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Marine
09-10-2004, 07:51 PM
(samprasfanz)

Sampras admires Agassi's run, but won't mimic his rival - petepage

[Sep 8, 2004 BILL FLEISCHMAN] Two years ago, after struggling with his tennis for several years, Pete Sampras won his fifth U.S. Open. Then, at age 31, he abruptly closed the book on the sport in which he won record 14 Grand Slam tournaments.

He has no plans to stage a comeback.

"I haven't picked up a racket in 8-9 months," Sampras said yesterday from Los Angeles. "I don't miss the grind, the pressure and the stress that comes with it. You do miss the competition, playing the majors.

"I certainly feel that now that the Open's on. When Wimbledon comes and goes, I always have a reaction of wanting to play again. But [it quickly passes]."

After focusing entirely on tennis from the time he was 8, Sampras enjoys life as a husband to actress Bridgette Wilson and father to 20-month-old son Christian.

While he has fun caring for his son, he said: "I can only play with Playdough so long. I can't stay home all day."

Golf fulfills his competitive juices right now.

Sampras, the subject of an interview with Chris Myers Sunday at 7 p.m. on the Tennis Channel, says he has watched "a little" of this year's Open on television. He plans to watch tonight's Andre Agassi-Roger Federer quarterfinal match.

Before the 2002 Open, Sampras didn't plan to retire. The way he was playing before the tournament discouraged thoughts of his winning the Open. But beating longtime rival Agassi in the '02 Open final was the perfect ending to an outstanding career.

"It was a great way to finish, on that court, playing Andre," said Sampras, whose first pro victory came in the U.S. Pro Indoor at the Spectrum in 1990. "I felt there was no place to go [after winning]."

Like many, Sampras is impressed that Agassi, 34, a year older than Sampras, still plays high-quality tennis. The seven-time Wimbledon champion thinks Agassi has been influenced by his wife, tennis great Steffi Graf.

"The way she went out about her tennis, very serious, I think he saw that and respected that," Sampras said. "He's in great shape, and it seems he has everything organized in his life to focus on tennis."

Sampras' future could include television work.

"I have a lot to say about the game," he said. "There might be a day where I get back into the sport in some way. I'm just not ready."

Coaching?

"No one's asked me," he replied. "I'm not one to give unsolicited advice."

After taking flak for saying in Tennis magazine interview 2 months ago that he'd never registered to vote, Sampras has done his civic duty.

"I was raised Republican, and that's the way I'll die," he said

OMG that's horrible to hear !!!! Someone I love who says he'll die republican after all bush did....ohh my Pete hows possible............. :sad:

angiel
09-10-2004, 08:58 PM
Hello to you Marine - and how are you doing - hope all is well with you.

Thank you for the Pete Sampras interview, enjoy reading new news from Pete - he has been quite for too long - he need to start having a say in the sport - American tennis is dying and I think he can help his sport.

Pete being a republican has nothing to do with what Bush did or didn't do - you can't blame every republicans for what that devil of a man did - everybody can't be democrats - you would only have one government in power if that was so - then we would have a real dictator - then what would this country or world be like.

Do you think all democrats are sweethearts and all republicans are satans - no way man - what should Pete do - be republican one minute because of Bush and then change to democrats the next because Kerry say he will do this and that for the people - who say he will do any of what he say if he is elected tomorrow.

People have a right to vote for you they like, and you can't like me because I dont vote for who you like - you never like me in the first place.

People should be able to agree to disagree - my love for Pete will never change because he is a republican.

Politic is like religion - we can't all be Catholics or Mormons. :sad: :mad

If anybody should be given a part in that movie - is Pete Sampras - he has won it enough I say. :worship: :worship:

Can you see Pete been a coach? - I dont know. : :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

angiel
09-10-2004, 09:02 PM
Marine, think about this - who should he be a republican or a democrat? :confused: :confused:

Mimi
09-11-2004, 02:51 AM
thanks Marine for the lovely interview :wavey:

I agreed with angiel, pete is a republican does not mean he is bad coz as he said, he almost never voted so i think he does not pay too much attention to politics, may be just his dad is republican so he continues this heritage like his dad ;)

angiel
09-11-2004, 06:23 PM
Thank you Mimi, the party that one vote for doesn't make you are I a bad person - if that was so there would be no governments in this world.

And why should I like you anyless because you and I dont share the same ideas - everybody is different and we all can't be the same. ;) :mad:

Mimi
09-16-2004, 05:17 AM
may be pete even does not know what are the principles of republican party :p or may be he does not know too much about this bad bush :rolleyes: , pete seems to be a very "home" person, may be he even does not care too much about the outside world besides his family and friends/fans :angel:

angiel
09-16-2004, 09:14 PM
The principles of the republican and democrat are the same Mimi - dont let anybody tell you differently - this is politics you are talking about and seeking power - they only have slightly different style of policies and views.

But let the democrats get into power tomorrow and they attack America - just see if they will not do what Bush has done when he was in power - Mr. clinton did the same when he was in power - attack other countries, both parties have done the same thing - one time or another when they were in Government.

Americans are some of the most aware people on this planet - they have to be - and i am sure Pete does know what is going in his country and outside - but as I say again pete has nothing to do with what Mr. Bush is doing or not doing - why blame him for it because he his republican. :mad: :sad:

Mimi
09-17-2004, 03:58 AM
thanks for teaching the foolish mimi :worship: , you know HK people due to the strange situation, belonged to china but ruled by British, we do not care too much about politics :o

but i have to say almost all rulers are bad, they only love the power and money and not the people :rolleyes: :mad:

i think the peaceful pete does not like Bush's attacking idea :mad: :mad:

angiel
09-17-2004, 08:29 PM
That is how America was built Mimi - by fighting for their independence from Britian - if you attack them, they will attack you right back.

Tell me which big country will let anybody attack them without a fight - China, Russia - no way man.

Politics is dirty business Mimi - you can't blame the people for what the Government did. :mad: :rolleyes:

angiel
10-14-2004, 08:05 PM
i found this site that has lots of Pete sampras interviews during the years - it is a very interesting site - you guys can check it out - the site is call Sampras Heart by hova.

I was trying to post some of the interviews here but I can't get it to work - what can i do to get them posted here?

Mimi
10-15-2004, 04:00 AM
thanks angiel for telling me about this site :worship:

but sorry, angiel i am a computer dummy, i don't know how to copy :confused: :confused:

i found this site that has lots of Pete sampras interviews during the years - it is a very interesting site - you guys can check it out - the site is call Sampras Heart by hova.

I was trying to post some of the interviews here but I can't get it to work - what can i do to get them posted here?

angiel
10-15-2004, 08:24 PM
Maybe someone here can tell us how to do it - do you know guys - please let me know.

Mimi
10-16-2004, 05:25 AM
can you copy it into your "microsoft word" and then paste it here :confused:

i guess Lee or Lalitha know more about computer, may be they can help you :wavey: :angel:

Lee
10-16-2004, 05:39 AM
i found this site that has lots of Pete sampras interviews during the years - it is a very interesting site - you guys can check it out - the site is call Sampras Heart by hova.

I was trying to post some of the interviews here but I can't get it to work - what can i do to get them posted here?

You need to provide me with the link first. :p

angiel
10-16-2004, 05:49 AM
Do you mean the site where they are Lee? I normally go to Samprasfanz and click on community link then click on Sampras heart - hova created the whole site about pete - you then click on link there - there is photos , dvds. interviews and other stuff there.

Lee
10-16-2004, 05:55 AM
OK, I find the site using Google. Where's the interviews?

angiel
10-16-2004, 06:09 AM
Do you find samprasfanz - then go to community link there - then to Sampras heart by Hova - and look near the bottom that say links etcs - you will find them there lee.

Lee
10-16-2004, 06:15 AM
Angiel, I'm in Sampras heart site, but I can't find any interview

Lee
10-16-2004, 06:20 AM
Do you mean 'Quotes from Pete and his Colleagues'?

angiel
10-16-2004, 06:29 AM
Lee on the site down the page you will see just below latest news - links sites, tapes/dvd info, latest photos, more - click on links sites and you will find the interviews site there - try again will you please.

Lee
10-16-2004, 06:35 AM
Lee on the site down the page you will see just below latest news - links sites, tapes/dvd info, latest photos, more - click on links sites and you will find the interviews site there - try again will you please.

OK, got it!

Lee
10-16-2004, 06:39 AM
Angiel, to copy the interview here, when you're on the interview page, left click on your mouse and hold, pull the mouse down until the end of the interview. The text should be highlighted. Put the mouse pointer on any of the highlighted part and right click the mouse. A small window will come up and you can select 'copy', then you can come back here, just right click in the post quick reply box. A window will pop up and click on 'paste', you will have the whole document here.

Lee
10-16-2004, 06:40 AM
If you have problem, tell me which interview you would like to post.

angiel
10-16-2004, 06:41 AM
Okay and Thank you Lee - I am going to try tomorrow - goodnight again. :) :wavey:

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:07 PM
Tuesday, September 14, 2004
Champ's Westside match over - petepage

[Sep 5, 2004, Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer] Pete Sampras has sold his Benedict Canyon home for $3 million, according to public records. The tennis champ had listed the Beverly Hills-area home in August 2003 at $3.75 million.

He had owned the house since 1998, a couple of years before he married Bridgette Wilson, who played the bride-to-be in "The Wedding Planner" (2001) and costarred in the action-thriller "Extreme Ops" (2002). The couple was married at the Benedict Canyon home in 2000. About two years later, they bought another Beverly Hills-area home in the mid-$8-million range.

The house Sampras sold has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 5,000 square feet. The home is on about 1 1/2 acres, with a pool, at the end of a long, gated drive. There is, of course, a tennis court on the property.

Sampras had purchased the home for about $2.5 million from Kenny G. The saxophonist-songwriter had maintained a recording studio there. Sampras used it as a family room. The country-traditional house was built in 1976 and later remodeled.

After buying the house, Sampras, now 33, won the U.S. Open. As defending U.S. Open champion, he withdrew from the event in 2003. In August of that year, he retired as a professional tennis player and became an investor, partner and special consultant to Tennis magazine and tennis.com. Sampras had been the top player in the world for a record six years in a row. He won a record 14 Grand Slams.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson Estate Brokerage, Westlake Village, represented Sampras in the Benedict Canyon home sale, real estate sources said.

[Article errors/facts about Pete corrected by Samprasfanz]

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:10 PM
Here is some news about pete - hope you guys will like reading it (above)(below) have fun. :D :wavey:

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:14 PM
Thursday, September 09, 2004
PETE SAMPRAS, Tennis legend - petepage

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Thu, Sep. 09, 2004 By David Martindale

Special to the Star-Telegram


Pete Sampras still misses playing tennis now and then.

He especially misses it at this time of year, as the U.S. Open, a tournament he won five times, is winding to a conclusion.

"But I just don't have it in me anymore to go out and do the things I have to do to win a major," Sampras said. "Playing is the easy part. That's 10 percent of it. The other 90 percent is preparing and training. You wrap your whole year around playing those two weeks.

"That's the hard part. It's a tough way of life. It's a consuming sport. There's no question it took a lot out of me, especially when I was No. 1 in the world. It was a good time, but also stressful."

There's no stress in Sampras' life today. The most work he has done lately was giving an in-depth interview to the Tennis Channel (airing at 6 p.m. Sunday) and doing a few phone interviews -- from the golf course in Palm Desert, Calif. -- to promote the show.

This Tennis Channel interview airs on the second anniversary of your final Grand Slam victory. Does that make you nostalgic? Not really. I do miss it. And I always will miss it. But people ask me, "Are you going to the Open? Are you going to Wimbledon?" And I say, "There's no reason for me to go." There might be a day when I'll want to take my son to watch tennis. But when it's been your life for so long, you almost want to get as far away as possible. I'm still decompressing and not doing anything really with tennis.

What does take up the majority of your days? Do you have a day job? No, I don't have a job. I wake up, and I help out with my boy, and I go to the golf course and play a round of golf and sometimes two rounds of golf. Having not played, I've kind of lost my shape a little bit. So I'm starting to work out a little bit. I've been playing Texas Hold'em with some boys, playing some basketball, spending some time at the beach, trying to stay busy.

And how is your golf game? It's better. I'm a 6. Compared to some of the guys who are really good, like scratch players, I'm not there. Ivan Lendl is like a scratch player.

Have you sneaked a peek at the Open? I've seen some. A little bit of Roger Federer and Andre Agassi and the big boys. It's going to be an interesting second week. I think Andy Roddick can get to the final. I think the winner of Federer-Agassi will get to the final. It's really a pick-'em tournament right now.

Do you have a master plan for the rest of your life? I make it up as I go. I'm kind of waiting for something to fall into my lap. But I also know it doesn't really work that way. It's probably something that I'm going to have to go and create. But, whatever that is, there's one thing that I know, which I learned from tennis, and that's that you can't do it halfway.


:) :D :cool: :worship: :angel:

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:21 PM
Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Retired Sampras misses tourney but not the pressure - petepage

[Sep 8, 2004] A year after his retirement, tennis great Pete Sampras is going to great lengths to be seen and heard.

Thirty minutes longer, in one specific case.

He will be featured in a one-hour Center Court with Chris Myers on the Tennis Channel on Sunday at 6 p.m.

Sampras -- winner of seven Wimbledon, five U.S. Open and two Australian Open titles -- also took time Tuesday to chat via the phone with Quick Hits:

With the Open going on, what do you miss most?

"I do miss the Open, I miss Wimbledon. The Open is kind of where I made my first mark. I miss the night matches and the fact that it's a major and it's New York City. The buzz and atmosphere are tough to replace with everyday life. I miss it quite a bit, but on the other hand, it's a lot of work, a lot of pressure, a lot of stress. I know those days are over.''

What do you miss the least?

"The expectations I put on myself. The pressure, the stress, the physical and mental grind over a two-week major. The U.S. Open, I don't know if it was the city or whatever, but it always kind of stressed me out more than the others because it was the traffic or just the city itself. I'm not much of a New York City guy.''

When can we expect your comeback on the courts, or will you end up a golfer like Ivan Lendl?

"I haven't picked up a racquet for quite some time. There might be a day I might come out and play a few matches here and there, exhibitions or whatever. I'm done with the competitive tennis. Those days are over. I don't see myself pulling a Deion Sanders or coming-out-of-retirement sort of thing. I still miss the majors, and I miss playing tennis. But you don't do it halfway. Either you make it your life and your priority or you don't. I think I ended it the way I wanted to, on my terms. I'm looking forward to some other things in life.''

Your biggest adjustment to being retired?

"Now it's a different focus, being a husband, a father. Men go out and work. Now that I'm not working, retired at 33, it's definitely an adjustment. Playing golf is great, but ...

If somebody offered you a TV show, how much better would yours be than John McEnroe's?

"Not much. To host a talk show takes talent. John does a good job. I think he does it better than I would.''

Any acting aspirations, or will you leave that to your wife (Bridgette Wilson)?

"One actor is plenty. No desire or interest.''

Couldn't even get a cameo in the upcoming movie "Wimbledon'' with Kirsten Dunst?

"They didn't ask me. I guess I hadn't won it enough.'' :rolleyes: :p

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:24 PM
The Samprases Support the Breast Cancer Cause

Pete and Bridgette join other celebrities in an ad campaign by Ford Motors for breast cancer awareness. The couple, as with the other celebrities, are shown wearing a limited edition red scarf designed by Kate Spade. The proceeds from the sale of the scarf will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit the Ford website for more information.


Playing doubles clearly suits the Samprases. But being young and in love
doesn't cloud their vision about breast cancer. It keeps them more focused
than ever on the important things, like early detection. "Couples should
think of themselves as a team. I always encourage Bridgette to get
checked." Still, Bridgette remains her own first line of defense. "Too often,
people our age think they're invincible. They underestimate the importance
of self-exams. You need to be in tune with your body so you know when
something isn't right and you pay attention to it." :D :)

angiel
10-19-2004, 10:27 PM
Pete on impending fatherhood: "Hopefully, I'll be a good father. Hopefully someone that my kid's gonna look up to me and the way I am and I hope I'm a good kind of role model for him or her."
Sept 8, 2002, US Open :) :D ;)

Mimi
10-20-2004, 04:05 AM
thanks angiel :D

i will read this when the bad boss comes back, cannot post when she is back, but i can read secretly while she is here when i have nothign to do ;)

Mimi
10-20-2004, 05:07 AM
pete should find himself a job, open a job and sell things :D

angiel
10-20-2004, 08:31 PM
What do you mean open a job and sell things - what things? :confused:

angiel
10-20-2004, 09:25 PM
Tuesday, August 26, 2003
Grand Exit - petepage

Sampras "at peace" with decision to retire, gets an emotional sendoff in ceremony at U.S. Open.

By Lisa Dillman
LA Times Staff Writer

August 26, 2003

NEW YORK — There had to be a way to finish this electric night with grace and elegance, a charming touch that wasn't some forced gesture. Surely there was something to punctuate this celebration of Pete Sampras' marvelous career, a pitch-perfect memory to be cherished.

One last victory lap, emcee Dick Enberg gently suggested.

And so, Pete Sampras shared himself — for one last time — with the crowded house in Arthur Ashe Stadium at the U.S. Open on Monday night. He walked around the court, a proud champion and proud father, holding his 9-month-old son Christian Charles in his arms, giving the crowd a farewell wave.

