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Sampras rules out Wimbledon

Pete Sampras may enjoy testing himself against other former ATP stars in the 30-and-over Champions Series, but a return to Wimbledon doesn't tempt him.

sports Updated: May 08, 2007 03:00 IST

Pete Sampras may enjoy testing himself against other former ATP stars in the 30-and-over Champions Series, but a return to Wimbledon apparently doesn't tempt him.



Sampras returned to competition this weekend for the first time since his retirement five years ago, defeating Todd Martin in the final of the Champions Cup of Boston.



En route to the final he defeated John McEnroe, and McEnroe voiced the opinion that the 35-year-old Sampras could still be a force on grass.



But Sampras, who earned half of his 14 Grand Slam titles at the All England Club, said he wouldn't return to Wimbledon on a whim.



"I wouldn't play Wimbledon just to play - I would play to win," Sampras said. "There needs to be a reason to come back, and there really isn't a reason for me to come back."



Sampras retired after winning the 2002 US Open, the last of his 64 career titles.