It is for Sampras as well. "What happened this weekend could have happened just about anyplace," he said. "Outside of one trip to Red Square and a look at Lenin's tomb, my whole time here has been either in the hotel with room service or at the court."
Sampras, who reportedly made $25,000 for his three days of work, was scheduled to play in this week's Grand Slam Cup in Munich, where he is guaranteed $100,000 for playing at least one match and could take home more than a million dollars if he wins the tournament. Kafelnikov was also set to go to Munich to make a lot of money. No hammers. No sickles. No difference.
At the end of the final press conference a Russian television journalist presented Gullikson with a goldfish in a bowl "to go along with your silver trophy." The journalist said that the fish was good luck and that Gullikson and everyone else on the team should make a wish. Sampras said he wished for good health and "maybe winning the million bucks." Other players made other wishes. Gullikson looked at the fish and the journalist and smiled.
"Maybe a little tartar sauce?" he said.