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Has anybody seen this???????. SAMPRAS TO PLAY APRIL 5th, 2006.

angiel
02-20-2006, 09:03 PM
Sports


Feb. 20, 2006, 1:37AM
TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Sampras-led River Oaks field nearly set
Dent, Fish are in; Blake's Davis Cup duties take priority


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Getting Pete Sampras for a single night is a huge coup for the River Oaks International.

But the tournament itself — the club's 72nd going back to 1931 — is shaping up nicely now that the Davis Cup second-round pairings are complete and tennis director Van Barry has been able to see who's available.

Among the top Americans, Taylor Dent and Mardy Fish are in and Robby Ginepri, the U.S. Open semifinalist last fall, will be coming unless he somehow winds up on the Davis Cup team for the second-round tie somewhere on American soil against Chile.

For now, though, all indications are that James Blake will remain the No. 2 singles player for captain Patrick McEnroe, so he won't be returning to defend his 2005 championship, the title that re-started his career.

Others who have signed on include former Wimbledon finalist Mark Philippoussis, who beat 12th-ranked Tommy Robredo of Spain in San Jose last week, 2004 River Oaks co-champion Jiri Novak, top Austrian Jergen Melzer and a pair of workhorse thirty-something Americans, Paul Goldstein and Vince Spadea. Goldstein recently set a record for the most prize money won on the USTA's satellite circuit.


Young vs. old

Here's the perfect matchup for Pete Sampras in his exhibition debut: Donald Young Jr. The past vs. the future of American tennis.

Young, 16, finished 2005 as the No. 1 junior in the world (he's currently fourth) and was too young to face off against the Grand Slam king, who hasn't played competitively since winning the 2002 U.S. Open.

Sampras' last match was a victory over Andre Agassi at the Open.

In his last match in Houston, also in 2002, he lost to Agassi in the U.S. Clay Court semifinals at Westside Tennis Club

angiel
02-20-2006, 09:05 PM
Sports




Feb. 18, 2006, 11:55PM
Sampras to play at River Oaks



All-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras will play his first competitive tennis match in 3 1/2 years in Houston during the River Oaks International the first week of April.

Van Barry, director of tennis at River Oaks Country Club, said the contract hasn't yet been signed "but all parties are on board. We very excited to be bringing Pete back to Houston."

In his last match before a paying crowd, Sampras defeated longtime rival Andre Agassi to win the 2002 U.S. Open. It gave him a record 14 major titles.

Sampras will be at River Oaks the night of April 5, facing an opponent to be selected from the exhibition tournament's field.

DALE ROBERTSON

angiel
02-20-2006, 09:12 PM
TENNIS X

Feb 19, 2006.



From the Houston Chronicle: "All-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras will play his first competitive tennis match in 3-1/2 years in Houston during the River Oaks International the first week of April. Van Barry, director of tennis at River Oaks Country Club, said the contract hasn't yet been signed "but all parties are on board. We very excited to be bringing Pete back to Houston." In his last match before a paying crowd, Sampras defeated longtime rival Andre Agassi to win the 2002 US Open. It gave him a record 14 major titles. Sampras will be at River Oaks the night of April 5, facing an opponent to be selected from the exhibition tournament's field."...John McEnroe is in an ATP doubles final for the first time since 1992.

angiel
02-20-2006, 09:16 PM
TENNIS X

Feb 20, 2006




Hey ATP, we'll say it again, and it's so simple -- give McEnroe, Boris Becker, Pete Sampras and all these active-tour retired senior guys who are still playing some wildcard doubles opportunities to play ATP events. Go to them instead of waiting for guys like McEnroe to come to you..

Mimi
02-21-2006, 02:34 AM
thanks angiel for the information, is it only an exhibition :confused: :wavey:

bradrmattison
02-21-2006, 04:31 AM
I saw this earlier. Nearly widdled my briches.

ataptc
02-21-2006, 05:54 AM
wow :)

Greg-Pete fan
02-21-2006, 07:31 AM
It is only an exhibition, but I`m happy that Pete will play again on the tennis court :worship: :worship: :worship:

angiel
02-21-2006, 10:31 PM
thanks angiel for the information, is it only an exhibition :confused: :wavey:


Yes my dear, it is only an exhibition, but who knows what can happen after this, maybe he will just decided to play again and i for one would love that, and i am sure many more of us will too. :D :)


Hip, hip, horay. :dance: :dance: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :banana: :banana:

angiel
02-21-2006, 10:32 PM
It is only an exhibition, but I`m happy that Pete will play again on the tennis court :worship: :worship: :worship:


i am too Greg, and wouldn't be nice for he decided to play some more, that is what I think tennis needs. :worship: :worship: :D :wavey:

angiel
02-21-2006, 10:33 PM
I saw this earlier. Nearly widdled my briches.



