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No Joke: SAMPRAS DOMINATES

angiel
09-16-2006, 12:53 AM
No joke:
Sampras dominates
TENNIS: Following an evening of merriment, Sampras defeats Roddick in the name of charity.

By Dominic Perrone




IRVINE — The evening began with some playful prematch trash talking. The friendly banter continued onto the court in various forms with the crowd joining in on the fun.

But when the third and final competition began Thursday and the two tennis heavyweights took the court, the crowd grew quiet and the once-lighthearted Pete Sampras and Andy Roddick became intense.

It was the former king of U.S. tennis in Sampras against the reigning American superstar of the sport. With nothing but pride on the line, Sampras won, 5-3, 5-3 in the World Team Tennis scoring format.

Sampras' win gave Team Billie Jean King, made up of Sampras, Rennae Stubbs and King who did not play, a 15-10 victory over Team Elton John, which consisted of Roddick, Anna Kournikova and John, who did play.

The 14th annual Advanta WTT Smash Hits charity event took place at the UC Irvine Bren Events Center and raised money for the Elton John AIDs Foundation. A live auction generated $184,500.



Roddick was fresh off a trip to the U.S. Open final, which he lost Saturday, but Sampras, who played for the Newport Beach Breakers in July after retiring in 2002, was the one on top of his game.

Sampras' serve-and-volley game kept Roddick off balance the entire night. His powerful serve set up delicate volleys that consistently painted the lines, far out of Roddick's reach.

"I started playing a little tennis a week ago so I wouldn't embarrass myself out here," Sampras said before the match.

Stubbs, the 14-time Grand Slam champion's teammate, had a front-row seat to the rebirth of sorts.

"Pete showed you how good he is," Stubbs said. "Andy probably hasn't hit a tennis ball since the U.S. Open. He has just been relaxing."

King preferred the intensity level at the end of the event, to the more humorous play that preceeded it.

"Elton and I like for them to play for real," King said.

The evening started with joking comments about fierce competition. John drew the proverbial line in the sand, or court.

"We are definitely going to win," said John before his team lost for the fifth time in a row. "We have already drugged the other team."

Both teams acted silly, though. Stubbs regularly consulted the crowd behind her about her next move.

Kournikova and Roddick who began on opposite teams for a special match that included John, regularly taunted each other. Roddick would let his serve sail high, whizzing it past Kournikova. Kournikova replied by blasting a volley directly at Roddick.

Much of the evening's comedy would be short lived at any tournament, but in this setting, it continued. When Sampras entered the match, Roddick pretended to be nervous, constantly wiping faux sweat from his brow.

Sampras responded with an ace, to the delight of the crowd. Roddick sneaked in a between-the-legs shot and slammed his racquet jokingly when a call did not go his way.

When the sets began to count, Sampras decided to make a prediction ala Babe Ruth's pointing of the finger, only without as much at stake.

"Two-two, second serve," he said. "This is where I hit an ace."

And so he did.

When Kournikova stepped up to serve, the speakers blasted a song from her boyfriend, singer Enrique Iglesias. Roddick quickly flipped his racquet upside-down to look like a microphone and serenaded the popular Russian with a karaoke version.

"It's nice to come to an event like this and play and just have a bit of fun," Stubbs said.

angiel
09-19-2006, 08:35 PM
Sampras Beats Roddick at Exhibition;

Posted on September 16, 2006




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From Advanta WTT Smash Hits: "Andy Roddick had a great run at the US Open last week but the stage belonged to Pete Sampras on Thursday night as Sampras defeated Roddick to lead Team Billie Jean King to a 15-10 win over Team Elton John in the 14th annual Advanta World TeamTennis Smash Hits at the Bren Center in Irvine, Calif. More than $350,000 was raised from the annual event which is co-hosted by longtime friends Billie Jean King and Elton John...In two sets of men's singles, Roddick's powerful serve was not enough to overcome the impressive play of Sampras. After winning the first set of men's singles 5-3, Sampras never looked back as he posted another 5-3 win in the second set to close out the evening."..

Mimi
09-20-2006, 03:56 AM
is it the same for a normal match? just that when you reach 5 you won the set instead of 6 :wavey:

the_natural
09-25-2006, 03:31 PM
I think so but OMG pete ur scary, Why didnt u go for one last hoorah at the french, with 100% focus and nothing to lose after winning all the slams and 14 u coulda done it with that kinda talent, my gosh I knew u were good but thats no joke, he didnt even go to a tiebreak. Thats amazing....

And no i dont think Roddick went too easy on him to be honest, I really believe that he woulda tried (although Roddick wasnt at his best no doubt he had been resting for a while but still :) )

I would KILL to see that match not only cos its cool to see pete win but also cos I wanna see how they both played (that and the courier exhibition would be awesome).

Mimi
09-26-2006, 09:43 AM
thanks the Natural :D

i love pete but sorry, i don't think he has the stamina to win the FO at this old age :mad:

i prefer him to end his brillant career with a slam win and not losing in the first round of FO :p

pete beat roddick who is 11 years younger than him, shame on roddick :o
I think so but OMG pete ur scary, Why didnt u go for one last hoorah at the french, with 100% focus and nothing to lose after winning all the slams and 14 u coulda done it with that kinda talent, my gosh I knew u were good but thats no joke, he didnt even go to a tiebreak. Thats amazing....

And no i dont think Roddick went too easy on him to be honest, I really believe that he woulda tried (although Roddick wasnt at his best no doubt he had been resting for a while but still :) )

I would KILL to see that match not only cos its cool to see pete win but also cos I wanna see how they both played (that and the courier exhibition would be awesome).

angiel
10-07-2006, 01:17 AM
Here is a photo from that match, him with Billy Jean.



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