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Wimbledon Greatest Champion - Pete Sampras.

angiel
03-17-2007, 08:54 PM
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Greatest Champions: Pete Sampras

Alix Ramsay


This is a doddle. Pick a champion, the boss said, and make the argument that he is the greatest champion of all time. Bags I do Pete Sampras, then, says I. Seven Wimbledon Championships, 14 Grand Slam titles in all – beat that anybody. That's it, then, I win. My boy is the best, no questions asked.

Actually, there is a little bit more to it than that. The records and statistics are the dry proof that Sampras was king in his time at the All England Club but sport is not just about numbers. What grips us, the lucky few who get to sit at the court side, is the passion, the fear, the blood, sweat and tears that separates the players from the champions and the champions from the truly great.

Passion? Sampras? Oh, my, yes. Sampras was never the most expressive or effusive of characters on court, but there was a fire in him that burned brightly and scorched all who came near it. His whole life was devoted to achieving greatness and then hanging on to it. For six years between 1993 and 1998 his every waking moment was consumed with the thought of winning and maintaining his position as world No. 1. He did it, too.

During that spell, he won five of his Wimbledon titles together with three US Open and two Australian Open trophies. But it was here at Wimbledon that he felt most at home. Here he was in his comfort zone, here he had a head start on any opposition. The mere fact of playing the great Sampras reduced all but the best to tatters and gave him a few points in the bag before the match had even begun.

Every year he would come to London from the French Open looking grim. He could never win in Paris and the fact hurt. But as soon as walked through the gates of the All England Club his spirits lifted and he became a different man. He won here when he was injured, he won when his form was at its lowest and he won when his critics had written him off. Put Pete on Centre Court and he was unstoppable. On one leg and in a blindfold and he was still unstoppable.

Then there were the occasions when Pete was in his pomp. The 1999 final against Andre Agassi was possibly the greatest display of grass court tennis that Wimbledon has ever seen. He had stumbled around the circuit for the first half of the year, winning nothing and looking miserable but then he went through that Lazarus moment as he returned to the grass. He won at Queen's and then began his campaign for The Championships.

Round by round he gathered momentum until he was ready for Agassi. His fellow American had just won the French Open, he was the story of the moment having hauled himself back from a ranking of 141 and reinvented himself as a champion. He was at his peak. And in the first set he had the temerity to manufacture three break points on the Sampras serve.

That was it. That was the moment Sampras moved from champion to genius. He snatched back the break points and then took off. For a couple of minutes Agassi shook his head and tried to work out what happened but by then the first set was gone and he was a break down in the second. It was not that Agassi was playing badly, it was just that Sampras was sublime.

"Today he walked on water," Agassi said later. Sampras said simply: "Sometimes I surprise myself." He ended on a second service ace - naturally.

He was back the next year for his last Championship victory at Wimbledon, beating Pat Rafter in an emotional rollercoaster of a Final. He came to London on the back of a serious back injury and not having won anything since March and again his chances were not great. He had even been beaten at Queen's two weeks before but still Wimbledon worked its magic on the man. And him on it. Even the tendinitis that had almost felled him in the early rounds was shaken off as Sampras wrote his own chapter in the history books.

It carried his tally of Grand Slams to 13, breaking Roy Emerson's record and establishing Sampras as one of the truly great figures of the game. That was one of the rare times he allowed the world to witness the pent up emotion that he had hidden for more than a decade. As the last point was played, he burst into tears and then raced off to embrace his parents seated high up in the stands.

His last moment as a player was probably the US Open last summer. Again he faced Agassi, again he won and again he set a new record (14 Grand Slam singles title notched up). Since then he has not lifted a racket in anger. With nothing left to achieve, he can enjoy a life of retirement as a husband and a father. And, of course, the greatest ever Wimbledon champion. QED.


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PETE SAMPRAS

Singles Champion: 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000

angiel
03-19-2007, 08:08 PM
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jazar
03-19-2007, 08:54 PM
how wrong is that? the greatest champion is william renshaw. what a legend

Johnny Groove
03-19-2007, 08:55 PM
Would you shut the hell up about sampras? Damn! Hes retired, hes been retired for years, get over it.

