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Shoulder injury may hamper Sampras at Wimbledon

Word that Pete Sampras is suffering from a shoulder injury has thrown yet another cloud over an already gloomy Wimbledon.

Sampras, the world's top-ranked player and No.

1 seed for the tournament, said Friday that a shoulder injury has left him questionable for play next week.

The shoulder becomes the latest in a list of pre-Wimbledon ailments that includes Steffi Graf's foot, Andre Agassi's shoulder and Monica Seles' back.

Sampras was spotted on a training table Friday at Roehampton, where Wimbledon qualifying matches are being played this week. He was receiving treatment for the shoulder from an ATP Tour trainer.

"I don't know if I will be fit to play at Wimbledon," Sampras said.

The 21-year-old Tampa resident has undergone MRI tests and was awaiting results that would determine how to treat the injury.

Neither Sampras nor the trainer, Todd Snyder, would say which shoulder was injured or when the injury occurred.

Sampras, a semifinalist at Wimbledon last year, has asked for a Tuesday first-round match to give him more time to recover. The tournament begins Monday.

Officials at the All England Club said they would consider the request, but no decision will be made until the order of play is drawn Sunday.

Sampras played last week at the Queen's Club grass-court tournament in London, where he was upset in his opening match by Grant Stafford. Sampras said afterward he was tired and homesick but gave no indication of an injury.

This week he pulled out of a scheduled appearance at an exhibition tournament, which started Thursday at Roehampton.