March 16, 2010 |
This too shall pass, and not a moment too soon for Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. What was supposed to be a Hit for Haiti exhibition last Friday night at the Indian Wells tennis tournament turned into a Rift for Rivalry. The charity got some cash, but the legend got some lumps. It's the age of the Internet, of YouTube and Twitter. It happens, the world knows in seconds, and the mindless noise and texting begins, even if it isn't the slightest bit interesting. The tension between Sampras and Agassi was very interesting.
March 13, 2010 |
Rafael Nadal was a courtside witness to some testiness between Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi during an exhibition match played to raise money for Haiti earthquake victims Friday night. And the friendly Spaniard, who is the defending champion at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, chose to plead poor English-language skills Saturday rather than give up the two former American rivals. While neither Agassi nor Sampras responded through their representatives about how seriously Sampras might have taken Agassi's on-court suggestion that Sampras had once been a less-than-generous tipper, Nadal said Saturday, "I didn't understand nothing."
March 12, 2010 |
The showcase stadium was sold out Friday night. Andre Agassi hit a forehand that almost hit Pete Sampras in the back, and everyone in the stadium in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden laughed. Agassi was playing tennis in his sweatpants, but his groundstrokes were working. It wasn't exactly competitive tennis, though. This was for charity, an exhibition called "Hit for Haiti," put on by new tournament owner Larry Ellison and his company Oracle. It wouldn't have worked so well though if Agassi, Sampras, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hadn't agreed to play.
HOME & GARDEN
March 2, 2010
Tennis great Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, have listed their newly built compound in Lake Sherwood for $25 million. The gated contemporary sits on 20 hilltop acres with 360-degree views, a north-south tennis court, extensive manicured lawns and an infinity-edge swimming pool. The more than 13,000-square-foot main house has a theater, a home office and a game room. Including the 1,200-square-foot guesthouse and the 2,000-square-foot detached gym, the property has seven bedrooms and 11.5 bathrooms.
July 28, 2009 |
Pete Sampras can still serve more than 120 miles per hour and challenges calls as if they mattered, but in the end, as in 2000, Marat Safin prevailed. Safin beat Sampras, 6-4, 3-6 (10-6) in the "Millennium Challenge," an exhibition match on the opening day of the Los Angeles Tennis Open at UCLA's Los Angeles Tennis Center on Monday. It was a rematch of the 2000 U.S. Open final, where Safin beat Sampras, the L.A. Open tournament honoree, to earn the first of his two Grand Slam titles.
July 27, 2009 |
It is a dream video-game matchup, to be sure: Pete Sampras in his prime against Roger Federer in his prime. But what if such a matchup were actually possible, and they played each other on grass? Who would win? Sampras casts one vote for Sampras. "I think one thing Roger doesn't see on grass is a true serve-and-volleyer, someone that's willing to come in and put pressure on him, make him pass, return," Sampras said during a recent conference call.
January 30, 2009 |
Roger Federer is never impolite, but he has noticed a tendency by some fans, some media and even some players to suggest his career might be in its descent. After Federer lost the first two sets to talented young Czech Tomas Berdych in the fourth round of the Australian Open, Federer took note of what had been written and talked about in the locker room.
July 20, 2008 |
The great champion -- young enough to play the grandest stage again, wise enough not to try -- lined up that classic forehand of his, turned his shoulders and let loose. WHOP! I sent back a meager forehand and glanced up. Sure enough, Pete Sampras, stealthy and smooth, had already intercepted my reply with one of his own: a frozen-rope backhand volley winner that nearly tore out a chunk of the asphalt court. "Always loved that shot!" he said, grinning broadly.
March 29, 2008 |
Chances are, there will be another Sampras milestone in tennis achieved today. No, this will have nothing to do with the guy with the huge first serve, the leaping overhead and the record 14 Grand Slam tournament titles. That's Pete Sampras. For this milestone, he'll be just another fan, fingers crossed, rooting. Today at the Los Angeles Tennis center at UCLA, when the UCLA women's tennis team takes on Oregon in a dual match at noon, a Bruins victory will bring win No.
September 10, 2007
Roger Federer won his 12th major championship Sunday and is now only two away from Pete Sampras' all-time record of 14. All-time ATP singles title in the open era (1968): Jimmy Connors… 109 Ivan Lendl… 94 John McEnroe… 77 Pete Sampras… 64 Bjorn Borg… 62 Guillermo Vilas… 62 Andre Agassi… 60 Ilie Nastase… 53 Roger Federer… 51 Boris Becker… 49 Thomas Muster… 44 Stefan Edberg… 42