Pete Sampras is out of the French Open and Wimbledon with doubts he will return to competitive tennis.
updated: February 25, 2007 09:48 IST
London:Pete Sampras is out of the French Open and Wimbledon with doubts he will return to competitive tennis. French Open and Wimbledon officials said on Friday they had received official confirmation of Sampras' withdrawal. The ATP also confirmed the withdrawals. Sampras has not played a match since a surprising title in the US Open in September, a record 14th career Grand Slam singles championship. The withdrawals are the latest in a succession this season, leading many to believe he will not return to the sport. "Yes, for me not to be at Wimbledon, I guess that's big," Sampras told the Los Angeles Times on Thursday. "I'm not 100 per cent going to close the door," Sampras told the newspaper, "but I know what it takes to be competitive - the training and preparation and the seven-day-a-week dedication - and I'm just not there right now." The clay-court French Open is the only Grand Slam singles Sampras has failed to win. Wimbledon is another story. Sampras won the grass-court event seven times. His 2000 title at the All England Club broke Roy Emerson's record for most Grand Slam singles titles. His 63-7 record at Wimbledon includes an eight-year stretch in which he lost only one match. (AP)