FeedBacks From The Match (6th, April 2006) [Archive] - MensTennisForums.com

FeedBacks From The Match (6th, April 2006)

angiel
04-07-2006, 02:19 PM
April 7, 2006, 1:40AM
RIVER OAKS INTERNATIONAL
Everyone goes home pleased but Sampras
Tennis legend sought good result, not exhibition loss


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

Pete Sampras tried to sneak around the back way, hitting partner Hugo Armando in tow, to get in a short warmup on a far back court before his first competitive tennis match since he won the 2002 U.S. Open.

But word spread quickly on the River Oaks grounds. Soon, nearly 100 curious fans lined the court, snapping pictures or paying quiet homage to one of the greatest tennis players.


Errant backhands

Those who paid attention to Sampras' gentle practice strokes, though, probably noticed something startling. The 14-time Grand Slam champion couldn't put a backhand in play. Topspin or slice, they sailed long. Some way long.

"I'm using the bigger racket now — more power but less control," Sampras said later, after he lost to Robby Ginepri 6-3, 7-6 (10) in an entertaining exhibition Thursday night that lasted nearly two hours and marked his return to the competitive arena after a 3 1/2 -year hiatus.

"I felt OK out there, pretty good but definitely not great," he said. "The thing is, I don't care if I'm 34 and haven't played in awhile, you want to play well and put on a good show for the fans."

Which he did before a lively, appreciative sellout crowd. Sampras did plenty to remind people how good he used to be but not enough to satisfy himself. The competitor in him expected a win, never mind that in Ginepri, 11 years his junior, he was playing the No. 1 seed in the River Oaks International. Or at least Ginepri was before Vasilis Mazarakis upset him.

"I was a little shaky at the start and a little winded at the end," Sampras said. "Actually playing, with people watching, is a lot different from practicing."


Quarterfinals set

Overshadowed by Sampras' return were River Oaks' main-draw matches, which set up today's quarterfinals. Four seeds advanced in straight sets.

The third-seeded Peruvian, Luis Horna, who won his first ATP title last month in Acapulco, survived a hard-fought first first set to defeat former U.S. national junior champion Scoville Jenkins 7-6 (5), 6-3. Fifth seed Juan Monaco of Argentina ended qualifier Dusan Vemic's run 6-4, 6-2.

Sixth-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria beat countryman Stefan Koubek 6-3, 6-2. And eighth seed Vince Spadea took out 16-year-old Donald Young Jr. 6-1, 6-3, coming back from a break down in the second set.

dale.robertson@chron.com

angiel
04-07-2006, 02:22 PM
Ginepri gets upper hand but Sampras shines

New York, Apr 07: Pete Sampras slipped tentatively back into the tennis spotlight on Thursday (April 6) in an exhibition match against AmPete Sampras slipped tentatively back into the tennis spotlight on Thursday (April 6) in an exhibition match against American Robby Ginepri in Houston,Texas. erican Robby Ginepri in Houston,Texas.

Ginepri won 6-3,7-6 (11-10) but the seven times Wimbledon champion showed flashes of his former brilliance fighting back to a tie break in the second set.

Sampras insists he is not coming back to the ATP Tour but has missed the game after his win and retirement at the 2002 U.S. Open. Later this summer, Sampras is scheduled to play about six matches for the Newport Beach (Calif.) Breakers of the World TeamTennis league.

Sampras has been looking to ease his way back into the sport after realising that retirement was not idyllic as imagined. He cut his golf handicap to 5, spends time with his wife and two sons, and occasionally makes poker trips to Las Vegas with friends.

Sampras showed a great deal of enthusiasm when asked about the possibility of playing a charity match against Roger Federer, the Swiss champion who has the potential of eclipsing the Sampras legacy.

