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ichibanosaru
04-12-2008, 08:02 PM
Aloha!

How many of you would vote to have Pete Sampras play singles during the 2009 Davis Cup competition? Just think: Pete would have to play just ONE singles match every couple of months or so and not have to endure the rigor of a typical two-week grand slam event.

jlan
04-12-2008, 09:03 PM
Only if he plays a dead rubber.

ichibanosaru
04-12-2008, 09:10 PM
What if he plays on FAST indoor carpet?

jlan
04-12-2008, 09:22 PM
As much as I like Sampras, he's just too rusty and inconsistent to compete at a high level. Even though Federer praised Sampras for how well his game has held up, it's nothing more than an act of respect.

gj011
04-12-2008, 10:08 PM
No. 10 chars.

Eviscerator
04-12-2008, 10:21 PM
If he could beat Roddick and Blake on a consistent basis then I would say why not.

ichibanosaru
04-13-2008, 10:59 PM
No. 10 chars.

Sorry, but what does this mean?

Thanks again and take care-

kabob
04-13-2008, 11:17 PM
There's a 10 character minumum for posting. The forum won't let you type anything shorter so users have started adding "10 char" to fill space.

maverick66
04-13-2008, 11:39 PM
Aloha!

How many of you would vote to have Pete Sampras play singles during the 2009 Davis Cup competition? Just think: Pete would have to play just ONE singles match every couple of months or so and not have to endure the rigor of a typical two-week grand slam event.

let the guy retire. hes played enough tennis that him showing up every once and a while at exibihtions and team tennis is enough. he has nothing left to play for and was smart to get while his body was still intact. so many of these guys wake up with pain every morning cause of the pain the tour takes on you.

tennis_hand
04-13-2008, 11:55 PM
don't disgrace your idol.
posts like this won't help your idol, but put him in disgrace.

why not ask Rod Laver to play for Australia.

el sergento
04-14-2008, 08:37 AM
DC play is of much higher intensity and rigor than normal ATP play not to mention best of 5. Heck, even some dead rubbers are epic.

Let Sampras be, US tennis isn't so bad that they have to bring back their retired legends, hell they're only DC defending champs.

gdsballer
04-14-2008, 10:32 AM
yeah you must be crazy
the guy's like 37 or somethign idk

PROTENNIS63
04-14-2008, 10:58 AM
He won't play so there is no point of voting.

ichibanosaru
04-14-2008, 01:59 PM
Hmmm. Interesting remarks.

We must remember that in recent months Sampras BEAT Federer and took him to a very tight third set match at MSG just a few weeks ago. I agree there is a HUGE difference between a best of three sets "hit-and-giggle" exhibition dance compared to a best of five Davis Cup match. However, if the conditions are just right (on US soil, FAST indoor surface, Sampras healthy, etc.), there is no reason why Sampras could, but not necessarily should, still win at the highest level even if itís just once in a great while.

I agree that whatís left of Samprasí talent, ability, athleticism and even motivation are quite perishable and it is highly unlikely we will be having this debate this same time next year.

Thanks again and take care,

jamesblakefan#1
04-15-2008, 10:15 AM
What would be the point? He'd have more to lose than to gain, we have plenty of good US players (Roddick, Blake, Fish, Querrey) So even if someone got hurt, this would make no sense.

hoodjem
04-15-2008, 10:21 AM
Is this should or will?

The Pure One
04-15-2008, 10:48 AM
What if he plays on FAST indoor carpet?

Has to be ultra FAST and still I have some doubts. May be on ice:?

Aeropro master
04-15-2008, 01:42 PM
yeah, he should play nadal on red clay :)

ichibanosaru
04-15-2008, 02:48 PM
What would be the point? He'd have more to lose than to gain, we have plenty of good US players (Roddick, Blake, Fish, Querrey) So even if someone got hurt, this would make no sense.

No offense, but:

Roddick + Blake + Fish + Querrey = 1 Grand Slam Singles Title
Sampras = 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles

I'm not the biggest Sampras fan and even while he was playing didn't think so much of him. However, he found a way to juice every single bit of talent he was given and found ways to win whereas too many of today's players just don't get it (and most likely won't).

Thanks again and take care-

ichibanosaru
04-15-2008, 10:51 PM
yeah, he should play nadal on red clay :)

Sampras vs. Nadal on clay in Spain - NO CHANCE WHATSOEVER. End of debate.

Take care!

crazylevity
04-16-2008, 06:54 AM
No offense, but:

Roddick + Blake + Fish + Querrey = 1 Grand Slam Singles Title
Sampras = 14 Grand Slam Singles Titles

I'm not the biggest Sampras fan and even while he was playing didn't think so much of him. However, he found a way to juice every single bit of talent he was given and found ways to win whereas too many of today's players just don't get it (and most likely won't).

Thanks again and take care-

NO offense, but:

Roddick + Blake + Fish + Querrey = 1 Slam since 2003

Sampras = 0 slams since 2003

Sampras is a great champion, and fully deserves the accolades he gets. But the Sampras of today is nowhere near the Sampras that won 14 slams. At their best level today, Sampras would be embarrased by any of them.

Netbudda
04-16-2008, 07:34 AM
We must remember that in recent months Sampras BEAT Federer and took him to a very tight third set match at MSG just a few weeks ago.

Rocky beat Hulk Hogan.
Sampras beat Federer.

The two events were staged...no difference whatsoever.

His time is over, let the man rest and enjoy his life as an icon, he earned it and went out on top, that's a story book ending.

ichibanosaru
04-16-2008, 11:25 AM
Rocky beat Hulk Hogan.
Sampras beat Federer.

The two events were staged...no difference whatsoever.



Good call.

downey stringing master
04-16-2008, 11:34 AM
maybe he could play doubles..

downey stringing master
04-16-2008, 11:35 AM
or MAC ? 10 char