Sampras still getting used to retirement 

Just like a lot of retirees, he plays golf, travels and still dabbles in his former profession. But even after five or so years since calling it quits, 37-year-old Pete Sampras is still feeling his way through retirement.

"It’s a work in progress, retirement," Sampras said. "I will say I have my moments. I had those moments happen a couple years back where I was getting a little bit bored, a little bit restless. I was playing a lot of golf, not really doing much.After a while of doing that, I just felt a little bit, you know, ‘What’s next?’ sort of stuff.

"There’s no book on retirement at 31. It’s sort of a tricky one. But I think playing tennis again, on my terms, has been fun."

That in a nutshell is the state of mind of one of the greatest players in tennis history. Sampras, who won a record 14 Grand Slam titles (including seven Wimbledon titles), returns to the court in today’s night session at the SAP Open at HP Pavilion with an exhibition against Tommy Haas.

Sampras played top-ranked Roger Federer in a series of November exhibitions, with the retiree actually winning the finale in straight sets 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5).

Unlike a lot of retired boxers, though, Sampras knows tennis is a game for the younger generation.

"You know, I could still play a little bit, still play at a pretty high level, but coming back is a whole different ballgame, whole different lifestyle, a lot of work," Sampras said. "Even in my prime, it was a lot of work staying on top. The day in, day out grind of tennis isn’t in me any more."

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