This night was never going to be easy for Sampras, not when the trail of tears started in the interview room with the media about three hours before the retirement ceremony, and certainly not when the standing ovation from the crowd of 21,853 brought his emotions bubbling over barely 30 seconds after walking out on the court. He cried for more than a minute, wiping his eyes, and his discomfort was palpable.

"I'm going to miss playing here," Sampras told the crowd. "I really loved playing in New York, loved playing in front of you guys. But I know in my heart, it's time to say goodbye."

This was where Pete Sampras was born as a tennis champion, thrived as a tennis champion and was reborn as a tennis champion. He won his first U.S. Open, the youngest male champion in tournament history at 19, in 1990, and won his final Grand Slam, a record 14th, at the Open last year, beating longtime rival Andre Agassi in the final match of his career.

It made sense that this was the scene of the retirement party. Farewells are often messy affairs. For one thing, the guest list is always an issue. The wrong person gets invited and the right guest misplaces his invitation.

Agassi wasn't there. But the three legends on the court, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Jim Courier, were individuals Sampras has had issues with over the years. This was equal parts class reunion, retirement party and banquet roast. Luckily, Enberg, the Sampras of television commentators, was on hand to pull it all together after the night had started off looking like a bad Broadway show hijacking a farewell party.

Courier, the closest to Sampras of the three, described going to a junior Davis Cup camp in Santa Barbara with Sampras when he was 14.

"He would never get out of bed, ever," Courier said, addressing the crowd and Sampras. "He refused to get out of bed and somehow you managed to climb out of bed for 14 titles. It's an amazing career. I was privileged to play with you as a doubles partner, a Davis Cup teammate and I won't forget it."

Becker, the three-time Wimbledon champion, used that tournament as his frame of reference.

"Remember, before you were around, I used to own that place. I called it my house," he said. "Now seven titles later, you stole my keys."

McEnroe talked about Sampras and, of course, himself.

"Do you want to see Pete play again?" he asked the crowd, and teased Sampras as to whether he was really sure about leaving.

He told the 32-year-old Sampras that half the players in the locker room idolized him, and the other half tried to play like him.

"I tried to serve like you, couldn't do that," McEnroe said. "I tried to hit the big forehand like you and couldn't do that. I tried to act like Pete" The crowd burst out laughing at that one.

Sampras paid tribute to his siblings, his parents, his coach Paul Annacone and late coach Tim Gullikson, and his wife, Bridgette Wilson Sampras, who was on the court during the ceremony, holding their son. Earlier, in the news conference, he spoke about his young family.

"I adore this little boy, I really do," he said. "He's starting to crawl now. I'm having to work a little more. I love being home with him and taking care of him, taking care of my wife. It has changed my life. It's made me pretty complete. Looking forward to seeing him grow up and being a good role model for him."

The decision to retire may have taken almost a year after his last match, but it crystallized a couple of months before Wimbledon. Sampras began to prepare with Annacone for a bid to win an eighth Wimbledon and didn't even make it past a week.

"After three days, I was done," he said. "I just didn't want to practice. I didn't want to train. I didn't want to do everything you have to do. I feel like I did it all. I think that's when it hit me."

He leaves the sport with few disappointments. Not winning the French Open on clay is one, but he hardly seems haunted by it. He mentioned a more unsettling memory, losing to George Bastl of Switzerland in the second round at Wimbledon last year.

"That was one of the lowest points — maybe the biggest," Sampras said. "I was really down in the dumps after that."

Sampras managed to stay true to himself, saying he was proud he hadn't changed much over the years: "I didn't sell out for the press or anybody."

Those who have known him were hardly surprised he was so emotional on the court. After all, this was the same man who broke down on the court during the Australian Open in 1995 when Gullikson became ill, the same man who became emotional during TV interviews earlier this summer, simply talking about his family.

Some thought the long goodbye was, well, a little long. But perfect endings are in the eye of the beholder. It simply took Sampras a little longer to reach a state of closure.

"I never realistically thought I was going to win and stop," he said. "But once I did, it's a process, retirement. It's not like you wake up one day and say, 'I'm retired.' You need to go through all the emotions and I did that."

And in case there might be any doubts

"The process is now over. I'm 100% retired," he said. "I'm at peace with it. It's time to call it a career."


:wavey: :angel: :) :D

angiel
10-20-2004, 09:31 PM
Roddick is no Sampras ... yet

By Stephen Winslow, Augusta Free Press columnist
September 15, 2004

Andy Roddick's run at the 2004 U.S. Open came to an abrupt end on Thursday night in New York City at the hands of a 6-6 Swedish upstart named Joachim Johansson.

The loss is not what is of interest. After all, in today's tennis world, anyone in the top 50 has a shot to beat the best in the world on any given day, and Johansson is ranked 30th in the world, and he is a good player on the verge of being a great player.

What is disturbing is the way that Roddick, ranked second in the world, lost this match.

Roddick lost his cool. He let the intensity of the moment take him out of his own game. He started complaining about line calls, he started rushing his serve, and he started short arming his forehand. In short, he let Johansson dictate points and take him out of his game.

Roddick wants to be number one in the world. He wants to win Grand Slams, and he wants to carry American men's tennis on his back. He may accomplish all those things before his career is complete, but not today. He is in the unenviable position of replacing a legend of the game, Pete Sampras. He is not ready.

Roddick lacks three very important elements of the game that Sampras mastered: emotional maturity, managing the game the way a golfer manages the course, and serving biggest under the greatest pressure.

This is a tricky conversation to have. Roddick is number two in the world for good reason. He has the most powerful serve ever seen in the men's game. He has a huge forehand. He is as athletic as any person you will ever see on a tennis court.

However, that isn't what Roddick wants. He wants to be number one. He wants to be the best of the best ... that means Pete Sampras-like. The only way Roddick is going to over take the likes of Roger Federer (who looks a lot like Sampras at his prime) is if he takes his game to another level.



The emotional battle

Pete was at his best when the pressure was the greatest. He had nerves of steel and an icy glare that wore down his opponents. He was calm under pressure and carried himself with a certain quite assurance.

He was accused of being dull because he didn't show a lot of emotion while playing. I called him "The Ice Man," and watched as he disassembled his challenger's strengths while asserting his game on them. He knew when to attack and when to be patient. Above all, he knew he had to keep his emotions in check.

There is only one player I have ever seen that truly got better when he lost his composure - John McEnroe. It takes a special personality to be able to lose your cool while improving your game. Roddick doesn't possess that personality. Each time Andy showed those emotions, his game would slip. In the second set he double-faulted, and in the final set he tightened up and was broken.

Andy must learn to accept things that he cannot control such as the wind, bad calls and the game on the other side of the net. He needs to focus on what he can control like his serve at crucial moments, and his footwork near the net.



Managing the game

Pete Sampras managed the game better then anyone I had seen play since Jimmy Connors. Pete understood that he could break a match down to a couple of key moments, and it was at that time that Pete would take over.

Andy Roddick has not mastered the ability to sense his opportunity. Andy can manage the game better. He can learn to control the big points better.



The big serve

Andy's serve concerned me more then anything else about the match. As I stated earlier, Andy has the most powerful serve in tennis. However, he is not always able to use it to bail him out when he gets into trouble. That may be the largest difference between him and Pete. Sampras could pull that serve out of his back pocket each time he needed to dial up an easy point. Whenever the pressure mounted the more powerful his serve was.

Pete could dig deep and intimidate opponents with his serve, but most importantly he could bail himself out of trouble, he could finish a match, and he could manage the game better then any tennis player of his era because he could dial up that big serve at will. Time and time again he would find himself down 40-love, and he would dial that serve in and ace his way back to deuce.

Andy has not displayed that ability to place the ball with such effectiveness that it leaves opponents defenseless. Don't get me wrong, it is a blazing serve that went 152mph at the U.S. Open. However, his biggest misses are at the biggest moments.

Andy is young, and he may be able to muster up the iron will that I have witnessed in the past, but he needs to be able to do it with consistency and a serve that rises to the occasion of the most difficult moments on the court.

In the meantime, it’s enough to say that Andy isn't Pete Sampras quite yet

angiel
10-20-2004, 10:05 PM
We took Sampras for granted

By Ray McNulty sports columnist, TCPalm.com
May 23, 2003


It all went by too quickly, which is often the case when true greatness passes through.

Has it really been 13 summers since a scrawny, wide-eyed 19-year-old named Pete Sampras walked into the jazzy confines of Louis Armstrong Stadium and walked out as the youngest U.S. Open champion in tennis history?

Wasn't it just yesterday that Sampras was bouncing Boris Becker at Wimbledon, out-slugging Todd Martin in Australia and running Michael Chang all over Flushing Meadows?

How can the greatest tennis player of his generation -- the man who won an unprecedented 14 Grand Slam singles titles and held the No. 1 ranking for an unmatched 286 weeks -- be done already?

It feels strange, knowing we'll never again see that overpowering serve, or those stinging, seeing-eye volleys, or the most complete game since Rod Laver was beating everyone and becoming Sampras' Australian idol.

It's sad, really, in a selfish, nostalgic sort of way.

It's even sadder that we took him for granted, as if he'd be there forever, showing us the way the game should be played, showing everyone there's still a place for class, grace and sportsmanship, even in today's look-at-me sports world.

Truth be told, it always bothered me when people complained that Sampras didn't have enough personality to carry the game. It bothered me that people wanted him to be Andre Agassi.

Sampras wasn't a showman who played to the crowd. He was a champion who played for the crowd . . . and history . . . and himself.

He played with skill, with purpose and with heart, giving us all he had to give, somehow finding a way to play his best when it mattered most.

He won seven times at Wimbledon, five times at the U.S. Open and twice in Australia. He lost only four of his 18 Grand Slam finals.

And now, apparently, he has nothing left to give.

Eight months after rising from the tennis dead -- he went 33 tournaments without a title before putting together a memorable-but-improbable run to one last U.S. Open championship -- Sampras can't seem to find his way back to the court.

At age 31, the competitive fire that burned so bright for so long has burned out.

Sampras hasn't formally announced his retirement, but he hasn't played since the U.S. Open. It was especially telling that he has decided not to play next month at Wimbledon, where the fast, grass surface would give him his best chance to win.

If he doesn't play there, he won't play anywhere.

And he shouldn't.

Sampras already wrote a better ending that anyone could've imagined last September. Not only did he come out of nowhere, taunted by the whispers that he was no longer a serious threat to win major championships, but he also beat his long-time rival on America's grandest tennis stage.

You couldn't ask for a more-fitting finish: Sampras won his first and last Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open, and both times he beat Agassi in the final.

So why risk ruining it?

Sampras seems perfectly content with being a husband and father. And, more important, he couldn't be satisfied with being nothing more than a tough out.

No real champion could.

So there's no good reason to come back. Except this:

We miss, which is often the case when greatness passes through.

Mimi
10-21-2004, 03:44 AM
sorry i meant opened a "shop", he can sell tennis rackets :D. There would be long lines quering for buying the rackets or he can open a souvenir shop :D

What do you mean open a job and sell things - what things? :confused:

Mimi
10-21-2004, 03:46 AM
will watch the articles later, thanks a lot angiel :worship:

also tomorrow our public holiday, its a festival for vistiing the dead relatives who buried at hill, my relatives buried at china so no need to visit them :)

but may be i will go out with friends, so i will not post tomorrow, see you on Saturday :wavey: :angel:

ataptc
10-21-2004, 07:57 AM
thanks for the articles angiel :D
have a fun day tomorrow mimi :dance:

Couldn't even get a cameo in the upcoming movie "Wimbledon'' with Kirsten Dunst?

"They didn't ask me. I guess I hadn't won it enough.''

:lol: :lol:

Mimi
10-21-2004, 08:25 AM
thanks Evelyn :D

i don't know where to go yet :confused: , may be will just stay a home or doing some shoppinig :)


thanks for the articles angiel :D
have a fun day tomorrow mimi :dance:



:lol: :lol:

ataptc
10-21-2004, 10:52 AM
thanks Evelyn :D

i don't know where to go yet :confused: , may be will just stay a home or doing some shoppinig :)

go out with your friends, have some fun :cool: dont stay at home hehe

angiel
10-21-2004, 08:26 PM
yes mimi - go and have some fun with your friends - you will likethat better than staying home all day. :wavey:

I dont see Pete selling rackets Mimi - we have to find him something else to do. :D

angiel
10-21-2004, 09:37 PM
http://www.ncusd203.org/north/nnhsliteracycenter/animalhouse/pete_sampras.jpg

angiel
10-21-2004, 09:42 PM
http://www.du.edu/~aalqaud/Pic5.jpghere is your wonderful guy Mimi. :D :)

angiel
10-22-2004, 08:49 PM
Tuesday, September 09, 2003
'History Will Be Pretty Good To Me' - [August 26, 2003] - petepage2

After his farewell in Flushing, Pete Sampras told Dan Patrick and Rob Dibble that he is done with the game he loves. "I really felt like I was standing there saying goodbye to something I love to do. And the US Open has meant so much to me," he said.

A selection of the Aug. 26 interview:

Irreplaceable challenges
Dan Patrick: What do you do now?
Pete Sampras: What do I do now? Well, I pretty much am doing what I've been doing for the past year. I've just been playing golf, hanging out … having some fun, doing some things I didn't have a chance to do, going on a few trips here and there. I love it. I love not having the responsibility of being on the tour and enjoying this retirement.

DP: But you find that athletes need something, that there's that competitive juices that you need to get into to let 'em flow. Is golf going to be that outlet for you?
PS: Golf is more recreation and fun, not necessarily going to replace tennis in any way. But I don't know. We'll see over time what I want to do. Nothing will replace walking out to Wimbledon or the U.S. Open in front of packed house. I know it's time. I know it's not in my heart anymore to go out there and play. It is a transition. But I'm looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to finding something over the next couple of years to see what I like, whether it's some sort of business or just not doing much, just having some fun. I am competitive, but I think I'm only competitive in tennis. I'm not needing that in my life. The limelight hasn't been something that's really important to me. I'm just going to ride off into the sunset, so to speak, and enjoy this time in my life.

'Picking up a racket is the last thing I want to do'
RD: If you need a little extra spending money, why don't you just go spank (Jimmy) Conners and Bjorn Borg and (John) McEnroe in that old-timer's tour, now that you're retired?
PS: Honestly, the thought of picking up a racket is the last thing I want to do.
RD: It's probably the last thing they want you to do, too.
PS: But I don't see myself playing any senior tennis. I still enjoy hitting the tennis ball. But the thought of hopping on a plane and going to Chicago or anywhere else in the country, I really have a hard time doing that right now. Maybe in three or four years I might do it for the fun of it, just to get out. But I don't see it happening anytime soon. DP: You have another kid, Bridgette gets pregnant again, you going to want to get out on the road, you may want to play tennis. You know what? McEnroe may never look better when get out on the road I think to go to play tennis.
PS: You're talking to the man with experience. You have what, six kids now, Dan?
DP: At last look, I think I've got seven. I haven't been home in a couple of days, so she may have had another one. But I think you still owe me a tennis match in your back yard. Didn't I bid some ungodly amount of money?
PS: Sure did. Whenever you're in LA. I'm not going anywhere. Tennis, golf -- I have time.

'It hit me all at once'
DP: Do you say to yourself last night, I don't want to get emotional?
PS: Yeah. It accumulated all day. It really did. It did for the last eight months just slowly saying goodbye. I think my life for the last eight months, year, have been great, I haven't thought about tennis, I've been having some fun. But I think getting back to New York, I took a drive to the site, which I've done for 15 years. Being at the site, seeing a lot of people, I think it did hit me that I really am leaving, that I'm saying goodbye. There's a sense of closure there. And when I walked out there, I think it stored up for months and the day ... the ovation from the crowd was very touching. I felt really appreciated. Definitely hit me. I really felt like I was standing there saying goodbye to something I love to do. And the US Open has meant so much to me. Winning the US Open for the first time and winning there last year, it just kind of emotional. It just hit me all at once, that I'm never going to play again.

'People want to see you suffer a little bit'
DP: But wasn't it interesting in your career that once you became vulnerable, it's almost as if people rooted for you a little bit differently or a little bit more so?
PS: Absolutely. When I was dominating in my early-and mid-20s, there wasn't a rival. I was winning majors and people really didn't know me that well. I didn't show a lot of emotion. There wasn't a ton to cling on to. The more I won, I felt a little more appreciation. Then I really felt I like I got a lot of support when I was losing. For the past couple of years it's been a struggle. Like I've said all along, I felt like a got more fans over the last two years as I lost more.
DP: Isn't that interesting?
PS: People want to see you suffer a little bit. They don't like to see someone dominating, making it look too easy. They want someone to cheer for. So the past couple of years I just felt I got some more fans, especially at the Open, knowing that I've been dropping in the rankings, not sure how much more I was going to play. And so I think I felt that last night from the fans. I think I felt appreciated. It felt really good to know that. I think history will be pretty good to me over time. So it is the way it kind of works in athletes in an individual sport. Once you start suffering a little bit, then you start to get those fans.

:) :D :worship: :angel: :wavey:

angiel
10-22-2004, 08:52 PM
Friday, October 31, 2003
Lessons from a champion - petepage

[October 29, 2003 Zenaida A. Amador] IN an exclusive interview one night over BBC, Pete Sampras fielded a lot of questions on his career as a tennis champion for six straight years.