:banana: :banana: :rocker: :rocker: Hola, bradrmattison, welcome and how are you doing. :wavey: :wavey:

angiel
02-21-2006, 10:34 PM
wow :)


Hey evelyn, long time no see my dear, what's up? :wavey: :wavey: :D :)

landoud
02-22-2006, 08:49 AM
that's great to see him play again.... any tv covarage?

angiel
02-22-2006, 10:32 PM
that's great to see him play again.... any tv covarage?



Hello landoud, how are you, long time no see, how is life treating you my dear. :hug: :hug: :smooch:

I am glad he will be playing too, not sure about tv coverage, but I guess they tell us if there is going to be any, can't wait. :worship: :worship: :angel:

Greg-Pete fan
02-23-2006, 06:52 AM
Hello landoud, how are you, long time no see, how is life treating you my dear. :hug: :hug: :smooch:

I am glad he will be playing too, not sure about tv coverage, but I guess they tell us if there is going to be any, can't wait. :worship: :worship: :angel:

I`m not sure about tv coverage too, but I think we will find some photos :p .

the_natural
02-23-2006, 08:20 AM
Do u think he will play with a new less demanding racquet?

Greg-Pete fan
02-23-2006, 09:50 AM
Do u think he will play with a new less demanding racquet?

I don`t know. I hope he won`t change his decision ;)

the_natural
02-23-2006, 10:19 AM
Id like to see him play with a new age comfortable racquet so that its more fun for him to play you know, I wonder if it would make him reconsider the champions tour :) if he realised how much easier the bigger more forgiving racquets are

angiel
02-24-2006, 08:47 PM
Do u think he will play with a new less demanding racquet?


Maybe he will use a different racket, last year he was saying maybe if he did change his racket at the french Open, maybe he would have, had a good chance of winning that slam all those years of trying, and i dont think Wilson Racket would mind him using one of there other rackets. :D :wavey:


Can't wait to see him play, and i hope he dont change his mind come April 5th. :worship: :worship:

the_natural
02-25-2006, 07:45 AM
I thought he said he would make his chances better at the French, hes always had a good chance because hes so immensley talented and can beat anyone on any surface, Even Kafelnikov and MUSTER on clay :) But the bigger Racquet would mean that he would have a bigger sweet spot and Longer time in contact with the ball which will generate more spin on the ball more easily meaning he will be able to sustain longer rallies more easily and add more power and spin without trying.

angiel
02-25-2006, 05:51 PM
I thought he said he would make his chances better at the French, hes always had a good chance because hes so immensley talented and can beat anyone on any surface, Even Kafelnikov and MUSTER on clay :) But the bigger Racquet would mean that he would have a bigger sweet spot and Longer time in contact with the ball which will generate more spin on the ball more easily meaning he will be able to sustain longer rallies more easily and add more power and spin without trying.



Maybe he could try now with a bigger racket and who knows, he could try for the French Open, he may just win it and surprise us all. :worship: :worship: :worship: :wavey:

the_natural
02-27-2006, 01:08 AM
haha lol I would so love that But we all know Pete has completley burnt out from tennis :( He still has the ability and he still has that special gift of being able to get anything just because he desires it and being able to will himself to victory, but I dont think he has the will anymore, because it would be the most difficult thing he could ever do. If he did do it he would have to go through as a wildcard and would definatley have to be called the greatest who ever lived with no exceptions. But It would take so much physical and mental preparation and everything, it might even be more difficult than 1998 was for him! Imagine that and i dont think he ever wants to do that to his family and friends again or to ever put himself under that kind of pressure again :( The only way to do it would be if someone really REALLY made him very angry and he won the French Open to get back at them. When he is fighting with anger/passion/desire, it sortta gets rid of the pressure on his shoulders and he always said he put too much pressure on himself at the french. And Wouldnt he have to play Wimbledon too if He won the french?? Because he did say that he would be back after losing to George Bastl so if he were to come back to the french he would certainly have to come back to Wimbledon.

