Pete’s speech at the Tennis Hall Of Fame – Part 1

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  • By hyperwarrior, July 25, 2010 @ 3:17 am

    @timmcfly15 you’re an idiot 16>14>10 pure imbecile you are

  • By timmcfly15, July 25, 2010 @ 3:42 am

    I think he cried too much in this speech.

  • By 83BM, July 25, 2010 @ 4:06 am

    @timmcfly15 While ill agree that Nadal and Federer are great players. if they played Sampras in his prime i just don’t think they would of been able to deal with that serve it was a killer serve of the likes ive never seen before. Espeically at Wimbledon.

  • By timmcfly15, July 25, 2010 @ 4:36 am

    @receipt22 3 Greatest players of all time- 1.Nadal 2. Federer 3. Sampras

  • By kaztle13, July 25, 2010 @ 4:44 am

    ohc ome on people the real GOAT is Pancho Gonzalez who was able to crank a serve at 120 with a woodie, in some tourney he was restrained to just hitting 1 serve, he couldnt go to the net, and some random shit that old organizers used to do just so the competition would be even so Pancho was and is the GOAT and Pete i think is right behind him since he stuck to just playing serve and volley and played in what you can call a faster era now no one play serve and volley cuz courts are slower

  • By sdnm86, July 25, 2010 @ 4:57 am

    Pete Sampras is humility and class personified.

  • By Bobby61189, July 25, 2010 @ 5:33 am

    you can tell how much this recognition of his career means to hiim. Imagine how much he is suffering without his trophies. I hope he gets them soon, and the jackasses that took them are punished.

  • By TheLeilisa, July 25, 2010 @ 6:18 am

    Need exercise tips for tennis ?

  • By jonathanelbuenaonda, July 25, 2010 @ 7:13 am

    if for you sampras is the best player of all time its fine, is just an opinion and i respect that, but it doesent mean its true(or false either) is just a matter of whos your favorite…i cant pick federer or sampras i just love them both

  • By pps1fan, July 25, 2010 @ 7:17 am

    @receipt22 Well said totally agree with you…no matter how many titles Federer wins for me Pete Sampras is the better of the two in the sense of what competition he had over the years! Federer has only been really challenged since Nadal, Djokovic and Murray came along!

  • By TearTheRoofOff, July 25, 2010 @ 7:31 am

    @receipt22 While your perception is valid, it’s worth noting that if Federer was not around in this generation, many players would have demonstrated similar world class feats to Agassi and Becker. One example would be Roddick probably having about 7 majors. Put simply, Federer MADE his competition look bad. I’m not arguing that Sampras didn’t do the same, but that they are/were both two of the greatest players of all time, with their competition beneath them. IMO Sampras = the greatest on grass.

  • By nightwing9, July 25, 2010 @ 7:40 am

    Sampras was great. But he was never an all rounder like Federer..or even Agassi.

  • By drugstoremarc, July 25, 2010 @ 8:02 am

    this guy is awesome. like receipt22 here I agree: 15, 16, 17 grand slams or not, it doesn’t matter. pete sampras is the better player. and I sure as hell miss watching him play. true class.

  • By atom57, July 25, 2010 @ 8:26 am

    @pmo1983 I agree except for Nadal, who has a 14-7 career record over Federer and Fed has only denied him 2 majors.

  • By KHRIZARE, July 25, 2010 @ 8:54 am

    Pete was my favorite player in his time, always saw their games, I liked the strength of his serve
    From Mexico

  • By theatlantean2, July 25, 2010 @ 9:10 am

    Wow, what a speech. You could tell how much this meant to him; his career, his mark on history, his records, and being added into the hall of greats……..This was kind of like a Babe Ruth or Lou Gherig moment. As far as who the greatest of all time is, who knows. I grew up in the Sampras era, and I know the depth was insane. However, as a touring coach in today’s tennis, i see the depth of the field, all the way down to a guy ranked #1000. Pete is in the top 3 for sure, if not #1. Beauty.

  • By segadavid1, July 25, 2010 @ 10:07 am

    Pete’s style of aggression was phenominal. Am a Federer fan in this era but I must say as excellent as Fed is,Pete’s game was just too awesome. The canon 1st and 2nd serve,that booming forehand and net coverage is just beyond description. Note that his era had more competitive folk,more rivals i.e Agassi,Rafter et al…whom he overcame. Quite frankly Fed’s only real nemesis has been and still is Rafa. While Fed’s grace is stupendous,I admire more the aura and charisma that Pistol Pete had.

  • By kirk7524875248, July 25, 2010 @ 10:09 am


  • By themios72, July 25, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    sampras a humble man. agassi you are stupid for saying pete has no money. pete donates to charity always, remeber his coach a 100 dllars every ace to fight cancer.

  • By pmo1983, July 25, 2010 @ 11:14 am

    all you guys are living on Nostalgia.

    I grew up watching Sampras. but if you compare their games and technique Fed is the best i have ever seen. his achievemnts prove he is the greatest.

    Plus in the 80’s because their was no dominant player people said it was weak era compared to the 70s

    in the 90’s people said Samps dominance of Wimbledon was a sign of a weak era.(plus he played Pioline in two GS Finals)

    Now people are saying the 00s were a weak era.

    stop reminiscing

  • By pmo1983, July 25, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    This is a stupid post.

    Safin, Haas, Nalbandian, Ferrero, Roddick, Hewitt, Davydenko, Djoko, Murray, Nadal. all are great players. All should have more GS but Fed was too good and far more dominant Than Pete.

    I like Sampras but Pioline? Chang? Come on.

    Plus he was horrible on clay. Still the greatest Grass court player though.

  • By Oxygene13, July 25, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    This post is atrocious and inaccurate; a huge shame.

  • By electricvibe5, July 25, 2010 @ 12:51 pm

    i agree completely

  • By tatsukiyumo, July 25, 2010 @ 1:34 pm

    pete is the best cause at the time there were alot of top players at their prime like agassi hewit henman chang and alot of others i dont want to type them all out. The only people today are federer nadal and joko everyone else is like past their time. andy roddick squeezes in the list but his ground game is too weak.

  • By Sawsoonah, July 25, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    not only that, Pete broke the record on a broken leg beating Agassi.
    While Federer broke his with Nadal’s absence & beating Andy Roddick…I mean c’mon!
    I don’t deny that Roger is a fantastic player, but I remember Pete’s era was the real deal of Tennis
    Roger’s only real rival is Nadal, & if Nadal didn’t get injured I doubt that Federe would’ve broke the record

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