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Entries in Pete Sampras (6)

10:21AM

Pete Sampras' Trophies Found In Boxes At Hospital

Photo:  Getty Images

Last December Pete Sampras had his storage space in West Los Angeles ransacked, and unfortunately many of his 64 cherished tennis trophies, including his first Australian Open trophy went missing.  But today is Pete's lucky day, because law-enforcement has found them, but in a very odd place.

Via TMZ:

Pete is all smiles now -- we're told a private investigator working the case for Sampras got a tip the boxes would be dropped off behind a Los Angeles hospital on Saturday.

According to law enforcement, the PI tipped off security at the hospital, who eventually spotted the boxes and called LAPD. We're told cops have no idea how they got there, but they are investigating.


There is no word yet whether all the trophies were returned.

11:23AM

New BFFs? Novak Djokovic and Pete Sampras

Pete has apparently dumped Roger Federer and moved on to a new bestie, Novak Djokovic.  Nole recently got to meet his idol, and then posted these pictures on his Facebook page.  He captioned this photo with:

This picture has a special place in my collection. Pete was my biggest idol when i was growing up. I was dreaming of winning Wimbledon trophy like he did... who knows, it might come true one day, i'm working on it! :)

Too cute. 

9:20PM

Pete Sampras Got Into Donald Young's Kitchen

Donald Young, the promising junior talent touted by John McEnroe who failed to live up to the hype when he turned pro in 2004, finally managed to deliver on that promise, defeating world number five Andy Murray 7-6 (4), 6-3, in the 2nd round of the BNP Paribas Open.  Prior to this win, the highest ranked player he had defeated was Felicano Lopez in 2008. 

So what caused the turn-around for the 21 year-old player who on his Twitter account recently used the hashtag #secondcoming?"  (If you aren't familiar with Twitter lingo and therefore don't know what a hashtag is click here.)

Pete Sampras got into his kitchen.

Young, who has recently been working with the USTA coaches on his fitness as well as hitting with Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey, had the opportunity to hit with his idol Pete Sampras in the off-season.  And Pete apparently enjoys a bit of gamesmanship. 

In his post-match press conference Donald said:

It was great . He beat me in a groundstroke game. He gave me a lot of crap for it. He was talking a lot of trash. He calls me princess and he talks a lot of stuff. He says it's all in jest. It was a different side. First of all, I didn't know whether to take it serious or not. I was kind of psyched out. He still plays well. He told me he expected to see good things from me and for me to get better. I took it to heart. He calls it getting in my kitchen. He is obviously a great player. I look up to him. He's my favorite player. Amazing to be on the same court.

Up next for Donald Young is Tommy Robredo, who in their last meeting back in 2009, won in 4 sets.  So Pete, please stay in his kitchen, and while you're there can you grab me some popcorn?  Because I'm entertained.

Post-match quotes via Tennis.com

Photo via Getty Images

12:43PM

Photos: That's A Lot of Titles

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras are new BFFs on and off the court, and recently they hooked up and went to a LA Lakers game where they met some of the players including Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.  Just a quick stat - If you combine Pete and Fed's Major titles with Kobe's rings, it equals 35 titles.  Talk about being in the presence of greatness....

Photos via the ATP World Tour Facebook Page

11:49AM

Interview With Jerry Solomon CEO of StarGames, LLC About The BNP Paribas Showdown

Tennis will be featured again at Madison Garden Square Garden on Feb 28th with the BNP Paribas Showdown, showcasing the epic rivalries between Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, and Ivan Lendl.   The night, which is part of Tennis Night In America, is the kick off event for a month long celebration of tennis.  Throughout March, the USTA will be holding various Youth Registration Events, which is their largest youth recruitment effort.   I had the opportunity to talk with Jerry Solomon, CEO of StarGames LLC who is the organizer of The Showdown, about Tennis Night in America and the role of exhibition matches to increase the popularity of the sport.

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2:20AM

Querrey Tries to Play Hookie and Other Updates from the SAP Open

Sam Querrey tried to play hookie from his press conference today after his first round loss to Lukas Lacko at the SAP Open in San Jose, CA where he was a semi-finalist last year.   He is now is 0-3 for 2011, so while his frustration is understandable, press conferences are mandatory for seeded players.   It was later tweeted that he was dragged back by the ATP and he did his press like a good boy.

In other SAP Open news:

Yesterday, in his first tournament since October 2010, James Blake won his first round match against Jesse Levine 6-5, 6-1.  After dealing with shoulder and knee injuries for the last 2 seasons he says he now feels healthy and has renewed desire to make a comeback. (Check out a great article about his comeback here.)  I'd love to see Blake make a run here, but he has a fairly large roadblock in the 2nd round named Milos Raonic, the Canadian rising star who took out Xavier Malisse in the 1st round.  As much as I like Milos, I'll be part of the J-Block tomorrow.

Speaking of Milos, he is writing a blog while at the SAP Open, and talked about meeting his idol Pete Sampras:

I got to meet Pete Sampras yesterday. It was really amazing. It's two different things, growing up watching so much of one guy, then meeting the person behind the game. He was really nice. He gave me some well-thought out tips. For me, it was an unbelievable experience, especially when you're coming up and getting to the point where you meet your idols. It means a lot.

And he also blogged about his upcoming match against James Blake:

Speaking of players you grow up watching, my next match is against James Blake. It's nice playing these guys you used to watch. I think I'll have an advantage - I'll know him more than he'll know me! So I'll use that as much as I can. I know he'll go for his shots. I'll just take care of my serve and hopefully I'll get a few chances on the return. I look forward to it.

And if you didn't catch it, Pete Sampras and Gael Monfils opened up the tournament with an exhibition match that produced some really entertaining tennis.  Monfils won 7-6 (4), 6-4,  but Pete showed that at age 39 he still had game, although at the end he looked like he needed some O2.  He was clearly impressed with Monfils:

I played against a lot of good movers in my day, but he was one of the best I've ever played. It was incredible.  He slides like 8-feet long. He's got a great future.

but for the future:

Next year, I hope I can play McEnroe or Agassi, someone a little more my age.

See the post-match video here:

Tonight, Fernando Verdasco and Gael Monfils will play their first round matches starting at 7pm PST.