Two questions and answers intrigued me no end. The first question asked of Sampras was about when he decided to pursue his career seriously. Meaning serious to the point of being determined enough to win all those titles.

Pete Sampras answered that he was just happy sailing along in the game as the number six player in the world. He was enjoying himself, no pressure, happy where he was. And then one day, at a match which he lost and he realized he could have won, the defeat was so stinging that he decided he wanted to be number one. He realized it meant a lot of hardwork and pressure, but at that moment it became crystal clear to him that he wanted to be dead serious about the game. He was going to the top and he was going to stay there. The rest is tennis history.


What struck me is how a defeat led to hundreds of victories. The defeat did not overwhelm Sampras, it spurred him to glory, fame and money.


The second question was about what helped Sampras stay on top. And how he kept his cool everytime there were bad line calls and he didn¡¦t like umpire¡¦s decisions or when his opponent was rude or ill-mannered. Sampras answered that he just focused on what he had to do to win. He said it was a waste of time and energy to argue or quarrel. That was not part of the game. Not part of the sport. There you have it. Jewels of wisdom from a true champion. Victory indeed, is often achieved in the mind. :) :D

Mimi
10-23-2004, 05:16 AM
i did not go out with friends, Evelyn and angiel ;)

the firend who accompanied me to europe invited me for a korean film but i don't want to go with her coz she is always complaining that the british inspector that she knew through his usafriend does not return her e mail, she almost calls me once every 2 days to complain of this, i have become a psychologist ;). i don't want to hear coz i think i have more problems than her ;)

Mimi
10-23-2004, 05:17 AM
pete should change for a new t shirt, poor him, compltely wet in that photo :mad:

Lalitha
10-23-2004, 08:53 AM
wow, angiel - that pic :inlove: I think that's at Wimbly. Is it just after his 2001 loss to Roger?

ataptc
10-23-2004, 09:28 AM
i did not go out with friends, Evelyn and angiel ;)

the firend who accompanied me to europe invited me for a korean film but i don't want to go with her coz she is always complaining that the british inspector that she knew through his usafriend does not return her e mail, she almost calls me once every 2 days to complain of this, i have become a psychologist ;). i don't want to hear coz i think i have more problems than her ;)

then did you have a good day at home? ;)

angiel
10-23-2004, 08:30 PM
I dont think that picture is from wimbledon 2001 - I will find out.

Did you have a good day Mimi - and what is your friend complaining about now?

angiel
10-23-2004, 09:49 PM
February 2001ESPY Awards 2001
Congratulations to Pete on winning the awards in both categories he was
nominated for: Male Tennis Performer of the Year and Record Breaking Performance of the Year. An emotional Pete accepted the awards on February 12, 2001 in Las Vegas. He now has nine ESPY awards and is ranked third all-time, behind Tiger Woods and Micheal Jordan.

"He had long made Wimbledon his home.. and with his 7th win there he made HISTORY. With resounding skills and quiet dignity sustained over time, Pete Sampras broke Roy Emerson's all time record with his 13TH GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLE".

Pete said as he arrived on the stage: "I think Tiger is next to be getting this award. He's on his way. I'd like to thank every at ESPN for this award. It's a great honor for me to be here. Obviously, Wimbledon was a huge moment for me and my life and really this year, with my parents who were able to.. be.. with.. me.. " Choking with emotions, Pete went on to thank his coach Paul Annacone for helping him for the past 6 years, and then he thanked a tearful Bridgette for marrying him. :) :D :worship: :cool: :angel:

Mimi
10-25-2004, 06:01 AM
i also enjoy staying at home, reading magazines and eating snacks, i had a nice day, every day that i don't need to work is nice for me ;) :p

then did you have a good day at home? ;)

Mimi
10-25-2004, 07:00 AM
i had good days, i lvoe staying at home :)

the friend complained that the inspector did not reply her e mail, seems not very interested on her, she is sad :p but actually they have only met once, so i don't consider this is a love affair yet ;)

I dont think that picture is from wimbledon 2001 - I will find out.

Did you have a good day Mimi - and what is your friend complaining about now?

ataptc
10-25-2004, 11:57 AM
i also enjoy staying at home, reading magazines and eating snacks, i had a nice day, every day that i don't need to work is nice for me ;) :p

that's nice.. relaxing at home, away from all the stress is :yeah:

angiel
10-25-2004, 09:33 PM
HOME SWEET HOME - thats the best place to be when you dont feel like going out. :D ;)

Mimi - I am confuse about your friend - what inspector didn't reply to her e-mail - explain please. :( :confused:

Mimi
10-26-2004, 04:54 AM
yes, thats why i also feel more happy when i am trvaelling, no mre stress :D

that's nice.. relaxing at home, away from all the stress is :yeah:

Mimi
10-26-2004, 04:56 AM
oh i meant the friend whose name is Nancy (accompanied me to Europe) met once a brisitsh police (inspector) who was introduced by her friend, they exchanged e mails for some time before they met ;). But after they met once, the man did not find her any more :confused:

so she is anxious, and send him a e mail, wanting to see him again ;). But he does not reply her, so she is rather sad :sad:

HOME SWEET HOME - thats the best place to be when you dont feel like going out. :D ;)

Mimi - I am confuse about your friend - what inspector didn't reply to her e-mail - explain please. :( :confused:

angiel
10-26-2004, 05:11 AM
How old is your friend and can't she find a man in HK to date? is she pretty and how old was this man.

Mimi
10-26-2004, 08:43 AM
my friend is 33, the man is 34, no that man is in HK although he is british, she is pretteir than me, but you know now its extremely difficult for hk woman to find a man ;)

How old is your friend and can't she find a man in HK to date? is she pretty and how old was this man.

angiel
10-26-2004, 07:14 PM
your friend will survive - trust me.

Mimi
10-27-2004, 04:07 AM
she complained to me again yesterday, oh god, i think i have more problems than her but i still live on :rolleyes: , i think i have become a psychologist, Dr Mimi Yeong :worship: :devil: :p

she said she will go to some single persno club to find another man :devil: :devil: but you know if you are a man who used to take initiative to chase women but has no gf, thats probably mean you are not very attractive, so i don't think she can find a very good one in that club :p , but i just wish her good luck :angel:

angiel
10-27-2004, 05:40 AM
She might just find herself a man at one of those club - let us hope it is Mr. right for her.

Tell her maybe she needs to let things happen naturally.

angiel
10-27-2004, 06:34 AM
Pete Sampras scales game's everest






LONDON, July 10 (2000)-At three minutes to nine on Sunday evening, as night was licking its lips in anticipation before eating up what was left of the day for a sumptuous supper in silver grey rather than golden twilight, one of the truly extraordinary sportsmen of this or any era raised his arms skyward in a familiar gesture on the centrecourt at Wimbledon.

Mark that moment — 8.57 p.m. to be exact, three minutes before 1-30 a.m. on Monday morning in India — for you'd find few like it in the entire history of organised sport. And, those of us privileged enough to have been a part of it on tennis' greatest stage, will perhaps find nothing to match it the rest of our lives. It was a historic moment when all arguments ceased, a moment that answered one big question and many small questions, a moment that put an end to all comparisons. Step forward, Mr. Pete Sampras, wet eyes notwithstanding ... the greatest of `em all! Argue if it pleases you, but the moment Pat Rafter failed to direct a Sampras serve back into the court in the men's singles final of the millennium championship in gathering gloom, arguments and comparisons became meaningless.

A magnificent seven it was for Sampras at Wimbledon and it saw him leave Roy Emerson behind and move into an orbit of his own as the most successful Grand Slam singles champion in history with 13 titles in 11 years. — Nirmal Shekar



(this is an article from one of India newspaper - the Indians are a big fan of pete - THE HINDU). :wavey: :worship: :angel: :D :)

angiel
10-27-2004, 06:38 AM
Greatest Champions: Pete Sampras

Alix Ramsay


This is a doddle. Pick a champion, the boss said, and make the argument that he is the greatest champion of all time. Bags I do Pete Sampras, then, says I. Seven Wimbledon Championships, 14 Grand Slam titles in all – beat that anybody. That's it, then, I win. My boy is the best, no questions asked.

Actually, there is a little bit more to it than that. The records and statistics are the dry proof that Sampras was king in his time at the All England Club but sport is not just about numbers. What grips us, the lucky few who get to sit at the court side, is the passion, the fear, the blood, sweat and tears that separates the players from the champions and the champions from the truly great.

Passion? Sampras? Oh, my, yes. Sampras was never the most expressive or effusive of characters on court, but there was a fire in him that burned brightly and scorched all who came near it. His whole life was devoted to achieving greatness and then hanging on to it. For six years between 1993 and 1998 his every waking moment was consumed with the thought of winning and maintaining his position as world No. 1. He did it, too.

During that spell, he won five of his Wimbledon titles together with three US Open and two Australian Open trophies. But it was here at Wimbledon that he felt most at home. Here he was in his comfort zone, here he had a head start on any opposition. The mere fact of playing the great Sampras reduced all but the best to tatters and gave him a few points in the bag before the match had even begun.

Every year he would come to London from the French Open looking grim. He could never win in Paris and the fact hurt. But as soon as walked through the gates of the All England Club his spirits lifted and he became a different man. He won here when he was injured, he won when his form was at its lowest and he won when his critics had written him off. Put Pete on Centre Court and he was unstoppable. On one leg and in a blindfold and he was still unstoppable.

Then there were the occasions when Pete was in his pomp. The 1999 final against Andre Agassi was possibly the greatest display of grass court tennis that Wimbledon has ever seen. He had stumbled around the circuit for the first half of the year, winning nothing and looking miserable but then he went through that Lazarus moment as he returned to the grass. He won at Queen's and then began his campaign for The Championships.

Round by round he gathered momentum until he was ready for Agassi. His fellow American had just won the French Open, he was the story of the moment having hauled himself back from a ranking of 141 and reinvented himself as a champion. He was at his peak. And in the first set he had the temerity to manufacture three break points on the Sampras serve.

That was it. That was the moment Sampras moved from champion to genius. He snatched back the break points and then took off. For a couple of minutes Agassi shook his head and tried to work out what happened but by then the first set was gone and he was a break down in the second. It was not that Agassi was playing badly, it was just that Sampras was sublime.

"Today he walked on water," Agassi said later. Sampras said simply: "Sometimes I surprise myself." He ended on a second service ace - naturally.

He was back the next year for his last Championship victory at Wimbledon, beating Pat Rafter in an emotional rollercoaster of a Final. He came to London on the back of a serious back injury and not having won anything since March and again his chances were not great. He had even been beaten at Queen's two weeks before but still Wimbledon worked its magic on the man. And him on it. Even the tendinitis that had almost felled him in the early rounds was shaken off as Sampras wrote his own chapter in the history books.

It carried his tally of Grand Slams to 13, breaking Roy Emerson's record and establishing Sampras as one of the truly great figures of the game. That was one of the rare times he allowed the world to witness the pent up emotion that he had hidden for more than a decade. As the last point was played, he burst into tears and then raced off to embrace his parents seated high up in the stands.

His last moment as a player was probably the US Open last summer. Again he faced Agassi, again he won and again he set a new record (14 Grand Slam singles title notched up). Since then he has not lifted a racket in anger. With nothing left to achieve, he can enjoy a life of retirement as a husband and a father. And, of course, the greatest ever Wimbledon champion. QED.


:worship: :cool: :angel: :wavey: :D :) ;)

angiel
10-27-2004, 06:40 AM
The above articles are old buy I think you guys will like reading them any how - enjoy. :worship: :D

here I post a few more before I goes to bed. :wavey:

angiel
10-27-2004, 06:51 AM
Immortal Sampras

We feel with absolute certainty that if we could only swing like that all the time, we would be our best selves, our true selves, our Authentic Selves.

-The Legend of Bagger Vance, Steven Pressfield


By Kim Shanley

To The TennisONE Community

Pete Sampras said there are ten things you have to do to be a champion. When he tried to practice for a few days to see if he wanted to make another run at Wimbledon, he found he couldn't do one of them. "When you're done, you're done," said Sampras, and announced his retirement.

George Bernard Shaw said, "I want to be thoroughly used up when I die, for the harder I work the more I live." When I watched Pete looking up at the 22,000 fans in Arthur Ashe stadium showering down their love, admiration, and respect for him, I saw a man who had achieved Shaw's goal. The competitive fires had done their job, burned through all of his immense potential, and now here he was openly weeping in gratitude for the fans thundering, respectful applause, thankful that his journey was now done.

Every journey has its stages, and Pete's first stage (at least that the public witnessed) was the stage of preconscious greatness. When he won the 1990 US Open as a skinny nineteen year old, Pete wasn't thinking about his coach, his fitness, or his strategy. He simply played without thought, effortlessly producing one unreturnable serve after another. It was here we first saw Sampras's signature shots. Most great players have one signature shot (does Agassi have even one?). Sampras had three: his serve, his ripping cross-court forehand and his sky-overhead, a move of awesome athletic grace and intimidation. It was the equivalent of Michael Jordan playing tennis leaping above the rim of an imaginary basket and spiking the ball into your court. "Take that," Pete never said as stood at the end of the tournament holding the champions cup over his puffy, springy hair, grinning ear to ear.

The preconscious stage ended when Stefan Edberg dismantled Pete in the 1992 US Open final. "That really changed my career for the better," Pete said. "I felt like I gave in that match; I felt it was good enough getting into the final. After that, the fact that I gave in bothered me a lot. I learned the hard way and went from a kid who didn't know what he wanted to knowing exactly what he wanted in the course of one match."

Pete then embarked on the second stage of his journey, the conscious effort to become not just the number one player in the world, but the greatest tennis player of all time. In the next eight years (1993-1990), Pete won seven Wimbledon championships, three US Open and two Australian Open titles and became the player to hold the number one ranking longest (six years). But we're getting ahead of ourselves.

While Sampras established his conscious goal of becoming the all-time greatest after his 1992 US Open loss, he had to grow as an athlete and as a person. With all his natural gifts, Pete never worked hard on his fitness. After his defeat to Edberg, Pete began a systematic regimen of physical training. He was never going to drag two people on a sled like Courier or sprint up hills in 120 degree heat like Agassi, but Pete began to do something he had had only haphazardly applied to playing tennis, work.

After he achieved his first goal of becoming the number one player by winning Wimbledon in 1993 and 1994, Pete's coach and surrogate father, Tim Gullikson, was diagnosed with brain cancer. The day before Sampras was to play Jim Courier in the quarterfinals of the 1995 Australian Open, Gullikson, who had suffered two strokes in the past three months, had to fly back to the U.S. for treatment. Pete was alone, and in the match with Courier, he was obviously thinking about Gully, and quickly found himself down two sets to love. Pete had the best reason in the world to give up at that moment, but he realized not only would he be letting down his friend and coach if he quit, he would be letting himself down. He came back and won the next two sets, but at the changeover in the fifth set, Sampras couldn't hold his concern and grief for his friend at bay any longer. He wept into a towel, and continued to cry off and on during the most crucial moments of a close fifth set. Courier, like many opponents in later years, couldn't believe Pete could keep playing at the highest levels while looking like a basket-case. Pete literally would wipe away his tears one moment and serve an ace the next. Pete beat a flummoxed Courier, but lost to Agassi in the finals.

The hill Pete was climbing became much steeper on May 3, 1996, when Tim Gullikson, 44, died of brain cancer. Now he would have to climb the hill alone. The culmination of this stage of the journey came in the 1996 US Open quarterfinal, where Sampras faced Alex Corretja. After playing four hours and reaching a tie-breaker in the fifth set, Sampras was not only completely dehydrated and exhausted, he was sick to his stomach. At 1-1 in the fifth set tie-break, Pete walked to the back of the court and puked, receiving a time delay warning by the umpire. But with vomit streaming from his nose and mouth, Sampras continued on, seemingly barely able to stand but continuing to hang-in against Corretja, who wasn't about to succumb to feeling sorry for Sampras as Courier had done at the Australian Open.

The tie-break went to 7-7, and Sampras, barely able to stand, hit a pathetic 76 mile an hour first serve that missed. Sampras had obviously lost any control of himself or his serve, so Corretja shifted his return position to favor his lethal forehand, anticipating that this was the end. And then the miracle. In The Legend of Bagger Vance, Steven Pressfield's godly caddie Bagger Vance says, "I believe that each of us possesses, inside ourselves, one true Authentic Swing that is ours alone." This swing is "the pure expression of his being, his inner grace and nobility, his power, his concentration and even his flaws and imperfections."

Barely able to stand to deliver his second serve, I believe Sampras was able surrender to completely to whatever destiny had in store for him and find the pure expression of his being and his authentic swing. Pete swung, sending a 90 mile an hour second serve out wide to the space just vacated by Corretja. An ace! Corretja was completely stunned. Sampras was now up 8-7, and had a match point. Corretja, still trying to fathom the incomprehensibility of Sampras's second serve ace, double-faulted, giving the victory to Pete.

After this match, the rest of the 1996 US Open final was anti-climatic, with Pete easily defeating Michael Chang in the final. Pete now entered the third stage of his journey, conscious mastery as he strived to become the all-time Grand Slam champion. It was during this period that I first noticed the Sampras shoulder-flex when he was feeling in the zone. Often it would appear very early in the match after hitting an ace, and Sampras, loathe to preen or showboat, but finding need for expressing the energy and force of his Sampras-ness, would flex his shoulders forward as he extended his elbows in a quick motion, sometimes delicately picking off his shirt from the points of his shoulders.