PETE I STILL WISH YOU WOULD DO THAT ONE LAST SPECTACULAR THING!!! ITD BE SO AMAZING IF YOU COULD DO IT IN HONOUR OF YOUR NEW FAMILY!!!

angiel
02-27-2006, 10:26 PM
Natural you are right, but I still have it in the back of my mind, that he will play again and win the french Open, and play wimbledon too, that he could win - i would love to see that, and not just me alone, millions more too - it would be a great day for all of sports. :wavey: :worship: :D :angel:

the_natural
03-02-2006, 06:44 AM
Angiel ur a great poster and a great pete fan and a lovely person... but U make me feel said because ur getting my hopes up :sad: ... I know its more than possible for him to come back but the older he gets the harder it gets, Jimmy Connors played till he was 40 but Pete was a powerful serve volleyer and His style doesnt suit old age, and besides pete Suffered so many injuries and above all the Thallessemia is the biggest weakness, it would be a bigger problem as he gets older. Its hard enough to be young and to have that Sickness but when u are older and ur fitness is naturally lower, and the muscles have started deteriorating (Its especially bad for a serve Volleyer because Serve VOlleyers need to be much fitter and stronger than baseliners)...

And also remeber how perfect the USO was as an ending for his career :sad: :sad: :sad: So i dont think its going to happen.

the_natural
03-02-2006, 09:25 AM
:couple: :kiss: :hearts: :smooch:

almouchie
03-02-2006, 11:35 AM
yes
thou the tournie is small & the field is not that impressive
but sure to be great for fans to see pete playing again

angiel
03-02-2006, 07:56 PM
:couple: :kiss: :hearts: :smooch:



You know natural, nothing Pete did are will do, will surprise me and i think he could win if he come back to play, this man has one of the strongest mind in any sports, and I mean any sports. :worship: :worship: :worship: :angel: :wavey:

angiel
03-02-2006, 07:58 PM
yes
thou the tournie is small & the field is not that impressive
but sure to be great for fans to see pete playing again



Hello almouchie, how are you :wavey: :wavey: We will get our chances soon, cant wait until summer. :worship: :angel:

Greg-Pete fan
03-03-2006, 10:17 AM
Angiel ur a great poster and a great pete fan and a lovely person...

Yes, Angiel is one of the best Pete`s supporters here and not only here ;)

angiel
03-03-2006, 09:17 PM
Yes, Angiel is one of the best Pete`s supporters here and not only here ;)


Thank you Greg, I will alway be his supporter, no matter what, I love him dearly. :worship: :worship: :D

Greg-Pete fan
03-04-2006, 08:34 AM
Thank you Greg, I will alway be his supporter, no matter what, I love him dearly. :worship: :worship: :D

I know, but I will always be his supporter too :devil: ;)

angiel
03-04-2006, 07:09 PM
I know, but I will always be his supporter too :devil: ;)


I know my friend. :worship: :worship: :worship: :D :wavey:

vamosnastase
03-06-2006, 09:26 AM
yay me!! I go to that EVERY YEAR!!! Maybe I can convince him to give me one of the racquets he hoarded away from the general public :D!

angiel
03-06-2006, 09:35 PM
yay me!! I go to that EVERY YEAR!!! Maybe I can convince him to give me one of the racquets he hoarded away from the general public :D!


Maybe he will give you one, good luck. :wavey: :D :) :angel:

angiel
03-09-2006, 08:55 PM
Ken Hoffman




March 8, 2006, 7:19PM
Sampras still in the rackets


By KEN HOFFMAN
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle


TENNIS legend Pete Sampras, quite possibly the GOAT (greatest of all time), promises that he will look pretty much the same when he comes out of retirement for an exhibition match at River Oaks Country Club next month as he did when he was winning all those Wimbledon titles in the '90s.

OK, maybe he's a little thicker in the middle and a little thinner up top.

"Hey, I was losing my hair when I was still playing," he said, laughing. "That's the result of heredity and stress."

Tennis fans will notice one big difference: Sampras has ditched the Wilson Pro Staff mid racket he used his entire career.

