Sampras seeks wild card for Queen's Club

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Pete Sampras, who hasn't played a match since winning the US Open in September, has asked that a wild card be held open for him for the Wimbledon warm-up grass

London: Pete Sampras, who hasn't played a match since winning the US Open in September, has asked that a wild card be held open for him for the Wimbledon warm-up grass court tournament at Queen's Club. "Pete has asked if we would reserve a wild card for him and we are pleased to do that," tournament spokesman Jolyon Armstrong said. Sampras, 31, has been off the tour since winning a record 14th Grand Slam singles title at the US Open. He has withdrawn from a series of tournaments this year without saying when, or if, he'll return. There has been speculation Sampras could make a return late in the spring so he can play one more time at Wimbledon, a Grand Slam tournament he has won a record seven times. The Queen's tournament, which Sampras won in 1995 and 1999, is scheduled for June 9-15. Wimbledon runs June 23-July 6. Meanwhile, Queen's organizers said Lleyton Hewitt has confirmed his intention to bid for a record fourth consecutive title. Other Queen's entries include Americans Andy Roddick and James Blake, British players Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski, Australia's Mark Philippoussis, Russia's Marat Safin and Paradorn Srichaphan of Thailand. (AP)
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