At the height of his dominance, Sampras reminded me of the Spartans, an invincible fighting force in the ancient world. The Spartans, like Sampras, never expressed emotion prior to battle. As the opposing army approached, banging their shields and screaming, whipping themselves into a frenzy to overcome the terror of battle, the Spartans were trained to remain silent and still. Then, acting in complete unison, the Spartans executed what they called "palming the pine," snapping their spears from a vertical into a forward position. The psychological effect of this one motion executed throughout the entire line of battle was devastating. Sampras's shoulder-flex was the sporting equivalent of the Spartans "palming the pine," and it sent the same message to opponents: you are doomed.

When Pete beat Pat Rafter in the 2000 Wimbledon, breaking the Grand Slam record, the Pete Sampras journey, by any one's measure, should have been over. He had been the number one player for a record six years and he had broken the all-time Grand Slam record. What more was there? But Pete said he felt there was one more Grand Slam left in him, and he wasn't going to retire until he had fulfilled his own inner sense of destiny.

So Pete began the fourth and final leg of this journey, perhaps the most mysterious and sublime part of his legendary career and journey. For two agonizing years, he pushed himself to win this final victory for no one but himself. But the more he tried, the more the goal seemed to recede, until he was losing in the first and second rounds of Wimbledon. His backhand, never his strong suit, seemed to be completely breaking down. The six year grind to become number one and win his 13th Grand Slam seemed to have exhausted him. The tennis god had become a mere mortal. His confidence plummeted and his mighty shoulders slumped, inspiring pity, not awe.

But the reason why sport is so fascinating, says Pressfield in Bagger Vance, is that it's a metaphor for life. On the playing field or tennis court, you have a chance to find your self. At the 2002 US Open, Pete Sampras began to reacquaint his body with his authentic self. The serve, the crosscourt forehand, and even a few sky-overheads all migrated back to the courts at Flushing Meadows and reanimated the six foot one inch frame of Pete Sampras. By the time he beat Rusedski and Roddick, the shoulder-flex was back. Yes, Pete was feeling it again, and the it was himself. When he played his great rival Andre Agassi in the final, I knew after Sampras hit a few backhand winners early in the match that Agassi was in deep trouble. The backhand was Sampras's Achilles heel throughout his decline, and if that vulnerability disappeared, it was all over for any opponent, even an opponent as great as Andre Agassi. Pete's serve, the "pure expression of his being," returned to its full power, and Sampras rolled over Agassi, hitting 33 aces. There it was, his 14th Grand Slam title, the one he won truly for himself, completing a journey of complete self-mastery in his chosen world of tennis.

Though he didn't know it for a year, Pete was done. He had returned from his legendary and immortal quest and was now standing in front of us, not in his warrior's garb of tennis whites, but in a strangely modish black outfit, looking like an ordinary young man entering his middle years, hair showing some bald spots, holding his baby while he gave his farewell salute to the crowd. At one level, it was a very sweet moment. No one deserved to enjoy a carefree retirement more than Pete. But at another level, I couldn't help feeling that Pete realized what he would be missing. He would no longer surrender his self into the white heat of competition and no longer experience the exultation of emerging triumphant, having moved another higher rung above the tennis immortals. Today, he was human again. And he was done.

As always, I would love to hear your views on the subjects raised in this newsletter. Please click here to send your email directly to me.


Kim Shanley
President, TennisONE


:wavey: :D :) :worship: :angel: :cool:

Mimi
10-27-2004, 07:32 AM
well, let things happena naturally is good, but who knows, may be if we do not find one ourself, we will be alone for the whole life, life is not always perfect for all the people, some got more luck, some less :)


She might just find herself a man at one of those club - let us hope it is Mr. right for her.

Tell her maybe she needs to let things happen naturally.

Mimi
10-27-2004, 07:33 AM
will read the articles later, thanks for posting, the evil old monkey is back, i need to be more careful :devil: :devil:

angiel
10-27-2004, 09:52 PM
Mimi - you are great and I am laughing all the way home - the evil old monkey, that is a good one.

and please read the articles will you - your friend will find her mr. right soon.

Mimi
10-28-2004, 07:10 AM
mimi is the crazy HK secretary :devil: :devil:

mimi will cook the old monkey someday :devil:

yes i will, don't worry :wavey:
Mimi - you are great and I am laughing all the way home - the evil old monkey, that is a good one.

and please read the articles will you - your friend will find her mr. right soon.

angiel
10-28-2004, 07:41 PM
You have make my day my dear :D - I enjoy coming here everyday - I get to laugh more often - it is good for my soul :) - thank you guys. :worship: :angel:

angiel
10-28-2004, 07:58 PM
American idol
Sampras rounding into form at the perfect time

CNNSI
Thursday September 05, 2002
by Steve Wilstein, The Associated Press


NEW YORK (AP) -- Pete Sampras is a washed-up, step-and-a-half-too-slow, one-foot-in-the-grave old codger who just might win the U.S. Open again.

For all the loose locker room talk from losers who never had half his talent, for all the dimwitted suggestions that he should have retired by now, Sampras showed Thursday night that he's not ready to roll over.

If anyone was too slow on this balmy, breezy night it was 20-year-old Andy Roddick, the overhyped, underwhelming "future of American men's tennis."

At 31, Sampras was quicker to the net, steadier on his serves, crisper in his volleys, and deeper with his groundstrokes. He moved with a sense of ease and purpose while Roddick looked harried and lost and oddly enervated.

Sampras carved out a 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 victory in a neat 1 hour, 30 minutes, playing Roddick like a puppet all the way.

He delivered a message with his first serve -- 131 mph down the middle -- and though it barely missed, Roddick realized right away just how serious Sampras was about dispelling all that over-the-hill nonsense. Sampras won the first seven points of the match, broke Roddick's serve and held for a 3-0 lead. The rout was on.

Roddick's bruised left foot had been bothering him since Monday, but that's not why Sampras bullied him around the court. To Roddick's credit, he didn't even offer the slightest excuse.

Roddick simply didn't have the game or the strategy to win. He made the mistake of staking out his territory five yards behind the baseline, yielding the net to Sampras and delivering few passing shots or lobs that could thwart him.

Sampras, whose record 13 Grand Slam titles include four at the U.S. Open from the first in 1990 to the last in 1996, should have been saying "thank you" after every game that Roddick stayed back. Sampras makes his living at the net, and Roddick let him live large. If Sampras wasn't drilling volleys and overheads, he was dropping them softly, far out of Roddick's reach.

Roddick, who grew up idolizing Sampras, looked too respectful, too cautious, too stiff. He cracked serves at up to 133 mph, but he never strung a bunch of big serves together. Sampras bunted them back, chipped and charged and sliced his way through Roddick's power, confusing and frustrating the younger player.

Roddick looked mesmerized.

"He is very graceful and fluid when he plays," Roddick said. "That makes it easy on the eyes to watch."

Sampras, 20-0 in night matches over the years at the Open, served as hard as ever, hitting one at 132 mph, many others in the high 120s, and some, just for variety, slower but with beguiling angles and spins.

"This is what I play for," said Sampras, who will meet Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands in the semifinals on Saturday. "These are the big moments. He's the young up-and-comer that has a great future. I'm pumped up. I kind of feed off the energy of playing at night here."

There were a few older champions watching -- Boris Becker, Ilie Nastase, John McEnroe, Jim Courier -- and the sight of Sampras toying with Roddick and sometimes outslugging him had to warm them. It was an exhibition of power and finesse, experience triumphing over youth.

Any chance Roddick might have had evaporated when he double-faulted twice in a row to drop his serve early in the second set. Sampras took the gift and served for a 3-1 lead, delivering the eighth of his 13 aces and a 132-mph service winner before Roddick sailed a lob long.

Never broken, Sampras faced only one break point, and quickly erased that.

Fittingly, Sampras closed out the match with a drop volley that caught Roddick stranded out of position at the baseline. Roddick sprinted in but never had a chance.

It was vintage Sampras, the same style that allowed him to rule these courts for so many years and reach the last two finals. He has been struggling through the worst slump of his career, losing to nobodies in the early rounds, failing to win a title since Wimbledon two years ago, but on this night he was Pistol Pete once more.

Greg Rusedski should have been there, bowing to him. So, too, Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

Rusedski, who is 13 majors behind Sampras, lost to him in the third round and observed, inaccurately and with little grace, that Sampras was a step and a half slower.

Quipped Sampras: "Against him, I don't really need to be a step and a half quicker."

Kafelnikov had suggested on a couple of occasions that Sampras ought to retire. Not that Sampras sought or needed Kafelnikov's advice. Sampras' reply was that he would retire when he's good and ready.

"I feel like I can still do it," Sampras said. "If I didn't, I wouldn't be here."

He's one old geezer no one should doubt. :) :D :worship: :angel: :cool:

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Mimi
10-29-2004, 03:55 AM
thanks angiel, i am happy that i am not as useless as my boss said, i still can make people happy, thanks for letting me know :wavey:

thanks forthe article, i have it on newsapper and its now inside my folder :wavey:

ataptc
10-29-2004, 04:18 AM
:worship: to that tennisONE article

angiel
10-29-2004, 05:00 AM
You are both great for me - I am having lots of fun just talking to you - what would i be without you guys - dont you know how good it is to have someone to talk to. :D

Mimi - forget your boss - she is just an unhappy woman and a lost soul :sad: - and you are so welcome evelyn - thank you both for been my friend. :D

Mimi
10-29-2004, 05:20 AM
hey suddenly i think, what if this site will close, then we cannot contact you any more, can you give me your e mail address, or you may send it by PM :)

MY E mail address is: miranda.yeong@caplaw.com.hk (office), i seldom turn on computer at home :)

ataptc
10-29-2004, 05:27 AM
good thinking mimi! mine's ataptc@hotmail.com ;) is your name miranda? :wavey:

Mimi
10-29-2004, 05:32 AM
oh my, the bad boss comes earlier, so i canot post now, see you :wavey: :angel:

angiel
10-29-2004, 05:52 AM
My e-mail address is *BonittoMcCubbin44@hotmail.com* send me a mail will you guys - and why that bad boss of yours has to show up now :devil: - see you later my dear. :wavey:

angiel
10-29-2004, 05:55 AM
mimi you need to go on the computer sometime at home and what is your e-mail address for that. :wavey:

too lazy. :rolleyes: :p

Mimi
10-29-2004, 08:37 AM
thanks Evelyn :D

my name in chinese is 楊美姚, translated to english is Yeong Mei Yiu, we need to adopt an english name at secondary school so that it would be easier for the western teachers to call us ;). Myenglish name is Miranda ;). But i don't like it too much, but since my friends are getting used to call me Miranda, i ahve not changed :)

good thinking mimi! mine's ataptc@hotmail.com ;) is your name miranda? :wavey:

Mimi
10-29-2004, 08:42 AM
hey, angiel, i don't want to post my e mail address at home here coz i fear some bad people who see my e mail here will send me dirty e mails :mad: , i seldom got rubbish e mails at home but lots of rubbish e mails at office :mad: :mad:

don't worry, when i leave this company and don't use this e mail, i will give you my home's e mail :)

hey, do you know i levae office quite late? most of the time at 7 pm, i do a bit jogging, learnign french ... after that, so whenever i can sit comfortably at home, it is already 9 or 10 pm so how do i still have the energy to turn on my computer, its troublesome, its a laptop but i have no space to keep it, i keep it insider my shelf, very troubleosme to get out and fixed ;)

don't worry, if i no longer work here and cannot get to interent during work, i will find time to post at home to you all, may be not every day but for sure once a week :)

ataptc
10-29-2004, 09:16 AM
thanks Evelyn :D

my name in chinese is 楊美姚, translated to english is Yeong Mei Yiu, we need to adopt an english name at secondary school so that it would be easier for the western teachers to call us ;). Myenglish name is Miranda ;). But i don't like it too much, but since my friends are getting used to call me Miranda, i ahve not changed :)

:) there's a HK celebrity with the name Miranda too right? ;)

Mimi
10-29-2004, 09:37 AM
HK celebrity :confused: seems no miranda, Maggie Cheung right :p
:) there's a HK celebrity with the name Miranda too right? ;)

ataptc
10-29-2004, 10:24 AM
HK celebrity :confused: seems no miranda, Maggie Cheung right :p

okay nevermind i really thought there is an actress with the same name.. ;)

Mimi
10-29-2004, 11:06 AM
seems no famous actress with this name, you know miranda does not know to act, the mimi miranda, crazy secretary from HK just know eating and sleeping :secret: :woohoo: :zzz: :haha:

ataptc
10-29-2004, 05:29 PM
:lol:

angiel
10-30-2004, 04:12 AM
Mimi - will soon be a famous actress :D - wont you my dear? and then she can leave that bad boss of hers. :devil:

Mimi
11-01-2004, 03:22 AM
thanks for yoru kind words but i am a bit too old to start this acting business, may be i can be a clown at the circus, i gonna earn lots of monies and get rid of the boss ;)

angiel
11-01-2004, 09:03 PM
You are going to join the circus - bravo Mimi. :rolleyes: :worship:

Mimi
11-02-2004, 02:54 AM
yes besides a clown, i can also act as the jumping pig, see i have many roles to act, super busy :devil: :p

angiel
11-02-2004, 02:58 AM
That I would love to see - you jumping as a pig :mad: - try another part will you. ;)

Mimi
11-02-2004, 03:11 AM
may be i gonna be the magicien, ding ding ding, i gonna turn angiel into a piggy :devil: :p

angiel
11-02-2004, 03:47 AM
okay my dear - wave your magic wand. :wavey: :)

Mimi
11-03-2004, 03:00 AM
hehe, angiel, you want me to turn you into a piggy ;), no mimi is too kind, if i have magic, i will turn you into a queen ;) :p

angiel
11-03-2004, 05:11 AM
Great mimi just great - a queen that is good ;) - I love it. :worship: :worship:

Mimi
11-03-2004, 06:51 AM
which queen you love to become to ;). Do you love to become old Elizabeth II :devil: :devil:

angiel
11-03-2004, 09:13 PM
:D Why not - queen Elizabeth of course - then I could go rule England and take away all that riches that they stole from other countries - that is what they do - they have never work a day in their lives :o - but they are wealthy - explain that to me please? :devil: :mad:

Mimi
11-04-2004, 02:46 AM
they took lots of precious things from china too :mad: :mad:

and they took many monies from us during the rules :mad: , the last thing is the BNO passport, is it very useless now but we all need to change it before they left, they took lots of monies :mad: :mad:
:D Why not - queen Elizabeth of course - then I could go rule England and take away all that riches that they stole from other countries - that is what they do - they have never work a day in their lives :o - but they are wealthy - explain that to me please? :devil: :mad:

angiel
11-04-2004, 04:21 AM
Those Brits are a bag a thieves :devil: - but every empire will crumble one day - nothing last forever - see Rome did fall. :mad: :o

angiel
11-04-2004, 05:21 AM
Close Encounter with Pete
by: Amanda Lonick
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA
Location: Wimbledon (England)
Date: June, 2000

I had always wanted to see Pete Sampras in person. It has been my dream for as long as I can remember. Anyhow, for my 16th birthday this year, I got the best present anyone could ever hope for. I opened the box from my mom and dad and just about fainted. Inside were Wimbledon booklets, plane tickets, maps, London tour books...I was going to Wimbledon!! There was a catch, of course. I had to get all my grades up, which for me was not an easy task. I have always enjoyed the social aspect of school over the academics. So I worked my butt off, studying, cramming, begging teachers to give me
extensions and extra help. In the long run, it paid off and before I knew it we were on the plane on our way to London.

We got there a week before Wimby started, to take in the sights like Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey and Picadilly Circus as well as downtown London. This was all fine and good, because London is a beautiful place *I'm moving there as soon as I graduate from college!* I was always on the lookout for Pete, seeing different limousine places and wondering if Pete was in one of them. Finally the opening day of Wimbledon was here, and I couldn't get ready fast enough in the morning and get the family to hurry up. I could hardly eat, and the ride to Wimby took forever. We finally got to Wimby, and it was waaaay better than what you see when you watch on TV. It's huge. For the most part though, it just seemed like a normal tennis tournament that I'm used to playing in, because there would be pro players just standing around talking to their coaches.

But now to the good part. We get to Centre Court, and I can't sit still. So my mom and I break out the blue banner and go as far down as we can when Pete walks on the court and everyone starts cheering like mad. We held the banner as high as we could, and I saw Pete look over and smile. We had tons of people take pictures of the banner, and that was great. But then a security guard came and told us no banners were allowed, adding " We all want
Pete to win," with a really nice smile on his face. So we go back to our seats and watch, and of course on change-overs we brought out the banner again. I thought that was the best part of our trip.