Bureau Report

angiel
04-07-2006, 02:25 PM
Posted on April 06, 2006


Sampras Loses in Exo Comeback, USTA Wins

By Richard Vach, Tennis-X.com Senior Writer

The United States Tennis Association says its mission is "to promote and develop the growth of tennis," and the USTA lived up to that creed Thursday night with a "first-ever live webcast of a professional tennis match" with Pete Sampras returning after a 3-1/2 year hiatus to play an exhibition against 23-year-old American Robby Ginepri.






"I'm going to try and run him, take the legs and breath out of him," said Ginepri with a smile in a pre-match interview.

While Ginepri was smiling, Sampras gained confidence with the knowledge that Ginepri had been eliminated from the River Oaks draw earlier in the day, winning only three games off of unheralded Greek Vasilis Mazarakis.

Playing with the "Roger Federer racquet" as Sampras called it, the Wilson nCode, the record six-time year-end No. 1 rued the slow red clay in River Oaks during a 6-3, 7-6(10) loss to the No. 19-ranked American.

But the story was as much internet innovation as the return of a legend.

The broadcast's technical presentation, as expected with a first-time event, was shaky. And the on-air talent tripped beginning with the first interview of River Oaks Tournament Director Van Berry by John Granado, who had a Freudian slip calling Berry "the guy who bought -- uh, brought (Sampras) out of retirement." On the technical side the pull-back camera-shot during rallies appeared as if you were watching the match from the Goodyear blimp, and there was a perpetually-dark cloud in the lower left bottom of the picture.

The producers keyed a commercial during the first changeover of the match, but after it ran over into the second game of the match, the commercials were abandoned until 5-2.

To nit-pick, the graphics were suspect, with one showing Sampras at No. 2 in US Open titles behind Richard Sears, who played in the pre-Open Era (before 1968) when the Slams were filled with amateur players. The USTA is an arm of the International Tennis Federeration, which likes to pretend all tennis has been of the same level since the 1800s.

Tennis-wise it was as if River Oaks organizers set up a lose-lose situation for Sampras, whose classic aggressive game was nullified by the slow dirt. The 34-year-old American's second serve, which during his career gave him the opportunity to steal an ace or sneak in to the net, instead sat up like t-ball practice for Ginepri. Sampras showed he could still crack the forehand, but the muddy red dirt combined with Ginepri's quickness cut down on Sampras' winners.

Ginepri broke for 3-1 in the first, a fact which escaped the announcers who babbled on about the humidity and Sampras' fitness level, then ran to a 4-1 lead and a 6-3 win in the opener. A frequent feature of the first set was Sampras running side-to-side and up-and-back, then smiling with his hands on his hips after Ginepri finally put the ball away.

Talkative tour pro Paul Goldstein joined the booth announcers as Sampras held to begin the second set, and until Sampras held for a 4-3 lead, with Goldstein's mike going out for 30 seconds and sounding like they had locked him in a closet.

Ginepri went into "Exhibition Mode" in the second set, going for more short angles and cutesy passing shots to keep things close, but at 4-all with Sampras serving, Ginepri flicked the switch. Or tried to.

At 4-4, 15-all, Sampras came in behind what would have been in his heyday on hardcourts the moneymaker-serve down the middle, but it sat up on the dirt, and Ginepri flicked a backhand return down the line for a winner. A blown sitter volley and a passing shot later, Sampras was broken, but then broke back after fighting off a match point to even the set at 5-5.

Sampras amped up his serve in the 11th game, delivering an ace to earn a seat on the sidelines where he smiled at the opportunity to, if not win the set, simply catch his breath.

If Ginepri shifted down to fourth gear in the second set, he was having trouble finding fifth gear again, and after holding serve found himself down 2-4 in the tiebreak. The young American missed an easy match point volley at 9-8 in the breaker, failed to close it out again at 10-9, but then slapped a clay-slowed Sampras serve for a winner for an 11-10 lead, and won when Sampras netted the next service return.

