Friday, August 13, 1999

Cake is icing on Pete's birthday




BY MICHAEL PERRY
The Cincinnati Enquirer

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Pete Sampras eats his birthday cake.
(Michael E. Keating photo)
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        Pete Sampras turned 28 Thursday, and after his two-set victory over Rainer Schuttler he said he had no grand plans to celebrate his birthday.

        “You tell me, what should I do in Cincinnati?” Sampras asked the media. “Go to the Waffle House, which I've been at?”

        He was serious. He's been there. Was he recognized?

        “Took them a while to figure it out,” Sampras said. “It's a great place.”

        His real plans this year: “I'll have dinner, pretty low-key. I play tomorrow. (I) really can't go out and live it up.”

        Tournament chairman Paul Flory and J. Wayne Richmond, the tour's executive vice president of the Americas, presented Sampras with a birthday cake at his postmatch press conference.

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