Annacone hints at Sampras possible return for French and Wimbledon 2003

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10-11-2002, 04:18 AM
Paul Annacone played golf with his student, Pete Sampras, last Friday in LA and Sampras' coach said that the 14-time Grand Slam champion still isn't sure whether he will continue playing next year. But did say that Sampras is keeping himself in shape just in case he decides to head Down Under in January. He added that Sampras does have enough desire to make another run at another major title.

"He's still hitting the gym and track and practicing a little," Annacone told "He knows that he can't go cold turkey for three months if he's going to have a chance at another major."

Sampras is apparently thinking that it will be tough to top the magic he created in New York last month, when he won his first title in more than two years at the US Open, edging his great rival, Andre Agassi, in stirring four-setter.

"In a romantic way, it might not ever get better than that," Annacone said "Finishing his career that way would be spectacular. But the fact is now that playing tennis is fun for him again and after winning the Open, he now knows he can play at a high level once again. The tricky and tough part of the decision for Pete will be deciding whether he can maintain a positive attitude week in and week out if he loses some matches; and whether he is willing work enough to maintain a high level. He would have to develop a schedule that will allow himself to keep sharp and be ready to go at the majors."

While the 31-year-old Sampras doesn't need another Australian or US Open crown, the majors in Europe certainly beckon: He has never won Roland Garros and hasn't played well there since 1996; and at '02 Wimbledon, he was stunned in the second round by George Bastl in a desultory performance, not the way that the seven-time champion wanted to end his career at the All-England Club. Giving those two tournaments another shot may just be all the motivation Sampras needs to get back on the court next year.

"I'm sure that in his mind that he thinks that if he can stay focused like he did at the US Open, he can win Roland Garros," Annacone said. "And I know how upset he was at Wimbledon. Those are the types of goals that can keep him going. But if he says he's going to retire say after the French or Wimbledon and doesn't do well there, that's a big risk emotionally. He needs to play on his terms – which is to focus on playing well, not on results, and allow his level to come to him. Before the US Open, he was too focused on his results and developed a bit of a negative mind set. Once he became convinced that the best way to proceed was to focus on playing his game, his level caught up with him."

10-11-2002, 06:31 AM
come back next year at australian open immediately or mimi whip your butt :mad: , don't be lazy, you can win another one, come on, come out, pete, don't break my heart :kiss: :kiss: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

10-11-2002, 10:39 AM
i wish they'd stop hinting and make a flipping decision. it's becoming rather tiresome, all this will he? won't he? grrrrr...:mad:

10-11-2002, 11:12 AM
don't worry, tennisnick, i know you don't like pete ;) but even if he plays, he cannot play too long and be as dominating as before ;), don't worry, let old mimi watche the old sampras longer :cool:

10-11-2002, 12:02 PM
come back pete!!! :bounce: :bounce: :D :D

10-11-2002, 12:20 PM
I'm with TC on this one, though I'm not surprised that he won't let his Wimbly record end with a second round loss. He shouldn't even bother with Roland Garros :rolleyes:

10-11-2002, 09:56 PM
Media monitor

The fifth US Open title for Pete Sampras certainly didn’t come as a surprise to some people at Sports Illustrated. In its Sports Beat feature, SI says it was all in stars. "In January, SI asked astrologer Susan Miller to make predictions on some big names in sports. Here’s what she said about Sampras, whose victory at Flushing Meadows was his first of the year: ‘Sampras’s career is gathering power and heat, and although the first half of 2002 is unremarkable, by October it will be obvious Peter has become a virtual steamroller in competitions. The universe will be raining buckets of luck down on him in an exceptional cycle that will mark a period of reward, happiness and growth. Even romance will sizzle.’ Miller says the good run won’t end there: ‘The best of the best arrives in June and July 2003.’"

Umm-well I'm not sure about the steamroller in competition part, but here it is. Pete's decision should be made for him!!:rolleyes:

10-12-2002, 10:17 PM
comeback soon Pete,i already miss u! :)

10-13-2002, 06:02 AM
Pete has to come back at least one more year. He has every possibility of winning Wimbledon again, as no one plays on grass like him. His loss this year was a fluke. He will have a great year.

10-13-2002, 10:19 PM
don't hurt yourself Pete.
though he won the US GS, he's getting slower everyday.