"Actually I was a little bit winded at the end," Sampras understated after the match. "Second set I felt like I played a little bit better and served a little bit better. I didn't know what to expect. I was a little shaky and missing shots, I don't know if it was nerves or a little bit of rust. I had chances to win the second set but it didn't happen. I though I played pretty good, I didn't play great, I didn't play horrible...my main goal coming here was to have some fun for the people and I think we did that tonight."

Sampras was the people's champ in the end, showing flashes of brilliance amidst some huffing and puffing on the worst possible surface for a return to the spotlight.

But the biggest winner Thursday night was the USTA. The organization that has helped give U.S. tennis a shot in the arm over the past two years with the US Open Series blazed a new path with the first live webcast to fans around the world, featuring the "comeback" of the greatest player the game of tennis has known to date.

And as one Tennis-X staffer noted, "The webcast picture was better than when ESPN used to show Hamburg a few years back -- you could actually see the ball! I was waiting for the (USTA) server crash, and it never came."

Kudos to the USTA (with technical help from IMG) for, warts and all, truly bringing tennis into the 21st century. Now who will pay for the ATP's tennis broadband service of canned media clips when the USTA is dishing the real thing -- giving fans actual live tennis on the internet -- for free? The USTA has raised the bar.

Richard Vach is a senior writer for Tennis-X.com, was recently awarded "Best Hard News" story writer for 2005 by the United States Tennis Writers Association, and can currently be seen on The Tennis Channel's "Tennis Insiders: Super Insiders" episodes.

Greg-Pete fan
04-07-2006, 04:32 PM
Do you have any photos from this match?

angiel
04-07-2006, 09:15 PM
Do you have any photos from this match?


I cant find any, at all. :rolleyes: :wavey: :( :D

Mimi
04-08-2006, 03:27 AM
thanks a lot angiel for thereport,i knewpete would hate losing :mad:

actually what is the puropse of this exhibition :confused:

Greg-Pete fan
04-08-2006, 09:16 AM
It is a picture from this match against Ginepri ;) I`ll try to find more ;)

angiel
04-08-2006, 06:04 PM
thanks a lot angiel for thereport,i knewpete would hate losing :mad:

actually what is the puropse of this exhibition :confused:


To ease him back into the game, remember he will be playing World Team Tennis later this summer, so games like this will help him get match fit, the more he plays the better for him you know. :wavey: :wavey: :worship:

Plus he help this tournament make some money, is appreance alone help Houston & the USTA. :angel: :D

angiel
04-08-2006, 06:06 PM
It is a picture from this match against Ginepri ;) I`ll try to find more ;)


Thanks Greg, it help but it is not clear at all. :bounce: :bounce: :lick:

angiel
04-08-2006, 06:59 PM
Here is some photos.



http://216.194.87.192/ca8e.jpg



http://216.194.87.192/e40b.jpg

Pammy
04-08-2006, 08:45 PM
www.usta.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=320262 (http://)
Here you can see interviews before the match and the match itself between Pete an Robby. Enjoy if you haven't seen it yet!

almouchie
04-09-2006, 04:33 PM
pics are few from the match
what a shame

angiel
04-10-2006, 10:45 PM
pics are few from the match
what a shame


i say so too, there must be more photos from that match :rolleyes: :rolleyes: he will be play another match in October, for the victims of hurrican Katerina, hope we get some more new pictures soon. :wavey: :D :D

angiel
04-10-2006, 10:47 PM
www.usta.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=320262 (http://)
Here you can see interviews before the match and the match itself between Pete an Robby. Enjoy if you haven't seen it yet!


Sorry Pammy, your page is lost, can you post it again, thanks. :worship: :D :wavey: :angel:

angiel
04-10-2006, 11:10 PM
April 10, 2006, 1:21AM
ON TENNIS
Sampras' visit serves up a Slam dunk
River Oaks showcase goes so well, star might return soon


By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

River Oaks' decision to bring in Pete Sampras for a single-match exhibition paid off across the board and possibly laid the groundwork for a bigger role for the 14-time Grand Slam champion next April.

