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Sampras Pulls Out of German Open

May 6, 2003

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) _ Pete Sampras pulled out of next week’s German Open on Tuesday, increasing the possibility he will skip his first French Open in 13 years.

German organizers Tuesday gave no reason for his withdrawal.

The French Open, the only Grand Slam Sampras hasn’t won, starts May 26 in Paris.

Sampras has not played on tour since the U.S. Open in September, when he won a record 14th Grand Slam singles title. He missed the Australian Open in January and has entered several tournaments this year, only to withdraw.

Sampras is still making up his mind about his tennis plans, the ATP said when he withdrew from this week’s Italian Open.

The 31-year-old American requested and was granted a wild card for the Wimbledon warmup tournament at Queens Club, which follows the French Open and is the year’s first on grass. He was won Wimbledon a record-tying seven times.

Not nearly as strong on clay, Sampras has lost in the French Open’s first or second round since 1998. His best result there was the semifinals in 1996.

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