Sampras says ‘Don’t like it!’ to Wimbledon roof


Originally published on: 26/02/10 15:06

If theres one man who knows a thing or two about playing on Wimbledons Centre Court its Pete Sampras, who won a whopping seven singles titles on the famous hallowed turf.

The American should also know a fair bit about how to deal with Wimbledons famous rain breaks too, something the 14-time grand slam singles champion says are a special part of the London slam.

Sampras, along with Tim Henman and John McEnroe, has been invited to help celebrate the opening of Centre Courts new retractable roof at a ticketed event at the All England Club to be held in May.

Sampras says he is considering whether he will return to London to play his part in the exhibition but says that the roof is a bad idea.

I don’t like it, Sampras told the Tennis Channel. I understand why for television and the fans this is happening, but one of the most difficult things to deal with at Wimbledon as a player are the rain delays.

I feel everyone has to be on the same playing field, and [with the roof] the top guys are at a slight advantage to get their match in versus someone that might lose his day off.


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