Assuming Sampras continues to play exhibition tennis — and he says he intends to — the club hopes to get him into the River Oaks International main draw in 2007. It wouldn't have been possible this year because Sampras — who lost to Robby Ginepri 6-2, 7-6 (10) — wasn't in good enough shape after 3 1/2 years away from the game.

Once he got past a sluggish, nervous start, he delivered the occasionally brilliant shot in the second set, including one of his famous leaping overhead smashes plus a reflex half-volley winner.

After the latter, Ginepri turned to the crowd and said, "Fourteen Slams — that's how he did it."

Friday, Sampras played a round of golf with tournament chairman Bill Hurt and Christopher Sarofim, Downey Bridgewater and Titus Harris III, whose businesses sponsor the International. He shot an 81 and charmed his partners for 18 holes.

"Great guy, great event, great time," Hurt said about Sampras.

The star was presented with the Ernie Langston Trophy, usually given to the player in the tournament who exhibits the best sportsmanship but occasionally presented for "lifetime achievement."

Had the Langston award not gone to Sampras, either of the finalists would have been deserving. Runner-up Juan Monaco played nine grueling, occasionally frustrating sets of tennis over the final three days of the tournament and never once lost his temper. Champion Victor Hanescu couldn't have been nicer, either, although on one point in Sunday's nearly three-hour marathon it looked like he briefly contemplated banging his racket on the ground.

Afterward, Hanescu thanked the fans, River Oaks and his hosts, David and Diane Modesett, saying the experience of coming to Houston for the first time was "very special" and he hoped to return.

Of course, a $50,000 check tends to make a guy sentimental.

David Modesett takes over as tournament chairmen next year.

Greg-Pete fan
04-11-2006, 12:22 PM
i say so too, there must be more photos from that match :rolleyes: :rolleyes: he will be play another match in October, for the victims of hurrican Katerina, hope we get some more new pictures soon. :wavey: :D :D

First of all angiel, he will be playing another matches in July (WTT) !!!

angiel
04-11-2006, 08:13 PM
First of all angiel, he will be playing another matches in July (WTT) !!!


I know, and we will get photos from those matches I hope, and also he will have his family there some time. :worship: :worship: :wavey:

Greg-Pete fan
04-11-2006, 08:25 PM
I know, and we will get photos from those matches I hope, and also he will have his family there some time. :worship: :worship: :wavey:

I hope too :p

angiel
04-11-2006, 09:41 PM
HERE IS SOME MORE TITBITS FROM THAT MATCH.



Tennis

Sampras attains yet another milestone
Originally published on April 11, 2006





Pete Sampras came back to tennis last Thursday night in historic fashion. The 14-time Grand Slam champ returned to the court for the first time in nearly four years in an exhibition match broadcast live and exclusively on the United States Tennis Association's web site.

The match against Robby Ginepri at River Oaks International in Houston, Texas, was the first one to be broadcast live on usta.com.

And for those who missed it — don't worry. The complete rebroadcast can be still seen on demand at usta.com.

The broadcast begins with an in-depth interview of Sampras, covering his past, present and future plans.

Sampras fans will learn that he's been keeping busy playing poker and golf, and bonding with his 3 1/2-year-old and 7-month-old boys since retiring from tennis in 2003. You can hear how he has been getting in shape by hitting with the UCLA men's team and Justin Gimelstob. He also touches on his future plans of playing World Team Tennis and some exhibitions.

In a series of questions from viewers, Sampras reveals that Davis Cup play is out for him, but an exhibition with Roger Federer could be a possibility.

After a quick interview with Ginepri, it's onto the match itself. A word of warning, though — if you don't have high-speed Internet, the broadcast can be frustrating. While the audio portion virtually streamed uninterrupted, the video part did not. It's like watching a slide show.

