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Pete Sampras Retirement Photos!!!!!!!

angiel
02-24-2005, 12:36 AM
Pete Retirement ceremony Photos.



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angiel
02-24-2005, 12:38 AM
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02-24-2005, 12:39 AM
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02-24-2005, 12:41 AM
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angiel
02-25-2005, 10:28 PM
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angiel
02-25-2005, 10:29 PM
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angiel
02-26-2005, 08:58 PM
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angiel
02-26-2005, 09:02 PM
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angiel
02-28-2005, 09:45 PM
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angiel
02-28-2005, 09:47 PM
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angiel
03-01-2005, 10:13 PM
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angiel
03-01-2005, 10:14 PM
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angiel
03-03-2005, 01:28 AM
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angiel
03-03-2005, 01:29 AM
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angiel
03-03-2005, 09:53 PM
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angiel
03-07-2005, 09:41 PM
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angiel
03-07-2005, 09:46 PM
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angiel
03-09-2005, 12:08 AM
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angiel
03-09-2005, 10:37 PM
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03-10-2005, 08:39 PM
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angiel
03-10-2005, 08:41 PM
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angiel
03-12-2005, 09:15 PM
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angiel
03-14-2005, 08:28 PM
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angiel
03-14-2005, 08:29 PM
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angiel
03-16-2005, 01:06 AM
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angiel
03-16-2005, 01:08 AM
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angiel
03-16-2005, 11:59 PM
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angiel
03-17-2005, 12:00 AM
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angiel
03-17-2005, 09:34 PM
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angiel
03-17-2005, 09:35 PM
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angiel
03-18-2005, 09:40 PM
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angiel
03-18-2005, 09:41 PM
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angiel
03-19-2005, 09:29 PM
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angiel
03-19-2005, 09:30 PM
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angiel
03-21-2005, 03:17 PM
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angiel
03-21-2005, 03:19 PM
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angiel
03-22-2005, 11:05 PM
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angiel
03-22-2005, 11:06 PM
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angiel
03-23-2005, 10:38 PM
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angiel
03-23-2005, 10:39 PM
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angiel
03-25-2005, 09:27 PM
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angiel
03-26-2005, 08:59 PM
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angiel
03-28-2005, 09:14 PM
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angiel
03-28-2005, 09:16 PM
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angiel
04-02-2005, 08:00 PM
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angiel
04-02-2005, 08:01 PM
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angiel
04-05-2005, 11:05 PM
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angiel
04-05-2005, 11:07 PM
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angiel
04-07-2005, 09:33 PM
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angiel
04-09-2005, 08:27 PM
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angiel
04-12-2005, 10:31 PM
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angiel
04-14-2005, 10:11 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:36 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:38 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:39 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:40 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:42 PM
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angiel
04-16-2005, 08:48 PM
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Rezandinah
04-18-2005, 05:38 PM
These wonderful photos are almost making me cry !
Thank you Angiel !

angiel
04-18-2005, 10:42 PM
These wonderful photos are almost making me cry !
Thank you Angiel !


You are welcome :D :angel:

They makes me cry too - so go right ahead and cry my dear, how are you doing and how was your weekend? :wavey: :worship:

angiel
04-18-2005, 10:45 PM
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angiel
04-18-2005, 10:46 PM
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angiel
04-21-2005, 12:31 AM
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angiel
04-21-2005, 12:32 AM
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angiel
04-26-2005, 11:41 PM
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angiel
05-04-2005, 12:03 AM
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angiel
05-04-2005, 12:04 AM
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angiel
05-12-2005, 09:26 PM
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angiel
06-03-2005, 10:44 PM
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angiel
06-09-2005, 10:41 PM
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angiel
06-13-2005, 11:33 PM
Sampras Says Farewell

Sampras explains why he retired


A tearful Pete Sampras wept openly during a moving farewell ceremony at the US Open on Monday night, as fans and a legendary trio said a final goodbye to the 14-time Grand Slam champion. After an emotional ceremony which left few dry eyes in Arthur Ashe stadium, Sampras walked a final lap of honor holding infant son, Christian, in the arms that one year earlier held the US Open trophy.

