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Pete Sampras Quotes

Pete Sampras at Rocky Balboa statue
( Photo credit: Art Seitz ©2009 )

March 20, 2010: "I tip very well. Trust me."
Pete Sampras, disgusted at Andre Agassi's hectoring about his tipping habits during their "Hit for Haiti" fund-raising doubles exhibition with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.
February 16 , 2010: "I have time on my hands. If USTA wants to step up, I'll make a champion. These young guys are still green and I see so many things in their attitudes and games that need changing. I'm available for services."
Pete Sampras, the highly knowledgeable 14-time Grand Slam singles champion who earned $43 million prize money during his storied career, saying the cash-flush United States Tennis Association has rejected his undisclosed price for coaching promising American junior players.

July 08, 2009: "I have to give it to him. The critics say Laver, and [Rafael] Nadal has beaten him a few times at majors. He's won all the majors, he's won 15 now, he's going to win a few more here. So in my book he is."
Pete Sampras, whose career record 14 Grand Slam titles Roger Federer broke when he won Wimbledon, acknowledging Federer is the greatest tennis player ever.
June 8, 2009: "I'm sure he's going to go on and win a lot more. Now that he's won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, in my opinion."
Pete Sampras, telling the Associated Press that Roger Federer had already earned the title of best tennis player in history, even before winning the French Open, which Sampras never did, and tying his record of 14 career Grand Slam titles.
October 23 , 2007: "I did all I could do in the ‘90s, and I really thought the 14 [Grand Slam titles] would be tough to beat. Little did I know Roger would come along and dominate the way he has − and that could last a while longer.  If there's a player and a person that I'd like to see break this, it would be Roger.  He's a great guy.  Lets his racket do the talking.  One of those humble champions I like."
Pete Sampras paying tribute to Roger Federer, in the Associated Press.
October 14, 2006: "When I watch Roger freewheeling, so confident, it';s such a great feeling, but if I was playing him now, I would still try and take his time away, come to the net first and second serve, attack his second serve, same as with Andre. Nobody takes his time away. I'd just come at him and keep coming."
- Pete Sampras, the greatest serve-and-volleyer in tennis history, on how he would play current No. 1 Roger Federer, in The Sunday Times (UK).

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