Pete Sampras

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Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras crop.jpg
Country (sports) United States
ResidenceLake Sherwood, California, U.S.
Born (1971-08-12) August 12, 1971 (age 47)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Turned pro1988
RetiredSeptember 8, 2002 (last match)
August 25, 2003 (official)
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
CoachPeter Fischer (1980–1989)
Joe Brandi (1989–1991)
Tim Gullikson (1992–1995)
Vitas Gerulaitis (1994 Rome)
Paul Annacone (1995–2001)
Tom Gullikson (2001–2002)
José Higueras (2002)[1]
Paul Annacone (2002)
Prize moneyUS$43,280,489
Int. Tennis HoF2007 (member page)
Singles
Career record762–222 (77.44%)
Career titles64
Highest rankingNo. 1 (April 12, 1993)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian OpenW (1994, 1997)
French OpenSF (1996)
WimbledonW (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
US OpenW (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)
Other tournaments
Tour FinalsW (1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999)
Grand Slam CupW (1990, 1997)
Olympic Games3R (1992)
Doubles
Career record64–70 (47.76%)
Career titles2
Highest rankingNo. 27 (February 12, 1990)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open2R (1989)
French Open2R (1989)
Wimbledon3R (1989)
US Open1R (1988, 1989, 1990)
Team competitions
Davis CupW (1992, 1995)

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, which was a record until Roger Federer broke it in 2009. He is said to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4]

In the late 1990s, he dated actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.[5]

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.[6] On July 29, 2005, the couple welcomed their second son, Ryan Nikolaos.[7] They live in Lake Sherwood, California.[8]

Professional Awards[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dillman, Lisa (July 16, 2002). "Sampras Lets Higueras Go". Los Angeles Times.
  2. "Top 10 Men's Tennis Players of All Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  3. Behniwal, Ajaybir (May 2, 2007). "Women's tennis nets good draw through recent wins". The Daily Bruin. ASUCLA Student Media. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
  4. "Tennis Legend Pete Sampras Forms New Company – Pure Sports Management" (PDF). Press Release. March 29, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007.
  5. jrp@dial.pipex.com. "Kimberly Williams Speed-the-plow Times interview". Dspace.dial.pipex.com. Retrieved 2012-08-20.
  6. "Sampras Adds New Title: Father". The New York Times. November 26, 2002. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
  7. "Review 2005: Celebrity births, marriages and deaths". Manchester Evening News. December 12, 2005. Retrieved May 20, 2007.
  8. Pete Sampras’ House in Lake Sherwood
  9. "ATP Bio:Pete Sampras". Retrieved June 26, 2009.
  10. Pete Sampras at the International Tennis Federation