March 20, 1994
KEY BISCAYNE, FLORIDA
Q. How are you feeling, Pete?
PETE SAMPRAS: I'm feeling better now. When I woke up this morning
I really didn't feel like I was going to be able to go out and
Q. What did you feel?
PETE SAMPRAS: I was heaving, you know, I mean I wasn't throwing
up, but I was gagging quite a bit and it was just dehydrated,
probably had a bad meal last night. I had IVs in me from about
10:45 all to probably 12:30 and I was just really dehydrated;
I really didn't think I was going to be able to play, and fortunately
the tournament and Andre, allowed me to get more time to get some
more liquids in me and I just, just went out there and tried my
Q. What did you eat last night?
PETE SAMPRAS: I had some pasta and tomato sauce. I felt fine
going to sleep. I woke up at seven in the morning, I was feeling
nauseous and I went back to sleep, woke up at nine and I was having
a hard time just getting through the morning. I called Todd Snyder,
the trainer, I said I need to see the doctor as soon as I get
here. I didn't know what was wrong with me, and I was, you know,
trying to throw up and nothing was coming out, so -- I just wanted
to share that with you.
Q. Did you hit at all this morning, did you hit anything?
PETE SAMPRAS: Probably two minutes to see if I can have the
energy to do anything and I just talked it over with Tim and just,
you know, if I played four games and had no energy, you know,
couldn't go any longer, I was going to just probably quit. But
it seemed like my adrenaline kind of kicked in when the match
started. I didn't feel that great in the beginning of the match,
I felt -- it was taking me a long time to recover, I just felt
real tired and, you know, just really is surprises everyone in
this room that I won.
Q. What did you eat last night, Pete.
PETE SAMPRAS: Pasta and tomato saws, Charlie.
Q. Was there any moments in the match -- a couple of times
where you looked down, from where we were sitting it looked like
you looked dizzy, were there moments in the match where you thought
I gotta stop?
PETE SAMPRAS: Not really. I was -- I felt really tired, I mean
I felt like I wasn't recovering the way I normally do and, you
know, I wasn't feeling faint, I just felt like I was winded quite
a bit and I'm usually -- after long points I seem to handle it
pretty well and today I was just struggling. At the 40-Love points,
I wasn't going to waste my energy and play really hard points
and waste my game, I said forget it, go on with the game.
Q. Once you lost the first set 5-2 did you ask yourself how
am I going to stay out for three sets?
PETE SAMPRAS: I felt after I lost that first set, I still felt
I was making Andre work, at 5-2 losing my serve three times, I
just couldn't buy a first serve, I was rushing a lot of groundstrokes
and he started playing a little better and I just still felt like
I could make him work on his service games and I feel like I was
hitting my groundies really well. I just told myself to hang
in there. As the match went on, I started feeling a little better,
the doctor told me that might happen after half hour, you know,
sweat it out and get all this, you know, junk out of me, and,
you know, I just kind of hung in there. And that's all I tried
Q. What happened at 5-2 you said you were just rushing and
PETE SAMPRAS: I was rushing, I mean, like I said, didn't --
couldn't serve on a doublefault, he hit a couple of good shots,
you know, I just rushed, you know, I was going for the big shot
too early, trying to end the set too quickly, and it obviously
didn't pay off for me.
Q. In the second and third sets, you did not face a breakpoint,
much is made of -- the last 7 of the last 9 points were aces in
the match, is the serve your saving grace today?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, the last couple of games I just told myself
to relax when I get to the line because I was really, you know,
I don't serve well when I'm real tight, you know, not loose, and
I just told myself take a deep breath and go up after the ball.
I haven't really been serving that great last couple of days
and it just all seemed to come through last --
Q. Was this sickness like at the '92 Open, and did that concern
you that you were sick before that final?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I mean, I obviously wasn't thinking about
it today, but it was pretty similar circumstance. At the Open
I was having a case of diarrhea and here it was just maybe just
bad food and dehydration, I just needed to rehydrate my self.
