that he will look pretty much the same when he comes out of retirement for an exhibition match at River Oaks Country Club next month as he did when he was winning all those Wimbledon titles in the '90s.

OK, maybe he's a little thicker in the middle and a little thinner up top.

"Hey, I was losing my hair when I was still playing," he said, laughing. "That's the result of heredity and stress."

Tennis fans will notice one big difference: Sampras has ditched the Wilson Pro Staff mid racket he used his entire career.

"I'm actually trying a bigger racket. I used a small racket my whole time on tour. But now I'm an old guy, I need some extra power. I'm using the racket that (current No. 1 player) Roger Federer uses. I don't even know the name of it — I know it's red, that's all."

Federer's (and now Sampras') racket is the Wilson nCode nSix-One Tour 90.

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Posted Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Sampras couldn't say no to River Oaks



By DALE ROBERTSON

Pete Sampras could have launched his competitive comeback in a lot of places. River Oaks Country Club won out because of its ... golf course.

Well, maybe that's an overstatement. Truth to tell, Sampras liked everything about the River Oaks proposal. But he definitely had fond memories of his first visit to the club when IMG dispatched him here as a gawky, unknown 17-year-old.

"I remember the old wood stadium and this great golf course there," Sampras said.

The stadium's gone, replaced by a modern concrete and metal structure a number of years ago, but the River Oaks layout has only become lovelier than what Sampras remembers. As part of his deal, Sampras, 34, will play a round or two with the tournament's sponsors the morning after his best-of-three match April 6, probably against Robby Ginepri or Taylor Dent.

Sampras has practiced with Dent in the past and even played him once on the ATP Tour, winning two tiebreaker sets at Cincinnati in 2000. He never has faced Ginepri in a match but has hit with him.

Until he signed off on his first foray back into the game since he won the U.S. Open in 2002, Sampras said he had not struck a tennis ball seriously in 3 1/2 years.

"I need to get serious about it again," he said. "I've got to get my body back into tennis shape, and my arm into shape for serving again. I've been hitting three, four times a week for the last few weeks.

"It's less about hitting the ball and more about getting used to the starting and stopping. I don't want to hurt myself straight away."

This might not be the only time we see Sampras on a tennis court in Houston this year. Because he is going to play World Team Tennis, there is always a chance he will face off against the Houston team at Westside Tennis Club, and "it's not out of the question" that he'll return to play in Jim Courier's Stanford Financial Cup event at River Oaks in November.

Sampras is trying to put together a senior tournament of his own for the Los Angeles area, where he lives, or Scottsdale, Ariz., during the fall. But if he can't get that together this year, he becomes a candidate for the Houston tournament field.

"Last year, I got a little bored," he said. "My competitive juices are flowing again.

"But I just want to have some fun on the court. This isn't a comeback. This is my 'I'm-still-retired' comeback."

Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

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Pete`s schedule in 2006:

6 April 2006 River Oaks R.Ginepri 3:6,6:7 (10-12)
June-July 2006 World Team Tennis 6-7 matches (???)
October 2006 an exhibition for victims of Catherina one match (probably)
December 2006 an exhibition against Roger Federer (???) Who knows?
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Pete`s schedule in 2006:

6 April 2006 River Oaks R.Ginepri 3:6,6:7 (10-12)
June-July 2006 World Team Tennis 6-7 matches (???)
October 2006 an exhibition for victims of Catherina one match (probably)
December 2006 an exhibition against Roger Federer (???) Who knows?

Yeppppppyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy greg.

I read somewhere yesterday, that if he want they will let him play next year, at Oak Rivers, in the main draw.
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Yeh I hope Federer accepts and the money goes towards the Victims of the Tsunami Itll be the biggest tennis match of the past... Well probably the biggest since Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs, I cant imagine any less than 10s of millions of people watching it if its well promoted.
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Yeh I hope Federer accepts and the money goes towards the Victims of the Tsunami Itll be the biggest tennis match of the past... Well probably the biggest since Billie Jean King beat Bobby Riggs, I cant imagine any less than 10s of millions of people watching it if its well promoted.

I think so too, millions would pay to see both of them play and millions more would watch - know I would for sure.


Pete match wsn't even on TV, but ESPN pick one of his shot as their top ten for that evening - that his how good the man is - win lose or draw.
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Wat do u mean they picked his shot as one of their top ten for that evening?
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Wat do u mean they picked his shot as one of their top ten for that evening?

Every day ESPN would pick the best top 10 play of the day, and highlight them during their evening sport news, do you have ESPN any at all?
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