*Viva Chile*
03-19-2007, 09:04 PM
... and another Sampras thread made by angiel :rolleyes: :yawn: :zzz:

Macbrother
03-19-2007, 09:12 PM
how wrong is that? the greatest champion is william renshaw. what a legend

:yeah:

In all seriousness though yeah Sampras obviously although Borg's 41 consecutive victories there is very nearly just as impressive.

All_Slam_Andre
03-19-2007, 09:13 PM
Gaudio will dethrone Pete after he storms to the Wimbledon title this year without dropping a set

Burrow
03-19-2007, 10:02 PM
Why does this guy only post about Sampras??

angiel
03-22-2007, 09:11 PM
Why does this guy only post about Sampras??


I am not a guy, but very much a lady, and you want to know why I only post about Pete, because I love him dearly and you guys here only have bad things to say about him, with all you Sampras haters, I am here to defend him always, it that good enough for you.:wavey: :wavey: :D :)

CyBorg
03-22-2007, 09:12 PM
I ignore all articles that start with "this is a doddle."

It's a rule I advise all to follow.

Moving on.

almouchie
03-22-2007, 09:20 PM
jealousy i guess
so many people here are still toddlers in tennis terms
yet they have the knowledge' & brains' to diss one of the best ever

I see many pointless ridiculous threads here about absolurely nothing of value, yet just about everyone pitches in with their 2 cents about anything

but if sampras or any other player not named roger is mentions
u read the old lame excuse 'he is retired get over it'
kick writing away & posting mimi
at least some might be reading

angiel
03-22-2007, 09:27 PM
jealousy i guess
so many people here are still toddlers in tennis terms
yet they have the knowledge' & brains' to diss one of the best ever

I see many pointless ridiculous threads here about absolurely nothing of value, yet just about everyone pitches in with their 2 cents about anything

but if sampras or any other player not named roger is mentions
u read the old lame excuse 'he is retired get over it'
kick writing away & posting mimi
at least some might be reading


Thank you almouchie:wavey: :wavey:

It is just ridiculous to read some of these posts about Pete Sampras, anything good that is post here about him, everyone find time to come out and bash him, but when it is about Roger you dont here a peep, and most of who is posting are just haters, and dont know one thing about tennis.:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

angiel
03-22-2007, 09:30 PM
... and another Sampras thread made by angiel :rolleyes: :yawn: :zzz:


:angel: :angel: :D :) One Love.:wavey: :wavey: Pete alway.:worship: :worship:

angiel
03-22-2007, 09:32 PM
I ignore all articles that start with "this is a doddle."

It's a rule I advise all to follow.

Moving on.


Why, because Borg didn't get that honour as "GREATEST" and why should anyone listen to you anyway.:mad: :mad: :eek:

D Optimist
03-22-2007, 09:36 PM
Nice memories from Sampras.Good tennis !

CyBorg
03-22-2007, 09:37 PM
Why, because Borg didn't get that honour as "GREATEST" and why should anyone listen to you anyway.:mad: :mad: :eek:

That's a doddle.

R.Federer
03-22-2007, 09:38 PM
Wow, top 4 threads currently all about Sampras.

NO. Not ALL started by Angiel.

tennisvideos
03-22-2007, 10:57 PM
Wimbledon is special and has a great tradition and a wondeful history BUT is it the greatest measure of the best player in the world?

NOT ANY MORE ... in fact not since the mid to late 70s!

Why? Since the mid 70s it has really become a novelty event. When most of the grass court tournaments were abolished around that time to make way for hardcourt tournaments the game evolved (not necessarily in a good way) and players adapted accordingly - and quickly. There just isn't enough focus on grass court tournaments to motivate players to volley or use the finer shots like short slices and chips etc these days.

With the decline in grass court play and the changes in racket technology, in a short space of time the sport was inundated with players who stayed predominantly on the baseline and bludgeoned the ball, and grass only suited the small percentage who had a big serve and could volley.

So I can easily understand why Navratilova and Sampras dominated at Wimbledon for so long. There is no doubt they were the premier S&V volleys of their generation, certainly up there with the best ever, and on grass it was relatively easy pickings for them in an era when their main opposition were predominantly baseliners. In previous eras they would have had more top class S&V players to contend with, and it would have made their aspirations much more difficult. Of course they would have both won plenty with their talent.

