Pete Sampras biography & quotes

Pete Sampras 

Birth NamePetros Sampras
Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras
Country United States
ResidenceLake Sherwood, California
NicknamePistol Pete
BornAugust 12, 1971 
Potomac, Maryland
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Turned pro1988
Retired2002 (official retirement in 2003)
SpouseBridgette Wilson-Sampras                from 30 September 2000
childrenRyan and Christian
PlaysRight-handed (one-handed backhand)
Coach(es)Peter Fischer (?–1989)
Tim Gullikson (1992–1995)
Paul Annacone (1995–2001)
José Higueras (2002)
Paul Annacone (2002)

Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American retired tennis player and former world no. 1. he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career. In the last official tennis match of his career, Sampras defeated rival Andre Agassi in the final of the 2002 US Open. Sampras also won 7 major indoor titles which of them 5 ATP year-end World Championships and 2 Grand Slam Cups.

Grand Slam Record
Australian Open
Singles Champion 1994, 1997
Singles Champion 1993-95, 1997-2000
US Open
Singles Champion 1990, 1993, 1995-96, 2002
Career Achievements
Davis Cup Team Member 1991-92, 1994-95, 1997, 1999-2000, 2002
He was the world no. 1 for six consecutive years during 1993–1998.
He started with ranked 893 and finished the year ranked at 97.
He was the first player ever to serve over 1,000 aces in a pro season in 1993.
Youngest ever men's U.S. Open champion in 1990; he won the title almost a month after his 19th birthday.
Release of his book, "A Champion's Mind: Lessons From a Life in Tennis" by Pete with Peter Bodo.
He Won the 2002 U.S. Open, his record 14th Grand Slam title and never played in another tournament again after that.

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.
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.pete sampras
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.
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.

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.
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.
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.

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