"I'm actually trying a bigger racket. I used a small racket my whole time on tour. But now I'm an old guy, I need some extra power. I'm using the racket that (current No. 1 player) Roger Federer uses. I don't even know the name of it — I know it's red, that's all."

Federer's (and now Sampras') racket is the Wilson nCode nSix-One Tour 90.

• Today's trivia: What is black when you buy it, red when you use it and gray when you throw it away? (This is not a trick question. It's a very common product.)


•I filled up my car and paid with a credit card. The gas pump asked me to punch in my ZIP code. When did this start, and is this necessary?


•Funny, from reader Randy Jaster:
"I noticed that four city of Houston employees were suspended with pay.

"Does that include bonuses?"

•I've been covering the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 20 years, and I'm telling you, it can't get any louder or harder-rocking than John Fogerty's performance Tuesday night in Reliant Stadium.

I went with a bunch of friends, and we sat there in awe as Fogerty played hit after hit, screaming and jumping, breaking the rodeo sound barrier. This was the best concert I ever saw at the rodeo.

Maybe he looked around, saw 42,000 fans, and his adrenaline started rushing. Mine sure was.

Fogerty crammed 18 songs, mostly Creedence Clearwater Revival classics, each one seemingly faster than the one before, into his hourlong concert.

Rodeo performers are told to keep their sound below 98 decibels. Fogerty was cranking out 104 decibels Wednesday night. Nobody complained.

Especially not the boss.

Leroy Shafer, chief operating officer of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, has seen every concert at the rodeo for 33 years.

"John Fogerty's performance was special; I will always remember it. It was one of the most memorable concerts of my life," he said.

"I flew helicopters and combat missions in Vietnam. Whenever I'd get back to base, I'd turn on my Creedence Clearwater Revival records and play them as loud as I could. His performance at the rodeo was very emotional for me.

"John and I talked about Vietnam before the show. He was in the Army during that time but was sent somewhere else. He said he had a special place in his heart for people who did go to Vietnam, though. At the beginning of the show, when they showed that film of the helicopter landing, I don't mind saying this, I nearly lost it."

Shafer was part of the process of signing Fogerty for the rodeo.

"When we heard that John was playing the Creedence hits again and he was sounding that good, yes, I wanted him here," Shafer said.

The song that brought back the most memories of Vietnam for Shafer was Proud Mary.

"That will always be my Vietnam song. Every band that the USO brought or played the NCO and officers clubs had to do Proud Mary. It was the song of the day. I heard that song done with British accents, Vietnamese accents, Australian accents, every accent you can think of.

"Now I've heard the original do it. It's rare that you get to see a legend who still sounds and performs the same as he did 30 years ago. It was a very, very emotional night for me."

•Why did Mattress Mack McIngvale schedule the "Vince Young Free Autographs Party" so late — 8:30-10 p.m. Wednesday — at Gallery Furniture?
Mack may be a huge Vince Young fan and a huge UT fan. But he's a huger fan of selling furniture.

"If we held it earlier in the day, it would have killed the parking lot," Mack said.

"I did this because everybody here loves Vince Young, including my daughter Laura and her boyfriend, and the boyfriend's brothers and all my employees and customers ... Do I need to go on?"

• Trivia answer: charcoal.


ken.hoffman@chron.com Listen to Ken Hoffman on The Pat Gray Show, 8 a.m. Wednesdays, on KPRC Radio (950 AM).

the_natural
03-10-2006, 10:41 AM
HAHA I KNEW IT BIGGER RACQUET. I also sense a little competition ;) because Rogers Racquet is the most demanding on tour right now, but its much much more forgiving and powerful than Peteys was. I hope he loves it enough to give us a hint of hope ;)

angiel
03-10-2006, 09:16 PM
HAHA I KNEW IT BIGGER RACQUET. I also sense a little competition ;) because Rogers Racquet is the most demanding on tour right now, but its much much more forgiving and powerful than Peteys was. I hope he loves it enough to give us a hint of hope ;)


Roger need his racket to be powerful, Pete did not, because Pete has a better serve than Federer has or will ever have. :wavey: :wavey: :D

BlakeorHenman
03-10-2006, 09:19 PM
Roger need his racket to be powerful, Pete did not, because Pete has a better serve than Federer has or will ever have. :wavey: :wavey: :D

That's not saying that much. Roger is proving you don't need to have as good a serve as Pete when the rest of your game is so much better(arguably, I guess) than his.

angiel
03-10-2006, 09:27 PM
That's not saying that much. Roger is proving you don't need to have as good a serve as Pete when the rest of your game is so much better(arguably, I guess) than his.


