Pete beat Johnny Mac 6-3 7-5 today in Little Rock, Arkansas :)
07-23-2007, 12:15 PM
Dang pete just continues his sh!tty tie break play in retirement. He was always great in the 5th set but pete just kept losing way too many important tie breakers!!!! arghhh hes gonna have to do 2000times better against u know who in asia
07-23-2007, 03:29 PM
Two photos of Pete from this match
07-23-2007, 10:33 PM
Two photos of Pete from this match
Thank you greg.:worship: :worship: :)
07-23-2007, 10:39 PM
TENNIS: Clash of the tennis titans at JPJ Arena
By Jeremy Borden / email@example.com | 978-7263
July 21, 2007
Even with his retirement, Pete Sampras never seemed destined for a Hertz commercial, potbelly hanging over red-and-blue plaid shorts.
With polite applause and equally reserved chuckles (mostly at, against or with Sampras’ opponent, John McEnroe), Charlottesville tennis fans got a glimpse of the really and truly athletic-yet-retired Sampras on Friday at the John Paul Jones Arena, which had traded its golden hardwood for a Smurf-blue tennis surface.
The place provided an intimate setting for the “Serving up Aces” exhibition, and the 4,000 or so fans seemed to like what they got from two of the greatest American tennis players of all time.
Both players moved well, hitting deft volleys and often finishing off long rallies with a flourish. And fans received the long match they wanted. It seemed at any point that Sampras could will the match over, but it went the distance: Sampras won 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-8. The last set was a tiebreaker, first to 10 points.
There was McEnroe, lefty specialist known just as much for his temper as his tennis prowess, looking at lines, guffawing at umpires and turning white-haired umps even whiter. From the beginning, it was clear McEnroe would have an uphill battle: At 36, Sampras is 12 years McEnroe’s junior.
“[McEnroe] has his fans - they’re a unique group,” said Bill Farris, a Sampras fan. “If he hadn’t done something along those lines, they would have been disappointed.”
It was clear, though, that both players were there to play, not just entertain. McEnroe asked, quite firmly and with a prominent scowl, for folks to stop talking during his serve, instructions relayed by the umpire.
Likely on his mind were the two previous defeats he suffered at the hands of Sampras on the exhibition tour and maybe even the three before that when both were on the pro circuit. Sampras showed off his serve, battling back, in one game, from a 40-love deficit with classic Sampras poise and the big-gun serve.
The two famously played in the 1990 U.S. Open, with McEnroe getting a set off the still-budding Sampras but falling in the end. For those who remember that match and the two greats, they saw what they remembered – minus a few mph’s on the serve and plus a millimeter in bald spot. But there was Pistol Pete, the all-time leader in Grand Slam wins, looking pensively at his strings, the stoic face mysteriously contemplating whatever it is Sampras contemplates. There was Mac, yelling an occasional expletive and throwing the occasional racket.
“We want to see the big serve,” said Thomas Meert, 19, talking about Sampras. “And he’s not that old, if you think about it.”
07-23-2007, 10:49 PM
Sampras tops petulant McEnroe
BY CHRIS GIVENS
Posted on Monday, July 23, 2007
John McEnroe promised intensity and effort, despite the fact that Sunday’s match at Alltel Arena with Pete Sampras was only a friendly exhibition.
He delivered on his promise, and then some.
McEnroe was classic McEnroe on Sunday, firing balls into the Alltel Arena rafters, throwing his racket and repeatedly berating the chair umpire and linesmen — at times with abusive language. He also hammed it up with the crowd, at one point taking a sip of a youngster’s lemonade in the stands.
But Sampras was also classic Sampras, booming 130 mph serves, playing delicate drop shots and crisp volleys and hitting cracking, running forehands for winners.
The combination led to a 6-4, 7-6 Sampras victory, and one highly entertaining afternoon for the nearly 4, 000 in attendance, both because of the high-level tennis from the players and the high dose of attitude displayed.
“We certainly got our money’s worth,” Cabot’s Kerya Reyes said. “I was hoping McEnroe won, but Pete played really well. I expected [McEnroe ] to throw tantrums, and act like McEnroe, but there was a lot more interaction with the crowd than I thought.”
It didn’t take McEnroe long to get into character.
There was slight feedback coming out of the chair umpire’s microphone when McEnroe hit the first serve of the match long, and McEnroe immediately questioned whether he should be allowed a first serve over again, before demanding the microphone be turned off.
It was among the mildest of his complaints of the afternoon.
With Sampras serving game point at 1-1 in the first set, McEnroe hit a ball that hit a metal bracket at the base of the net, on his side. The ball ricocheted up and over the net.
Sampras was given the point, and McEnroe went to work on chair umpire Fred Jungers.
McEnroe reasoned that if a ball hits the top of the net and goes over, it counts as a point, and because the metal bracket is actually part of the net, the same rationale should apply.
Jungers wouldn’t bite.
“It is because you don’t know what you’re talking about and my argument makes sense, is that what the problem is ?” McEnroe yelled as the crowd laughed. “Why are you shaking your head at me ? This isn’t funny.”
The argument went on for so long that Sampras had time to give a young tennis player the thrill of his life.
As McEnroe argued, Sampras walked to McEnroe’s bag, took out a racket and handed it to Little Rock’s Jon Mark Rowden, 14, who was working as a ball boy.