But the next day, we headed back to autograph island and stood in our spot again *the best spot there, right where all the players have to walk by to get to the locker rooms* By then I had gotten lots of autographs and pictures: Andre Agassi, Lindsay Davenport, Anna Kournikova, Marat Safin, Mark Philipoussis....the list goes on and on. My family was getting hungry, even though I wasn't, so I went with them to eat. My mom, seeing I wasn't eating and was really anxious, told me I could go back to where the players were. They were kind of worried, because London drivers are NOTHING like American drivers. But I busted out to there as fast as I could and got back in my spot to see lots of fat photographers in the way! I was listening to them though, and they said stuff like, "yeah I
hear Sampras was walking around out front", and I almost peed my pants. *Sorry
if that offends you guys!!*

And so all of a sudden Tim Henman, the British hope walks by and everyone is all saying, "Tim! Tim!" and then, out of NO WHERE, strolls Pete Sampras himself. Everyone started screaming, "PETE! PETE!" trying to get an autograph, a picture, a glance of the best tennis player ever. I was screaming, "PETE!" right along with all of them. But Pete walked by on his way to practice with Tim. I wanted to cry! I had been waiting 10 years to see Pete in person, and he walks by. I asked the guards if he would be coming back, and they said yes he would, in about an hour after practice. So I stood there, and waited for the family. When they got there, they couldn't BELIEVE they had missed Pete. I stood at the gate and took out the banner that says "We Love You Pistol Pete" and strung it across the gate. Then I got my Wimby stuff ready for him to sign. In about an hour, my mom said, " Amanda! There he is! " And I started SCREAMING Pete's name. He was about to head the other way to leave, with some other people, but I was waving the banner and it caught his eye. He looked at it, read it and smiled. He walked over and I said, "Pete, can I PLEASE have your autograph?" and he just smiled that adorable smile again and said, "Of course". Mind you there were tons of people around me freaking out, because the best tennis player to play the game is standing inches away. He signed two Wimby books of mine, my mom's ticket from his match and a Wimby book, and my little brother's ticket from the match. I said " Thank you SO much, I love you Pete!" And he said," Thank you for loving me, you don't know how much that means". And then he signed a few things for other people, and handed me back my pens he had used, saying "Here you go", and he touched my hand for 8 seconds. WOW. I have the pens saved upstairs in my room, along with my Pete stuff framed and hanging in my room. I'm a little upset we didn't get any pictures of Pete while we were getting autographs, but my mom and I were SO excited that we couldn't even think to take pictures.


Today I was saying, "Mom, I am SO upset that we didn't get any good pictures
of Pete." and my mom said, "Don't worry, we'll be seeing him again soon." Now do
I have the best parents ever or what?!?


:worship: :angel: :angel: :cool:

Mimi
11-05-2004, 03:39 AM
wow, this girl is so lucky :eek: :eek:

angiel
11-05-2004, 03:43 AM
Why can't I be that lucky - well some people has all the luck they say. :rolleyes: :p

Mimi
11-05-2004, 04:35 AM
you can ;). its much easier for you, yougot to take more notice when pete is going to attend for say, a ceremony, then you can buy the tickets and see him :D

angiel
11-05-2004, 04:50 AM
Okay mimi - I check-up on his news daily - here I go. :p ;)

angiel
11-05-2004, 06:41 AM
Close Encounters with Pete
By: Anna "Samprasmom", USA

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I've seen Pete at the US Open and many other places. The most memorable being the final year of the Advanta tournament in Philadelphia. The attendance was very poor. I could see the disappointment in Pete's face. Even during the final against Enqvist, Pete looked so alone to me. He must have known the tournament was dying. We saw him play Malisse in a very close match during which I was very concerned for him and it was visible to anyone looking at me. We were sitting in the front row and the calls were very bad. The point that gave Malisse the first set was clearly out but the linesman didn't call it right. I was right at that corner and trying not to misbehave. It was hard. I told my husband that I should give my glasses to the lines woman because she obviously needed them more than I did.

Pete knew that he got robbed, but he remained a true gentleman

Mimi
11-05-2004, 07:03 AM
thin monkey goes to afternoon tea in Mandarin so i can post a bit ;)

yes pete is always a gentleman, he never agrued the line calls, you can see there were some bad calls against him in us open final 02 as well, 30:30 agassi's servce, his ball was clearly in but called out, no break point but he never agrued :worship: :worship:

angiel
11-05-2004, 07:21 AM
Hey sweet Pete - we loves you here ............ hope you can and read this forum - you need to see that you have lots of fans.............. outside of the US. :wavey: :wavey:

Happy riddiance to bad boss. :devil:

Mimi
11-06-2004, 03:08 AM
hey,doyou know if pete will go to internet :confused:

angiel
11-06-2004, 04:37 AM
I dont have a glue Mimi - but I would hope so - he use to say the computer is like the tv - dont care for it much. :rolleyes: :p

angiel
11-06-2004, 05:28 AM
Close Encounter with Pete
By: Belinda Aitken
Australia
Location: Australian Open (Melbourne, Australia)
Date: January 22, 2000

I met Pete on the middle Saturday of the Australian Open during that famous hour long (or whatever it was) training session. He was hitting up with Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

After he finished training, Pete came to my side of the court and started signing autographs. I had a cap with me that I had already got a few players to sign so I wanted Pete to sign it as well. Eventually he got to where I was and signed my cap. Then he actually stayed where I was and signed more autographs!!!

I couldn't get out so I thought I'd just stay here and look at him!!! Lo and behold, he actually started talking to me!! He was there for several minutes and he was asking me about the tennis, who had I been watching, have I been enjoying it, have I been watching the ladies play as well, do I live around there, all these sorts of questions!!!

I couldn't believe it was really happening. By this stage I was really on auto-pilot!! So I thought I would ask him a question (or basically it just came out!!!) I asked him if he was playing the next day!!! Stupid hey, I already knew he was, but I just wanted to keep him there a little longer. He said yeah, that he'd be playing in the afternoon, so I told him that I would be there watching him!!!

He flashed me a big smile and said "Thanks. Have a nice day and enjoy the tennis, won't you!!"

I said, "I sure will!!!"

Pete is really soft spoken too, I had trouble now and them hearing him and at one stage I had to ask him to repeat what he said because I couldn't hear him (that was the question about whether I'd been watching the ladies or not), it was either that or the fact that there were heaps of people around me screaming his name, one or the other!!!!

I really still can't believe that it all happened, and that he actually spoke to me rather than the other girls around me! The 22nd of January 2000 is a day I won't forget!!!



:worship: :worship: :angel: :angel: :cool: :cool:

ataptc
11-07-2004, 03:09 PM
all these wonderful fan experiences.. makes me sad that i will never meet him

Mimi
11-08-2004, 03:54 AM
oh, pete does not love watching tv as well, wow, he is a rare dinosaur :wavey: :angel:
I dont have a glue Mimi - but I would hope so - he use to say the computer is like the tv - dont care for it much. :rolleyes: :p

Mimi
11-08-2004, 03:57 AM
oh my god, these lucky people, got to speak with pete :eek: :eek:

evelyn: i am a bit more lucky than you, i saw him once :p

ataptc
11-08-2004, 06:09 AM
yeah lucky you! I was unfortunately born too late :p

Mimi
11-08-2004, 07:59 AM
hehe, this is the first time that i love "being old mimi" :devil: :devil:

ataptc
11-08-2004, 08:12 AM
hehe, this is the first time that i love "being old mimi" :devil: :devil:
:lol:

angiel
11-09-2004, 03:06 AM
Why do you say you wont meet him - anything is possible evelyn - you might just meet him one of these days - who to tell you wont/

angiel
11-09-2004, 03:07 AM
We all envy mimi - oh dear - I am going over to California to see him right now. :rolleyes: :eek:

angiel
11-09-2004, 05:54 AM
Highs and Lows of a Pete Fan
by: Maritza de Llenas,
Dominican Republic

Being a Sampras fanatic fan is all about highs and lows. He is high, I am higher than he is. He is low, I am lower than he is. I suffer every ball, every point, every game, every set, and every win or lost matches. He wins a trophy It is mine also. He cries at the AO when he heard about Gullikson (his former coach), I cried too. It's all about being a part of him! That is high and low! He is injured? I feel the same injury. He is happy, then I am happier.



Being low? Not even wanting to think about his day of retirement. That is why I have a collection of 48 eight-hour tapes of all matches I could get my hands on. And when he hangs up his racquet, I will be high enjoying the past wonderful years as if they were only yesterday or just about to take place tomorrow.





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angiel
11-09-2004, 06:09 AM
The highs and lows of a passionate
Pete Sampras devotee
by: Sally Turkovich
Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, USA

To the casual tennis watcher, Pete Sampras is a man with little emotion, little character, and a lack of charisma. To these people, this man seems to be, as he is often described, "boring". To the passionate tennis watcher and Pete Sampras fan, these comments are stinging and glaringly untrue. And of course, the loyal fans of this man are forced to withstand the constant barrage of asinine comments that are made. Aside from another painfully early loss at the French Open or an agonizing injury, such as the one on the eve of the 1999 U.S. Open, one of the worst lows for a Sampras fan such as myself is to see one article after another diminishing this exquisite man's ability and emotions.

But writers come and go, and harsh words are quickly forgotten when The Sweet One pulls out another emotion-driven win. The 2000 Wimbledon Championships proved to be one of the most moving displays of emotion Sampras has ever shown. These seemingly impossible triumphs are the heart and soul of what makes me a Sampras fan. After being injured in the second round, Pete was forced to dig deeper than he has ever had to before to win a championship. Sampras himself even said that the 2000 Wimbledon was the hardest win he's ever had, but the hardships he had to endure to win his 13th seemed to make the win all that much sweeter. Tears of happiness came to his eyes, and mine as well, many times in the moments after the stunning victory.

And as he scaled the heights of the Center Court stadium to embrace his parents, the tears of this fan began to flow once again. There, at that court that has meant so much to him over the years, was everything that Pete loved. His parents finally came and saw their beautiful son win. His new fiancee, who seemed as in love with him as he did her, smiled through a few tears and snapped photos of history. There, on that court, stood Pete Sampras, eyes shining and mouth smiling a smile of satisfaction and perhaps a little disbelief of what he had finally accomplished.

Thousands of fans stayed at that court that day through rain delays. And when the trophy was raised by the arms of the legend, thousands of flashbulbs showered the newly crowned champion of champions with light. And for one Sampras fan, who sat an ocean away in her living room in Pittsburgh that glorious Sunday, the moment was beautiful.



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Mimi
11-09-2004, 07:23 AM
yes Evelyn, life is full of miracle, who knows, may be one day we all gonna meet :p :p

Mimi
11-09-2004, 07:24 AM
thanks for the articles, angiel, they are so touching :worship: :worship:

angiel
11-09-2004, 09:18 PM
Know you would like them - just can't find any new stuff about Pete or Bridgette - although I saw him on FOX sport net yesterday, and he will be on again today - I am at the library - hope I dont miss it.

Mimi
11-10-2004, 02:47 AM
oh angiel, you already seen pete at tv, how is he and what did he say? :confused: :wavey:

angiel
11-10-2004, 04:18 AM
I saw him today on FOX sports - they have these shows call the sport list every tuesday - he make the list with Andre as one of the 10 greatest rivalries in sports yesterday - he make this list today as one of the 10 great teenage phemons in sport.

Most of what I saw - is people talking about him and they show him playing and talking in a few shots - he looks okay,

angiel
11-10-2004, 04:46 AM
Passion for Pete
by Alek Sandra
Poland

When I was younger I was playing tennis myself, but I never actually watched it on TV. Of course I knew who Sampras was, but that was pretty much it. It all began one evening as I was going through all the channels on TV, I came across a tennis match. Pete was playing Courier at the 1995 Australian Open QF, when he had just found out that Tim Gullikson was ill. I knew nothing about it then and you can imagine I was surprised to see that he was crying. First I wondered if he cried because he was loosing (forgive me I was about 12 at that time). But as I continued to watch him, it became obvious to me that this was about something more than just tennis. He showed so much emotion that night...I couldn't help but fall in love with him. I began watching tennis, I even started playing it again - thanks to Pete.

I live in Poland. there are no big ATP tournaments here, so I've never seen Pete play live. I'm so jealous when I read other people's stories about meeting him. When they broadcast tennis matches here, they never show the interviews. Even this Wimbledon, they finished the broadcast before his on-court interview.So it gets frustrating to be his fan at these times.

Pete gives me a lot of happiness too. My friends think I'm obsessed - I once argued for an hour with my English teacher who said he looked like a monkey! It's good to know I'm not the only one! This group is great, and so is this website. Thanks for everything


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angiel
11-10-2004, 09:59 PM
Passion for Pete
By: Kelley Gadway
Morrisonville, New York, USA

I can remember exactly the first time that I saw Pete play tennis. Brooke Shields owns a house up here where I live. She and her mom came in shopping at the store last year (1999) and started talking about her and her recent divorce to Andre Agassi. A week later the final of the Mercedes-Benz Cup in L.A. featuring Pete and Andre was being televised on our local station. I was watching it because of Andre but I fell in love with Pete. Tennis always seemed so boring before but watching Pete play changed all of that. I loved the way he did his Air Sampras the best but his serve was great, his running forehand was awesome and he seemed to be really enjoying himself. I started thinking that hey this isn't so bad. I watched a few matches after that and was back to my "oh this is boring thing" again until I saw Pete play in Cincy and it I felt great again. I started watching other players and comparing them to Pete. Some stacked up pretty good but others were just horrible. I find myself running to the TV now whenever tennis is on no matter if I like the players or not. I buy everything I can find to do with Pete. Its really very strange because if you would have asked me a year ago if I liked tennis I would have told you that you were nuts. If not for Pete I would not even be here talking now.

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angiel
11-10-2004, 10:03 PM
Hey Mimi - my home computer is acting up again and I am posting from the library - if you dont see me tonight.

The computer is sometimeish............. on and off it goes.

Mimi
11-12-2004, 03:06 AM
thanks for the nice articles :D

yes i can understand you, the bad computer :mad:

angiel
11-12-2004, 04:06 AM
Welcome Mimi - I tell you the computer has a mind of it's own. :mad: :devil:

Mimi
11-12-2004, 04:10 AM
the prices of the computers here are going down coz too many new models :wavey:

angiel
11-12-2004, 04:34 AM
In HK - I am going to start look around to see what they have selling and the prices - I am a poor girl you know. :rolleyes: :p

angiel
11-12-2004, 05:07 AM
My Favorite Match
By: Sonja Stransky
Vienna, Austria


Some of you might remember that Semifinal against Sweden in Las Vegas 1995. I recently watched it again and I really love it very much. Pete won his first match, then Agassi got injured and it was Martin's turn to get the third point and he did. So Pete's last match was a dead rubber he played against Mats Wilander. He was smiling all the time and joking and was not concentrating at all. He teased Wilander pointing at the spot to where he was going to smash, made a lot of tricky shots, threw his racket high up in the air when he missed one. He mixed a lot of double faults with aces and genius shots and was so happy that Timmy Gullikson was there too (one of his last public appearance) - he had also changed places with his brother Tom for several games and was sitting close to Pete during the breaks. Pete lost the first set 2:6 after an endless serving game and was 1:4 down in the second (in a best of three match). He obviously thought that he would not like to disappoint the crowd and Timmy and to all who had stayed there to watch. He made the break to love, saved several matchpoints at 5:6, won the tiebreaker 7:2 and the third set 6:3 - that's our Pete!! I like it so much watching a relaxed and happy Pete finally pulling himself up against a very motivated Wilander who played pretty great tennis that day.

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angiel
11-13-2004, 03:14 AM
My Favorite Match
By Julie Zhou
Shanghai, China


I first heard of Pete in the late 1994 after the Soccer World Cup. I was so interested in soccer at that time that I paid attention to all sports news and TV programmes to avoid missing a piece of information. Each time I ran across the tennis segment, I always had the impression that the number 1 ranked player was Pete Sampras (and he was) but everybody was calling him boring, unlike his peer Agassi. Up until then I have never seen either of them so I followed the media's choice - Agassi. When I finally saw the two of them play on TV, I immediately chose Pete over Agassi almost at first sight and my feelings has strengthened as time goes by. From then on, I followed tennis and Pete although the local media coverage of tennis is so limited.



The match that first truly, madly, deeply impressed me was the Davis Cup final 1995, the US team vs Russia,in which Pete got all three winning points out of five. Our cable TV showed all five matches live. Pete played great and was stretched to his limit on his least favourite surface and almost single-handedly led the US team to the championship. I admired and loved him so much. The next Monday I returned to university, I went to the library searching the articles about the match and finally found a great one in the LA Times with a picture featuring Pete raising his arms up in the air after the victory. I copied down every word of the article in my notebook since a photocopier was not available. I read this over and over again and I will always treasure the memory. But it's a pity that I did not get that picture. (I would be grateful if someone could find it and send it to me!)

I think even if there's someone who plays better than Pete, no one could combine power and grace so perfectly in the game as he does. This is what I appreciate about him the most. I must confess that if I did not like Pete so much, I would not have bought the computer for surfing the internet for hours every night, on news about Pete. And I am fortunate enough to find this group and be a part of it. I even feel lost if I do not read your messages before I sleep. This group is the first community that I feel belonged to.


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Mimi
11-15-2004, 04:22 AM
welcome to HK, angiel ;) :p :p

pete is never boring for me :worship: :worship:

angiel
11-16-2004, 12:55 AM
Thank you my dear - see you soon. :wavey: ;)

angiel
11-16-2004, 01:43 AM
Classy Sampras forever a Champ
Source: USA Today

NEW YORK — Pete Sampras is sitting there with his headset on, nodding and smiling and waiting out the rain, reminding you there is at least one place in sports offering refuge from the divas and louts. His U.S. Open locker is No. 163 if you're scoring at home. No brooding, ranting or preening allowed, just ordinary grace from an extraordinary champion who has every right now to abuse a racket or three.

