But at least Sampras did win an award for his gut-wrenching fifth-set
performance against Alex Corretja. Just off the wires ...
NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Just when they had invented an award for a
display of grit and determination in a singles match, Pete Sampras
staged that valiant comeback in the quarterfinals against Alex Corretja.
The five-set, tie-breaker triumph had drained Sampras to the point of
vomiting on the court. So it was no surprise Saturday when the sponsor
announced Sampras had won the inaugural Heineken Star Award and an
accompanying $5,000 donation to the Tim and Tom Gullickson Foundation.
Tim Gullickson, Sampras's former coach, died of brain cancer earlier
this year and his twin brother Tom accepted the award in place of
Sampras, who was readying for his Saturday semifinal against Goran
Will play tennis for food.