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Champions chat: Sampras talks tennisupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 09:45:00

Pete Sampras is one of the legends of men's tennis, holding the record of 286 weeks as world No. 1 -- a position he maintained for an unprecedented six years in a row.

On court with Pete Samprasupdated: Fri Mar 30 2012 09:45:00

14-time grand slam champion Pete Sampras talks to Pat Cash about the future of U.S. tennis. Bruce Jenkins: Australian Open tune-up notesupdated: Tue Jan 10 2012 16:00:00

Here is an assortment of observations leading into the final tune-up week for the Australian Open: Bruce Jenkins: Federer's late-season mastery sparks memories of Samprasupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 17:35:00

The ATP World Tour Finals event was a colossal letdown on many fronts, replete with injuries, dubious effort and the crystal-clear messages from Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal that the men's Tour simply runs too long. None of that seemed particularly surprising. The overriding story, from this viewpoint, was a Roger Federer masterpiece recalling the best of Pete Sampras. Jon Wertheim: Need for speed at U.S. Open; one Sampras record Federer won't getupdated: Fri Sep 02 2011 20:03:00

What do you make of Roger Federer's comments about the court being slower this year? Why did they make it so? Given how much controversy was generated by the switch to Babolat balls at the French Open, I am surprised that this apparent slowing down of the surface has not generated much, if any, discussion. Roger lamented that the difference between grand slam surfaces has become smaller and smaller. Why the desire to slow down the courts? -- Mahsh Kalyana, Cary, N.C. Jon Wertheim: Manic Monday at Wimbledon says plenty about state of women's gameupdated: Mon Jun 27 2011 19:16:00

What does it say about the quality of the women's game right now that the Williams sisters, off long injury layoffs, can make it all the way to the fourth round of a major? I mean, before being summarily drummed out. A sad statement, really. -- Adam Kamp, Sturgeon Lake, Minn.

Milos Raonic on the riseupdated: Fri May 13 2011 13:03:00

Canada's rising tennis star Milos Raonic talks to CNN's Candy Reid about his breakthrough year and meeting his hero Pete Sampras. Bruce Jenkins: Djokovic ups ante in Nadal rivalry with Madrid triumphupdated: Tue May 10 2011 13:54:00

A single piece of evidence can be a fluke, and even a second misfire can be misleading. But Rafael Nadal has now lost three straight matches to Novak Djokovic -- twice on hardcourts, once on clay -- and there was something about Sunday's Madrid final that spoke to absolute command. Bruce Jenkins: Professor's mathematical ranking of Open Era greats doesn't add upupdated: Thu Mar 10 2011 12:28:00

There's nothing like a really strange list to get the tennis community up in arms. You know, the one that ranks Roger Federer No. 7 since the onset of the Open Era (1968). One's immediate impulse to create a more authentic list -- and I'll admit, I can't resist the temptation. Jon Wertheim: Federer's struggles, appreciating Ancic, more mailupdated: Wed Mar 02 2011 12:06:00

The dominant theme you guys address this week: "What's up with Federer?" Before we discuss that, let's pause and acknowledge Novak Djokovic, who's been living the dream these past few months. He's beaten Federer multiple times, led his country to Davis Cup glory, won a major (after a three-year drought) and looks like the next Great One. Bravo. Bruce Jenkins: Sampras' exhibition win over Agassi carries element of justiceupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 00:22:00

Ten thoughts in the wake of Pete Sampras' 6-3, 7-5 exhibition win over Andre Agassi: Jon Wertheim: Federer still capable of greatness, but consistency is fadingupdated: Mon Feb 28 2011 14:10:00

1. Faulty Federer falls. Both the gleeful Federer buriers and concerned Federer loyalists were out in full force this weekend. Their man dropped still another match to Novak Djokovic, a shank-o-rific Dubai final that saw Federer lose 6-3, 6-3. While Djokovic played stellar, complete tennis once again, Federer did himself no favors, framing shots, hitting destinationless backhands and finding few answers when Djokovic posed the difficult questions. Federer is now like a stock whose beta/variance is starting to widen. He's still capable of greatness -- that London win over Nadal wasn't even 100 days ago. Yet the dismal matches are becoming more common. Realistically, we knew the ride couldn't go on forever. And Federer's performance is in keeping with the life cycle of a champion. The consistency is the first thing to go. The old weaknesses, such as they are, start to surface. (In this case, the drive backhand.) There's still magic left in the wand, but it's not automatically Bruce Jenkins: Raonic, Monfils, Del Potro among newsmakers at San Jose eventupdated: Tue Feb 15 2011 11:46:00

