Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by shun.cheu » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 20:01:24


Quote:
Bill Walsh writes:
> 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?

Sampras didn't win the '92 US Open. Agassi was simply beaten
by a better player at the Lipton this year.

Quote:
> As for the current "injury," I saw Pete when it all began, the day he
> 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?

I think Bill Walsh is being very unfiar to Sampras. He might be
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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Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Dexter Medl » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 23:27:34

Quote:

>Remember the we'd-better-delay-the-final Kaopectate attack at
>this year's Lipton, which Agassi foolishly fell for?
>He would have been moving a lot slower if he had
>a seriously injured ankle.

And with these ruminations, Bill wins the Cynic of the Month Award for
August, 1994, by acclaim, waffling even my tainted musings about Agassi.

It's hard to believe Pete would contrive to begin Open play with this
little competitive hard-court practise, unless he's adopted the long path
of preparation for a future pro wresting career. Maybe he's just got one
of those little, nagging ankle aches, and is erring on the side of caution
in anticipation of tough five-setters in the NY heat, eh?

(BTW, if *I* had a choice between strolling around Rock Creek Park with
Delaina and playing tennis with *you*, Bill, well....)

-- Larry

 
 
 

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Bill Wal » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 18:56:12

Maybe this will prove to be the exception, but if history repeats itself,
Mr. Injured Crybaby himself will dominate the Open like no one ever has.

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?

As for the current "injury," I saw Pete when it all began, the day he
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?

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Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Bill Wal » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 02:19:14

Quote:
Shun Cheung writes:
>I think Bill Walsh is being very unfiar to Sampras.

Maybe. (As the subject line might indicate, I'm not exactly being dead
serious here.) I'm just saying that the guy has a history of claiming
injuries or illnesses and then playing his best tennis.

Quote:
>Sampras didn't win the '92 US Open. Agassi was simply beaten
>by a better player at the Lipton this year.

Sampras won the semifinal I was talking about against Courier, moping and
groaning and doubling over and doing all but calling an ambulance between
points in the last few games. He then lost the final to Edberg -- guess
he wasn't sick enough to pull out that one. . . . Yes, Agassi was beaten
by a better player at the Lipton. What does that have to do with my
observation? He was beaten by a better player who was on his death bed a
couple of hours earlier.

--Bill

 
 
 

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Bill Wal » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 02:22:26

Quote:
Dexter Medley writes:
>And with these ruminations, Bill wins the Cynic of the Month Award for
>August, 1994, by acclaim, waffling even my tainted musings about Agassi.

I wear that as a badge of honor.

Quote:
>(BTW, if *I* had a choice between strolling around Rock Creek Park with
>Delaina and playing tennis with *you*, Bill, well....)

Well, come to think of it, Delaina appears to be closer to your age group
than to Pete's :-).

--Bill (spent the night putting string savers in his new way-too-loose
racquet. Perverse logic: Now it's still a lousy string job, but it'll last
longer!)

 
 
 

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Dexter Medl » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 06:19:40

Quote:

>Dexter Medley writes:
>>(BTW, if *I* had a choice between strolling around Rock Creek Park with
>>Delaina and playing tennis with *you*, Bill, well....)
>Well, come to think of it, Delaina appears to be closer to your age group
>than to Pete's :-).

Flattery will get you nowhere. Alas, even by my post-middle-age crisis
new math, methinks it's not so. Isn't she somewhere in the 28-30 window?

Just goes to show that one man's older woman is another man's potential
child bride. Maybe we could work out a timesharing arrangement...

8') -- Larry

 
 
 

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Bryan Woodwort » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 08:30:55


Quote:
>[...]
>The guy's a great player; why must he resort to this crap?

Because he can get away with it?  Eh.  Maybe he is trying to keep burnout
at bay.  Perhaps his friend Courier has been whispering in his ear about
the benefits of taking a little time off. . .
--

 
 
 

Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by shun.cheu » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 21:01:22

Quote:
Bill Walsh writes:
> Shun Cheung writes:

> >I think Bill Walsh is being very unfair to Sampras.

> Maybe. (As the subject line might indicate, I'm not exactly being dead
> serious here.) I'm just saying that the guy has a history of claiming

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Quote:
> injuries or illnesses and then playing his best tennis.

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If that is all Bill Walsh is claiming, I pretty much agree.
Sampras certainly has the ability to play very good tennis even
though he is NOT 100% healthy. He is simply so much better
than everybody else (except on clay).


Quote:
> As for the current "injury," I saw Pete when it all began, the day he
> 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.

Bill Walsh was claiming that Sampras is faking some these injuries,
as he put the word injury in quotes and commented that Sampras would
have been moving a lot slower if his ankle injury was indeed serious.

I completely disagree that Sampras is faking his ankle injury,
because doing so, he has little to gain but a lot to lose. Sampras
is NOT that stupid.
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Pete Sampras Will Win the U.S. Open Without Losing a Game

Post by Workoutn » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 22:28:02


Quote:
(shun.cheung) writes:

(deleted)

I think this whole conversation is getting a little obsurd.  Sampras is
such a talented player and way a head of the pack, that I don't think he
needs to fake injuries.  The tour for the players is quite gruelling.
They play too many tournaments and injuries are bound to happen.  What
about Krickstein?  In the past he was always sick or injured.(and his dad
is a doctor)

Maybe Sampras is tired and would like to spend time with DM.  Who
cares..... He will do well at the Open, I'm sure.

Sandi