Even with high-speed Internet, the ball is a little hard to pick up at times, the lighting isn't the best and there are no fancy, close-up shots or angles.

As for the match itself, well, it was on clay — Sampras' worst surface and Ginepri's best. Sampras, 34, hasn't played professionally in almost four years and 23-year-old Ginepri is ranked No. 19 in the world. Need I say more?

But all that aside, you can still appreciate the match for what it is — Sampras' return to tennis. And you can watch it any time you want.

Welcome back, Pete.

Around the courts

• Scott Harrington and Shawn Hedrick won the No. 1 doubles title of the recently ended USPTA Pepsi Pro League season. The duo upset top-seeded Fred Kangwa and Kiko Castillo in a third-set tiebreaker.

The No. 2 champs were Oliver Stenger and Jeff Shuler. They beat Steve Shortridge and Dan Moenning in an 8-6 pro set. Jessie Yeneva and Rob Vinal downed Christie Bradley and Glenn Kouns for the mixed doubles title.

• The SWAT League has a few openings for women's over 50 doubles teams.

"Anybody can play," said Pauline Graham, who has been in the league for six years. "It's a fun, intercommunity activity."

Play runs from November through March, with matches played Tuesdays. Teams are made up of at least six players. Present teams include Indian Creek, Palmetto Ridge, Riverwoods and Citrus Park. Call Graham at 433-5643 for details.

— Fax tennis news to 334-0708 or call 344-4872.

the_natural
04-14-2006, 07:50 AM
Its not ginepris best :S....

angiel
04-14-2006, 09:06 PM
Its not ginepris best :S....


What is not???? :confused: :wavey: :(

the_natural
04-15-2006, 07:27 AM
Clay isnt his best surface as the article said.

angiel
04-15-2006, 05:43 PM
Clay isnt his best surface as the article said.


Clay court is not a favourite of any Americans, not him alone, Pete included, if they were to play and grass or hardcourt, maybe it would be a different story now. :worship: :angel: :D

Greg-Pete fan
04-15-2006, 08:55 PM
Clay court is not a favourite of any Americans, not him alone, Pete included, if they were to play and grass or hardcourt, maybe it would be a different story now. :worship: :angel: :D

Jim Courier was playing very well in clay, he won French Open two times (1991-1992).

the_natural
04-16-2006, 11:39 AM
yeh and michael Chang... but wat iwas sayin is that the article tried to say the loss is because "it was Sampras' worst surface and Ginepris best" I dont like it when one needs to find excuses that arent there, in order to justify the outcome. The real reason pete lost is because he is a 30+ year old retiree who hasnt played in some four years who only trained for 1 month prior after not even TRYING to train for over 3 years... He wasnt even meant to make a set go to 6-3 let alone 7-6(12-10), it was meant to be a total blow out since Ginepri was 19 in the world and pete had all the odds against him.

But yeh I just dont like them tryin to make OTHER excuses. Petes old, he hasnt played for a VERY LONG TIME and Ginepri is a top pro, thats why it happened not because it was ginepris best surface and sampras' worst.

angiel
04-17-2006, 10:15 PM
Jim Courier was playing very well in clay, he won French Open two times (1991-1992).


I forgot about him, yes he did. :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :p

angiel
04-17-2006, 10:17 PM
:) yeh and michael Chang... but wat iwas sayin is that the article tried to say the loss is because "it was Sampras' worst surface and Ginepris best" I dont like it when one needs to find excuses that arent there, in order to justify the outcome. The real reason pete lost is because he is a 30+ year old retiree who hasnt played in some four years who only trained for 1 month prior after not even TRYING to train for over 3 years... He wasnt even meant to make a set go to 6-3 let alone 7-6(12-10), it was meant to be a total blow out since Ginepri was 19 in the world and pete had all the odds against him.