The men's tour stopped by my neighborhood last week. It also stopped by Brazil and the Netherlands in its never-ending quest for global outreach, but San Jose's SAP Open drew an excellent field and made some headlines. Among them: Bruce Jenkins: Wozniacki, Schiavone both shine in exhilirating Aussie quarterfinalupdated: Tue Jan 25 2011 12:24:00

The scores made it seem so ordinary -- 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 -- but the Caroline Wozniacki-Francesca Schiavone quarterfinal was a beacon of contrast at the Australian Open and the ultimate showcase for women's tennis. We may not see anything like it, with so much at stake, until Schiavone returns to the French Open to defend her title. Jon Wertheim: Besides Federer or Nadal, who will win a men's major in 2011?updated: Wed Jan 12 2011 12:47:00

You predicted someone other than Roger or Rafa would win a Grand Slam this year. When does that happen? And is there anyone currently (or in the future) who could match Roger's five consecutive wins at two different events? Do you see anyone matching that ... or winning five consecutive at even one Grand Slam? --Marina, Dallas

401 matches undefeatedupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 08:38:00

Esther Vergeer has the best record in tennis, 401 straight wins and still going. CNN's Candy Reid investigates.

The man who revived Roger Federerupdated: Tue Jan 04 2011 08:38:00

By his own incredibly high standards, 2010 was not a vintage year for 16-time grand slam champion Roger Federer.

Recovery of stolen trophy leaves Sampras 'more optimistic,' agent saysupdated: Mon Dec 20 2010 23:23:00

The recent recovery of one of his stolen trophies and several scrapbook items at a Los Angeles park left tennis legend Pete Sampras "a little more optimistic" that the rest of his coveted memorabilia will soon be found, his agent said Monday.

Police want to question 'person of interest' in Sampras trophy theftupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 19:50:00

Los Angeles Police want to question a "person of interest" in the theft of nearly all of legendary tennis champion Pete Sampras' trophy collection from a public storage facility.

Sampras issues public plea to find stolen trophiesupdated: Wed Dec 08 2010 14:43:00

Retired tennis star Pete Sampras has revealed that most of the trophies and memorabilia collected during his 15-year career have been stolen. Jon Wertheim: Federer merely a bystander in IMG honcho's betting scandalupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 13:54:00

1. Reckless gamble: I was talking to a prominent men's doubles player recently about pressure. Playing for the Wimbledon final, he asserted, was nothing compared to the stress of playing a pro-am match in the Huggy Bear tournament. Come again? The Huggy Bear is the Skull and Bones of tennis events, a private affair held before the U.S. Open on private courts in the Hamptons. No TV, no sponsors, a small handful of fans. But some of the most intense matches of the year.

Federer draws level with Sampras by claiming Stockholm titleupdated: Sun Oct 24 2010 13:03:00

Roger Federer claimed his third title of the season with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Germany's Florian Mayer in the final of the Stockholm Open on Sunday.

Top seed Federer wins 900th singles matchupdated: Thu Oct 21 2010 16:57:00

Roger Federer marked his 900th career singles match with a straight sets thrashing of Taylor Dent of the United States at the Stockholm Open. Bruce Jenkins: Self-described tennis freak Harrison is promising sign for Americansupdated: Tue Sep 07 2010 13:59:00

The U.S. Open is often a barometer of American tennis and its prospects for the future, but appearances can be deceiving. Ryan Harrison struck just about everyone as the real thing, a clever and imaginative kid who has every right to think big. The women's side -- and that's two years running -- has the look of a mirage. Bruce Jenkins: Worst may be yet to come for American tennisupdated: Tue Aug 10 2010 13:17:00

As last week's Legg Mason tournament in Washington D.C. staggered to a connoisseurs-only conclusion, we heard a familiar lament: Where are the Americans, with all that hard-court talent? To me, this was the more pressing question: If Andy Roddick is about to vacate his post as the No. 1 U.S. player, where will we find the panache? Bruce Jenkins: With his dominance fading, Federer should return to his roots at the netupdated: Tue Jun 22 2010 13:18:00

Perhaps there's no resurrecting Roger Federer. Maybe he dropped the definitive hints at recent Wimbledons, strolling onto the court in those over-the-top evening jackets, as if preparing for a bit of pipe smoking with Alistair Cooke. Perhaps the rest of his career is just one big barnstorming tour -- "Come see the greatest player who ever lived!" -- as he swats those legendary groundstrokes, generally dominant but occasionally laying a massive egg. Jon Wertheim: Federer flagging, Wimbledon travel tips, more mailupdated: Wed Jun 16 2010 18:09:00

Just a housekeeping note: We'll post Wimbledon seed reports shortly after the draw comes out on later this week. Bruce Jenkins: Wimbledon, which begins Monday, is a lot of thingsupdated: Tue Jun 15 2010 17:53:00

I had the pleasure of covering 17 Wimbledons for the San Francisco Chronicle, and it's the most satisfying collective experience of my career. Money's a bit tight these years, but you never know, I might get back someday. If you love tennis and have the means to make an adventurous summer trip, I can't recommend it highly enough.

Past Masters still court glory on Champions Tourupdated: Mon Apr 19 2010 07:09:00

"Tiger Tim" is on the prowl again and ready to face up to the likes of Pete Sampras, Pat Rafter and Goran Ivanisevic but this time with just pride and title glory on the line. Bruce Jenkins: Leave it to a couple of men to sully a classy affairupdated: Wed Mar 17 2010 11:28:00

As the "Hit for Haiti" exhibition descended into farce at Indian Wells the other night, I couldn't help but wonder what Steffi Graf was thinking. The sight of a lithe, spirited Graf had been a highlight of the women's event -- and then her husband and Pete Sampras decided the whole thing was about them. It's very hard to screw up an event of such class and integrity, but these two guys pulled it off. Jon Wertheim: Sampras, Agassi showed poor taste during Haiti benefitupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 13:48:00

Best of Three while wondering what is the appropriate tip for a valet? Bruce Jenkins: American tennis may need a miracle -- but miracles happenupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 19:22:00

For a sport founded on upper-class convention, replete with 19th-century Londoners leaping across pristine lawns in long white pants, tennis has been molded by rogues, eccentrics and non-conformists. Its history would be as stodgy as four o'clock tea without its relentless plunges into the improbable. If you see a bleak immediate future for American tennis, I'd suggest a measure of patience. The next miracle cannot be too far away. Bruce Jenkins: No end in sight to historical drought for American men's playersupdated: Tue Feb 23 2010 15:03:00

When it comes to the appeal of American men's tennis, there is no set standard for the public. Over the course of the Open Era, we've embraced class (Arthur Ashe), petulance (Jimmy Connors), combustible genius (John McEnroe), rock stardom (Andre Agassi) and the monotonous (Pete Sampras). So I guess I should be excited that two young players -- any two -- are simultaneously on the rise after so much negative conversation. Bruce Jenkins: Tennis cheats itself with absurdly long seasonupdated: Tue Feb 09 2010 11:38:00

I dreamed last night I was some sort of amoeba, capable of splitting myself into independently functioning pieces. Some difficulties arose -- it took me two hours to decide between trail mix and Froot Loops -- but there was one enormous benefit. For the first time, I was able to stay in touch with the men's tennis tour. Jon Wertheim: Day 1 Mailbag at Aussie Open, including Haiti benefitupdated: Tue Jan 19 2010 14:34:00

Isn't it surprising, Jon? Roger Federer only came up with the "Hit for Haiti" idea on Saturday morning. Television only advertised it on Saturday afternoon and evening, and the papers the next morning. I was there and we had a great time. It is quite astounding that they were able to organize it in one day -- and good on people for coming. Laver was full capacity and it still surprises me, even with the realization that Down Under is a sports-mad society. Props for Tennis Australia, players and fans. A chunk of change was donated, too. -- Deepak, Melbourne Jon Wertheim: Can red-hot Davydenko break through for first Slam?updated: Thu Jan 14 2010 01:25:00

