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Sampras ousted from seniors event but return to England brings flashbacks

Updated: December 6, 2008, 3:10 PM ET
Associated Press

LONDON -- The memories all came flooding back to Pete Sampras, even if a title didn't come with the nostalgia.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion, playing in a seniors tournament at Royal Albert Hall, lost to Cedric Pioline 7-6 (7), 7-6 (5) Saturday. But not reaching Sunday's final didn't diminish the enjoyment of his first trip to England since losing at Wimbledon in 2002.

"This place brings back memories ... just being here and seeing the British people," said the 37-year-old Sampras, ...

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