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Sampras Withdraws from Arizona Event

Fri February 21, 2003 08:47 PM ET
By Matthew Cronin

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona (Reuters) - Fourteen-time grand slam champion Pete Sampras has pulled out of next month's Franklin Templeton Classic and is still considering whether he will return to the sport at all.

"I talked to Pete this morning and he's still trying to figure out whether it makes sense to continue," his brother Gus, the tournament director of Scottsdale, told Reuters on Friday.

"He said he doesn't want to retire right now and maybe have to come out of retirement later. He's just not sure."

Sampras has been replaced in the draw by world number one Lleyton Hewitt, who has been given a wild card for the March 3-9 event.

The withdrawal marks the second time Sampras has delayed his comeback.

Last week, he pulled out of a San Jose Open, saying he was insufficiently prepared to rejoin the tour.

"He's practicing and conditioning, but he doesn't feel like his game is at the level he wants it to be to compete," Gus Sampras said.

"He feels like he needs to practice more, but where that's going to lead, I don't know."

Sampras is next scheduled to play in the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells starting from March 10.

Gus Sampras said he would like to see his younger brother play on.

"It was double whammy for me," Gus said.

"I'm disappointed because our event lost a great player, but I'm also upset as I believe he has the potential to do great things again. But he has to decide that himself."

Sampras hasn't played a tournament since winning the U.S. Open in September and was contemplating retirement in the autumn.

His wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, gave birth to the couple's first son, Christian, in December.

Hewitt hasn't played a regular tournament since being upset in the fourth round of the Australian Open by Younes El Aynaoui.

World number two Andre Agassi is also scheduled to play Scottsdale.
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No surprises there...will Pete ever come back?
 

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I hope he does. He has to play Winbledon one last time. After all, it is his fav hunting ground. I hope he comes back soon. C'mon Pete. Please come back. We need you. Tennis need you.
 

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Sampras has been replaced in the draw by world number one Lleyton Hewitt, who has been given a wild card for the March 3-9 event.
Looks like somebody cares about number one afterall ;)


.will Pete ever come back?
Pete will be back for Wimbledon. It's the only thing left that he really cares about that he can win again....
 

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i think that the Android wants our last memory of him to be that he beat Agassi at the USO. he won't risk spoiling that last memory.

meantime Agassi is busy trying to erase it...;) ;)
 

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I agree with TC.
I just hope when he returns to Wimby he doesn't lose in the 1st or 2nd round. Won't we be surprised. :rolleyes: :p
 

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Oh man Pete, not again!!!! Yeah, I think he will come back at Wimbledon, even though Lleyton will win it!
 

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Cna he actually stay out of action for so long and come back at Wimby? I would think that he has to play some matches just to see at least where he is physically. But then when you've won 14 slams, you can pretty much do whatever you want.

Nice to see Lleyton back. It's more fun when Andre and Lleyton are dueling for titles and #1 spots. Plus their matches ar always entertaining. I'll be pissed if either crashes before the final.
 

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As Johnny Mac once so gracefully put it, "What's he (Sampras) going to do with the rest of his life?"

If he goes into retirement, it will lead to an inevitable depression from which he may never recover. Tennis to Sampras is what Basketball is to Jordan.
 

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I agree with TC.
I just hope when he returns to Wimby he doesn't lose in the 1st or 2nd round. Won't we be surprised. :rolleyes: :p
see this is the risk he has to decide if it is worth it to take. right now that chip inside his Android brain is busy calculating the odds. he got lucky when he faces a tired old nemesis in the finals of the USO. the media went ballistic, called the match "One for the Ages", and he got a chance to erase the two humiliating years that preceded it.

so what is an Android to do now? risk tarnishing that last wonderful image all by playing Wimby and risk losing to another Bastl in the second round? or just go away gracefully?

but this is the Android and his ego is huge. and while i think that he has retired -- he's just not making it official as yet bec he doesn't want to give Andre the satisfaction of being able to breathe easier -- he just might be pulling a Rafter. why? bec it gives him a chance to dick around with everyone, especially Andre. and bec he wants his fans to beg him to come back.

i hope his fans succeed in enticing him to play Wimbledon just one more time. one more that's all i ask. hey George, are you listening...? ;) ;)
 

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while i think that he has retired -- he's just not making it official as yet bec he doesn't want to give Andre the satisfaction of being able to breathe easier -- he just might be pulling a Rafter.
That's what I thought when I read this, too. I guess we'll know for sure when Wimbly rolls around this summer.
 

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Once I saw Pete withdrew from Scottsdale, I know this will come up.