Q. Thinking about changing your diet?
PETE SAMPRAS: My diet is pretty good, you know, just bad luck.
I mean it happens to everybody.
Q. Is that all you took was just the IV for the fluids or
some medicine, or other stuff you took?
PETE SAMPRAS: I didn't have -- I couldn't -- I didn't want to
eat, I didn't eat at all the whole day and I just, maybe speak
to the doctor, he took really good care of me and he put some
glucose and IV and I was basically getting IVs for an hour and
a half, and that's what helped me recover and gave me some energy.
Q. Last year the shin splints here, you had a rough final,
and this year sickness, what's going to happen next year?
PETE SAMPRAS: Maybe I won't play. No, that wouldn't be fair,
I'm going to play here next year. I don't know, I just hope to
Q. Were you a little surprised at Andre and the gesture he
made by doing that in allowing you the time you needed?
PETE SAMPRAS: That's the type of person Andre is, that's what
I would do for him. We want to go out and give it our best shot,
you know, for the fans and for the game itself, and Andre and
I have good matchups and our personalities are very different,
and so, I would have done the same thing if he was in the same
boat I was in.
Q. Do you think there are a lot of other players that might
PETE SAMPRAS: I think mostly everyone in a final big tournament,
you know, would do it. I mean, I don't -- I can't speak for everyone,
but I would have done the same thing.
Q. The last time you closed out a match so --
PETE SAMPRAS: What's that again?
Q. Do you remember the last time you closed out a match like
PETE SAMPRAS: I don't know, I mean, I mean I just got in a good
rhythm on my service, nothing different than in other matches.
I got the serve in, you know, it just seemed like he wasn't reading
it that well, you know, it wasn't any different than any other
Q. Given how you felt this morning, what does this tell you
about yourself; that you were that sick and able to win this tournament
PETE SAMPRAS: Win the match today?
PETE SAMPRAS: I felt, you know, maybe, I might not look like
I'm that competitive and really that intense, but deep down, I'm
as competitive as anyone else on the tour. And I just, you know,
Tim just said give it a shot and, you know, as the match wore
on, the adrenaline started kicking in and kind of told me, you
know, I could play well and come through when the chips are down,
when I'm not feeling great and that kind of shows me that, you
know, I do have guts and, you know, maybe a lot of people might
not think that.
Q. Started using the word surp -- then you stopped, are you
a little surprised?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yes, I'm surprised. I'm a little surprised that
I basically walked out on the court because come 12:30, I told
the doctors I can't, I can't do it and I just, fortunately had
more time to hit a couple of balls, see how I feel, it was nice
of Andre to postpone the match, you know, it was just a class
Q. After the match, did you feel any -- did your stomach
feel any pain?
PETE SAMPRAS: Where is your badge? I felt very empty, you know,
I had nothing in my system except some IVs, no food, so I was
Q. Have you eaten anything yet?
PETE SAMPRAS: No.
Q. There is a Burger King --
PETE SAMPRAS: That's where I'm going.
Q. Pete, did you dine at a restaurant last night?
PETE SAMPRAS: No, stayed in.
Q. Like a room service?
PETE SAMPRAS: Uh-huh.
Q. Are you playing this year in Davis Cup?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I plan on playing possibly in Holland if
-- I'm assuming our team is going to win and Holland is going
to beat Belgium, I plan on possibly playing there.
Q. Yeah, coming up now to one of your tough surfaces, which
is clay, I want to know how you plan to --
PETE SAMPRAS: I plan on playing the next couple of weeks in
Asia, then I've got four weeks off, you know, before I go to Rome
and Dusseldorf and the French, in those four weeks I'm just going
to be training really hard and practicing as much as I can, getting
in good shape and that's my preparation. I'm not playing quite
that many events, more or less the same amount as the last couple
Q. One more question. Knowing that you're number 1, what
do you think makes a champion?
PETE SAMPRAS: You know, it takes dedication and hard work and
keeping a good head on my shoulder and enjoying the game. That's
what I basically have been trying to do the last couple of years.
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