Sampras on the ceremonial

MichaelChang

Hall of Fame
So Sampras was there, I guess, they were expecting Nadal to tie Sampras so they invited Pete there for the ceremonial. Just like when Roger got his 15th. But it didn't happen. It looks like even Sampras is disappointed? lol. When he handed the dish to Nadal, there is so brief that as if Sampras knew Nadal is ****ed and it is not the moment to at least even give a hug or something.
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
Sampras looked bored as hell.
No way is he going to Paris (too many bad memories)
I'd say his bad memories in Australia are a lot worse, particularly what happened to his coach, Tim Gullikson, during the 1995 Australian Open. He won the Australian Open twice, but had a lot of disappontments too, such as losses to players like Agassi (x2), Philippoussis, Kucera, Martin and Safin.
 
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BrooklynNY

Hall of Fame
I think Pete felt horrible for Nadal, where do you gather he is bored after just taking a trip across the world to be apart of this ceremony.

Pete knows what it's like to lose a match a player you feel and know you should beat 9/10 or even 13/13 times, but don't because of injury.

At first he didn't say anything, and then you can see him asking Rafa what had happened soon after when the trophies were handed out
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
No, Pete was laughing on the inside and happy that Nadal did not win and equal his record. He was also pleased that Nadal alienated the crowd but he had never been accused of gamesmanship in his life. That is how real people think.
 

90's Clay

Banned
Sampras looked bored because he came from an era of all court tennis, strategic play etc. Now its baseline ping pong.
 

NEW_BORN

Hall of Fame
I'd say his bad memories in Australia are a lot worse, particularly what happened to his coach, Tim Gullikson, during the 1995 Australian Open. He won the Australian Open twice, but had a lot of disappontments too, such as losses to players like Agassi (x2), Philippoussis, Kucera, Martin and Safin.
Yeah but at least those were some notable names.
 
I'd say his bad memories in Australia are a lot worse, particularly what happened to his coach, Tim Gullikson, during the 1995 Australian Open. He won the Australian Open twice, but had a lot of disappontments too, such as losses to players like Agassi (x2), Philippoussis, Kucera, Martin and Safin.
I don't think any defeat against Agassi can count as that huge a disappointment, in the sense of being unexpected. Plus he was distracted by non-tennis related mattes in 1995 and was clearly not in prime condition in 2000, as the final set of the semi-final made manifest (and Agassi's exuberant celebration after the 4th set tiebreak showed he realized).

He was old when he lost to Safin and Martin.

So, I'd say that the Philippoussis and Kucera defeats were the biggest disappointments. But both played out of their skin. And Mark had pushed him really hard at the previous Grand Slam tournament.
 

helloworld

Hall of Fame
If you fly half way across the world to hand the trophy to someone who is about to tie your record, but he didn't, of course you would be disappointed. 14 slams is no longer a record, so Sampras has no reason to care if Nadal will or will not reach 14. He knows he's the best in his era and that's enough for him.
 
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Tenez101

Banned
Sampras and Rafa are both warriors on the court. Sampras knew more than anyone how much Rafa hates to lose, and didn't try to rub it in.
 

MichaelChang

Hall of Fame
I guess Pete will be in Paris, France 1st week of June.
Sampras has said (before Roger got his 15th) that he hate to travel to Australia because it is so far. but this time he did it for Nadal. I doubt he will travel any more just for Nadal. wtf, he is not the "trophy boy". Imagine Sampras keep traveling in the next 3 slams if Nadal just can't win the title. LOL:twisted:
 

Roddick85

Hall of Fame
I more or less see the logic in having Sampras being there to give out the trophy at the AO, even less at the FO. The current GS record holder is Federer. Pete speaks highly of Nadal, but I recall some controversy last year about Nadal basically saying he didn't approve of the fast court era where Pete dominated, which to me is a bit of a slap in the face of Sampras. Sampras being there for Federer when he beat Roddick in 2009 made sense, Sampras was still the player with most W, is actually friends with Federer and was the GS record holder at the time. Him showing up at the FO wouldn't make sense as he never won one, if anything Borg would make more sense.
 

heninfan99

Talk Tennis Guru
Sampras seemded to get along easily with both guys after the match. I wonder what he said. Good to see him around the sport. Always enjoy his Champions' tour matches when I can see clips.
 

Start da Game

Hall of Fame
sampras is simply class personified......one of the few greats to have no enemies on tour in his time or after his time......federer has berdych, djokovic etc.,, nadal has soderling, federer etc.....

sampras is always friendly with everybody and always has great words for current day players despite the lack of variety and homogenized surfaces......
 

MichaelChang

Hall of Fame
sampras is simply class personified......one of the few greats to have no enemies on tour in his time or after his time......federer has berdych, djokovic etc.,, nadal has soderling, federer etc.....
Rafter in his time. and then Agassi after his time (the tips gate).
 

Mustard

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafter rattled Sampras in the summer of 1998 more than anybody in tennis has managed. The controversial ending of the 1998 Cincinnati final where Rafter beat Sampras, and then Rafter retaining his US Open title by beating Sampras along the way.
 
Bizarre that Pete hates traveling to Australia. I know he's been retired for more than a decade (!) but I'd have thought he was used to traveling.
 
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