What if Sampras played at Wimbledon 2021?

titoelcolombiano

Hall of Fame
Considering the lack of grass talent on the tour currently, how would a 49 year old Sampras fare if he decided to play one more time and was given a wild card into the draw? Let's assume that he'd done the necessary fitness work - how would he go? Would he win a couple of rounds? Or would the slower grass and his advanced age make him cannon fodder?
 

swordtennis

G.O.A.T.
Pete has some old chronic injuries and a blood issue.
Different genetics then Federer
At 49 it would a tough ask.
But if he pulled out all his guile experience and skill who knows!
 

Abel

New User
I like his chances to go into the second week. He would show a lot of players what a true serve and volley game looks like
 

ChrisRF

Hall of Fame
Of course this is a joke thread and all, but one thing is for sure: The last time I saw Sampras play was in a legends match at the IPTL against Ivanisevic a few years ago when he was in his early 40s, and he was in horrible shape. His game was absolutely gone, he made errors left and right.
 

Rafa4LifeEver

Hall of Fame
Considering the lack of grass talent on the tour currently, how would a 49 year old Sampras fare if he decided to play one more time and was given a wild card into the draw? Let's assume that he'd done the necessary fitness work - how would he go? Would he win a couple of rounds? Or would the slower grass and his advanced age make him cannon fodder?
Fitness would be an issue, a big huge issue I think.
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
As much as a like Pete some people here are delusional. He hasn’t seriously played in 19 years and is 49 years old. He would never be able to win even one match, maybe and this is a big maybe he could keep the first set competitive or even win but his stamina would not hold up with a much younger opponent especially given his health conditions which did not even allow him too many hard grueling matches in a row during his absolute prime. Also, it is not that Pete is like Mac or Roddick who even after retirement played on a regular basis or stayed competitive on the seniors tour. He was way more into golf and family during the last few years than trying to stay sharp and in shape on the tennis court.

To get a realistic view on how he would fare we just need to go as far to have a look on Musters comeback attempt a few years ago. Pete was a way better player than Muster but Muster was still way younger than Pete is now and could barely win a match on the challenger tour.
 

Sport

G.O.A.T.
31 yr old Federer in 2013: Loses to Stakhovsky
49 yr old Sampras in 2021: hE WiLl gO faR
35 years old Federer in 2017: wins Wimbledon without losing a single set.
49 years old Sampras in 2021: wins Wimbledon without losing a game.
 

NonP

Hall of Fame
As much as a like Pete some people here are delusional. He hasn’t seriously played in 19 years and is 49 years old. He would never be able to win even one match, maybe and this is a big maybe he could keep the first set competitive or even win but his stamina would not hold up with a much younger opponent especially given his health conditions which did not even allow him too many hard grueling matches in a row during his absolute prime. Also, it is not that Pete is like Mac or Roddick who even after retirement played on a regular basis or stayed competitive on the seniors tour. He was way more into golf and family during the last few years than trying to stay sharp and in shape on the tennis court.

To get a realistic view on how he would fare we just need to go as far to have a look on Musters comeback attempt a few years ago. Pete was a way better player than Muster but Muster was still way younger than Pete is now and could barely win a match on the challenger tour.
Yeah pretty much this. I'm quite sure the ancient days of a Tilden, Gonzales or Rosewall winning titles in their 40s aren't actually that ancient and top fortysomethings can still be competitive today (though 49 is admittedly pushing it), but that's assuming they remain lucky and motivated and never leave behind the pro tour's daily grind. OTOH Pete like you said doesn't even like to travel these days. Not sure he gets the better of Dre now, let alone an active player.
 

MadariKatu

Semi-Pro
Even if he could miraculously be fit enough to play for 3-5 sets, just the way the sport is played has changed too much. He couldn't rush as fast to the net as he used to and there would be passing shots galore.
 

Milanez82

Professional
He would prolly develop a blood clot from exertion.
Don't be ridiculous with fitness assertion.
Qualifiers would roll through him.
 

Sunny014

Hall of Fame
Maybe he could still take a set in the 1st round if tries very hard but thats just it, no chance of taking 2 sets, let alone 3.

Sadly, age is a real thing, we want our heroes to play forever but thats not happening.

Sampras as well as Federer (his whole gen) are sufferers of ATP changing the courts so drastically, or else Pete should ideally have played till 04-05 and Federer's gen would have fared better vs Nadal's gen until 2011 if the courts remained the same and big bazookas (poly) were not allowed by ATP.
 

King No1e

G.O.A.T.
Man, the quality of threads these days. Dude's near 50 and retired 18-19 years ago, he wouldn't be able to win a set against anyone in the draw, let alone a match.
Maybe against a qualifier/journeyman, he could win a set on servebotting alone.
 
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