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angiel
01-18-2007, 01:33 PM
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They were waiting for him

American Pete Sampras, maybe the best player in history, will join the Tennis Hall of Fame next July 14.
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There was no doubt that once American Pete Sampras had the first chance of being elected to join the Hall of Fame, his entrance would be automatic.

It was on Wednesday when former world No.1 received the notification that he had been chosen as a new member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Sampras, the tennis player who holds the record for Grand Slam titles with 14, was elected unanimously.

The player born in Washington D.C. will be inducted July 14 and he will participate in an exhibition game the next day.

"Pistol Pete", who together with his fellow Andre Agassi starred one of the most stunning male tennis clash in the 90's completed his professional career with a winning mark 762-222 and earned $43 million in prizes, an amount that up to now nobody has reached.

The last Grand Slam title was in the 2002 US Open, when he reached the final against all predictions and beat Agassi, the favorite at that moment.

Sampras was ranked No.1 for a record 286 weeks, including 102 straight weeks, from April 1996 through March 1998.

The former American champ also finished with 64 titles in singles, including seven in Wimbledon, five in the U.S. Open and two in the Australian Open.

angiel
01-18-2007, 02:01 PM
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Sampras elected into Hall of Fame
January 18 2007 at 02:22PM

By Howard Fendriech

Washington - As a tennis history buff, Pete Sampras can't wait to walk around the sport's Hall of Fame when he goes there for the first time later this year.

He's especially looking forward to seeing his own plaque.

Sampras was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame on Wednesday, joined in the 2007 class by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and Russ Adams.


"It's kind of icing on the cake for having a good career," Sampras said in a telephone interview.

"It's an honour to be included with (Rod) Laver and the older generation, (John) McEnroe and (Jimmy) Connors. All those guys."




Sampras has never visited the Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, but he'll get a chance when he's there for the July 14 induction ceremony. He'll also participate in an exhibition the next day.

"I'm looking forward to being able to walk through the halls and check out the displays they have," the 35-year-old American said.

"It's a time to reflect on what I did and appreciate what I did. I'm looking forward to the whole weekend, and sharing it with family and friends. In your everyday life, you don't think about your career, but at that time, I'll stop and I'll do it."

'It's a time to reflect on what I did'

Thanks to a superb serve, dangerous forehand and big-match brilliance, Sampras owns a record 14 men's singles Grand Slam championships and was ranked No 1 for a record 286 weeks, including 102 in a row from April 1996 to March 1998.

The man known as Pistol Pete won a total of 64 singles titles, including his haul of majors: seven at Wimbledon, five at the US Open and two at the Australian Open. Sampras won the last match of his career, beating Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final.

What's he most proud of?

"The longevity that I had. Year in, year out. Years at No 1 - being able to stay at No 1, fend off guys trying to knock me off," Sampras said.

"And the bigger the match, the better I played. I
felt like I rose to the occasion more often than not."

Current No 1 Roger Federer is closing in on Sampras's record for major singles titles. Federer is seeking his 10th at the Australian Open.

"I did all I could do. I'm happy with 14 majors," Sampras said.

"If he breaks it, which I'm sure he will, I just don't believe in rooting against someone. ... I sent him a text (message) after he won his last (US) Open. I respect his game and the way he handles himself on and off the court."

Sanchez-Vicario won three French Opens and was the first Spanish woman to win the US Open singles title in 1994. In addition to those four major singles titles, she won six doubles and four mixed doubles Grand Slam championships.

She finished with 29 titles in singles, 67 in doubles. In 1995, she was ranked No 1 in both singles and doubles.

Sampras and Sanchez-Vicario were elected in the "recent player" category. Davidson was elected in the "master player" category, and Adams, a photographer, was elected in the "contributor" category.

Davidson was the first Swedish man to win a Grand Slam title, at the 1957 French Championships, and also won the 1958 Wimbledon doubles title. - Sapa-AP

angiel
01-18-2007, 02:26 PM
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Sampras heads '07 hall of fame class
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


Pete Sampras was elected to the International Tennis Hall of Fame Wednesday.

"It's kind of icing on the cake for having a good career," Sampras told the Associated Press.

Sampras, 34, owns a record 14 men's singles Grand Slam titles and was ranked No. 1 a record 286 weeks.


Current No. 1 Roger Federer is closing in on Sampras' record for major singles titles, seeking his 10th at the Australian Open.

"If he breaks it, which I'm sure he will, I just don't believe in rooting against someone," Sampras said.

Sampras is joined by Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, winner of four major singles titles; Sven Davidson, the first Swedish man to win a major; and Russ Adams, a photographer; in the 2007 class to be inducted July 14 at Newport, R.I.

angiel
01-18-2007, 07:23 PM
Sampras to play in Hall of Fame Classic



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The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced that Pete Sampras, who was just elected to the Class of 2007, will play in the Hall of Fame Classic, an exhibition scheduled for Sunday morning July 15, the day after his induction ceremony. The event will consist of three matches, including additional tennis champions (to be announced).

The Hall of Fame Classic will begin at 10am on Bill Talbert Center Court stadium at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and will be a separately ticketed event prior to the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championship singles and doubles finals starting at 2pm. Tickets for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Championship finals are available, as well as tournament tickets for the Monday through Friday tennis sessions. Tickets for Saturday’s semifinal matches and the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony are sold out.

Tickets for the Hall of Fame Classic are $35 each for Court Chairs and $27.50 each for South Stand tickets. A discounted South Stand combo package, including Sunday’s Campbell’s final tournament matches, is available for $57.50 (a $10 savings). Tickets are available online at www.tennisfame.com or by calling (866) 914-FAME (3263).
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angiel
01-23-2007, 08:00 PM
HALL OF FAME BECKONS FOR SAMPRAS


By Andy Schooler



Pete Sampras and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario are to be inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame later this year.

Sampras has won more Grand Slam singles titles (14) than any other player in the history of the men's game, including no less than seven at Wimbledon.

He was the year-end world number one for six straight years from 1993 to 1998 and ended his career in 2002 having won 64 titles in all.

In 1994, Sanchez-Vicario became the first Spanish woman to win the US Open singles crown. She also won three French Opens during her 18-year career.

As well as accumulating 29 career singles crowns, she also took 67 doubles titles, and in February 1995 became the first Spanish player to hold the top spot simultaneously in singles and doubles.

Sanchez-Vicario was also a major star in Spain's Fed Cup team, helping them win the trophy five times in the 1990s.

Joining the modern greats are Sweden's first Grand Slam title winner, Sven Davidson, while the non-playing inductee is photographer Russ Adams.

The 2007 induction ceremony will be held on July 14 at the International Tennis Hall of Fame at Newport, Rhode Island

almouchie
02-01-2007, 10:29 AM
a great acknolwegment for a special career

my samprasfanz group are planning on going to Rhode island for inaugration
i was planning to & saving until the summer war drained all my savings

angiel
02-01-2007, 08:26 PM
a great acknolwegment for a special career

my samprasfanz group are planning on going to Rhode island for inaugration
i was planning to & saving until the summer war drained all my savings


I am sorry to hear that almouchie:sad: :sad: but hope you still get a chance to go, praying for you.:worship: :worship: :angel: