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Sampras 'top five at Wimbledon' McEnroe say he is to play Wimbledon this year.

angiel
05-14-2007, 06:20 PM
Sampras 'top five at Wimbledon'

From correspondents in Rome


May 14, 2007

FOMER world No.1 John McEnroe is prepared to advise now-retired Pete Sampras to mae a one-off return to Wimbledon this year.

"To tell you the truth, I'm sort of tempted to push him to play it, because it would be interesting," said MacEnroe, a three-time champion on the lawns.

"You forget until you see him because he hurts you with one shot."

McEnroe, 48, playing here at the Black Rock Masters seniors event at the Foro Italico, cites personal experience that the 35-year-old Sampras still has the game, after losing to him at a seniors event this month in Boston.

Sampras, who played in a serious tournament for the first time since his 2002 retirement, said he is not interested in changing his post-tennis life.

"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play - I would play to win. There needs to be a reason to come back, and there really isn't a reason," said the 14-time grand slam winner who lifted seven of those trophys at the All England club.

McEnroe, who announced that he will not be playing at any more seniors events on clay due to a gradual decline in his performance on the surface, does not share Sampras' opinion.

"I would seed him in the top five in Wimbledon without a doubt," said the veteran.

"Name five guys that could going to beat this guy at Wimbledon.

"I'd be hard pressed to name a couple - two out of three (sets). Three out of five is a different animal. (Sampras) absolutely just cranks the ball still, and just makes you so uncomfortable and uneasy."

McEnroe said that Sampras, who has been hitting this (northern) spring with four-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Germany's Tommy Haas, could possibly mount a challenge at the All England club.

"Physically he's fit - he's not super-fit, not best-of-five fit, but he's best-of-three fit."

Agence France-Presse

angiel
05-14-2007, 06:23 PM
Tennis News
McEnroe thinks Sampras could still threaten at Wimbledon

May 13, 2007, 16:32 GMT


Rome - John McEnroe says retired number 1 Pete Sampras still has the game for Wimbledon five years into retirement.

The 48-year-old Mac made his pronouncement on Sunday as he plays at the Black Rock Masters senior event played alongside the Rome Masters at the Foro Italico.

The American lost a Boston seniors match last week to Sampras, 35, and says the seven-time Wimbledon winner would still challenge most current players on the grass.

'I would seed him in the Top 5 in Wimbledon without a doubt,' said the veteran. 'Name five guys that could going to beat this guy at Wimbledon. 'I'd be hard pressed to name a couple - two out of three (sets). Three out of five is a different animal. (Sampras) absolutely just cranks the ball still, and just makes you so uncomfortable and uneasy.'

Sampras said after winning the seniors tournament last week - McEnroe was one of his victims - that he was not entertaining plans for any kind of a comeback.

But Mac thinks he should re-consider: 'To tell you the truth I'm sort of tempted to push him to play it, because it would be interesting.

'Physically he's fit - he's not super-fit, not best-of-five fit, but he's best-of-three fit.'

'He's practising with Federer and Tommy Haas. So I don't think he was intimidated by my pace when we played.'


© 2007 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur

angiel
05-14-2007, 06:25 PM
McEnroe says Sampras still has a chance

May 13 2007 at 02:47PM

Rome - Hard-to-impress tennis icon John McEnroe is prepared to advise now-retired Pete Sampras to step back into the mix with a one-off return to Wimbledon this summer.

"To tell you the truth I'm sort of tempted to push him to play it, because it would be interesting," said MacEnroe, a three-time champion on the lawns.

"You forget until you see him because he hurts you with one shot."

The 48-year-old McEnroe, playing this weekend in Rome at the Black Rock Masters seniors event at the Foro Italico, cites personal experience that the 35-year-old Sampras still has game after losing to him at a seniors event this month in Boston.




Sampras, who played in a serious tournament for the first time since his 2002 retirement, said he was not interested in changing his post-tennis life.

"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play - I would play to win. There needs to be a reason to come back, and there really isn't a reason," said the 14-time Grand Slam winner who lifted seven of those trophys at the All England club.

McEnroe, who announced that he will not be playing at any more seniors events on clay due to a gradual decline in his performance on the surface, does not share Sampras' opinion.

"I would seed him in the Top 5 in Wimbledon without a doubt," said the veteran. "Name five guys that could going to beat this guy at Wimbledon.

"I'd be hard pressed to name a couple - two out of three (sets). Three out of five is a different animal. (Sampras) absolutely just cranks the ball still, and just makes you so uncomfortable and uneasy."

McEnroe said that Sampras, who has been hitting this spring with the likes of reigning four-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and Germany's Tommy Haas, could possibly mount a challenge at the All England club.

"Physically he's fit - he's not super-fit, not best-of-five fit, but he's best-of-three fit."

str/ea07 - AFP

Mimi
05-16-2007, 04:17 AM
wasn't mcenroe told sampras to retire when he was in downhill between 01-02 :rolleyes: , now he wants him back, i doubt whether he is sincere :rolleyes:

angiel
05-16-2007, 05:22 PM
wasn't mcenroe told sampras to retire when he was in downhill between 01-02 :rolleyes: , now he wants him back, i doubt whether he is sincere :rolleyes:


I think he is Mimi:rolleyes: :rolleyes: tennis need a shake up right now, a big shot in the arms and the current players are not doing it, can you imagine if Pete was to come play at Wimbledon, I can and so do a lot of people, it would be talk about for weeks.:worship: :angel: :wavey:

RagingLamb
05-16-2007, 05:28 PM
At the '03 US Open McEnroe said he considers Pete to be at least equal to his idol Laver in terms of greatness.

At last year's French Open, McEnroe said he doesn't even consider Sampras among the top 3 greatest of all time.

Now he's saying he wants him to come back.

Next year he's gonna forget about that and say something completely different.

So I say forget McEnroe. I don't put any value on anything he says.

angiel
05-16-2007, 06:47 PM
At the '03 US Open McEnroe said he considers Pete to be at least equal to his idol Laver in terms of greatness.

At last year's French Open, McEnroe said he doesn't even consider Sampras among the top 3 greatest of all time.

Now he's saying he wants him to come back.

Next year he's gonna forget about that and say something completely different.

So I say forget McEnroe. I don't put any value on anything he says.



You are right, McEnroe love to talk, but he his just jealous of Pete when he talk Pete down, green with envy really.:wavey: :) :D

the_natural
05-17-2007, 12:34 AM
At the '03 US Open McEnroe said he considers Pete to be at least equal to his idol Laver in terms of greatness.

At last year's French Open, McEnroe said he doesn't even consider Sampras among the top 3 greatest of all time.

Now he's saying he wants him to come back.

Next year he's gonna forget about that and say something completely different.

So I say forget McEnroe. I don't put any value on anything he says.

John is a fucking idiot, he says watever will make him most popular or make him sound like a cool tough man. At the 02 USO he said wow his game is not complete and his volleying is better than even lavers, he has finally surpassed laver in all aspects of his game, hes the greatest ive ever seen. Then federer comes along "hes the best of ive ever seen, I think hes even better than (or he would beat) \ pete on grass :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: "

I never heard about him not considering pete in the top 3, thats the biggest load I guess he said Laver Borg and Federer were his top 3? :rolleyes:

Now hes saying petes one of the greatest ever again, and that he is a master on grass and even federer would fear playing him on grass and hed be the number 2 seed blah blah SHUT UP JOHN. Its true But just SHUT UP you bandwagon jumper.

Mimi
05-17-2007, 07:49 AM
one thing its pretty obvious, even if pete is not the greatest in Mcenroe's eyes, pete is at least much better than him :nerner: :aplot: :haha: :woohoo:

Mimi
05-17-2007, 07:50 AM
thats why i admire borg more, he never said these bullshits as Mcenroe's :rolleyes:

pj80
05-17-2007, 12:29 PM
one thing its pretty obvious, even if pete is not the greatest in Mcenroe's eyes, pete is at least much better than him :nerner: :aplot: :haha: :woohoo:

hehe mimi, this is by far the best post you made on this board. You're getting better.

RagingLamb
05-17-2007, 03:19 PM
John is a fucking idiot, he says watever will make him most popular or make him sound like a cool tough man. At the 02 USO he said wow his game is not complete and his volleying is better than even lavers, he has finally surpassed laver in all aspects of his game, hes the greatest ive ever seen. Then federer comes along "hes the best of ive ever seen, I think hes even better than (or he would beat) \ pete on grass :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: "

I never heard about him not considering pete in the top 3, thats the biggest load I guess he said Laver Borg and Federer were his top 3? :rolleyes:

Now hes saying petes one of the greatest ever again, and that he is a master on grass and even federer would fear playing him on grass and hed be the number 2 seed blah blah SHUT UP JOHN. Its true But just SHUT UP you bandwagon jumper.

That's exactly right, to which Mary Corillo replied 'hey when did you throw Sampras out of the canoe'? And then McEnroe said something like, well Pete was a good player, but...[bla bla]

the_natural
05-20-2007, 12:37 PM
That's exactly right, to which Mary Corillo replied 'hey when did you throw Sampras out of the canoe'? And then McEnroe said something like, well Pete was a good player, but...[bla bla]

To quote the "Great" mac, "YOUR NOT SERIOUS" ... :O :mad: the audacity. When federer retires he will be back to his old ways trust me