• Sampras heads for LA exho with Djokovic

    2/23/13 6:39 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Sampras heads for LA exho with Djokovic Pete Sampras will again venture out of retirement for a quick payday as he competes along with world No. 1 Novak Novak Djokovic in an exhibition next month in Los Angeles.

    The one-off hit-and-giggle might go a small way in satisfying local fans who have now lost their longstanding summer ATP 250 event after the money-loser was sold and sent to Bogata.

    Sampras, a 14-times Grand Slam winner. will tee off with Djokovic at the Pauley pavilion, a basketball venue on the UCLA campus which has been undergoing renovation for the past several years. The constant construction only metres from the site of the doomed LA tournament could have helped contributed to the demise of the ATP outing, parts of the tennis venue forced into a re-layout to accommodate the work and fans surely inconvenienced.

    Djokovic was once scheduled to play in the late LA event, but pulled out before the start as his star began to rise quickly on the ATP.

    Joining in the exho field for the March 4 event will be local drawcards James Blake, Mardy Fish, the Bryan brothers and LA-based German Tommy Haas. Djokovic is due to play doubles with Sampras against the Bryans while Haas will face Blake to opening the event.

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