Rowden and Sampras then went on the court and played a few points, all while McEnroe was complaining.
“That was awesome,” Rowden said. “I was really nervous. I never thought I’d be able to hit with Pete Sampras.”
The crowd applauded Sampras for the charitable act, and cheered on McEnroe for the tantrum. What they likely didn’t know was that even though this was only an exhibition, McEnroe was serious.
In the next game after the long argument, McEnroe hit a serve that appeared in, but was called out.
“This guy is the greatest player that ever lived, and you’re calling that out on me ?” McEnroe yelled. “Let me guess, you just didn’t see it.”
So it went, Sampras, 35, playing beautiful tennis and McEnroe, 48, gamely keeping up, but all the while complaining about most close calls.
Sampras broke McEnroe with a running forehand, a trademark shot, to go up 5-4 and then served out the first set.
In the second set McEnroe turned his wrath on the ballboys, and the lack of tennis balls in play.
It was always something.
“Look, I have to play with intensity,” McEnroe said. “I need it to get going, and especially against a guy like Pete.”
Not everyone was amused with McEnroe’s antics.
In fact, Jungers, who is the chairman of officials for the USTA in Arkansas and who has chaired McEnroe matches in the past, called the behavior despicable and said he was close to pulling his linesmen off the court before the match was over.
“This guy is sick. The language he used in front of these children is disgusting,” Jungers said. “That was not a staged thing, or some act. He’s just crazy, out of control. He’s not putting on a show. He’s disgusting.”
Still, McEnroe, likely because he was a clear underdog, had the fans on his side. Down 5-4, Sampras has to actually appeal to the crowd for support, which he got.
Sampras led throughout the tiebreak, and blasted a secondserve, high kicker for a winner and the match.
He gave a fist pump, and it appeared he was playing to win, as was McEnroe.
Of course, with McEnroe, that was obvious from the first point.
“It’s always fun to play John. He’s one of the most unique players there’s ever been,” Sampras said. “He still plays with passion.”
07-23-2007, 11:43 PM
Tennis legends entertain
Lorenzo Perez, Staff Writer
RALEIGH - The fans began to whistle and clap, anticipating a vintage 1980 tantrum from John McEnroe when the line umpire sat motionless. McEnroe had allowed Pete Sampras' volley return to bounce past uncontested, anticipating it would be ruled out.
Yet none of the umpires at Saturday's exhibition match were going to be swayed merely by the glare from a fiery Hall of Fame tennis player.
The glare never ignited past a few muttered complaints and the 48-year-old McEnroe proved more eager to play for laughs and the appreciation of a modest RBC Center crowd there to witness two of the greatest American tennis players compete.
The volleys were shorter, the serves several ticks slower on the radar gun, but a graying McEnroe and a slightly balding Sampras entertained the fans with a three-set performance that offered glimpses of their masterful touch around the net.
Sampras, 35, outlasted McEnroe, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, closing his victory with a signature ace. Yet it was McEnroe, less than 12 hours after the duo had competed in an earlier exhibition match in Charlottesville, Va., who came out with the early fire.
McEnroe cruised to a 5-2 lead in the first set, lunging and grunting and celebrating winning shots with a quick fist pump or two. Sampras, who won 14 career Grand Slam titles and who was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame earlier this month, appeared happy to play straight man much of the match to McEnroe, the crowd favorite.
Yet it was Sampras clowning around late, offering his racket to a ball boy for a point and pulling the glasses off an umpire to wipe them off when an apparent McEnroe ace in the third set was ruled out.
The low-stakes match offered the feel of friendly dinner theater. Saturday's match lured about 5,500 fans, and the clink of glasses from the club level bar, the chirping of cell phones and loud smacks of gum-chewing fans all ricocheted around the arena.
At one point, McEnroe stopped his serve just before his swing, disrupted by the loud crying of a young child seated nearby. The cries did little to disrupt McEnroe, who ripped an ace past Sampras as soon as the child calmed down.
Following his formal retirement in 2003, Sampras went about three years before returning to play exhibitions and in select World TeamTennis summer events. Sampras was unavailable for comment after Saturday's match, but in a July 3 teleconference, he said he has been practicing at least three times a week the last six months.
"It's amazing what a little bit of practice will do for you, so my tennis has gotten a little bit better, he said."
Good enough to edge past the still game McEnroe, who picked his spots to chase down Sampras' volleys and nail winning volleys down the lines.
Yet there was no luck for McEnroe in either his three-set match with Sampras, nor in two, 10-point doubles matches with area ACC players. In a mixed doubles match, McEnroe and North Carolina's Sara Anundsen lost 10-8 to Sampras and incoming Duke freshman Reka Zsilinszka. Paired then with N.C. State rising senior David Rozek, McEnroe lost to Sampras and former State player Will Shaw.
Moments before that final loss, a heckler screamed, "Mac, you gotta win something!"
The crowd groaned and booed the fan's comment, but McEnroe merely turned his back to the heckler, bent over and slowly pulled his shorts down for a half-moon glimpse of his underwear. Judging from the applause and roars of laughter that followed, the crowd had been waiting all afternoon for the real McEnroe to arrive.
Staff writer Lorenzo Perez can be reached at 829-4643 or firstname.lastname@example.org.