But yeh I just dont like them tryin to make OTHER excuses. Petes old, he hasnt played for a VERY LONG TIME and Ginepri is a top pro, thats why it happened not because it was ginepris best surface and sampras' worst.


Pete need to get more match fit, and he will play better in future matches, Andre is still playing and Pete is a year & a half younger than him. :wavey: :rolleyes: :D

the_natural
04-22-2006, 10:38 AM
Pete also happens to have a game that is much better for clay, and more talent, and natural athleticism and everything else. And hopefully being off for so long helped with the injuries somehow (I hope he got therapy). SO of course he can do it if he just had some match play

almouchie
04-22-2006, 10:19 PM
it was surely great to see him back playing
it was a sense of nostalgia
a great treat for his fans

almouchie
04-22-2006, 10:20 PM
in some of his shots
u can see he never loses it
touch of class

angiel
04-23-2006, 09:35 PM
in some of his shots
u can see he never loses it
touch of class


The man is great.

angiel
04-23-2006, 09:36 PM
Pete also happens to have a game that is much better for clay, and more talent, and natural athleticism and everything else. And hopefully being off for so long helped with the injuries somehow (I hope he got therapy). SO of course he can do it if he just had some match play


I think so too, he just need to be more patience on the clay court, not his strong suit.

the_natural
04-24-2006, 08:08 AM
Patience?? really I thought he was extremley patient in that match, if i compare that match to the last year or 2 of his career, I thought he was very VERYY patient because his backhand was really really stable, Like that Wimbledon match against Federer, he made SOOOO many backhand errors from impatience and lack of concentration... I really thought his backhand was better/more consistent in this match than it was at the end of his career in the matches when he "wasnt there" mentally (Except for the matches where he played to win, like USO QF 2001).

angiel
04-24-2006, 10:19 PM
Patience?? really I thought he was extremley patient in that match, if i compare that match to the last year or 2 of his career, I thought he was very VERYY patient because his backhand was really really stable, Like that Wimbledon match against Federer, he made SOOOO many backhand errors from impatience and lack of concentration... I really thought his backhand was better/more consistent in this match than it was at the end of his career in the matches when he "wasnt there" mentally (Except for the matches where he played to win, like USO QF 2001).


Maybe in that match, but I think that has been his problems playing the french open all these years, and even him say so too - Pete never know how to play slow tennis. :rolleyes: :wavey: :angel:

the_natural
04-28-2006, 01:07 PM
I think Petes biggest weakness on clay besides the patience (Which is HUGE on clay, its like having volleys on grass), was the fact that Pete didnt really work on his movement on clay and that works in sync with the patience, the harder u need to work to move to each ball the more impatient u get cos u expend more energy. He was never really comfy moving on the crap... i mean stuff... And I believe there were a few tennis analysts who picked him to be the next winner of the GRAND SLAM from the moment they saw his laveresque game, and were actually annoyed by the end of his career that he didnt work on that one particular part of his game (movement on clay).

Im not saying he was horrible but it was a big part of his clay court game because he had a game perfect for clay, even the serve was perfect for clay because unlike the other big servers, he didnt rely ONLY on pace for results. It wasnt till I watched the Match against Wats his name at DC FINAL 95 VS Russia the first rubber where he collapsed from cramps. The whole match Petey seemed to be working just a bit harder on every point than the other guy, whereas most top clay courters seem like they are relaxed and skating on ice. But its the curse of being an american brought up on clay. But NOW since hes got no need to win lots of matches and keep a number 1 ranking ;) he could train more often on that EXTREMLEY SLOW clay court surface at river oaks, which as he said, is slower than Rolland Garros (as confirmed by the commentator)

angiel
04-28-2006, 08:54 PM
I dream that he is going to come back and win the french open, or we will just have to wait and see if any of his sons play the sport.