As a Sampras fan, I really don't care whether he continue playing or not. Just like when Agassi want to retire, it's their choice. I respect their decisions in their career. They both earned the right to call when to quit. Pete has a tough time making his decision, so what. It's not easy for anyone.
 

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see this is the risk he has to decide if it is worth it to take. right now that chip inside his Android brain is busy calculating the odds. he got lucky when he faces a tired old nemesis in the finals of the USO. the media went ballistic, called the match "One for the Ages", and he got a chance to erase the two humiliating years that preceded it.

so what is an Android to do now? risk tarnishing that last wonderful image all by playing Wimby and risk losing to another Bastl in the second round? or just go away gracefully?

but this is the Android and his ego is huge. and while i think that he has retired -- he's just not making it official as yet bec he doesn't want to give Andre the satisfaction of being able to breathe easier -- he just might be pulling a Rafter. why? bec it gives him a chance to dick around with everyone, especially Andre. and bec he wants his fans to beg him to come back.

i hope his fans succeed in enticing him to play Wimbledon just one more time. one more that's all i ask. hey George, are you listening...?


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Lots of big talk about sampras being "lucky" from meeting a "tired old nemesis".

I thought Andre THE Android comouflaged in Penguin clothes and walk, with all that FITNESS supreme was supposed to be the one that could brush away any and all five set matches on the basis of his "endurance?"

THAT after all is what Andre HIMSELF has been talking about all these past several years --- HIS MAIN WEAPON of staying out there for as long as it takes --- so what's this SUDDEN talk about being "tired?"

a stiff match against Hewitt who HIMSELF was GAVE the match to Andre without so much as a whimper anyway? -- how could agassi , the IRONMAN be so tired after something that was expected he SHOULD have gone the distance ANYWAY?

that's just one more EXCUSE to blanket the fact and truth that on the strength of even a DECLINED sampras playing brilliant shots --- andre couldnt hold a candle with his fitness, and just HOPE that pete the TIRED OLD PETE of two years running would SLOW down ENOUGH -- and did , in the third set .

LUCKY? Andre WAS LUCKY to even have THAT chance in the third set -- and ONLY when Pete GOT TIRED! lol!

some people just can't swallow their bitter pill completely!

as for pete deciding whether it's worth working hard just to keep in shape , that's his decision --- and whether he is capable of improving his endurance with hard work is another matter.

IF he is capable of that, and STILL decided to retire anyway ---- ANDRE WILL HAVE TO THANK PETE -- just like Kafelnikov did in the AO 96 ---

FINALLY, andre TOO , like Yevgeny, can say to TIRED OLD PETE:

"Thank YOU PETE for LETTING ME WIN WIMBLEDON AGAIN!!"

Really, Some BITTER people have it all backwards and need to be straightened out from historical recidivism, even if they have so little HUMOR to TAKE a bitter pill and SMILE graciously!

but, well.... it's understandable!:bounce:
 

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Just for the record, concerning "lucky player" --- i wonder how LUCKY andre was in the FO 1999? against a TIRED, MUCH less accomplished, non-grand slam champion, years-injured, recently-returned but soon to disappear again player like Medvedev in the FO Finals?

If I remember correctly, Andre was pretty LUCKY in some rounds HIMSELF for facing players that couldn't close matches after already making HIM look mostly pedestrian .

but, nevermind THAT one --- it seems that in the FO 2000, SUPER FIT ANDRE seems to have been bumped out of the FO and then when being UNLUCKY enough to meet some FINE claycourter like Ferrero got pingponged back and forth behind the baseline!

orrrrrrr..... how about andre NOT taking advantage of his LUCK of meeting TIRED OLD PETE, NO GOOD PETE (hey, that description after all has been coming from his critics, isn't it?) AFTER a tough finals quality five setter over TWO TIME USO CHAMP Rafter in 2001 USO? uhhhhh, seems like that was ONE draw andre might have thanked his stars HE didn't have to get through just to get thrashed by Hewitt in the finals.!!

funny thing is , it would be VERY interesting if anyone here can come up with a NAME, a PLAYER that could have survived that backbreaker of a trio of GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS consecutively broken by one man --- Rafter, Agassi, Safin!! who EACH COULD have won it --- IF NOT FOR SAMPRAS in their way!

Wasn't Andre sooooo lucky also in 1999, that the guy that "walked on water" while andre floundered and drowned under him in wimbledon, the same guy that just added SALT to the wound by winning consecutively and COMPREHENSIVELY on hardcourts coming into the USO 1999 had to break his back and hip?!! LOL! oh, it also seems that after LOSING consecutive times from wimbledon ONwards (2 consecutive SLAMS included), andre was LUCKY to have met a recently returned from injury, very, very rusty Sampras in a R/R match for the ATP championships 1999?....

HURRAH for that one! :bounce:

U know, the championships that Andre wanted soooo badly, and wanted to win soooo badly OVER Pete --- OTHERWISE, as Andre SAID: "it won't feel like I'm really the best -- UNLESS I beat Pete."!!


boyyyyy, was Andre LUCKY on that R/R match, before Pete , OLD SLOWED DOWN PETE with dwindling results in his career as PROOF, THRASHED andre AGAIN --- and to think that that COULD have been Andre's TITLE TOO!! --- just like that LUCKY USO 1999!

my gosh --- if anyone has been "lucky", far, far more often than sampras --- it is NONE OTHER THAN ANDRE AGASSI!

and yeah, maybe the Gorilla's "luck" has run out this time around and he has lost his strength of old --- well , we can just say it's LUCKY for superfit Andre whether sampras retires or continues on, that THAT might be so!

Andre NOW, FINALLY, has a REAL chance!

Considering that Sampras has been in decline since about 1999 or 98 even, as shown by clear signs that he has been a step slower, it is even FUNNIER that it DIRECTLY coincides with Andre's BEST YEARS EVER with no one better conditioned than Andre!

and it is doubly funny that since 1999 -- at the very least -- the BEST that Andre showed against Sampras was a HUGELY tight five setter on the AO where, AGAIN, an INJURY in the fourth set PRESENTED andre a GIFT to finish sampras off with a NO SURPRISE 6-1 after a tight match that could go EITHER way between two proven AO champs!

the rest of their records and meetings since the CURIOUS coincidence of sampras' being BURNED OUT from finishing six consecutive years of record making dominance WITH the SURGE of super fit Andre from 1999?

how CURIOUS that since 1999, tired old broken down pete has defeated FIT ANDRE, the winner of two grand slams in 1999 (one with the guy dominating HIM missing in action) ---- the cute little number of 8 times while losing 4 times --- and winning on THREE surfaces (grass, hardcourt and clay) over andre while losing on ONE kind of surface to andre !!

no wonder some people dearly wish to see Pete play some more --- they KNOW that andre MIGHT get lucky with his superfitness over a broken down old balding gorilla!!
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LMAO!!!!!!!! :kiss: :kiss: Hurley :kiss: :kiss:
 

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Still no sign of Sampras

Will he or won’t he? 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras promised he'd return, but has not been seen on a court since winning the US Open. After pulling out of next month's Scottsdale tournament, James Buddell wonders if we have seen the last of the American legend.

Brother Gus, the Scottsdale tournament director was clearly disappointed: "I talked to Pete this morning and he’s still trying to figure out whether it makes sense to continue on. He's just not sure."

Five months have elapsed since the 32-year-old ended a two-year tournament drought last September by winning his fifth US Open title, beating longtime arch-rival Andre Agassi 6-3 6-4 5-7 6-4. Since then, the tennis world has held its breath, left guessing as to a possible return.

Much however, has happened since then, to arguably the greatest tennis player ever to swing a racket. Most notably, his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, gave birth to the couple’s first son, Christian, in December.

Sampras appears torn, citing insufficient preparation for a return to the tour. Fellow American Justin Gimelstob has practised with him in Florida and his coach Paul Annacone "hopes that he decides to play on."

But what for?

Another crack at that elusive first French Open title? Or a strong show at Wimbledon to erase the bitter memory of his 2002 second round humiliation at the hands of Swiss qualifer Georg Bastl?

Sampras’ brother Gus appears skeptical: "At the end of the day, playing well at the French Open or trying to win Wimbledon again might not be enough to get him back."

A career full of record-breaking achievement as the world’s premier player for six years from 1993-1998, the number of Wimbledon crowns in the modern era and prize money of $43m, to add to his trophy cabinet of 64 titles.

Sampras serious about the French? In an era when hispanic clay court specialists appear to have a stranglehold on Roland Garros, the tournament would not appear to rank among the ambitions of serve-and-volleyer Sampras. But the Greek-American has been spotted practicing on clay during the off-season, fueling the most contradictory of rumours.

But smart money would go against an Agassi-style revival!

The Vegas Kid's achievement of returning to the top after free-falling to 141 in the world and playing challenger tournaments in 1997, are a reference in tennis lore.

But Sampras is not in the same boat. He last left the court as a champion.

It's mission accomplished for Sampras: the boy who grew up idolising the ‘Rockhampton Rocket’ Rod Laver, watching 12mm Wimbledon footage with coach Pete Fisher at his dinner table, hoped one day to be uttered in the same breadth as the great Australian. Today, his place in the pantheon of tennis is safe.

For now though, the waiting game continues...

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