Is Nikolay Davydenko the new "Greatest to have not yet won a Slam?" Beating both Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal two tournaments in a row surely elevates him on that list? Maybe he's not such a dark horse for the 2010 Australian Open! -- Andrew Roth, Sacramento S.L. Price: Roger Federer is my Sportsman of the Yearupdated: Fri Nov 27 2009 12:23:00

Sports Illustrated will announce its choice for Sportsman of the Year on Nov. 30. Here's one of the nominations for that honor by an SI writer. Jon Wertheim: Nadal, Federer duel for year-end No. 1updated: Mon Nov 23 2009 14:16:00

A few thoughts as the season comes to an end ... Jon Wertheim: Oudin still needs work to reach next levelupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 13:58:00

WTHIGOW Melanie Oudin? -- Tom, Riverwoods, Ill. Jon Wertheim: Agassi's autobiography more than just drug admissionupdated: Fri Oct 30 2009 15:30:00 caught up with senior writer Jon Wertheim to discuss the contents of Andre Agassi's autobiography, Open. Bryan Armen Graham: Roddick enters key stage of careerupdated: Tue Aug 04 2009 15:04:00

The grassroots renaissance of tennis in the United States was the subject of an Associated Press feature that appeared online and in many newspaper sports sections over the weekend. The story argues, among other things, that "today's dearth of top American professionals" hasn't curtailed the sport's post-2000 growth: Selena Roberts: Federer draws on inner strengthupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 11:07:00

The Wimbledon grass has always been a bit of a yoga mat for Roger Federer, who routinely moves around Centre Court at mental and physical ease while his more bruiser-like counterparts clip-clop on its blades. Norman Chad: Federer, Tiger, et al confirm 21st century as sport's greatestupdated: Mon Jul 06 2009 02:29:00

So, Roger Federer has passed Pete Sampras, which means I now will make a statement -- of somewhat sound mind, with a good night's rest behind me -- that is inarguable, indisputable and incontrovertible:

Holder Nadal faces qualifier in French Openupdated: Fri May 22 2009 12:51:00

Rafael Nadal will begin his bid to win a fifth straight French Open title with a match against a qualifier and a possible semifinal against Britain's Andy Murray. Jon Wertheim: The value of exhibitions, how big is the Venus purse and more mailupdated: Wed Mar 04 2009 13:29:00

What did you make of the matches on HBO? And how much should we read into the results? One never knows how hard the players are playing, does one? -- Barry, Arizona Kevin Armstrong: Five things we learned at the Aussieupdated: Wed Feb 18 2009 08:11:00

Five things we learned from the Australian Open men's final while most of America slept: Jon Wertheim: Nadal and Williams are king and queen of their sportupdated: Wed Feb 04 2009 11:05:00

He stands 6' 1", weighs 185 pounds and can send a tennis ball pretty much anywhere he pleases. He's won on a variety of surfaces, collecting Grand Slam singles titles at a breakneck pace. He projects professionalism and grace and a distinctly European dignity. For all his success, he remains modest and grounded, uninterested in the usual trappings of modern celebrity, attracting attention only with his play.

Serena thrashes Safina to claim Aussie crownupdated: Sat Jan 31 2009 08:32:00

Serena Williams claimed her fourth Australian Open title with an emphatic 6-0 6-3 victory over Russian Dinara Safina in Saturday's final in Melbourne. Jon Wertheim: Five things to watch in 2009updated: Wed Dec 31 2008 11:30:00

1. Where does the Nadal-Federer passion play go from here? You'd be hard-pressed to name a more gripping and textured rivalry in professional sports. One versus two. Lefty versus righty. Grit versus polish. Nouveau versus classic. Will versus Grace, as it were. In 2008, Nadal beat Federer all four times they met --including their spellbinding Wimbledon final -- and assumed the No. l ranking in the process. Yet Federer recovered and enter 2009 within a single Major title of tying Pete Sampras' record. So long as both remain healthy, Rafa-Roger the best theater in tennis, no matter what happens. Jon Wertheim: A closer look at Spain's Davis Cup win and moreupdated: Wed Dec 03 2008 13:33:00