Really, what is your point???????????, and that is only your opinions my friend, mine seem to differ, thank you. :wavey: :wavey: And it says a lot, look how small Pete racket was, compare to Roger's today, it says a lot my friend.

the_natural
03-11-2006, 11:30 AM
Funny cos Federer often struggles with his backhand down the line, a weakness any truly good serve volleyer could expose with ease. And Sampras' volleys and half volleys (which Federer seems to be unable to do as he usually does a swing volley), dont even come close lol

angiel
03-11-2006, 06:36 PM
Funny cos Federer often struggles with his backhand down the line, a weakness any truly good serve volleyer could expose with ease. And Sampras' volleys and half volleys (which Federer seems to be unable to do as he usually does a swing volley), dont even come close lol


A lot of people cant see that, there are too busy blowing his trumpets, like he cant do it himself, it is really a shame, it was just 3 years ago, they were saying the same thing about Pete,(how he is the best) we humans are so frickles, it is not funny, that why I am not buy most of what they are saying. :wavey: :D :)

angiel
03-13-2006, 04:39 PM
Sports




March 13, 2006, 1:27AM
TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Sampras couldn't say no to River Oaks
Retired great has fond memories of first visit to club


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle



Pete Sampras could have launched his competitive comeback in a lot of places. River Oaks Country Club won out because of its ... golf course.

Well, maybe that's an overstatement. Truth to tell, Sampras liked everything about the River Oaks proposal. But he definitely had fond memories of his first visit to the club when IMG dispatched him here as a gawky, unknown 17-year-old.

"I remember the old wood stadium and this great golf course there," Sampras said.

The stadium's gone, replaced by a modern concrete and metal structure a number of years ago, but the River Oaks layout has only become lovelier than what Sampras remembers. As part of his deal, Sampras, 34, will play a round or two with the tournament's sponsors the morning after his best-of-three match April 6, probably against Robby Ginepri or Taylor Dent.

Sampras has practiced with Dent in the past and even played him once on the ATP Tour, winning two tiebreaker sets at Cincinnati in 2000. He never has faced Ginepri in a match but has hit with him.

Until he signed off on his first foray back into the game since he won the U.S. Open in 2002, Sampras said he had not struck a tennis ball seriously in 3 1/2 years.

"I need to get serious about it again," he said. "I've got to get my body back into tennis shape, and my arm into shape for serving again. I've been hitting three, four times a week for the last few weeks.

"It's less about hitting the ball and more about getting used to the starting and stopping. I don't want to hurt myself straight away."

This might not be the only time we see Sampras on a tennis court in Houston this year. Because he is going to play World Team Tennis, there is always a chance he will face off against the Houston team at Westside Tennis Club, and "it's not out of the question" that he'll return to play in Jim Courier's Stanford Financial Cup event at River Oaks in November.

Sampras is trying to put together a senior tournament of his own for the Los Angeles area, where he lives, or Scottsdale, Ariz., during the fall. But if he can't get that together this year, he becomes a candidate for the Houston tournament field.

"Last year, I got a little bored," he said. "My competitive juices are flowing again.

"But I just want to have some fun on the court. This isn't a comeback. This is my 'I'm-still-retired' comeback."


Dodo first, then Pete

The 36th annual USTA National Senior Women's Clay Court Championships began Sunday at Houston Racquet Club with play in six divisions, ranging from the 35s to the 85s.

And, yes, among the latter, ageless Dodo Cheney is back again, seeded first in singles and doubles.

Forget Pete Sampras' paltry 14 Grand Slam titles. Cheney, who lives in La Jolla, Calif., has won more than 350 USTA age-group championships, more than any player, male or female, by a huge sum. She returns to defend the doubles title she won with Jean Selvig of Naples, Fla., and also will try to reclaim the singles title after losing last year's final in three sets to Mary Mentzer. Cheney, pushing 90, had won the 85s singles title the four previous years.

More than 235 women are competing, including defending 35s singles and doubles champion Julie Cass of Austin. She again will be playing with Michelle King, also of Austin.

