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Sampras not ready to get back in the game

Updated: August 27, 2003, 10:37 AM ET
By Mark Kreidler | Special to ESPN.com

I don't know whether Pete Sampras' stunning championship at last fall's U.S. Open was, in fact, his valedictory as a force in American tennis. But I know it should be.

Sampras' performance at the Open was what a successful life in sports is supposed to be: It was favored; it was impassioned; it was inspired; it carried the day. Think Michael Jordan against the Utah Jazz and you're right there. If you were to charcoal an exit sketch for Sampras, in fact, New York would be ...

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