I do love Wimbledon, but IMO it is really just a novelty tournament these days. It is definately not a true world championship. I do love McEnroe's idea of extending the grass court season to make it more relevant. But it's a shame tennis administrators allowed racket technology to get out of control, and grass courts to be all but extinct - the artistry of the game, and variety of the game has been all but extinguished.

Corey Feldman
03-23-2007, 12:20 AM
Have you ever seen the Sampras: legends of Wimbledon tape/dvd?
i seen it last year at Wimbledon during a rain delay.. was great :)
again he sobbed when talking about beating Rafter at 2000 Wimbledon and his parents watching him make the history.
also sobbing in 1995 AO match V Courier, very dramatic match..

angiel
03-23-2007, 05:52 PM
That's a doddle.


It is, and dont have anything to say my friend,,,,:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :eek:

angiel
03-23-2007, 05:54 PM
Wimbledon is special and has a great tradition and a wondeful history BUT is it the greatest measure of the best player in the world?

NOT ANY MORE ... in fact not since the mid to late 70s!

Why? Since the mid 70s it has really become a novelty event. When most of the grass court tournaments were abolished around that time to make way for hardcourt tournaments the game evolved (not necessarily in a good way) and players adapted accordingly - and quickly. There just isn't enough focus on grass court tournaments to motivate players to volley or use the finer shots like short slices and chips etc these days.

With the decline in grass court play and the changes in racket technology, in a short space of time the sport was inundated with players who stayed predominantly on the baseline and bludgeoned the ball, and grass only suited the small percentage who had a big serve and could volley.

So I can easily understand why Navratilova and Sampras dominated at Wimbledon for so long. There is no doubt they were the premier S&V volleys of their generation, certainly up there with the best ever, and on grass it was relatively easy pickings for them in an era when their main opposition were predominantly baseliners. In previous eras they would have had more top class S&V players to contend with, and it would have made their aspirations much more difficult. Of course they would have both won plenty with their talent.

I do love Wimbledon, but IMO it is really just a novelty tournament these days. It is definately not a true world championship. I do love McEnroe's idea of extending the grass court season to make it more relevant. But it's a shame tennis administrators allowed racket technology to get out of control, and grass courts to be all but extinct - the artistry of the game, and variety of the game has been all but extinguished.


Say all that you want, but Wimbledon is special and will alway remain so, over all the other slams.:angel: :worship:

scoobs
03-23-2007, 06:03 PM
Two questions:

1) How long does Pete's restraining order against you last for?

2) Did tennis end for you on 9th September 2002? I was a huge Pete fan, but as it happens he retired and retreated into a private life, and I moved on, found new players to support and my interest in the present game continued forward. I honour Pete and what he did but tennis has always been about the present. You seem quite literally stuck in the past. I never see you post on current tennis issues - all you ever do is start threads reminding us about Pete, like he's going to get forgotten about or something. Why?

*Ljubica*
03-23-2007, 06:08 PM
All very interesting I guess :shrug: But isn't there a Pete Sampras thread where this could have been posted? I thought that was what the Player Forums were for? :confused:

SBruguera
03-23-2007, 06:42 PM
Some people in this forum seems more obsessive than Gunter Parche.

maqk
03-23-2007, 07:58 PM
Sampras a real champ, legend gr8 MAN

angiel
03-24-2007, 09:07 PM
Two questions:

1) How long does Pete's restraining order against you last for?

2) Did tennis end for you on 9th September 2002? I was a huge Pete fan, but as it happens he retired and retreated into a private life, and I moved on, found new players to support and my interest in the present game continued forward. I honour Pete and what he did but tennis has always been about the present. You seem quite literally stuck in the past. I never see you post on current tennis issues - all you ever do is start threads reminding us about Pete, like he's going to get forgotten about or something. Why?



Yes I am stuck in the past, so what, you dont have to read my post,,,,,:mad: :mad: :devil: it's a wonder nobody from England can't win anything, or their own slam.

And here is a little piece of news, if you didn't know.

Perry, who predicted that Pete Sampras would dominate Wimbledon before the American had made his mark at the top level, lived in the real world. But he was always emotional about the lawns that brought him his fame. He passed on three months from his 86th birthday in 1995 but will be forever young thanks to a bronze work of art.

bobito
03-24-2007, 09:27 PM
I love Pete. :)
For me he is the best for ever!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: