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Pete Sampras

Birth date: August 12, 1971

Place of Birth: USA National Flag USA, Washinton (D.C.)

Plays: Right-handed

Titles won:
SINGLES CAREER TITLES (66):
Grand Slam (14):
Australian Open 1994, 1997
Wimbledon 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
US Open 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002
Master Series (11):
Indian Wells 1994, 1995
Miami 1993, 1994, 2000
Roma 1994
Cincinnati 1992, 1997, 1999
Paris 1995, 1997
Grand Prix (27):
Manchester 1990
Philadelphia 1990, 1992, 1997
Indianapolis 1991, 1992, 1996
Los Angeles 1991
Lyon 1991, 1992, 1993
Kitzbuhel 1992
Antwerp 1993, 1994
Hong Kong 1993, 1996
Sydney Outdoor 1993, 1994
Tokyo Outdoor 1993, 1994, 1996
Osaka 1994
London / Queen's Club 1995
Basel 1996
Memphis 1996
San Jose 1996, 1997
International Series (3):
Atlanta 1998
Los Angeles 1999
London / Queen's Club 1999
International Series Gold (2):
Philadelphia 1998
Vienna 1998
Others (9):
Grand Slam Cup 1990, 1997
ATP Tour World Championship 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999
Davis Cup 1992, 1995
DOUBLES CAREER TITLES (2):
Grand Prix (2):
Roma 1989
London / Queen's Club 1995

Career highlights:
1988- Reached first ATP SF in Schenectady, losing to eventual champion Mayotte, but avenged loss in Detroit later in year for his first career Top 10 win.
1989- In doubles, teamed with Courier to win Rome, reach final at Forest Hills and qualify for year-end doubles championship.
1990- Won first ATP title in Philadelphia (d. Gomez) and captured first grass court title in Manchester (d. Bloom)... At US Open, upset Lendl, J. McEnroe and Agassi in last three rounds to become youngest men's champion at 19 years, 28 days.
1991- Won titles in Los Angeles, Indianapolis, Lyon and ATP Tour World Championship in Frankfurt.
1992- Won first ATP clay court title in Kitzbnhel (d. Mancini).
1993- Became 11th player to rank No. 1 in singles on April 12... Won eight titles, including first Wimbledon (d. Courier) and second US Open (d. Pioline).
1994- Won career-high 10 titles in 11 finals, including first Australian Open (d. T. Martin), second Wimbledon (d. Ivanisevic) and second ATP Tour World Championship in Frankfurt (d. Becker)... Also won TMS Indian Wells (d. Korda), TMS Miami (d. Agassi) and TMS Roma (d. Becker)... First player to hold No. 1 every week during year since Lendl in 1987 and first to win 10 titles since Lendl in 1989.
1995- Won five titles, including his third consecutive Wimbledon (d. Becker) and third US Open (d. Agassi)... Reached four other finals, including the Australian Open and TMS events in Miami and Montreal, losing to Agassi each time... Defeated Agassi in title matches in Indian Wells and the US Open... Helped lead U.S. to Davis Cup title by accounting for all three points in 3-2 victory over Russia in Moscow... Compiled a 7-0 record (6-0 in singles) in Cup play... Held No. 1 for 82 consecutive weeks (from Sept. 13, 1993, to April 3, 1995) before Agassi took over April 10 and held it for 30 weeks until Nov. 5... Regained top spot Nov. 6 after winning Paris-indoor (d. Becker)... First player to surpass $5 million in a season.
1996- Had his 25-match winning streak at Wimbledon snapped by Krajicek in QF... Won his seventh title of year in Basel (d. Dreekmann) and capped year by beating Becker in a five-set , four-hour battle in ATP Tour World Championship final... Led Tour with 46-4 record on hard courts
1997- Joined Connors (1974-78) as only players to finish No. 1 five consecutive years... Ranked No. 1 every week throughout year for second time (1994)... Won eight titles in as many finals, including Grand Slam crowns at Australian Open (d. Moya) and Wimbledon (d. Pioline)... Began season with 17-0 record and three straight titles: Australian Open, San Jose (d. Rusedski) and Philadelphia (d. Rafter)... Won his fourth Wimbledon title in five years and held serve 116 of 118 games... Helped U.S. to Davis Cup final vs. Sweden only to retire in third set of second match with a left calf muscle strain vs. Larsson... Captured 50th career title at Grand Slam Cup in Munich (d. Rafter) and won his fourth ATP Tour World Championship (d. Kafelnikov)... Earned a career-high $6,498,311
1998- Became first player in ATP Rankings history to finish No. 1 for six consecutive years... Won four titles on as many surfaces for second time in his career (1994) and won his fifth Wimbledon crown (d. Ivanisevic) in five sets... Fired 117 aces in fortnight (most in his career).
1999- Appeared in 14 tournaments and played 48 matches, his fewest since 1989, due to injuries... In April, withdrew from two clay court events due to lower back spasms... In August, retired in a match with a right hip flexor strain and one day prior to start of US Open, suffered a herniated disc injury while practicing... Missed two months due to back injury... In first tournament in San Jose, advanced to SF but withdrew due to left leg injury... In June, won first of four straight titles at Queen's Club in London (d. Henman) and followed with his record-breaking sixth Wimbledon title in seven years... Dropped only two sets (broken five times) en route to title and fired 108 aces during fortnight... In next tournament in Cincinnati, did not lose a set while beating Krajicek (QF), Agassi (SF) and Rafter (F) in last three rounds... On Aug. 20, retired due to hip flexor strain in QF in Indianapolis (vs. Spadea), snapping a 24-match winning streak, second-longest of his career... Ranked No. 1 going into US. Open before back injury in practice forced his withdrawal and drop to No. 3... Missed two months before returning Nov. 2 in Paris-indoor... Saved three match pts. in second round match vs. Clavet but withdrew in next match due to back spasms... Returned for season-ending championship in Hannover and defeated rival Agassi in final (after losing to him in round robin play)... Went 4-1 against Agassi during year (3-0 in finals)...mmJoined Ivan Lendl as only five-time winner of year-end tournament... Compiled 23-5 record on hard, 12-0 on grass and 4-3 on clay and 17-6 in tie-breaks.
2000- The game's all-time leader with 13 Grand Slam singles titles finished in Top 3 for ninth consecutive year, trailing only Jimmy Connors (12) and Ivan Lendl (10) with longer streaks of Top 3 finishes... Only player to win at least one title since 1990-2000 and only player to finish in Top 10 every year during that span... Stands No. 4 in Open Era (since 1968) in titles won... By winning his seventh Wimbledon title he joined Bjorn Borg as only players to win at least one Grand Slam title for eight consecutive years... Played in his fewest tournaments (13) since his rookie year in 1988 and won two titles and was a finalist in two others... Opened year with a SF at Australian Open, losing to rival Agassi in an epic five-set battle... In that match on Jan. 27, he sustained a torn major flexor muscle in his right hip in fourth game of match and he missed 1st RD Davis Cup tie in Zimbabwe... Played in Cup tie vs. Czech Republic in his hometown of Los Angeles and lost to Novak in opener but came back in reverse singles to clinch a 3-2 victory by defeating Dosedel in straight sets... On grass, reached final at Queen's in London (l. to Hewitt) and then biggest moment of his career came at All England Club where he won his seventh Wimbledon title in eight years (53-1 record during stretch)... But his record 13th title didn't come easy as he struggled with tendinitis of left shin and foot from his 2nd RD match-on... Practiced only once on an off-day since 2nd RD due to injury... In title match against Rafter, lost opening set and trailed 1-4 in 2nd set tie-break before rallying to win breaker, next two sets and break Aussie Roy Emerson's record, which he held since 1967... Played all seven matches on Centre Court... Fired 118 aces and lost serve five times during tournament... After losing his serve in first set of 3rd RD win over Gimelstob, held serve 85 consecutive games without being broken... Came into US Open and only lost one set in six matches en route to final before falling to Russian star Safin in straight sets... It was his first straight-sets loss in a Grand Slam final... Qualifed for Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon and lost opening round robin match to Hewitt 7-5 6-0 for first bagel set lost since Roland Garros SF in 1996 to Kafelnikov (a span of 280 matches)... Lost in SF to eventual champion Kuerten... Finished year with 700 career match victories, most among active players... Led ATP in service games won (91 percent) and break points saved (73 percent) and finished No. 5 in aces (666)... Compiled a 29-8 record on hard, 11-1 on grass and 2-4 on clay... Also went 27-9 in tie-breaks.
2001- Finished in Top 10 for 12th consecutive year, third-longest behind Connors (16) and Lendl (13)... The winningest active player failed to win an ATP title and at least 40 matches for first time since 1989, a Grand Slam crown for first time since 1992 and he finished outside Top 5 for first time since 1991... Reached four finals, including his seventh US Open title match (l. to Hewitt)... At US Open, became first player to beat three former US Open champions en route to final as he beat Rafter (4th RD), rival Agassi in four tie-breaks (without a service break) in one of tournament's greatest matches of all-time and Safin (SF) in a repeat of 2000 final... Going into championship, had streak of 87 consecutive service games won from 2nd RD on but Hewitt broke in first service game and prevailed 7-6 6-1 6-1... Finished with 26-10 mark on hard and 6-2 on grass... Also went 26-12 in tie-breaks and 6-0 vs. left-handers... Finished No. 6 in aces (627) and No. 7 in service games won (86 percent).
2002- The all-time leader in Grand Slam singles titles broke over a two-year title drought by capturing his 14th career Grand Slam crown at US Open (14-4 in Slam finals)... Has won at least one Grand Slam title in nine of last 10 years (except 2001)... Fired 144 aces during tournament, including 33 in final, to capture his fifth US Open (in eight finals) and win for first time since 2000 Wimbledon... It was fourth time he defeated Agassi in a Grand Slam final and he improved to 20-14 lifetime against his long-time rival... In breaking 33 tournament drought, at 31 he became oldest to win Open since Ken Rosewall (35) in 1970 and oldest Grand Slam singles winner since Arthur Ashe (31 years, 11 mons.) won Wimbledon in 1975... He joined Rosewall as only players to win Grand Slam titles as a teenager, in 20s and 30s... Did not play rest of season... Finished out of Top 10 (No. 13) and with fewest match victories (27) for first time since 1989... His run of 12 consecutive Top 10 finishes trail only Jimmy Connors' 16 and Ivan Lendl's 13... Played on U.S. Davis Cup team and went 1-1 in two ties... Worked with three coaches -- Tom Gullikson (five weeks), Jose Higueras (from late February through Wimbledon) and back with Paul Annacone (during US Open)... Had a 20-8 record on hard, 5-6 on clay and 2-3 on grass... Despite playing his fewest matches since 1989, finished No. 5 in aces (607, averaging 14.5 per match) and service games won (87 percent)... Went 5-1 vs. left-handers (83-8 against lefties since '94).

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Official Website: www.petesampras.com

Other interesting information: Began playing tennis at age seven... Changed from a two-handed to one-handed backhand in 1987... Grew up idolizing Rod Laver... Made U.S. Davis Cup debut in 1991 and has a 18-8 career record (14-7 in singles) in 14 ties and on winning teams in 1992 and '95... Enjoys playing golf to nine handicap (won celebrity Long Drive contest, 332 yards, in Lake Tahoe, Nev., in July 1996), Formula I racing and an avid fan of Los Angeles Lakers (NBA)... Owns Lakers' season tickets... Played in Bob Hope Chrysler Classic in LaQuinta, Calif. in January 1999 and partnered with Paul Azinger, Fred Couples, David Duval and Arnold Palmer in separate rounds... Parents, Georgia and Sam, a retired civilian engineer for Dept. of Defense, do not watch Sampras play often because it makes them nervous but they attended their son's Grand Slam record-breaking title performance at Wimbledon in 2000... Older sister Stella is head coach at UCLA... Younger sister Marion is a teacher in Los Angeles... Older brother Gus is tournament director at Scottsdale ATP event... Named ATP Player of the Year six straight years (1993-98) and Jim Thorpe Tennis Player of Year in 1993... Served as chairman of the ATP Charities program in 1992... A member of the American Cancer Society's Public Awareness Council and in 1997 started Aces for Charity, in which he donated $100 for each ace he served... In three years, raised close to $1 million through contributions and a number of sponsors, with a percentage going to the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, of which he is a board member... Also benefiting is the Vitas Gerulaitis Youth Foundation and Kids' Stuff Foundation, founded by Andrea Jaeger, and Avon Breast Center and Revlon Breast Cancer Research Center... Donated his time for a tennis lession around 2002 US Open on Arthur Ashe Stadium court that was auctioned off with proceeds benefiting Gullikson Foundation... In 1997, named U.S. Olympic Committee "Sportsman of the Year," first tennis player to receive award... To commemorate 25th anniversary of ATP in 1997, a panel of 100 current and past players, journalists and tournament directors voted for the Top 25 players of past 25 years and Sampras was selected No. 1... Voted 48th athlete of Top 50 Greatest North American Athletes of ESPN's SportsCentury (also youngest on list)... In March 2000, held the inaugural Pete Sampras Classic, a celebrity golf event that raised $100,000 to benefit the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation... A British audience of 12.5 million viewers watched 2000 Wimbledon final on BBC, highest figures since 1992... Named GQ magazine's Individual Athlete Award for Man of the Year in 2000... Wife, Bridgette Wilson (married Sept. 30, 2000) is an actress... Began working with Tom Gullikson in January 2002 after parting ways with Paul Annacone in December 2001... Annacone had been mentor since January 1995 and he took over from Tim Gullikson, who died of brain cancer on May 3, 1996... Tim coached for three full seasons from 1992-94... Works with trainer Brett Stephens.

 
   

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