Tennis greats and Sampras rivals Boris Becker, Jim Courier and John McEnroe all paid tribute to the legend, as did his coach Paul Annacone. Sampras was also presented with a photographic plaque which depicted him in his trademark “slam dunk smash” pose – with a red cape superimposed to dangle from his neck.

“It’s pretty overwhelming. I’ve been very touched by all the comments [tonight],” Sampras said. “I’ll miss playing here. I love playing in New York.”

Sampras paid a special tribute to his wife, Bridgette, for her support during his two-year title drought before last year’s US Open. “I just want to say I love you and I look forward to this next chapter.”

Becker paid tribute to Sampras’ dominance at Wimbledon, where he won half of his 14 Slams. “Before you I used to own that place,” Becker said. “Seven titles later, you stole my keys.”

McEnroe said: “When you know half of the players in the locker room idolize you and the other half try to play like you, you know you’re in good company.”

Annacone thanked Sampras for “an amazing friendship. It’s the most amazing and best job anyone could have.”

Andre Agassi, in a pre-recorded clip shown on the stadium’s giant TV screen, said of Sampras: “I’ve been privileged to be challenged by him and to share a rivalry with him...I've never played anyone better."

Fans also paid their respects, with a prolonged standing ovation and many simple signs than spoke volumes, such as: “Pete No.1 forever. Good luck to the king.” and “Pete, thanks for the memories.”

angiel
06-13-2005, 11:36 PM
Sampras walking away in perfect form


By Mark Kreidler
Special to ESPN.com


It was just the longest, strangest, most drawn-out, least ultimately surprising thing in the world. It took a year to happen and had the distinct air of anticlimax when it finally did.



Pete Sampras' retirement Monday from world championship tennis, that is, was every bit as clumsy and lurching as the retirements of just about every elite athlete in the history of the world. Who knew? It may be one of the only times in Sampras' career that he came close to landing squarely on Average.

It won't matter in the long view, of course; Sampras' body of work is too strong for that. The fact that he spent the last 12 months in a sort of gradual fade from the tennis eye, occasionally checking his competitive fire as if to be sure it really was diminishing as much as he thought, will almost certainly be glossed over in any recounting of his career.

And deservedly so. The decision by Sampras to make his exit official at the U.S. Open is enough to underscore that; Flushing Meadow, after all, was the site of some of Sampras' greatest moments in the game, from the gut-wrenching to the gut-losing. When he yanked himself upright last summer after months in a seeming slouch and ran the table to win the Open, there was a body of thought that he ought to call it quits right then and there. It was as close to a perfect ending as any athlete ever gets.

Sampras did that, and he didn't. The Open remains his final championship, a fitting testament to the work of a player whose brilliance may never be fully appreciated because he generally brought so little public personality to go along with it. But it took Sampras a calendar year to get adjusted to the notion that Flushing really was the final hurrah.

And welcome to the human race, Elite Level. It's an old saw that I only repeat because of its essential truth: The only thing more difficult than crafting a truly memorable career in sports is knowing when to walk away from it.

It's hard to believe anymore in that perfect ending, if only because we're constantly barraged by examples to the contrary. The reality is that, even for the great ones, figuring out how to exit the stage can become just an excruciating process.

The Michael Jordan thing has been done to death, so, naturally, we'll revisit it here -- if only because Jordan really did have that magical ending in his hands, that shot over Bryon Russell to beat Utah and win the Bulls' sixth NBA championship of the Jordan era. Michael had the how and maybe even the why, but not the when; he simply wasn't ready to quit. And so he got what he got, and so did we, and you'll never convince me for even a minute that the Washington postscript was anything other than a bad pizza dream -- no lethal damage, maybe, but, heavens, what an odor.

You get a John Elway once in a while, but only that. Elway won his second Super Bowl for Denver, and then he and his wife climbed into a chopper and lifted up into the skies above Miami, and that was pretty much that. Oh, there were loose ends and such, and Elway did take as much time as he could before making anything official; but a great ending is a great ending.