He should be raving mad, Ilie Nastase mad, over this question posed by writers and fans who should know better: How dare Sampras win 13 majors and then stumble about his sport the way a failing Muhammad Ali stumbled about the Bahamas while Trevor Berbick rearranged his pretty face?

Excuse me, but can Andy Roddick advance to one Grand Slam semi before we ask Sampras to quit committing unforced errors against his own legacy?

No, this five-set victory against Greg Rusedski wasn't a work of art and, no, the odds of Sampras winning five matches in seven days aren't good. But the man just turned 31, not 41. Phil Mickelson is older than Sampras, for goodness sake, and nobody's telling him to surrender his hopeless pursuit of Major No. 1. Jack Nicklaus endured five years without a Grand Slam title before taking his 18th at 46, an Augusta National triumph that defines him like no other Sunday.

In his heart of hearts, Sampras believes he has an '86 Masters coming his way. "Yes I do," he said. "That's why I'm still here. I think I've got one or two moments left in me, one more big bang."

As he spoke inside the locker room, Sampras was oblivious to the rain-delay testimonial playing on the overhead monitors. He was beating Andre Agassi all over again in last year's quarterfinal classic, a reminder that his best days and nights aren't the distant flickers many claim them to be.

Sampras was in the final here the last two years. Fatherhood beckons, but Sampras will still be a threat to win Wimbledon when his first grandchild's on the way; he is to grass what Anna Kournikova is to tan lines.

He shouldn't be escorted to the door now as if he were some dockworker getting ugly in a bar, not after peacefully making history while being told he wasn't making it with enough flair. "From Grand Slam 2 to 10," Sampras said, "people felt I was boring. It wasn't until Grand Slam 10 and 11 that people said, 'Let's appreciate what we're seeing here.' "

With the champion laboring on labor day the Louis Armstrong fans chanted, "Let's go Pete," before the decisive game in the fifth set.

Too little, too late. Sampras was convicted of being a vanilla scoop of serenity when he should've been celebrated for refusing to join the riotous band of village idiots headlined by Connors and McEnroe. "I never sold out," Sampras said. He remained true to himself, broke Roy Emerson's record with Arthur Ashe's class, and couldn't stir the public's imagination until his game and hair thinned. "That will always baffle me," he said.

It's not like he lived a humdrum life. Sampras suffered through the deaths of two friends (Vitas Gerulaitis and Tim Gullikson), married an actress, and cramped and puked his way through a few Shakespearean dramas.

He became the Tiger Woods of his sport, somehow without securing a fraction of Woods' mass appeal, before age and perspective conspired to keep him title-free since his historic Wimbledon two years back.

"I see a lot of similarities between Tiger and I," Sampras said. "It's that single-minded focus. It's his life, just like my life was being the world's best player. But now it's tough for me to be who I was five years ago. ... I've had enough of being No. 1 and looking over my shoulder."

That doesn't mean Sampras is Arnold Palmer trying to break 90 at The Masters, or Willie Mays trying to look able in the Shea Stadium outfield. It only means Sampras is a family man with fresh priorities, a forever champion who's earned the right to go out, as he said, "on my terms only."

Remember, boring isn't watching the greatest player ever chase his 14th major title, not when the alternative is watching Roger Federer chase his first.



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Mimi
11-16-2004, 04:17 AM
hey angiel, please forigve my rudeness, may be its better to summarise the threads into one, i find difficulty to reply and read in so many threads, may ne you can post all interviews etc in the new Pete's Bio thread :wavey:

angiel
11-16-2004, 04:26 AM
okay mimi - I will do that. :cool: :wavey:

ataptc
11-16-2004, 05:24 AM
maybe we could rename some of the threads and post all the news in one thread and all the pics in the 'pics thread' :)

angiel
11-16-2004, 05:30 AM
We will post all current news in the "Some News Thread" photos in "The Pictures Thread" and all old articles in the "Pete Sampras Biography Thread". :rolleyes: :p

angiel
11-17-2004, 01:02 AM
Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Golf Digest


When you and your buddies get together for your weekly $2 Nassau, chances are there will be plenty of laughs, lots of razzing and someone's going to walk away a little lighter in the wallet.

When the top names in politics, business, sports and entertainment get together with their famous golfing buddies, things probably aren't much different.

Here's who some famous personalities play with ... and just what happens when they get together:
















Pete Sampas & Luke Wilson


They play together several times a week, this tandem from sports and Hollywood. Wilson, 33, who starred in "Old School," "Legally Blonde" and "The Royal Tenenbaums," learned the game growing up in Texas and rediscovered it at Bel-Air Country Club, where the pair met. Sampras, with a record 14 Grand Slam tennis titles, can't remember the last time he picked up a racket, but he looked better than "about a 6" while shooting a 74 from the back tees at Los Angeles County Club in August. "I'm 33 and I'm retired," he says. "What else would I be doing?"


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angiel
11-17-2004, 01:13 AM
THIS DAY IN SPORTS

16/11/04.

The ATP, which celebrated its 25th anniversary, named Pete Sampras the top tennis player over the last 25 years. Sampras, the top ranked player in the world the past five years, received 26 first place votes for a total of 779 points, while second place went to Bjorn Borg, who had 17 first place votes for a total of 754 points. 1998 .


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Mimi
11-17-2004, 03:25 AM
pete the best :worship: :worship:

angiel
11-17-2004, 03:38 AM
He is - and will alway be the best. :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

ataptc
11-17-2004, 05:11 AM
:D :worship:

angiel
11-17-2004, 05:17 AM
Same here evelyn. :D :worship: :worship: :angel: :angel:

angiel
11-18-2004, 05:07 AM
MYERS MEMOS: Sampras getting restless
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Chris Myers / FOX Sports
Posted: 83 days ago




FOX Sports' Chris Myers takes a quick spin around the world of sports ...

1. For Pete's sake
Pete Sampras recently told me that while he is enjoying time with his wife and child in retirement ...

He feels at times like "the walls are closing in and he should go to work."

Only problem is at 32 and financially set for life, he isn't sure what kind of work he wants to do. It will be difficult to find something that he has the kind of passion for that he had for tennis.

Pete really wants to move beyond tennis during this part of his life. And whatever he does next is likely to not involve tennis.

Sampras also told me he spoke with Tiger Woods about dealing with those who try to knock your career down a peg when you're not at a championship level.

They came up with: You've got to always have that hunger but you have to live your life, and staying on top is always tougher than getting there.

I can't believe it's been two years since Pete won the U.S. Open, and one year since he officially retired.

Time flies when you're thinking about the great ones

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Mimi
11-18-2004, 06:56 AM
two years are not a very long time, i remember clearly how pete won :worship: , just like goran's win, it was 3 years ago, but it was sticked onto my brain :angel:

angiel
11-18-2004, 08:43 PM
Mimi - do you know how much can happen and has happen in the last two years - two years is a long time for a lot os his fans - and i for one wish he was still playing and a lots more too.

He was the face of tennis mimi - he put tennis up there with all the other sports - do you know how many awards he pick-up for the sport each year - more than any other player do - not even Andre that people like to call more popular - pick-up the amount of awards pete did yearly. :yippee: :yippee:

We misses him a lot, we all do - misses you PETE SAMPRAS. :bowdown: :bowdown: :dance: :dance: :hatoff: :hatoff: :sport: :sport: :tennis: :tennis:

Marine
11-18-2004, 09:20 PM
We misses him a lot, we all do - misses you PETE SAMPRAS. :bowdown: :bowdown: :dance: :dance: :hatoff: :hatoff: :sport: :sport: :tennis: :tennis:

Yeah, and if he had stoped 3 years ago I would have died of sadness, he was so so soooo important for me. But hopefully, now I'm "cured".

Mimi
11-19-2004, 02:48 AM
angiel, you have become a great artiists, just Da Vinci, see how neat and beautiufl are the icons you put here, hehe :worship:

i miss him but i am satisfied with his wins, don't want him to be back, he is already 33, its time to leave :wavey:

Mimi
11-19-2004, 02:50 AM
i guess you are cured because there is Grosjean right :D

Yeah, and if he had stoped 3 years ago I would have died of sadness, he was so so soooo important for me. But hopefully, now I'm "cured".

angiel
11-19-2004, 03:58 AM
:sobbing: :sobbing: I know how you felt Marine, but i will not be cured for a long time yet - and you are so right marine - if he had stop 3 years ago as everybody was saying he should - would the 2002 US open be so special for all who watch or follow the game - no way would it have been - and he did win for all the hard times they give him. :banana: :banana:



Mimi - 33 years of age is not old to play sports - far from it - pete could have play for another 2 or 3 years - if he did choose to do so. :tennis: :tennis:

I wish i had become a great artist my dear - then I could sell all my great work and be rich for life. :lol: :lol: :yippee: :yippee: :ras:

Mimi
11-19-2004, 04:11 AM
hey, just play till 35 or 31, you still have to say goodbye to him one day, nothing would be more perfect if he say goodbye by a grand slam win, i prefer him to end this way, angiel, do be realistic, agassi is 34, and he is going downhill, do you want to see pete going away like this, i don't :angel:

hahaha, but the great plainter usually only earns monies after they died :devil:

angiel
11-19-2004, 04:50 AM
:retard: :retard: :bs: :bs: I dont see baldy going down hill Mimi - he is just not winning that all - but Andre never win more than 4 titles a year anyway. :rolls: :rolls:

But goodbye sweet Pete - i misses you my darling. :smooch: :smooch:

That was one time mimi - now a days artists are getting good money for their work. :ras: :ras:

angiel
11-19-2004, 05:26 AM
Close Encounters with Pete
By: Sally Stanton
Sydney, NSW, Australia


Location: Colonial Classic (Kooyong, Australia)
Date: January, 1997

It was a wonderful morning in Kooyong, a suburb of Melbourne, just a week before the beginning of the Australian Open 1997. I had arrived at the Kooyong, Colonial Classic, where Pete was set to play in this round robin tournament.

It was my first time in Melbourne in years, I wasn't able to make it to the Australian Open, so instead I had to settle for the warm-up tournament. Agassi was playing and I couldn't bear to watch him any longer, so I told my friend who was with me that I had to go to search for Pete. All I came across was Mark Philippoussis yellow Lambourghini, then a small crowd circulated and it was only AA leaving the court. I knew Pete was to be on court next, so all what I had to do was to wait. Then, security guards and many people started to come my way, my heart started to pound and there came the mighty SAMPRAS! I didn't ask for Pete's autograph, as I know he doesn't like to be disturbed before matches.

I swear to God that Pete was looking at me, he saw me and kept coming closer till he stopped, looked into my eyes and posed for the camera. I was the only one who had a picture of Pete as the security guards sheltered him from the flashes of others. It was a dream that came true!

After the match, I thought I had to go for Pete's autograph, so I left the game early and waited outside the court. I was totally oblivious to what was going on around me, when that young man of Greek background whispered something in my ears, "It is crazy here, isn't it?", and I'm like, "duh, hello! Pete Sampras is coming out, " then he said, "Oh yeah..." he looked around, checked his watch a few times and said he had to go somewhere. My friend then goes, "Sally, I wonder where he was from, he had Pete Sampras on his security tag". I couldn't believe it, I didn't even realize I was talking to GUS, Pete's BROTHER. I regretted my behavior very much, I kept thinking if I wasn't excited I could have got into a conversation with him.

After that Pete came, I tried to grab his arm and bag and as a result, I lost my shoe and was elbowed in the stomach by some kids. I was not successful in taking Pete's autograph, but that day was the best day of my life!




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Mimi
11-19-2004, 06:38 AM
my dear angiel, failing to win big titles for many months is a sign of doing down hill for andre ;)

pete should go out proudly, waht a perfect end by winning a slam as his last match :worship: :worship:

ok, then Bonitto Da Vinci, what would you like to draw first, Mona Mimi Miranda, is it good :haha: :woohoo: :bigwave: :bigclap:

Mimi
11-19-2004, 06:39 AM
oh, my, losing his shoes and grab pete's arms, this fan is very crazy, lol :devil: :devil:

angiel
11-20-2004, 02:37 AM
;) ;) I think I will do Mona first - and call you mona lisa, then i will fetch big money. :worship: :worship:

mimi - the fan is not crazy - she just want to get his autography or to just touch him - people will do anything to get near a famous person my dear - maybe I would lose my shoes too to get near him. :silly: :silly: :bs: :bs: :crazy: :crazy:

Well she did get to meet his brother Gus - so all was not lost. :scared: :scared: :nerner: :nerner:

So you say baldy is finish........... okay, baldy is done. :smash: :smash: :ignore: :ignore:

Mimi
11-20-2004, 02:43 AM
hahaha, angiel, you make me laugh a lot, you are so funny, like a little kid, just like me hahaha :haha: :woohoo: :bigwave:

i am just joking, you will earn zero money if you draw me, nobody knows me and i am not beautiful :p , may be you should draw Maria S and then you gonna earn more :secret:

hey but she has to control herself more ;) , pete will feel scared and run away if she behaves like this ;)

baldy can still play for one to two years but cannot win big titles ;) :secret:

angiel
11-20-2004, 03:08 AM
:mad: :mad: It seems baldy is going to play in 2005 for sure - win or not. :devil: :devil:

Why - you are beautiful, we all are - not just Maria S and i dont go for all those fake Russians either. :o :o

So I will pass on her - find someone else to draw and get rich. :nerner: :nerner: :ignore: :ignore:

Why should he feel scared and run away - they just want to get something of his - ah Jesus I really do envy Ms. Bridgette Wlson mimi - she gets to see him everyday, touch him, sleep with him .............. great just great. :sad: :sad: :smooch: :smooch: :secret: :secret: :aplot: :aplot: :explode: :explode:

Mimi
11-20-2004, 03:14 AM
ummm, actually i want to see baldy play more coz he will remind me of pete, feels like pete is still playing :wavey:

thanks for your kind words, yes we are all beautiful coz we have beauitful kind hearts :D

umm, Maris S is not too fake, she has not done plastic operation :confused:


may be you should try to find Ms Wilson, be more friendly with her, then you can find ways to approach pete, and then using your personal charms to capture pete, then you will become Bonitto Sampras :couple: :rolls: :smoke: :inlove:

angiel
11-20-2004, 04:01 AM
Lord mimi - you are good for me my dear - my personal charm you say - to capture pete - that will be the day i do that my dear - I dont think Ms. Wilson would even allow me to try taking Pete away, i could lose my life mimi - oh dear me. :eek: :eek: :p :p :hearts: :hearts:

Pete is a one man woman - i dont see him leaving his wife and darling son for me or anybody else - anytime soon - my heart is broken. :lol: :lol: :bolt:

fake or not mimi - maria S. is not my cup of tea. :devil: :devil: :retard: :retard: :armed: :armed:

Mimi
11-20-2004, 04:16 AM
you can do the baby sitter job for Christian, and then you can find way to approach pete :smoke: :rolls:

la, tell you, when Bridgette goes out for movies, Bonitto wearing tiny bikinis and bra top to attract pete :couple: :rolls: :inlove: :lick: :haha: :woohoo:

angiel
11-20-2004, 08:35 PM
:devil: :devil: Great idea Mimi - why didn't I think of that - a baby sitter, great, just great - oh mimi you crack me up - tiny bikinis and top, that I would have to see myself in - oh my. :eek: :eek: :lol: :lol: :unsure: :unsure: :ras: :ras: :scared: :scared: :baby: :baby: :rolls: :rolls:

Mimi
11-22-2004, 03:20 AM
hey, tell you, may be you wear see-through or topless or completely naked is even better, just joking, hahaha :secret: :bolt: :woohoo: :yippee: :haha: :haha: :tennis: :inlove: :umbrella:

angiel
11-22-2004, 09:38 PM
hey, tell you, may be you wear see-through or topless or completely naked is even better, just joking, hahaha :secret: :bolt: :woohoo: :yippee: :haha: :haha: :tennis: :inlove: :umbrella:


Mimi - you are giving me a heart-attack - I died and gone to heaven - wait for you on the other side..............okay.

Or better yet I think I will stay alive my dear. :mad: :mad: :) :) :devil: :devil: :lol: :lol:

Mimi
11-23-2004, 02:37 AM
hey angiel, don't die :bigcry: :nerner: , your beautiful naked body for sure will attract pete, Bridgette is too thin and boney, so keep yourself alive and now write a letter to Pete, saying that you want to be christian's baby sitter, if he said he already got one, then tell him that you can be his garderner :secret: :yeah: :bigwave:

then you can wear your little bra top and show to pete while bridgette is not at home "Sir, see these beautiful flowers that i grow and also my pretty body" :devil: :kiss: :drool: :hearts: :lick:

just joking, hahaha :woohoo: :haha: :haha: :dance:

angiel
11-23-2004, 06:16 PM
I will stay alive my dear Mimi - live is too good to die, but I think I have to give up on attracting Mr. Sampras, just meeting him will be enough - I wouldn't do that to Bridgette and her son - they are Pete heart beat.

angiel
11-23-2004, 06:23 PM
The Latest Pete Sampras News

FASCINATING FACT`: 12/11/2004
Retired tennis ace PETE SAMPRAS has been chosen as the new face of watch firm MOVADO. 12/11/2004 13:55....Read On


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angiel
11-23-2004, 10:05 PM
TENNIS STAR PETE SAMPRAS NAME THE KNX 1070 MAN OF THE YEAR 2003.

(Los Angeles, CA January 8, 2003) - Pete Sampras has been named the KNX 2003 Man of the Year and Jamie Lee Curtis has been named Woman of the Year, it was announced today by KNX 1070 vice president & market manager Pat Duffy.
KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO, which since 1971 has been recognizing high-profile individuals who use his or her status to make our community a better place, will honor the trio at a special reception saluting the 2003 KNX "Citizens Of The Week" at the Century Plaza Hotel on Jan. 23.
Mr. Sampras exemplifies the title of champion and is one of the most admired tennis players. He has thrilled us with 14 Grand Slam event victories and has touched us with his very visible caring for others. He turned the loss of his coach, Tim Gullikson, due to brain cancer in 1996 into a commitment to ease the pain of cancer for others. Among the numerous charities Mr. Sampras has done work for are the Kid's Stuff Foundation, Revlon/UCLA Breast Center, American Cancer Society, United Cerebral Palsy, Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of Aids and Children's Make a Wish Foundation.

ataptc
11-24-2004, 02:02 AM
The Latest Pete Sampras News

FASCINATING FACT`: 12/11/2004
Retired tennis ace PETE SAMPRAS has been chosen as the new face of watch firm MOVADO. 12/11/2004 13:55....Read On


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I thought I saw the advertisement in the newspapers back in July/August already? :)

Mimi
11-24-2004, 03:00 AM
you are too kind angiel :wavey: :angel:

I will stay alive my dear Mimi - live is too good to die, but I think I have to give up on attracting Mr. Sampras, just meeting him will be enough - I wouldn't do that to Bridgette and her son - they are Pete heart beat.

Mimi
11-24-2004, 03:02 AM
thanks angiel for the lovely article :D Movado is so smart to choose pete :worship:

angiel
11-24-2004, 09:52 PM
You saw the ad evelyn - i miss it, which paper was it in?

Mavoda has been using Pete for the past 10 years mimi - when he was playing - I am so happy they are still using him for their products.

I am kind my dear.

Mimi
11-25-2004, 02:51 AM
yes i know it angiel, in fact i have kept an extract from a magazine with pete as the model for Mavoda :wavey:

Rolex has choosen Rafter and Lindsay :wavey:

i love kind people angiel :hug: :smooch: , i know some persons who take away their good friends's bf, hubbies :mad: :mad:


You saw the ad evelyn - i miss it, which paper was it in?

Mavoda has been using Pete for the past 10 years mimi - when he was playing - I am so happy they are still using him for their products.

I am kind my dear.

ataptc
11-25-2004, 06:48 AM
You saw the ad evelyn - i miss it, which paper was it in?
The local papers here ;) it was during the wimbledon period :D

Lalitha
11-25-2004, 12:15 PM
hey angiel, don't die :bigcry: :nerner: , your beautiful naked body for sure will attract pete, Bridgette is too thin and boney, so keep yourself alive and now write a letter to Pete, saying that you want to be christian's baby sitter, if he said he already got one, then tell him that you can be his garderner :secret: :yeah: :bigwave:

then you can wear your little bra top and show to pete while bridgette is not at home "Sir, see these beautiful flowers that i grow and also my pretty body" :devil: :kiss: :drool: :hearts: :lick:

just joking, hahaha :woohoo: :haha: :haha: :dance:

Mimi, that was bad. We don't love Pete physically. We love his tennis and no such words degrading Pete and our Angiel. :)

angiel
11-27-2004, 04:56 PM
I have some of those clippings Mimi - of Pete ads for movado - but I dont see the new ones yet - did you see the ones for the Bank of Scotland with Pete?

Thank you evelyn - hope I get to see what they look like. :bigwave: :bigwave:

angiel
11-27-2004, 04:59 PM
Mimi is just joking my dear - no harm done, but thank you lalitha - friends all of us here, did you hear that Lee is gone - I am sad. :sad: :sad:

angiel
11-27-2004, 05:46 PM
This Day in Sports
11/26/2004



Pete Sampras officially became the first player to hold the NO.1 ranking for a record sixth consecutive year. Sampras had shared the previous record with Jimmy Connors, who was NO. 1 for five straight years between '74 and '78.

angiel
11-27-2004, 06:02 PM
Sampras: The Man Who Was Too Good

By S.L. Price, Sports Illustrated
Pete Sampras may be a superstar in tennis, but critics complained that he was too boring, too colorless, too expressionless ... too good. The poor guy just can't win.
Lord knows, he kept up his end of the bargain. Ever since Pete Sampras won his first major championship, as a 19-year-old at the 1990 U.S. Open, he did everything a sports hero is supposed to. Not only did he set records, dominate his era and treat opponents and officials with unwavering respect, but he also produced more moments suitable for a hokey storybook than anyone could expect from a man so guarded and shy:


Sampras won the 1995 Australian Open despite weeping on-court over his coach Tim Gullikson's fatal illness.
He won the '95 Davis Cup final for his country despite being carried off the court two days earlier with sore hamstrings.
He won the '96 U.S. Open despite being so dehydrated and sick with an upset stomach that he vomited and nearly collapsed.
He set a men's Grand Slam record with his 13th title at Wimbledon in 2000.
And, of course, in last year's U.S. Open final, he rallied after the two bleakest years of his career to beat archrival Andre Agassi -- his first finals victim at Flushing Meadow -- in the last match of his professional life.
Sampras's run was sublime and surreal, the greatest in the history of men's tennis. And yet, though the cynics held their tongues on when at 32 he announced his retirement at Arthur Ashe Stadium earlier this year, for many it was not enough. The curious fact is that Sampras was hardly beloved. The compliments came with complaints: Sampras didn't sell. Sampras didn't jack ratings. Sampras was too boring, too colorless, too expressionless, too ... too ... good.

He was always the argument you couldn't win. Tennis purists loved his skill, naturally, and they will unhesitatingly declare Sampras's second serve, his running forehand and his leaping overhead as treasures that belong under museum glass. But for a public that didn't grow up playing, tennis becomes charismatic only when rackets are flying or fists are pumping or new ground in fashion is being broken.

It doesn't matter that beloved figures like Joe Montana and Tiger Woods have proved themselves duller, colder characters than Sampras; the former competed in a sport America loves and the latter in a game America plays. Sampras arrived when the tennis boom was but a distant echo. His timing was abysmal.

Worse still, in a sound-bite age, he couldn't explain himself:


Sampras didn't possess Agassi's glibness and perfect recall of matches.
He'd been a tennis prodigy, isolated from the socializing caldron of high school, and to this day has few close friends apart from his wife, Bridget.
He spent most of his adult life obscenely rich yet feeling unappreciated, alone with a talent he didn't fully understand.
After winning Wimbledon in 1998 to tie Bjorn Borg's record of five titles, he spoke of how "melancholy" the moment made him, of how his greatness seemed to exist wholly apart from his control, of how uncomfortable he was with what he was able to do. No one has been more mystified by Sampras than Sampras himself.
Yet in a world as spun and packaged as professional tennis, all that made for a rare honesty. Growing up, Sampras's role models were blank-faced assassins like Borg and Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver, and he tried carrying himself at a similar remove. But his emotions, his physical lapses embarrassed him. He would hunch over during each crisis, trying to hide with millions of eyes boring into his back.

Sampras had no choice: His body spoke for him, and it never lied. You knew every tear, every illness, every moment on court was true. You knew winning gave him a release he needed nearly as much as breathing. You knew, when it ended, that he was happy, and that part of him now could never be happy again.

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Mimi
11-29-2004, 08:19 AM
hi Lalitha :)

don't be so serious, life is boring and hard, we need to make jokes in this cruel world, get more laughters :wavey:

i am just joking, don't take this so seriously and i do not mean to degrade pete and bridgette. And also i am different from you, besides his tennis, i also lvoe pete's personality, he is so gentle and nice, if i live near him, may be i gonna chase for him :devil:


Mimi, that was bad. We don't love Pete physically. We love his tennis and no such words degrading Pete and our Angiel. :)

Mimi
11-29-2004, 08:36 AM
no i did not see the new one angiel :wavey:

I have some of those clippings Mimi - of Pete ads for movado - but I dont see the new ones yet - did you see the ones for the Bank of Scotland with Pete?

Thank you evelyn - hope I get to see what they look like. :bigwave: :bigwave:

Mimi
11-29-2004, 08:42 AM
thanks, angiel for the article but the article has one mistake, pete did not win the 1995 AO, it was andre who won it ;)

angiel
11-29-2004, 03:46 PM
I dont see them either Mimi - I need to look in those magazines - and yes Andre did won the 1995 AO , that an error by the writer.

I can't find a photo of the Bank of Scotland ad, else I would post it here - but they are in tennis magazines - that where I saw it.

You will get to meet your darling pete one day my dear.

ataptc
11-29-2004, 04:43 PM
I have not seen the Bank of Scotland ad too.. but I heard about it :)

angiel
11-29-2004, 08:47 PM
You have to buy tennis magazine evelyn - that is where I got them. :dance: :dance: :woohoo: :woohoo: :hatoff: :hatoff:

angiel
11-29-2004, 09:41 PM
The Sunday Times - Sport



November 28, 2004

The top 10 sporting parting shots
JOHN AIZLEWOOD







4 Pete Sampras
For all his metronomic play and ice-cool demeanour on court, “Pistol” Pete Sampras was a surprisingly emotional cove. In 1995, he had burst into tears when a fan mentioned his coach’s illness at the Australian Open. No surprise, then, that in August 2003, a year after his last competitive game, when it came for the winner of 14 Grand Slam titles to publicly depart the sport at a special ceremony, New York’s Arthur Ashe stadium was put on flood alert. There were banners (Good Luck To The King), there were tributes from past greats, including Boris Becker and John McEnroe, there were tributes to Sampras’s wife and there were even promises to be a better husband and father. And, most of all, there were tears. Bucketloads of them. He’s not changed his mind though, has he?

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ataptc
11-30-2004, 12:13 AM
You have to buy tennis magazine evelyn - that is where I got them. :dance: :dance: :woohoo: :woohoo: :hatoff: :hatoff:
which issue? I may have seen it but forgotten lol I have most issues..

Mimi
11-30-2004, 03:33 AM
hey angiel, your memory is getting worst, i have already met pete, that was at 1996 Marboro Open at hk ;)

angiel
11-30-2004, 08:27 PM
which issue? I may have seen it but forgotten lol I have most issues..


They are in some of this year copies, I know this July and August 2004 issues, for sure, see if they have any back copies of those two issues evelyn.

I will check the issues that I have and let you know got sure..... okay. :bigclap: :bigclap: :smooch: :smooch:

angiel
11-30-2004, 08:29 PM
hey angiel, your memory is getting worst, i have already met pete, that was at 1996 Marboro Open at hk ;)


How Mimi - I am losing it alright - forgot that you told me that, sorry my dear - sometimes the head is not all there. :crazy: :crazy: :bigcry: :bigcry:

angiel
11-30-2004, 08:31 PM
Sampras mulls over return to the court
By Mark Hodgkinson
(Filed: 30/11/2004)



Pete Sampras, the seven-times Wimbledon champion, is considering a return to competitive tennis. Sampras, who formally announced his retirement last year, has been sounding out friends about the possibility of making a comeback on the seniors tour.


Serving notice: Pete Sampras is considering a return
The 33-year-old American last played a competitive match at the 2002 US Open, when he beat Andre Agassi to win the last of his 14 Grand Slam titles, and is believed to spend most of his days on the golf course. But Sampras is growing "restless" in California, his old friend and rival, Jim Courier, revealed yesterday.

Courier had an unexpected phone call from Sampras, who is intrigued by this week's seniors event at the Albert Hall. "I spoke to Pete this week. He was curious to see how I'm enjoying doing this. I sense a little bit of restlessness there. Pete has been playing a lot of golf, but he was curious to know what this seniors tour is all about," Courier said.

Sampras was given an emotional send-off at the US Open last year, and has previously said that any retirement would be final, that he "did not want to come back 17 times like retired boxers". It is not known whether Sampras, who is married to Hollywood actress Bridgette Wilson, is practising seriously again.

Courier hinted that, though Sampras is a private man, he may be lured back by his "love" of tennis. "It's been two years since Pete played and I think that's about the time when people start to feel how much they love the game of tennis and creep back into it with a few exhibitions here and there, and test the water," Courier said.

Courier, 34, is himself a recent convert to the seniors tour, making his first appearance this year. "What you soon realise is that tennis is a core part of your being," he said. "It would certainly be a boon for the tour if Pete came out of retirement."


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angiel
11-30-2004, 09:46 PM
The above news is very interesting Mimi - pete returning to tennis - great, I would love to see him play again. :dance: :dance: :haha: :zzz: :banana: :banana: :tennis: :tennis: :bigclap: :bigclap:

angiel
11-30-2004, 10:01 PM
Sampras may target seniors
By Leo Schlink
December 1, 2004

PETE SAMPRAS, winner of more singles majors than any other man in history, could be considering a return to competitive tennis.

Sampras has told arch-rival Jim Courier he is curious about playing on the ATP's seniors tour.

The Californian, now 33, retired at the 2002 US Open after winning his 14th major, defeating Andre Agassi in a vintage performance.

He has spent as much time on the golf course as with his young family and actress wife Bridgette Wilson since departing the international circuit.

But former world No.1 Courier yesterday described Sampras as "restless". The dual Australian Open and French Open champion said he had been surprised by a telephone call from Sampras.

"I spoke to Pete this week," Courier said. "He was curious to see how I'm enjoying doing this. I sense a little bit of restlessness there."

Sampras had previously declared a comeback was strictly out of the question, insisting he did "not want to come back 17 times like retired boxers".

Herald Sun - Austrailia. :worship: :worship: :angel: :angel: :clap2: :bigclap: :yippee: :yippee: :bigwave: :bigwave:

angiel
11-30-2004, 10:03 PM
My dear Pete - come and play the game needs you - what do you think guys? :confused: :confused: :banghead: :topic: :topic:

MissPovaFan
11-30-2004, 10:05 PM
My dear Pete - come and play the game needs you - what do you think guys? :confused: :confused: :banghead: :topic: :topic:

Hell yes :D Come back Pete!

Mimi
12-01-2004, 02:48 AM
hello friends :D

umm, playing senior is ok, but no more competitive tennis for pete, i want his last win to be a grand slam win :cool:

Mimi
12-01-2004, 02:48 AM
hello to Paul :D. Nice to meet you :D

ataptc
12-01-2004, 05:34 PM
I would love for Pete to come back if he still misses the game :D

angiel
12-01-2004, 07:54 PM
hello friends :D

umm, playing senior is ok, but no more competitive tennis for pete, i want his last win to be a grand slam win :cool:


Mimi - who say he can't win if he comes back to competitive tennis - he could still win I think - and there is the french open still to won. :bolt: :bolt: :secret: :secret: :yippee:

Below is what Pete has to say. :D :D

angiel
12-01-2004, 07:58 PM
I would love for Pete to come back if he still misses the game :D


I would love to see that happen too evelyn - the game misses him a lot, I was reading and article that someone wrote - this person is from South Africa, and she was saying the games and she misses Pete a whole lot - but now she has Roger Federer to watch - since Pete retired - and is not she alone who feels like that - i can tell you. :bigcry: :bigcry: :sobbing: :sobbing: :tears: :tears:

angiel
12-01-2004, 07:59 PM
Hell yes :D Come back Pete!


I second that Paul - hell yes. :D :D

angiel
12-01-2004, 08:06 PM
Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 December, 2004, 17:45 GMT

From The BBC.
Federer can emulate me - Sampras

Federer beat Sampras in their only meeting - at Wimbledon in 2001
Former world number one Pete Sampras has backed Roger Federer to match his long period of domination in tennis.
Before retiring last year, Sampras won 14 Grand Slams and was world number one for a record six straight years.

"I think he can dominate tennis for as long as I did," Sampras told French newspaper L'Equipe.

"He can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others."

Federer's momentous year

Federer compiled a stunning record in 2004, winning three of four Grand Slams, collecting 11 titles and losing only six matches.

The 23-year-old's style of play has drawn comparisons with Sampras, and the American agreed there are similarities between the duo.

"We have the same temperament and like me, he makes playing look easy," he said.

"He can do just about anything he wants with a racquet and he dominates everybody as I did several years before."

Federer is yet to win the French Open, and Sampras admitted that failing to triumph at Roland Garros was the only regret of his career.

"I regret that I never tried out a racquet with a bigger head at Roland Garros," he added.

"My racquet was almost like one of the old wooden ones - it was heavy and stiff. It took a lot of effort to make the ball move on clay.

"But I was really used to it and I never dared (change). I was too stubborn. I was scared of losing control, that it would take me too long to master it."



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angiel
12-01-2004, 08:08 PM
And there is even more news from Pete - that is what we want - more news from him more often. :bounce: :bounce: :clap2: :bolt: :secret: :wazzup: :wazzup:

angiel
12-01-2004, 08:10 PM
Sampras says Federer can match his long-term dominance
Wed 1 December, 2004 15:55

PARIS, Dec 1 (Reuters) - Seven-times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras believes Roger Federer could match his long stint as the world's dominant tennis player.

