“What do they know of cricket who only cricket know” .. (2)

For so long he hadn’t needed any of it; not the support of the fans, not the presence of family,not the on-court histrionics.Pete Sampras did not scream, “That’s what I’m talking about!” after winning a set in his prime,half a decade ago, and he didn’t take motivation from words lovingly scribbled on a piece of paper. His was a cool and lonely march to greatness and if his body sometimes betrayed him with a strange fragility, his talent carried him time and again. He had his hair and his nerve then. Losing it all, bit by humiliating bit, didn’t seem possible.

At 7:38 on Sunday, Sampras glanced across the court at his oldest rival, lifted his left arm and tossed a tennis ball up into the cooling New York night. Two points away from a victory no one had predicted; about to hit a second serve against the greatest returner in the game, Sampras felt the wind at his back. His stomach began to churn. His mind raced : What if I miss? But this time, unlike so many times in the past two years, he didn’t falter. He held nothing back ….

Pete Sampras winning his fifth US Open – as described by SL Price – Sports Illustrated 09/16/02



3 thoughts on ““What do they know of cricket who only cricket know” .. (2)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s