Rare, too. While Sampras may have unintentionally teased his fans and the tennis public by flirting every now and again with a return to the court, he seemed to have a sure sense throughout the past 12 months of his own level of readiness. Give Pete credit: He did not, at any time, go out to play championship tennis just because. He never purposely walked his B game out onto the court. Watching Michael Chang struggle so much in his painful farewell tour after a career of genuine contribution to men's tennis, you figure Sampras had it right, straight down the line.

He's married. He is a father. He is content, or at least as content as any intensely competitive athlete can ever really be outside the arena. It just took Sampras a year to be sure of all that -- or, perhaps, to be sure he was ready to tell the world what he already knew.

I always loved the Ted Williams walkoff, but then so did the rest of sporting America. They wrote prose and poetry about it, the home run sailing through the Fenway Park air, Williams rounding the bases expressionlessly and going into the Boston dugout, essentially never to return. John Updike isn't generally moved to sportswriting, put it that way.

Less known, but of equal importance to the conversation here, is the idea that Williams understood a classic ending when he achieved it. The Red Sox actually had another series left that season, on the road against the Yankees. Ted Williams declined to travel to New York. He had had his last at-bat.

Seeing the sad turns the Williams saga has taken lately, one is struck by the thought that perhaps in this life nobody really gets away clean. That's a lament for another day. We come not to bury Pete Sampras, at any rate. What tennis history will record is that a great champion, an epic champion, won the U.S. Open as his final competitive act, then walked away.

Those 12 months in between might just as well not have happened, at least as Sampras' history matters. Good enough. This was maybe as awkward as any other exit in sports, but in the end Sampras got it right. Given the routine excellence of his career, it shouldn't be surprising.

Mark Kreidler of the Sacramento Bee is a frequent contributor to ESPN.com

angiel
06-18-2005, 07:19 PM
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angiel
06-18-2005, 07:23 PM
A red-carpet day for Pete

By Caroline Overington
August 27, 2003




So, this is what a man looks like when he is finally at peace with himself.

He looks like Pete Sampras did on Monday, when he retired from tennis, which has been his life since he was seven.

Sampras made the announcement at a special ceremony held in his honour, on the first day of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Although he was often criticised for not showing much emotion on court, Sampras's eyes filled with tears when he stepped on to the red carpet to say goodbye.

And it happened again when his wife, Bridgette, joined him at the centre of the warm crowd, and when he walked across the stadium for the last time, with his baby son, Christian, in his arms.

"I'm going to miss playing here, in front of you guys," he said to his fans. "But I know in my heart it's time to say goodbye."

Earlier, Sampras, 32, told reporters that he was letting go because he had nothing left to prove.

"I'm not retiring because I'm married, or because I have a son," he said, although these are the reasons that most tennis writers have cited.

"If there was something out there I wanted to achieve, I would go and do it. I have the support of my wife and family to go and travel and do everything I need to do."

But, he said: "I'm content. I'm 100 per cent content with everything I've done. I'm at peace. It's time to call it a career."

Or a brilliant career. He won 14 grand slam tournaments - seven Wimbledons, five US Opens and two Australian Opens - and he was No. 1 for six years.

His retirement was not unexpected, and some would say it was overdue. Many people thought Sampras should have quit last year, when he won the US Open, but he did not feel ready.

"Two months after winning here, I wasn't sure what was next," he said. "I kept on pulling out of events, but I was always thinking I might play Wimbledon again."

But, when he tried to train for that tournament, he found he could not do it.

"My heart wasn't in it," he said. "After three days (of training) I was done. I just didn't want to practise. I didn't want to train. I didn't want to do everything you have to do. I feel like I did it all.

"And that's when I knew it was time. The focus, the drive, it's not there any more. I'm not coming back. And I'm at peace with it."

As he spoke to reporters, Sampras kept one hand on his right knee, to stop it from jumping, and his Adam's apple moved up and down as if he was swallowing tears. At one point, he cupped his trembling chin with his hand, as if to hold it steady.

"Saying goodbye is not easy," he said. "This is something I love to do, and I've been doing it since I was seven."

What will Sampras do now?