Check back next week for our annual Baggie Awards ... The need for a change in scheduling, rooting for the Swiss and moreupdated: Wed Nov 05 2008 13:24:00

While I agree that Rafa Nadal's decision not to play in Shanghai might require some re-thinking about the year round schedule, don't you think it is also a reflection that the Davis Cup is very much alive outside the U.S., and that Rafa does not want to award Argentina any advantage. It seemed Rafa and Ferrer were going to have the tough time adapting from China to Argentina, now it is only the unlikely Del Potro. -- Marcos Clutterbuck, Buenos Aires, Argentina Jon Wertheim: A lot riding on men's final, how long Williams sisters play?updated: Fri Jul 04 2008 10:40:00

For Wertheim's audio roundup of today's matches, click here or scroll down below. Justin Gimelstob: Despite his clay mastery, Nadal is underappreciatedupdated: Fri May 02 2008 12:51:00

As I write this, I'm 40,000 miles above ground hitching a ride on a private plane with tennis legend Pete Sampras. We're headed to Boston, where he'll be competing in the Outback Champions Series, and I'll be covering the tournament for television. Jon Wertheim: Signs point to a slump for Federer, not a declineupdated: Fri Mar 28 2008 11:24:00

What's going on with Roger Federer? -- Dallia, Sudan/Egypt Justin Gimelstob: Attendance, sales, participation say tennis is healthyupdated: Fri Mar 21 2008 13:38:00

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- A trend of contradicting columns is emerging between my colleague, Jon Wertheim, and me. We disagreed with the state of Andy Roddick's game and character two weeks ago. This week, I take an opposing view on the health and state of tennis. Jon Wertheim: While tennis is certainly suffering, it's far from dyingupdated: Wed Mar 19 2008 11:36:00

Just exactly who says that tennis is "struggling?" I'm getting sick of hearing about it. Jon Wertheim: Was Sampras' solid showing against Federer a sign?updated: Wed Mar 12 2008 11:07:00

Wanted to see what I could do, if anything, to lighten your workload: Richard Deitsch: Battle of tennis icons lives up to hypeupdated: Tue Mar 11 2008 02:33:00

NEW YORK -- It was a night where the old building in New York, which bills itself as the most famous arena of all, lived up to its billing. Jon Wertheim: Is ice-cold Federer victim of his own high standards?updated: Wed Mar 05 2008 12:54:00

I just heard Roger Federer went out to Andy Murray in the first round in Dubai. Question: Is it because Roger doesn't have enough match play? Is he on a slip, which is normal considering you can't stay at No. 1 forever? I seem to think both. I also think Roger wouldn't mind doing well against Pete Sampras on March 10. A tired Federer wouldn't do the trick. I miss him winning, though. And I hope he finds a way to win the French. -- Adrienne Kostal, Bethel Park, Pa. Jon Wertheim: Roddick's antics border on boorish -- is this a phase?updated: Wed Feb 27 2008 10:22:00

Bad news for Andy Roddick if he has to resort to blatant intimidation to win a match over an 18-year-old newcomer. Admitting that you're purposely trying to use gamesmanship is completely bush league. I'd expect that from the USTA league players on the weekend, but not a top pro. -- Patrick Preston, Lexington, Ky. Lisa Raymond: Destiny in the world of sportsupdated: Fri Feb 15 2008 22:30:00

It's been nearly two weeks, but the sports world is still buzzing over the Giants' last-minute victory over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. Eli Manning's third-down conversion to David Tyree has become the latest play talked about around the water cooler. How did Manning get away from those massive Patriot linemen, pass the ball to a tightly covered Tyree, who then somehow leaped into the air, grabbed the football with his fingertips, and managed to come down with it, all while juggling it off his helmet? Was it just phenomenal athleticism or just luck? Or maybe, in that enclosed stadium on a rainy afternoon in Arizona, it was their destiny.