Maybe one of them will win it in the near future. :worship: :worship: :angel: :wavey:

the_natural
04-30-2006, 02:14 PM
Ahhh Angiel... I wish he would come back... Why doesnt he :(... very sad....

angiel
05-01-2006, 09:43 PM
Ahhh Angiel... I wish he would come back... Why doesnt he :(... very sad....


Me too, I think he dont want to lose, going out by winning the US Open is such a feat,,,, he dont want to mess that up, what you think??? :D :wavey: :)

the_natural
05-04-2006, 04:37 PM
Oh HELL YES. Thats just it. It was too perfect an ending :( Remeber Pete said he would return to Wimbledon, I mean the man was almost positive he'd keep playin and then even straight after winning he was talkin about how he could "still win the big ones" but that match... it was so very perfect. He wouldnt have retired had he won USO 2000, or even 2001 which would have been even MORE significant than 2000... No because it was more special this third time round. Agassi, The USO final, first GS, His idol tossed the coin... it was just all so perfect considering that he was realy not into "the first round of Sydney" or nethin unimportant like that... The chances of him and Andre in antoher GS final again is 1 in a million, unless pete started playing again and announced hed be back at the USO in which case Andre would be unbelievably inspired and they would both make the finals should they be on the opposite sides of the draws, and theyd feed off each others successes against the opponents faced

angiel
05-04-2006, 08:38 PM
Oh HELL YES. Thats just it. It was too perfect an ending :( Remeber Pete said he would return to Wimbledon, I mean the man was almost positive he'd keep playin and then even straight after winning he was talkin about how he could "still win the big ones" but that match... it was so very perfect. He wouldnt have retired had he won USO 2000, or even 2001 which would have been even MORE significant than 2000... No because it was more special this third time round. Agassi, The USO final, first GS, His idol tossed the coin... it was just all so perfect considering that he was realy not into "the first round of Sydney" or nethin unimportant like that... The chances of him and Andre in antoher GS final again is 1 in a million, unless pete started playing again and announced hed be back at the USO in which case Andre would be unbelievably inspired and they would both make the finals should they be on the opposite sides of the draws, and theyd feed off each others successes against the opponents faced

You know, you are so right, and the whole world would love to see the two of them going at it again, that would be good for tennis and sport, we can only hope and pray, that he wants to play, and not just team tennis, I wish............... :angel: :angel: :angel: :D

the_natural
05-07-2006, 01:02 PM
4 Words: BIGGEST MATCH IN HISTORY

angiel
05-08-2006, 11:27 PM
4 Words: BIGGEST MATCH IN HISTORY



:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :wavey: :D

angiel
05-09-2006, 09:40 PM
Pete Sampras vs. Robby Ginepri Match Highlights

4/10/06 9:03 PM


The legendary Pete Sampras returned to tennis on Thursday, April 6th, to take on Robby Ginepri in an exhibition match at River Oaks International. The match was also streamed live on USTA.com.

This marked the first time that a high profile American tennis match was available live and exclusively on the Web.

Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam winner, retired after defeating Andre Agassi to win the 2002 US Open. In a pre-match interview with USTA.com on Thursday, Sampras acknowledged that once he left the game, he waited three years to pick up a tennis racket again. It was only when the opportunity to return to the court presented itself that Sampras got back out on the court.

Despite the long layoff, the masterful game that propelled Sampras to one of the greatest careers in tennis history surfaced throughout the night. Recording eight aces, a lethal backhand, and one classic Sampras flying overhead smash, the "King Of Swing" sent everyone home happy after a spirited fight in the second-set tiebreak which, unfortunately, went Ginepri's way, giving the young American a straight-set victory.

Although he wasn't gunning for his 15th Grand Slam title, Sampras was amazing to watch on Thursday night in Houston - and Ginepri made sure to bring his "A" game as well. Please enjoy some of the most-entertaining shots, rallies, and moments from USTA.com's exclusive presentation of Pete Sampras' return to the tennis court.

http://www.usta.com/news/fullstory.sps?iType=949&inewsid=321143