"Whatever I want," he said. "I'm going to watch my boy grow up," he said. "I adore him. He pretty much completes me. I am going to be a good husband. Play a lot of golf. Do a lot of things I couldn't do before."

Many people have speculated about the Sampras legacy. He won more grand slam titles than anybody else, but does that make him the greatest tennis player ever?

"I will never sit here and say I was the greatest ever," he said. "I've won a number of majors. It's hard to compare the 1990s to the 1960s and the 1940s. I don't know if there is one best player of all time. At times I felt I was playing pretty close to perfect tennis. But to say I was the greatest ever, I won't say that."

Asked what he would miss most, Sampras mentioned the joy of playing, and his competitors. Asked for the favourite moment in his career, he named the 2000 Wimbledon final against Andre Agassi, saying he was forced to play "perfect tennis".

"I will bottle that up and save it," he said. "That was as good as I can play."

For his part, Agassi said: "One thing I can confidently say is that Pete was the best I've ever played. It has been my privilege to be challenged by him."

Boris Becker, who flew from Germany to attend the ceremony, chided Sampras for winning so many Wimbledon titles. "I used to own that place," he said. "You stole my keys."

John McEnroe thanked Sampras for "breaking all the records I ever had".

"I had the pleasure of losing every time we played," he said.

Sampras won his first US Open in 1990, when he was 19, and his last in 2002, when he was 31.

But it was a loss, not a win, that stands out in his mind.

"When you're young, you're not sure what you want," he said. "But when I lost here (to Stefan Edberg) in 1992, I knew what I wanted. That changed my career, that loss. Since that moment, I became obsessed with being the best."

He grew to love winning, but tennis also made him rich and famous, and that was fun.

"I get to play the great golf courses," he said. "I can get into a lot of restaurants at the last minute. I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan, so I've been on stage a few times, and that was huge."

But there is also a downside of fame. Sampras's wife was criticised for taking his attention from the game, but he said: "She's been my rock, through the whole marriage. At a time when I was struggling, she got blamed, which was absolute bullshit. But she stuck with me, and we got through it together. There were times when I did want to stop, but she told me, 'I want you to stop on your terms, not because of what the press says'. And I think I am going out on my terms."

angiel
06-25-2005, 08:19 PM
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angiel
07-05-2005, 11:56 PM
Sampras retires to focus on growing kick-ass afro



FLUSHING MEADOWS – Pete Sampras walked away from tennis last month with four out of his five lifelong goals achieved.

“I was world number one, I made over seventy million dollars in prize money, I hold the records in Grand Slam and Wimbledon titles, and I got myself a drop-dead gorgeous wife. There is nothing more that tennis can do for me,” Sampras said in a press conference at Arthur Ashe Stadium.

“There is however one remaining goal I’ve always strived for: to grow a serious, Harlum Globetrotters styled monster afro.'

'I tried to do it along with Andre [Agassi] in the late eighties. He did it well, but mine got in the way and ruined my tennis. So now that I’m retiring, I can really focus on growing a kick-ass afro,” Sampras continued.

When asked how long it would take him to achieve his goal, Sampras said that if he stayed focused he could have a Michael Jackson ‘Off the Wall’ afro by next summer. “Once that happens, who knows? I may just get me to Jamaica, smoke some spliffs and chill a little,” he added.


An artist's impression of Sampras' proposed new hairdo

Greg-Pete fan
08-26-2005, 01:04 PM
25 August 2003 - 25 August 2005 - second "anniversary" of Pete`s retirement (it was yesterday) :sad:

angiel
08-27-2005, 08:50 PM
I still misses him a lot. :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

Greg-Pete fan
08-27-2005, 10:24 PM
I still misses him a lot. :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:

I miss him too :sad: I still watch tennis regular, but without Pete it is another tennis.

angiel
08-29-2005, 11:57 PM
I miss him too :sad: I still watch tennis regular, but without Pete it is another tennis.



I watch now and then, there is nobody that I favor - the US OPEN starts today. :sad: :wavey:

angiel
08-30-2005, 12:43 AM
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HIS RETIREMENT CEREMONY 2003.

angiel
08-30-2005, 11:18 PM
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angiel
08-30-2005, 11:19 PM
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