At 38, Bastl presses on

by: Matt Cronin June 19, 2013

George Bastl, who shocked seven-time champion Pete Sampras at the 2002 Wimbledon in Sampras' final match at SW19, tell Reuters that he plans on continuing to play even though he is 38 and is having trouble winning matches at the Futures level.

"Age is not an issue for me," said Bastl, who has lost all four matches he’s played this year and has no ranking. “Everyone has his own career path. I started at a later stage in my life. I turned pro at 24 after I did my studies [at USC] in the U.S. It's important to be in good physical shape and have the passion for the game. It's very much there and stronger than before.

"I don't look at what careers other players had. I was not expecting anything easy. The competition is very eager and hungry. Of course, I have to start from the very bottom but that doesn't scare me at all. It's the only way I can come back.”

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