Pete Sampras

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Pete Sampras in 2005

Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American retired professional tennis player. He has won the Wimbledon Championships seven times and has won 14 Grand Slams overall, five less than Roger Federer's record of 19 Grand Slam titles. He is said to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.[1]

Personal and family life[change | change source]

Sampras' mother is an immigrant from Greece; his father is an American whose father was Greek and mother was Jewish. Sampras' older sister, Stella, is the women's tennis head coach at UCLA.[2] His younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los Angeles. His older brother, Gus, has been tournament director at the Scottsdale ATP event, but from 2007 he became president of the firm managing Pete's business activities.[3]

In the late 1990s, he dated actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.[4]

On September 30, 2000, Sampras married American actress and former Miss Teen USA, Bridgette Wilson. On November 21, 2002, their son, Christian Charles, was born.[5] On July 29, 2005, the couple welcomed their second son, Ryan Nikolaos.[6] They live in Lake Sherwood, California.[7]

Professional Awards[change | change source]

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