Djokovic threat to Federer's crownupdated: Wed Jan 23 2008 11:53:00

Champion Roger Federer overcome a determined challenge from James Blake on Wednesday to set up an Australian Open semifinal clash against Serb Novak Djokovic. Justin Gimelstob: Off the court, the world No. 1 is weirdly down to earthupdated: Tue Jan 22 2008 11:28:00

MELBOURNE, Australia -- I snuck out to the indoor practice facility at Melbourne Park Tuesday during a break in my commentating responsibilities for the Tennis Channel when, of all people, Roger Federer was finishing up on my court. Typically, the greatest player of all-time was using his off-day to hit tennis balls. Justin Gimelstob: For some players, December is our time to give backupdated: Fri Dec 07 2007 13:02:00

For professional tennis players, December is the rarest of opportunities to rest and regroup after a grueling 11-month season. You'd think most of us would be lying on a beach somewhere in the Caribbean, sipping margaritas. But you'd be dead wrong.

Sampras upsets Federer in Macau updated: Sat Nov 24 2007 05:29:00

Pete Sampras rolled back the years to upset current world number one Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Macau on Saturday.

Federer edges tennis great Samprasupdated: Fri Nov 23 2007 09:45:00

World number one Roger Federer got the better of retired tennis legend Pete Sampras for the second time in three days in a special exhibition match in Kuala Lumpur.

Sampras lasts an hour with Federerupdated: Tue Nov 20 2007 07:41:00

Pete Sampras, formerly the world's top player, was no match for current number one Roger Federer in an exhibition match in Seoul on Tuesday.

Federer eases to hometown victoryupdated: Sun Oct 28 2007 13:50:00

Roger Federer ensured he will be world number one for the fourth successive season as he won his hometown tournament in Basel with a straight sets victory over Finn Jarkko Nieminen. Jon Wertheim: Nalbandian back on top of the world; the WTA's woesupdated: Wed Oct 24 2007 11:19:00

I suggest the title for this week's mailbag be simply "Nalbandian." A couple months ago, we were raining praise on Novak Djokovic for accomplishing an amazing feat when he beat David Nalbandian, Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer consecutively to win the Rogers Cup. S.L. Price: Roger Federer left little doubt that no one in the world does anything as well as he plays tennis updated: Mon Sep 10 2007 23:29:00

The moment of consolation came late at the 2007 U.S. Open, but it was not for Roger Federer's latest victim. This one was for the crowd, for the 25,230 unsuspecting fans who had come to Flushing Meadows to take in a New York spectacle, watch some tennis and overpay for food and drink, and who suddenly found themselves lacking. This one was for those who'd tracked Federer's elegant ride into history for the last two weeks, who'd seen him rise to every challenge with otherworldly calm and brush aside all comers like lint off a lapel. Richard Deitsch: Federer reflects on Open triumph, eyes his next actupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 22:27:00

NEW YORK -- While their global campaign for Gillette may revolve around beauty, the relationship between Roger Federer, Thierry Henry and Tiger Woods clearly isn't skin deep. Among the 40 text messages Federer received following his fourth consecutive U.S. Open victory were from sports supernova pals Henry and Woods.

Federer targeting Sampras recordupdated: Fri Aug 24 2007 00:53:00

Roger Federer will chase a fourth successive U.S. Open title next week in his ongoing quest to become the best male player of all time. Lisa Raymond: World TeamTennis sets the traditional game on its earupdated: Thu Jul 26 2007 23:41:00

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- In-your-face, obnoxious fans applauding double faults by the visiting team. Live DJs spinning music, emcees on the microphone, players dancing in between points while fans do the same in the stands. Popcorn, hot dogs, beer and soft pretzels fill the concession stands. Jon Wertheim: Rip Roddick if you must, but you can't ignore recordupdated: Mon Jun 25 2007 23:05:00

A quick Baguette while waiting out the rain. ... A change at the topupdated: Tue May 15 2007 16:29:00

Your thoughts on Roger Federer's split from his coach? I say good! -- Natasha, Toronto Don't call it a comebackupdated: Wed May 09 2007 13:17:00

A Mailbag as Pete Sampras returns to the tennis forefront: Equal pay for playupdated: Tue Feb 27 2007 16:11:00

I suppose you are crowing now that Wimbledon has capitulated to the ridiculous claim by women tennis players for equal pay for less work? Where is the backbone of the men in the ATP who agree to play longer hours for the same pay? Where, pray tell, is the equality? Why not just have one championship open to all players regardless of gender? -- Al Ferg, Sherbrooke Q&A: Pete Samprasupdated: Thu Feb 15 2007 08:45:00

Last week Sports Illustrated writer Richard Deitsch interviewed Pete Sampras for the magazine's Q&A. The 35-year-old Hall of Fame tennis player will compete in the Outback Champions Series, an over-30 tour, in Boston from May 2-6. In July he will be inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, R.I. Here are additional excerpts from their conversation. The ultimate battleupdated: Tue Feb 06 2007 17:21:00

Everyone contemplates how another Pete Sampras vs. Roger Federer match would run (including Sampras) except Federer! Everyone's intrigued, Sampras thinks he would hold his own. But when we talk about it, we discuss it as if Sampras were dead and the match is beyond the realm of possibility! He's only 35! Theoretically, this hypothetical can be made a reality very easily, no? Why hasn't anyone suggested they play an exhibition? -- Brad Uy, Honolulu, Hawaii The 10 Spot: Jan. 30, 2007updated: Tue Jan 30 2007 09:54:00

1. The Colts touched down in Miami on Monday night. They weren't talking about the health of Peyton Manning's swollen thumb, but it might not have been a good sign that it barely fit in the overhead compartment.

Federer still to uncork full forceupdated: Tue Jan 30 2007 05:09:00

Roger Federer has still not reached his peak and is destined to become the greatest player of all time, according to his Australian coach Tony Roche. Fire Serena up!updated: Thu Jan 18 2007 10:21:00

We lead off with a multiple-choice quiz from Jamie Prenkert of Bloomington, Ind.:

Blake defeats Moya to retain titleupdated: Sat Jan 13 2007 06:11:00

American James Blake captured his sixth title in 12 months when he beat Spain's Carlos Moya 6-3 5-7 6-1 on Saturday to win the Sydney International for the second year running. Has Rafa peaked?updated: Tue Jan 09 2007 16:50:00

Do you think Rafa Nadal's career may follow a similar arc to Jim Courier's? Both made their names by imposing their gritty, physical games on opponents. This led to early success for both, especially at Roland Garros. But Courier's career peaked early as other players began to figure out how to play (and beat) him. It appears that Nadal is in a similar situation. Maybe I should wait until after the clay season to make this metaphor, but after his loss to Xavier Malisse, Rafa looks to have lost some momentum. -- Jay Lassiter, Philadephia

Federer looks to extend dominanceupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 06:55:00

World Sport anchor Candy Reid casts her eye over the favorites in the men's draw at the U.S. Open, which starts Aug. 29. For the women's draw, click here.

Wimbledon Single Champions (1877-2004)updated: Thu Jun 16 2005 05:40:00

The most successful male players in the history of Wimbledon are Pete Sampras and William Renshaw who took the title seven times. The most successful female player is Martina Navratilova who clinched victory at Church Road nine times between 1978 and 1990.

Is success just dumb luck?updated: Tue Dec 07 2004 13:25:00

Have you wondered why some people get all the breaks? It's not that they were born under a lucky star, but they seize opportunity when they see it.

Kafelnikov says it is time to quitupdated: Tue Nov 16 2004 04:15:00

Former men's tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov has said that it is highly unlikely he will ever play professional tennis again.

Federer streak is ended by Hrabtyupdated: Wed Aug 04 2004 10:53:00

World No.1 Roger Federer lost for the first time in 24 matches when he was beaten by Slovakian Dominik Hrabty 1-6 7-6 6-4 in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters on Tuesday.

Ivanisevic gets ready to bow outupdated: Sun Jun 20 2004 07:08:00

At Wimbledon 2004, there are two defending men's champions.

The Don Speaks: Previous columnsupdated: Wed Mar 17 2004 05:01:00

Paying tribute to the Augusta master

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