Had to mention a current player so that it stays in this forum
Justin wrote about working out with Pete in his SI.com column...
and an excerpt...
But this column isn't about me -- it's about one of, if not the greatest, tennis players of all time. Everyone, me included, has been quick to anoint Roger Federer
the new alpha male of tennis history. But after spending some time practicing with retired Pete Sampras
, I think we've shortchanged Pistol Pete.
Sampras has participated in a few of the aforementioned charity/exhibition events this month, so obviously he has been practicing plenty. Since we live in such close proximity to each other in Los Angeles, working out together was a convenient fit. Our practices vary in intensity -- the main factors being how my back is feeling on that particular day and how motivated Pete is -- but the tennis Sampras is still capable of playing at 35 is astonishing.
I was laughed at and ridiculed in ATP Tour locker rooms a few years back when I defended John McEnroe
when he was boasting about his ability to still compete at the highest levels of tennis in ideal conditions. (We were both proven right by the way, with his doubles win in San Jose earlier this year.) I will probably be mocked again when I make this statement:
Pete Sampras is currently playing at a level as high as anyone in the world except for Federer.
You'll have to read the rest to see how he backs that up.