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Pete Sampras Poster

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Overview (4)

Born in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Birth NamePetros Sampras
Nickname Pistol Pete
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Pete Sampras was born on August 12, 1971 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Petros Sampras. He has been married to Bridgette Wilson-Sampras since September 30, 2000. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras (30 September 2000 - present) ( 2 children)

Trivia (20)

Has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for men that only Roger Federer has beaten. Margaret Smith Court holds the all-time record with 24 Slam single titles.
The most successful tennis player of his generation.
Has won the prestigious Wimbledon a record 7 times. Shares the record with Roger Federer.
Finished as the #1-ranked ATP men's player a record six seasons in a row from 1993 to 1998.
First player ever to serve over 1,000 aces in a pro season in 1993.
His parents had only attended one other of his matches (due to nervousness watching him play in person) until attending his Wimbledon title match in 2000. The other match was his 1992 U.S. Open final loss to Stefan Edberg.
Tied with William Renshaw for most Wimbledon titles (seven) and with Jimmy Connors for most U. S. Open titles (five)
Grand Slam titles: Australisn Open (1994, 1997), Wimbledon (1993-1995, 97-2000), and U.S. Open (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2002).
Youngest ever men's U.S. Open champion in 1990; he won the title almost a month after his 19th birthday.
First child, a son Christian Charles, born on November 21st 2002, to him and his wife Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
Upon the birth of son Christian, London bookmakers gave the baby a 2,000-1 shot to beat Sampras's arch-rival Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf's son, Jaden Gil, in a Wimbledon final.
Won the 2002 U.S. Open, his record 14th Grand Slam title and never played in another tournament again after that. Repeatedly pulled out of tournaments in 2003 before finally announcing his retirement after Wimbledon. His Wimbledon victory in 2000 and his 2002 U.S. Open win turned out to be his last two career tournament titles.
His wife, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, gave birth to a boy, Ryan Nikolaos (born July 29, 2005 in Los Angeles).
Greek-American
Brother-in-law of Tracy Wilson.
To date (2008), his seven Wimbledon singles wins are still a world record. He won in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000. His winning streak was only briefly interrupted in 1996 when Dutchman Richard Krajicek snatched the title from him. 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980, and Federer: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007.
Dated actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley for a time in the late 1990s.
His Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Roger Federer in 2001 marked the only time the two ever competed against each other while both were on the ATP tour. Sampras has played exhibition matches against Federer since retiring.
Release of his book, "A Champion's Mind: Lessons From a Life in Tennis" by Pete with Peter Bodo. [2008]
Release of the book, "Sports Great Pete Sampras" by Victoria Sherrow. [1996]

Personal Quotes (34)

All I cared about in tennis was winning.
I've got a great wife, a great life.
I hate to lose, and I do whatever I can to win, and if it is ugly, it is ugly.
I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.
The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
Retirement is a work in progress. I try to figure out my day, and what I know about myself is that I need structure.
I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.
I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me.
I can't just wake up and watch TV and do nothing. I need a day off working out, seeing the wife, play a little golf, see my kids.
For so long people have just taken what I do for granted. It is not easy to do year-in, year-out, to win Grand Slams and be No. 1.
I don't know how I do it, I really don't.
People wrote me off, but I believed in myself. I got the confidence back, and it grew and grew. I won my first major and my last at the place that changed my life.
It's not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I'm an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.
When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years.
There's always one shot that I can rely on when I'm not hitting the ball that well, is my serve.
In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.
It is nice to walk out on a court to have it packed.
I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve.
You kind of live and die by the serve.
Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn't changed in 10 years.
I've been into golf, trying to get into the gym to stay somewhat fit. I've got two boys now, they're active kids.
I'm staying in shape, working out.
I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable. I just didn't like it, I was a hard-court guy, a Californian kid.
I don't look at myself as a historical icon, but the reality of it is, yeah, I am playing for history now.
I could be a jerk and get a lot more publicity, but that's not who I am.
Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.
After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.
Where I fall down is my short game. I don't practice enough, and when I have to take a half swing from 50 yards out, that's trouble.
Tennis is seen all around the world; if I am home or anywhere in the country, United States, people will stare.
If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me.
When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do.
People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.
It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.
I've worked hard my whole life, since I was a little kid. But now it's a point in my life now where I can just enjoy it, but at the same time I still need to work.

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