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Sampras to play WTT This Summer!

Deboogle!.
02-28-2006, 06:01 PM
:woohoo:

Retired Sampras to play pro team tennis
Associated Press

Pete Sampras is returning to the tennis court, signing up for the World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after his last match.

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

Sampras' last professional match was the 2002 U.S. Open final, when he beat longtime rival Andre Agassi for his record 14th Grand Slam title. Sampras held a news conference a year later at the U.S. Open to say he was retiring.

As much as he says he's looking forward to playing in the WTT, he made one thing quite clear: Don't call it a comeback.

"I miss playing the game. I miss the majors. I miss competing. But to play at the level I used to play is a whole other animal. I've done that, and I know what it takes," he told the AP. "Me playing a little tennis this year is something I can control; there isn't any pressure. I can relax and have a little fun. Coming back is not something that crossed my mind."

The 34-year-old Sampras has never played in the WTT, a 12-team league that in recent years has featured such stars as Agassi, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams.

Sampras will be chosen by a team in the March 28 draft and expects to play about a half-dozen matches during the July 6-26 regular season.

WTT co-founder Billie Jean King unsuccessfully tried to persuade Sampras to participate in the league while he was on tour.

"He's definitely someone that we wanted," WTT commissioner Ilana Kloss said. "We're just thrilled that Pete's going to be back out there, and fans will get an opportunity to see him again."

Sampras also will be appearing in an exhibition match at Houston in April. He said he's thought about working as a TV commentator, but he's not interested in coaching.

"When you retire, you take time away, you don't want to have anything to do with tennis. After two years of having fun and not doing much in the sport, you get a little bored and want to know what's the next chapter in your life. Last year was a turning point -- 'What am I going to do next?' -- and I had to make a decision," Sampras said.

"Playing in front of some people -- you kind of look forward to it a little bit."

jackieglover
02-28-2006, 06:08 PM
:yeah:

Lee
02-28-2006, 06:09 PM
:woohoo:

peteslamz
02-28-2006, 06:19 PM
:clap2:

Dirk
02-28-2006, 06:26 PM
Why so happy about Pete playing again Deb? He is just cut from the same cloth as Federer, only Roger is on the shiny side of the cloth.

RonE
02-28-2006, 06:37 PM
Alright :yeah:

What channel/s will cover those events?

Deboogle!.
02-28-2006, 06:38 PM
ESPN and TTC Both showed some WTT matches last summer.... I imagine that will continue this summer :)

R.Federer
02-28-2006, 07:50 PM
I can't wait to see! I miss pete a lot

R.Federer
02-28-2006, 07:50 PM
Sampras to return to tennis court
Pete Sampras is to play competitive tennis again after agreeing to compete in the World Team Tennis Pro League more than three years after retiring.
But the former world number one, who is now 34, has ruled out all talk of a comeback at the top level.

"This is more about getting myself a little busier and focused on something I used to be good at," he said.

His last professional match was the 2002 US Open final, when he beat Andre Agassi for his 14th Grand Slam title.

"I miss playing the game. I miss the majors. I miss competing. But to play at the level I used to play is a whole other animal. I've done that, and I know what it takes," he said.

"Me playing a little tennis this year is something I can control. There isn't any pressure. I can relax and have a little fun. Coming back is not something that crossed my mind."

The WTT is a 12-team league that has featured such stars as Agassi, Steffi Graf, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, Andy Roddick and Venus Williams.

Sampras, who won the Wimbledon men's singles title seven times, expects to play about six matches during the 6-26 July regular season.

NYCtennisfan
02-28-2006, 07:54 PM
It will be interesting to see what the great man can do at 34.

angiel
02-28-2006, 08:25 PM
It will be interesting to see what the great man can do at 34.


Me too, this has made my day. :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :crazy: :crazy: :sport: