Sampras's racquet

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  1. flamboy

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    u think sampras has an ncode tour 90 rite now? i mean when he plays for recreation of course.
     
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  2. ragnaROK

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    from what I hear, sampras rarely plays anymore.
     
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  3. Probably just the last used St. Vincents that were in his bag before he lost it burried under a bunch of baby toys and other mess, heh.
     
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  4. BreakPoint

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    Yeah, I think Sampras plays more golf and basketball these days than tennis.
     
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  5. tomahawk

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    I read a recent interview of Pete and he said that he hasn't picked up a racquet in a very long time. Probably the last time was when he was training to play Wimbledon in '03. I doubt he would ever start playing for recreation either. I think that if he did start hitting again, he'd be afraid that he might start thinking that he could play on the tour again and doesn't want to put that kind of stress on himself or his family. He said that he was done and wants to leave it that way, 100 percent done. Probably after a couple years, when his son Christian gets older, he'll pick up the racquet again. But I don't forsee him hitting another tennis ball, or even picking up a racquet till then. By then his competitive juices for the game would have definitely passed and such thoughts would not come to mind.
     
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  6. perfmode

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    Wow. How can he play tennis his entire life and just put down his racquets completely when he retires?
     
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    Pete, unlike most other pros, had a long and demanding goal of having the most Grand Slams than anyone else. He had to be focused his entire carrier and when it was all over the reason for playing was gone.

    I'm sure Pete will hit with the latest ncode or PS for fun.
     
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  8. louisc

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    There was some talk, I think also reported on these boards, that Sampras had been trying out Babaolats in the twilight of his pro career, and was seen photographed with a Head after he had retired. As talented as he is, it must be tough to pick up a 400g PS 85 and play decent tennis with it if you only play once in a while these days. Ivanisevic recently went to a Yonex from his Prestige, presumably because it is comparatively less demanding to use now that he in not on the full tour. May be Sampras will do something similar. May be he wants to leave playing for a few years until the age factor is reason enough to be seen to switch frames to something that is a bit easier to swing with a bigger sweatspot. Who knows. The guy was grace and dignity personified on court, so may be we should expect to see him change to something else in good time and graciously. "Lifetime Wilson Ambassador to Tennis"...?!
     
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  9. perfmode

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    How old is he now?
     
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  10. BreakPoint

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    Well, Ivan Lendl did the same thing. I don't think he's played tennis at all since his retirement. He plays golf exclusively. I've heard he's gotten so good at golf, he's thinking of joining the PGA Tour.

    Has anyone ever won multiple Grand Slams in both tennis and golf in one lifetime? :?:
     
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  11. The Ripper

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    The recent documentary on Sampras showed him on his home court with what looked like some Prince or maybe Head racket (definitely not a PS). Also during the rain delays for Houston, there was a Chris Meyer's Center Court interview being shown where Pete talked about playing around with his son on the court. Pete also said he was starting to look into what he could do to promote tennis and said he was thinking about some exhibitions, etc. Sounds like we might be seeing more of him, even on court. I know I'll be there (if I can afford it!).
     
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  12. BreakPoint

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    Hey Ripper, how are you liking your new PS 6.0 95?
     
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    Hi BreakPoint,

    Well good news and bad news. I like the PS 95 quite a lot! However, I got a good deal on the POG mid and at least for now, am liking it even better. The head size on the 95 still seems big to me and the racket didn't feel as stable, crisp or precise as the smaller headed and stiffer POG (probably some lead at 3 & 9 or 10 & 2 would help). I'm definitely keeping the PS 95, because things sometimes change over time, but the POG is really helping my game. I'd have to say it feels the closest balance-wise and control-wise to the PS 85, except better in that it has the larger head (at 93 sq in), is a bit stiffer and a bit more head light. My serves have a lot more spin and are more precise, and because of the quickness of the racket I'm getting more balls back on the run. So for now I'm sold on the POG. Thanks for your input, and the PS 95 is definitely a keeper.

    :p
     
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  14. gts072

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    No Lendl was forced to retire because of his uncurable bad back. Everytime he tries to play tennis (after retirement), he states his back hurts too much. A shame he couldn't play on the senior tour. Lendl who left the tour weighing 175, now weighs 225.
     
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    At Rockefeller Center in NY last year. Maybe a little overweight but at least now he has a decent haircut.
     
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    American Century celebrity golf championship, July 17, 2004, in Stateline, Nev
     
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  17. gmlasam

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    I saw Sampras on Biography or Beyond the Glory on TV, and he was holding a Head Intelligence Tennis Racquet. I guess he uses a granny stick now. ;)i
     
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    jeeeesus, the guy's completely unrecognizeable. in that press conference shot, he looks like tom cruise in minority report after he shocks himself to deform his face muscles!

    so much for his boast that, after retirement, he would be even fitter because he would have more time to train and wouldn't have to waste so much time on tennis
     
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  19. Metzler

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    Ellsworth Vines won on the PGA tour after giving up tennis, but not one of the four majors.
    John Brodie (football) and Ralph Terry (baseball) both won on the senior tour. Stan Mikita (hockey) won a club pro championship.
    For all their trash talk about dominating senior golf after retiring from b-ball, Barkley and Jordan are double digit handicappers - with as much or more effort and coaching than the above mentioned winners.
     
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  20. Ultra2HolyGrail

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    I could tell it was lendl right away :shock:
     
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