The tournament is free to the public. Houston Racquet Club is at 10709 Memorial. Call the club at 713-464-4811 for information.


Webmasters
A new and improved U.S. Men's Clay Courts Championships Web site debuts a week from today. Look for mensclaycourt.com. It can be previewed this week at westsidetennisclub.com.

And the ATP is kicking off a new broadband site — www.atpmastersseries.tv — at the Pacific Life Championships in Indian Wells, Calif. The site, available directly or via a link from atptennis.com, will feature highlights and interviews "within minutes after the players shake hands." Live commentary will be available form the quarterfinals on. Statistics, blogs and profiles also will be posted, and 100 classic matches will be available for viewing.

The site will be offered free during the Indian Wells tournament but will have to be purchased in the future.


Quote-unquote

"Lleyton is one of the best players in the world and to beat him in the final is something I think is very special. I played some of my best tennis to get the win. It's a really good feeling to beat someone like that who doesn't give you anything for free. Hopefully I can keep it up."

— James Blake, after defeating Lleyton Hewitt to win the Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas and lifting his ranking to a career-best 14th less than a year after it fell below 200.

dale.robertson@chron.com

angiel
03-14-2006, 03:58 PM
Posted on March 14, 2006


Sampras Serious About April Exhibition, Minus Young

By Richard Vach, Tennis-X.com Senior Writer

Pete Sampras is preparing for his first public appearance since the final of the 2002 US Open when he beat Andre Agassi, switching retirement gears from the golf course to the practice court to take on either Taylor Dent of Robby Ginepri at the River Oaks International exhibition on April 3-9, 2006.

"I need to get serious about it again," Sampras told The Houston Chronicle. "I've got to get my body back into tennis shape, and my arm into shape for serving again. I've been hitting three, four times a week for the last few weeks. It's less about hitting the ball and more about getting used to the starting and stopping. I don't want to hurt myself straight away."

Sampras was expected to play against 16-year-old "prodigy" Donald Young, whose pro career has taken a hit with management company IMG's attempted fast-tracking of the youth, but those plans were apparently changed while the American dropped his career tour mark to 0-8 this week at Indian Wells. River Oaks organizers couldn't be too happy with the prospect of Sampras having to shift down a few gears just to keep Young in the match.

Which would be the worse lose-lose situation, Sampras thumping a 16-year-old who has never even won a Futures title, or losing to a 16-year-old who has failed to win an ATP-level match in eight attempts? No word on whether it was Sampras or exhibition organizers that pulled the plug on that once-promising match-up.

The River Oaks exhibition is a warm-up for the 34-year-old's World Team Tennis debut in July.

"This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at," Sampras said. "It's time this year to do a little more. Last year, I was kind of floating along."






Jim Courier, who won the senior tour Outback Champions Cup-Naples Monday night, has been trying to recruit Sampras to make his senior tour debut in 2006.

"My feeling is Pete will really only play when he's good and ready," Courier said. "I don't think he wants to come out and test the waters and see how it is. I think he'll make a decision to do it or to not do it, and that will be his. We certainly respect that."

Sampras says don't expect too much as he is simply looking for an alternative to sitting on the couch watching TV or playing with the kids.

"Last year, I got a little bored," Sampras said, adding he wouldn't be interested in playing a number of senior events such as the comeback former No. 1 Marcelo Rios has planned later this year. "My competitive juices are flowing again. But I just want to have some fun on the court. This isn't a comeback. This is my 'I'm-still-retired' comeback."

Richard Vach is a senior writer for Tennis-X.com and can currently be seen on The Tennis Channel's "Tennis Insiders: Super Insiders" episodes.

angiel
03-14-2006, 04:25 PM
Sampras Set For Houston Return


By Tennis Week
03/13/2006



In the three and a half years since Pete Sampras beat arch rival Andre Agassi in his last professional match in the 2002 U.S. Open final, the 14-time Grand Slam champion has spent plenty of time hitting deep drives, but concedes getting back into the swing of things on the tennis court will take some time.



Avid golfer Sampras has spent some of his spare time at the driving range and on the golf course. He recently ended his three-year sabatical from tennis by hitting the practice court and will be teeing off on his trademark serve in Houston next month when he meets either Taylor Dent or Robby Ginepri at the River Oaks International exhibition tournament set for April 3rd-9th.

