> Up till now, every time Pete Sampras has claimed a horrible,
> life-threatening injury, he has been the most fearsome player in the
> history of tennis. His dire predictions about this year's Open sound
> mighty suspicious in that context.
> Remember the horrible stomach upset in the '92 U.S. Open semifinals
> against Courier? Remember the horrible shoulder injury at the '93
> Wimbledon? Remember the we'd-better-delay-the-final Kaopectate attack at
> this year's Lipton, which Agassi foolishly fell for?
by a better player at the Lipton this year.
> pulled out of the Washington tournament. He was hand-in-hand with Delaina
> Mulcahy, skipping about the tournament site at Rock Creek Park like a
> giddy schoolgirl. I didn't know about the pullout until that night's 11
> o'clock news, but in retrospect Pete was acting like a kid who had gotten
> away with playing hooky. He would have been moving a lot slower if he had
> a seriously injured ankle.
> The guy's a great player; why must he resort to this crap?
able to walk ok in Washington, but that doesn't mean that he could
play ok, or if he played, it could worsen his injury. Sampras
would have been very stupid to fake his current situation. He has
not even played one hard court warm up tournament leading to the
US Open. He might still pull it off, but Sampras isn't in a very
good position right now. He has absolutely nothing to gain by
faking this injury.
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