Sampras could quit if he wins Wimbledon


LONDON, Reuters

Pete Sampras could end his career on Wimbledon’s centre court if he wins his eighth title there next month, the American has reportedly told Turner Network Televison (TNT).

In an interview with ex-world number one Jim Courier, Sampras suggests that, in an ideal world, he would like to win Wimbledon one more time and then quit, the Sunday Telegraph reports.

He is quoted as telling TNT: “In a perfect scenario, I’d love to play my last match here this year, win it and call it a career.”

However, he adds: “But who knows about the future? I’m keeping everyone guessing. I don’t even know. My body is holding up. I don’t have an exact time in my mind.

“It could be this year, it could be sometime way ahead.”

Sampras, holder of a record 13 Grand Slam titles, is 2-1 favourite with most bookmakers, his chances boosted by the withdrawals of Sweden’s Magnus Norman and Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador who were in his part of the draw.