Julien Benneteau, Mark Philippoussis and Juan Antonio Martin are among the other players scheduled to participate at River Oaks. In his final year on the ATP Tour, Sampras tried to conserve his energy and wear and tear on his legs by hitting right down the middle of the court in his practice sessions. Since he resumed hitting a few weeks ago, Sampras said he's been focusing on his footwork and movement.

"I need to get serious about it again," Sampras told The Houston Chronicle's Dale Robertson. "I've got to get my body back into tennis shape, and my arm into shape for serving again. I've been hitting three, four times a week for the last few weeks. It's less about hitting the ball and more about getting used to the starting and stopping. I don't want to hurt myself straight away."

The Houston event marks Sampras' return to the court and he will continue his competitive comeback by making his World TeamTennis debut this summer. The 34-year-old Sampras is expected to play about six matches during the July 6-26th WTT regular season.

"This is more about just getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at," Sampras said. "It's time this year to do a little more. Last year, I was kind of floating along."

Jim Courier, Sampras' former rival, plays Pat Cash in the inaugural Outback Champions Series–Naples final tonight. Asked to speculate when Sampras might play the Outback Champions Series, Courier told Tennis Week only Sampras knows the answer.

"I wish I knew the answer to that, but only Pete does," Courier said. "My feeling is Pete will really only play when he's good and ready. I don't think he wants to come out and test the waters and see how it is. I think he'll make a decision to do it or to not do it, and that will be his. We certainly respect that."

Sampras told The Houston Chronicle "it's not out of the question" he would join the Champions Series at some point, but stressed he isn't interested in pursuing a full-fledged return to the senior circuit at this point.

"Last year, I got a little bored," Sampras told the Chronicle. "My competitive juices are flowing again. But I just want to have some fun on the court. This isn't a comeback. This is my 'I'm-still-retired' comeback."

angiel
03-24-2006, 08:55 PM
TENNIS-X NEWS, NOTES, QUOTES AND BARBS


If Donald Young plays the River Oaks exhibition against Pete Sampras next month, will Pete have to play a set lefty to make sure the match extends into an exo-friendly three-setter? Or does he just brutalize the kid with another double bagel? Or do they sub someone else who will still lose to Pete but make it a match?. :worship: :worship: :wavey:

almouchie
03-26-2006, 07:09 PM
LUCKY LUCKY people who can watch hi at River Oaks
what a treat this will be
wont Tennis channel get some footage of it
I understand Pete is a contributor to the tv channel
he is planning on playing the WWT as well in July
COOOoooOOOl to know the king is back

angiel
03-27-2006, 10:34 PM
LUCKY LUCKY people who can watch hi at River Oaks
what a treat this will be
wont Tennis channel get some footage of it
I understand Pete is a contributor to the tv channel
he is planning on playing the WWT as well in July
COOOoooOOOl to know the king is back



I think they will show it or some of it, Pete owns part of the Tennis Channel. :wavey: :D :worship:

angiel
04-03-2006, 10:09 PM
April 2, 2006, 1:16AM
RIVER OAKS INTERNATIONAL

By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle




Pete Sampras faces Robby Ginepri on Thursday in Sampras' first competitive match since he won the 2002 U.S. Open. Sampras beat Enqvist nine times in 11 meetings between 1992 and 2000, but Enqvist won their last match at Indian Wells, Calif., six years ago.

Interestingly, Enqvist is 5-5 lifetime against Andre Agassi, another tennis senior citizen. Agassi is almost four years older than Enqvist and an ongoing source of inspiration.

"Andre's remarkable," he said. "It has been a privilege to play on the Tour at the same time with him and Pete."

the_natural
04-06-2006, 11:20 AM
Where the heck did Enqvist come from?? Anyway YEEEEEHHHH WE CAN WATCH ON USTA.COM BUT I DONT KNOW WAT TIME IT STARTS HERE!!!!

angiel
04-06-2006, 08:56 PM
Where the heck did Enqvist come from?? Anyway YEEEEEHHHH WE CAN WATCH ON USTA.COM BUT I DONT KNOW WAT TIME IT STARTS HERE!!!!


It Start 8:30 pm here in the USA, where are you??? :wavey: :wavey: :D