When Pete Sampras retired in 2002, after spanking Agassi for the umpteenth time, he gave the impression that he was done with tennis. In interviews he indicated that his career was over. He was going to turn into a homebody, taking care of his wife and helping her to pop out some kids. As evidence that he was done for good, his training team packed up and found other jobs, most famously Paul Annacone who found a lead job with the Lawn Tennis Association.
I can’t honestly say that I ever missed Pete Sampras. While I always appreciated his talent, it was Agassi’s lively personality and sexy ass that were always more my style. Pete with his grandfather pants and his heavy tongue hanging out of his mouth as he wiped the sweat off his forehead with an index finger -- just didn’t stir me in the nether region. But I always appreciated his spectacular tennis. And always I admired his serve. The American Beauty.
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