Federer's haul of three grand slam wins this year -- taking his overall tally to four -- has prompted suggestions that he could eventually surpass the American's record haul of 14.

"I think so, yes," Sampras, 33, who retired two years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the U.S. Open, told French sports daily l'Equipe on Wednesday.

"Of course, he can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others."

"He is the best athlete, the one who moves best on court. What's impressive is that he can play at the highest level without using too much energy while his main rivals use a considerable amount," added Sampras, of the 23-year-old Swiss.


SAME TEMPERAMENT

Sampras said the two had much in common. "There are plenty of similarities. We have the same temperament, the same way of making it look easy.

"He can do just about anything he wants with a racket and he dominates everybody as I did several years before."

Federer, like Sampras, has yet to win the French Open, though, and it may prove just as difficult a mountain to climb.

"There are really so many claycourt specialists who are capable of hitting it heavy from the back of the court that it will be the biggest challenge of his career."

Sampras thinks his fortunes at Roland Garros could have improved if he had tried a racket with a bigger head which would have given him more power off the slow surface.

"I was really used to mine and I never dared (change). I was too stubborn. I was scared of losing control, that it would take me too long to master it." Sampras said he had barely picked up a tennis racket of any kind since his epic victory over Agassi at Flushing Meadows crowned his dazzling career.

"There was a little clinic organised by Paul Annacone (his former coach) near here about six months ago. I hit for about 10 minutes."

Sampras, who finished year-end world number one a record six times from 1993 to 1998, said he has no yearning to return to the game on a more regular basis.

"Not at all. I'm offered quite a few opportunities on the seniors tour or exhibitions but it is too early for me, much too early."

He added: "I'm not sick of a sport which made my fortune and my fame. But I am tired of tennis, it was all-consuming. All those years spent winning and keeping my place as number one; it was an enormous stress.

"During my career I never had a really good night's sleep. That all finished at once (after retiring). I started to go to sleep without the least worry in my head, without telling myself that the next day I would have to catch a plane or play a very hard match."

Sampras said he now devoted his time to his wife Bridget and son Christian. He has also found a new sporting passion -- poker.

"It's a game that I really like and play quite regularly. When I come to Las Vegas, I can play for six hours in a row. Especially if I'm winning."



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angiel
12-01-2004, 08:24 PM
Evelyn - the Bank of Scotland ads are in the July & August 2004 issues of tennis magazine. :D :)

And guess what - I just found the new Movado ads of him - in GQ magazine - he looks great I could eat him - you should see him Mimi - you would love it - a pity I can't find the ad on the computer - so I could post it here for you all to see, do you think you could find it evelyn - and post it for us? ;) ;)

I tore the ad out of the magazine- for my scrap book at home. :devil: :devil:

angiel
12-01-2004, 09:16 PM
SOUTH AFRICA, CAPE TIMES

Granddaughter of first editor of the Cape Times turns 100
November 29, 2004

By Aziz Hartley

The only surviving granddaughter of Frederick York St Leger, co-founder and first editor of the Cape Times, celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday.

An upbeat Joyce Mellor said although she had not met her grandfather, she treasured the many stories her parents and grandmother had told her about him.

"FY died three years before I was born, but I have fond memories of what my grandmother and my parents told me about him."

"My grandmother and mother told me how my mom and the other children sat at the table listening to FY sharing words of wisdom while he had breakfast. Later she would watch how he headed off to work on his bicycle."

The centenarian was joined for the celebrations by friends and family members, including daughters who travelled from Durban and London.


Mellor received a fax in which her grandson, Simon Swart, 40, who is in the US, paid tribute to her.

Members of her family said she loved tennis, gardening and playing bridge.

"I'm a little confused about what it is like to be 100 years old," Mellor said. "Looking back I remember the good days when we lived in Fish Hoek. At the time, there were only three cottages in the town."

"I'm also proud to say that as a supporter of the Liberal Party, I joined the Black Sash in 1940."

"Now I'm fond of cricket and tennis and I am so sorry Pete Sampras retired from the game. He was my favourite player, but now it is Roger Federer."

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angiel
12-01-2004, 09:45 PM
Pete says Federer can break his record
Sportal Wednesday 1, 2004



Tennis legend Pete Sampras says current world No.1 Roger Federer is capable of breaking his record of 14 Grand Slam title wins.

Sampras overhauled the previous record of 12 held by Australian Roy Emerson when he won Wimbledon for a record seventh time in 2000, and went on to finish with 14 majors when he won his final tournament, the 2002 US Open.

But speaking to l'Equipe, Sampras says he thinks 23-year-old Federer - who has won four Grand Slam titles in the past 18 months - will at least match his record before he retires.

"I think so, yes," Sampras said on Wednesday. "Of course, he can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others."



"He is the best athlete, the one who moves best on court. What's impressive is that he can play at the highest level without using too much energy while his main rivals use a considerable amount."

Sampras added that he sees plenty of himself in Federer, who has dominated the game in winning Wimbledon twice and the Australian and US Opens in the past season-and-a-half.

"There are plenty of similarities. We have the same temperament, the same way of making it look easy," Sampras said. "He can do just about anything he wants with a racquet and he dominates everybody as I did several years before."

Not missing playing after announcing his retirement 15 months ago, Sampras also believes that Federer's biggest challenge will be trying to also win the French Open on clay, which he was unable to do because of an unwillingness to change equipment.

"There are really so many claycourt specialists who are capable of hitting it heavy from the back of the court that it will be the biggest challenge of his career," Sampras said.

"I was really used to mine and I never dared (change his racquet to a wider one he now thinks would have helped). I was too stubborn. I was scared of losing control, that it would take me too long to master it."



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Mimi
12-02-2004, 03:04 AM
oh my god, pete praises roger so high, he is such a generous persons, unlike many fans who behave so mean and childish to him ;)

angiel
12-02-2004, 09:19 PM
oh my god, pete praises roger so high, he is such a generous persons, unlike many fans who behave so mean and childish to him ;)


:worship: :worship: Mimi - the man has a great mind and a generous spirit - you know in all of his life I have never hear him say one bad thing - about another person, he alway have something good to say about his fellow men - and thats my number 2 reason for loving him. :D :D

God bless you Pete and may your life be long and also your family. :angel: :angel:

angiel
12-03-2004, 09:29 PM
"I put so much emphasis on the majors...I measure my year by how well I do by looking at them, and the more that I have won over the years, the more I want to win. And when it's all said and done, it's not the fame or the money, it's what I've done in the game, and that's to win the major tournaments." Pete Sampras on the grand slams. :bowdown: :bowdown: :dance: :dance: :woohoo: :woohoo:

Marine
12-03-2004, 10:18 PM
In l'equipe of wednesday:

His comments on women's tennis

"I never watch it. I didn't watch it when I was a player and I'm not going to start now. I prefer watching poker games on the TV."

:lol: :lol: :yeah:
He always said that and it makes me laugh , he's honnest, I like that.

ataptc
12-04-2004, 05:26 PM
In l'equipe of wednesday:

His comments on women's tennis

"I never watch it. I didn't watch it when I was a player and I'm not going to start now. I prefer watching poker games on the TV."

:lol: :lol: :yeah:
He always said that and it makes me laugh , he's honnest, I like that.
:lol: but poker games are really boring! even more so than women's tennis imo ;)

Marine
12-04-2004, 07:17 PM
:lol: but poker games are really boring! even more so than women's tennis imo ;)

I agree !!! ;)
I hate poker and golf, I'd prefer to know he still plays tennis.

angiel
12-04-2004, 07:38 PM
I agree !!! ;)
I hate poker and golf, I'd prefer to know he still plays tennis.


:bigwave: :bigwave: Hi Marine, I dont like poker either, but i will watch golf sometimes, and Pete playing tennis is a must. :worship: :worship:

angiel
12-04-2004, 07:42 PM
:lol: but poker games are really boring! even more so than women's tennis imo ;)


I dont watch a lot of the women's games myself, and trust me evelyn, a lot of people would prefer to watch poker than women's tennis - poker is a big thing here in the States - it is on ESPN almost daily. :crazy: :crazy: :shrug: :shrug:

angiel
12-04-2004, 07:57 PM
"Remember this, you are truly the BEST tennis player ever to pick up a tennis racquet." from letter by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras to her husband :angel: :angel: :hearts: :hearts: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bolt: :bolt:

ataptc
12-05-2004, 05:33 PM
I dont watch a lot of the women's games myself, and trust me evelyn, a lot of people would prefer to watch poker than women's tennis - poker is a big thing here in the States - it is on ESPN almost daily. :crazy: :crazy: :shrug: :shrug:
strange..:lol: i dont get it..

ataptc
12-05-2004, 05:33 PM
"Remember this, you are truly the BEST tennis player ever to pick up a tennis racquet." from letter by Bridgette Wilson-Sampras to her husband :angel: :angel: :hearts: :hearts: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bolt: :bolt:
:angel:

Mimi
12-06-2004, 02:14 AM
pete is too honest, i hve to disgree with him on this, women's tennis is not boring, sometimes i lvoe watching women than men coz the women are more beautfiul and they play shorter time ;)

pete got critisied a lot by putting down women's tennis, hehe, he is just too honest ;)

poker, oh its so boring :mad:

ataptc
12-06-2004, 03:10 AM
pete is too honest, i hve to disgree with him on this, women's tennis is not boring, sometimes i lvoe watching women than men coz the women are more beautfiul and they play shorter time ;)

pete got critisied a lot by putting down women's tennis, hehe, he is just too honest ;)

poker, oh its so boring :mad:
me too, I think the womens game is improving in terms of excitement since the Russians came :)

Mimi
12-06-2004, 03:18 AM
yes, they wear sexy clothings, more attractive ;), whats more, they have longer rallies unlike men who love to ace ace ace :angel:

me too, I think the womens game is improving in terms of excitement since the Russians came :)

ataptc
12-06-2004, 08:18 AM
yes, they wear sexy clothings, more attractive ;), whats more, they have longer rallies unlike men who love to ace ace ace :angel:
:lol: I love watching aces! i'm a weird person

Mimi
12-06-2004, 08:32 AM
hahaha, you are like my mum, she also loves aces aces, she said more aces more aces :p :p

my stomach is getting worst, after having japanese lunch with colleague, now very full :confused:

ataptc
12-06-2004, 02:24 PM
hahaha, you are like my mum, she also loves aces aces, she said more aces more aces :p :p

my stomach is getting worst, after having japanese lunch with colleague, now very full :confused:
:lol:

oh dont eat too much dear mimi! i hate the feeling of being too full.. bloated :scared:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:05 PM
yes, they wear sexy clothings, more attractive ;), whats more, they have longer rallies unlike men who love to ace ace ace :angel:

Mimi - wearing sexy clothes doesn't make tennis exciting one bit - if that all the Russian can do for tennis - I am sorry for the sport in the long run - sooner or later people are going to want to see something else. :devil: :mad: :sad:


Nothing is more boring when all you have offer in sport is sex, and how much of these Russians are attractive anyway. :o

How much people are going to sit and watch long rallies all day long. :eek: :eek:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:07 PM
:lol: I love watching aces! i'm a weird person


I agree with you evelyn - I love watching those guys serve aces. :worship: :worship:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:10 PM
me too, I think the womens game is improving in terms of excitement since the Russians came :)

I disagree with you there evelyn - the game was improving in term of excitement long before the Russians came - and I agree with pete - the womens game can seem dull at times, Russians are no Russians. :mad: :mad:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:15 PM
strange..:lol: i dont get it..


What is strange about it - poker is a big sport I tell you here, watch ESPN and you will see - the main prize for poker is $5 million dollars to the person who won - tell me if women's tennis pay those kind of money, for one tournament. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:19 PM
pete is too honest, i hve to disgree with him on this, women's tennis is not boring, sometimes i lvoe watching women than men coz the women are more beautfiul and they play shorter time ;)

pete got critisied a lot by putting down women's tennis, hehe, he is just too honest ;)

poker, oh its so boring :mad:


Mimi - you are watching the game for all the wrong reasons my dear, so pete is right - sport should not be about who have the prettier face. :devil: :devil:

angiel
12-06-2004, 03:30 PM
Charles Bricker column,






Published December 5, 2004






Sampras has tennis itch

It was inevitable that Pete Sampras, after focusing so strongly on tennis to the exclusion of almost everything else in life, would get the itch to get back on court, and he's apparently thinking about the senior Masters Tour in Europe.

Jim Courier, who has been playing on the tour, said he got a phone call from Sampras, who wanted some insight into the quality of tennis and the nature of the tour. No commitments from Sampras yet.
:bounce: :bounce: :bigclap: :bigclap: :tennis: :tennis:

ataptc
12-06-2004, 03:43 PM
Charles Bricker column,
Published December 5, 2004

Sampras has tennis itch

It was inevitable that Pete Sampras, after focusing so strongly on tennis to the exclusion of almost everything else in life, would get the itch to get back on court, and he's apparently thinking about the senior Masters Tour in Europe.

Jim Courier, who has been playing on the tour, said he got a phone call from Sampras, who wanted some insight into the quality of tennis and the nature of the tour. No commitments from Sampras yet.
:bounce: :bounce: :bigclap: :bigclap: :tennis: :tennis:
that's good news! :dance:

angiel
12-06-2004, 09:05 PM
:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :silly: :silly:

angiel
12-06-2004, 09:41 PM
TENNIS / Flying Dutchman in a new role

Sampras greatest of all time: Krajicek

The former Wimbledon champion found Jim Courier the toughest player to han-dle on the pro circuit, losing nine of ten matches to the American.

PRAJWAL HEGDE





Excerpts from the interview:

Who do you think is the greatest player of all time?
When I was growing up, I watched a lot of John McEnroe. I also enjoy watching Andre Agassi, but the greatest player of all time, I think, is Pete Sampras.

:worship: :worship: :angel: :angel: :D :D

Mimi
12-07-2004, 02:13 AM
hello Evelyn :D

i was not eating too much, just a small bowl of Japanese rice with fish, 3 small pieces of sushi and one little 串燒 :confused:

:lol:

oh dont eat too much dear mimi! i hate the feeling of being too full.. bloated :scared:

Mimi
12-07-2004, 02:25 AM
hey, i think they also have skills right :p

actually i don't have much chance to watch women's tennis unless in grand slams, they never show women tennis :rolleyes: :rolleyes:


Mimi - wearing sexy clothes doesn't make tennis exciting one bit - if that all the Russian can do for tennis - I am sorry for the sport in the long run - sooner or later people are going to want to see something else. :devil: :mad: :sad:


Nothing is more boring when all you have offer in sport is sex, and how much of these Russians are attractive anyway. :o

How much people are going to sit and watch long rallies all day long. :eek: :eek:

Mimi
12-07-2004, 02:40 AM
hey angiel, we all are women, pete's words sound a bit putting down women and i have to disagree, even i like him :mad: :mad:

women also fights hard to win, like Graf/Monica :wavey:

Mimi - you are watching the game for all the wrong reasons my dear, so pete is right - sport should not be about who have the prettier face. :devil: :devil:

Mimi
12-07-2004, 02:41 AM
richard K is smart this time :p :angel:

TENNIS / Flying Dutchman in a new role

Sampras greatest of all time: Krajicek

The former Wimbledon champion found Jim Courier the toughest player to han-dle on the pro circuit, losing nine of ten matches to the American.

PRAJWAL HEGDE





Excerpts from the interview:

Who do you think is the greatest player of all time?
When I was growing up, I watched a lot of John McEnroe. I also enjoy watching Andre Agassi, but the greatest player of all time, I think, is Pete Sampras.

:worship: :worship: :angel: :angel: :D :D

angiel
12-07-2004, 10:36 PM
hey, i think they also have skills right :p

actually i don't have much chance to watch women's tennis unless in grand slams, they never show women tennis :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Sure mimi - some of them do - but some only play to shoe their pretty faces , take Anna K for instant. :o :o

You need to ask, why they dont show women's tennis over there? :eek: :p

angiel
12-07-2004, 10:42 PM
hey angiel, we all are women, pete's words sound a bit putting down women and i have to disagree, even i like him :mad: :mad:

women also fights hard to win, like Graf/Monica :wavey:

No, Mimi I think you are wrong my dear, he is not putting them down at all, all he is saying he just dont watch them play, there are a lots of things I dont like, that doesn't mean I put them down - if someone else likes it fine with me. :silly: :silly:

mimi - you seldom see a classic women's match these days. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

angiel
12-07-2004, 10:43 PM
richard K is smart this time :p :angel:


Why is he smart this time? :( :(

Mimi
12-08-2004, 03:24 AM
Richard K has said many foolish things as "women tenniis players are all lazy pigs" etc but he is smart because he said pete is the best :worship: :worship:

Why is he smart this time? :( :(

Mimi
12-08-2004, 03:25 AM
they said Anna K has talent but she has no mental tougheness and got a weak serve that made her never won ;)

but i am jealous of her, coz she has lots of $$$$$$$$$4 that she does not need to work in the hellful place as my office and my hell like boss, lol :baby: :shout: :nerner:

ataptc
12-08-2004, 02:22 PM
i think anna cared more about money than tennis..

angiel
12-08-2004, 11:22 PM
i think anna cared more about money than tennis..


I could shake your hands evelyn, if you were near by, you hit the nail on the head my dear - that's Anna in a nut shell, what a wise girl you are. :o :o :sad: :sad: