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06-30-2007, 07:49 PM
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."

06-30-2007, 07:51 PM
Thanks for the post Angiel. Where was this posted?

06-30-2007, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the post Angiel. Where was this posted?

At Pete's new, google.:wavey: :angel:

07-03-2007, 09:35 PM

Pete Sampras' former coach has all-but ruled out the possibility of the seven-times Wimbledon champion returning to mainstream tennis.

However, Paul Annacone, now the head of men's coaching at the Lawn Tennis Association, said he had discussed the matter with the 35-year-old.

Annacone told Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "It is romantically interesting for all of us and I would love to see it.

"We have talked about it a number of times but I do not see it happening any time soon.

"I would never say never but it would shock me if it did happen. Pete does not seem too interested. There is a lot involved in doing that and he is doing just fine just now."

Annacone added: "I speak to him periodically and he is very happy with his life. He is playing a couple of senior events and has a couple of exhibitions with Roger (Federer) lined up."