(born August 12, 1971) is a retired
Greek-American tennis player
former World No.
. During his
career, he won 14 Grand Slam
men's singles titles. This is
more titles than any other player except Roger Federer
who surpassed this record at
Wimbledon in 2009. He had a 204–37 win-loss record over 52 Grand
Slam singles tournament appearances.. He is regarded as one of the
greatest players of all time.
He debuted on the professional tour in 1988 and played his last
top-level tournament in 2002 when he won the US Open, defeating
longtime rival Andre Agassi
final. He was the year-end World No. 1 for six consecutive years
(1993–1998), a record for the open era
and tied for third
all-time. His seven Wimbledon singles championships is a record
shared with William Renshaw
five US Open singles titles is an open-era record shared with
former World No. 1 player Jimmy
and current World No. 1 Roger
. American journalist and television sportscaster
has named Sampras as one of
the top five men's tennis players of all time, and TENNIS Magazine
has named him the
greatest tennis player from 1965 to 2005. On July 17, 2007,
Sampras was inducted into the International
Tennis Hall of Fame..
Early life and career
Sampras was born in Washington, D.C., and is the third child of Sammy and Georgia
Sampras. His mother immigrated from Sparta, Greece, while his
father was born in the United States to a Greek immigrant father
and a Jewish mother.
Greek culture played
a big role in his upbringing. Pete attended regular services of the
Greek Orthodox Church
Sundays.From an early age, Sampras showed signs of outstanding
athletic ability. At age 3 Sampras discovered a tennis racket in
the basement of his home and spent hours hitting balls against the
1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, and the warmer climate there allowed
seven-year-old Pete to play more tennis.
From early on, his
great idol was Rod Laver
, and at 11
Sampras met and played with him. The Sampras family joined the
Peninsula Racket Club, and it was here that Sampras's talent became
apparent. He was spotted by Peter
, a pediatrician and tennis enthusiast, who coached
Sampras until 1989. Fischer was responsible for converting
Sampras's two-handed backhand to one-handed with the goal of being
better prepared to win Wimbledon.
Sampras turned professional in 1988, at the age of 16, and finished
the year ranked World No. 97 after starting the year at World No.
893. His first professional match was a loss to Sammy Giammalva, Jr.
at the February
Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia. But just one week later at the Lipton International Players
Championships in Miami, Sampras
defeated two top-40 players before losing to World No.
. He did not
defeat another top-40 player for almost six months, when he
defeated World No. 39 Michiel
Schapers at a US Open warm-up
tournament in Rye Brook, New
In his first Grand
singles match, Sampras lost to World No. 69 Jaime Yzaga of Peru in the first
round of the US Open 6–7,
6–7, 6–4, 7–5, 6–2.
Sampras did not advance past the
quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, although he did record
wins over World No. 79 Jim Courier
their first career match-up, and World No. 8 Tim Mayotte
The following year, Sampras slightly improved his ranking to a
year-ending World No. 81. He lost in the first round of the 1989 Australian Open to
Christian Saceanu and the first
round of Wimbledon to Todd Woodbridge
7–5, 7–6, 5–7, 6–3. He won a Grand Slam singles match for the
first time at the French
Open before losing in the second round to eventual
champion, 17-year-old Michael Chang,
6–1, 6–1, 6–1 in their first career match-up.
, Sampras defeated
defending champion and fifth-seeded Mats
in the second round 5–7, 6–3, 1–6, 6–1, 6–4 before
losing to World No. 13 Jay Berger
fourth round. To end the year, Sampras lost in the first round of
four consecutive tournaments.
Sampras finished 1990 at World No. 5, having started the year
ranked World No. 61 just prior to the start of the Australian Open.
He lost to Wilander in the quarterfinals of the tournament in
Sydney. At the Australian Open, Sampras upset twelfth-ranked
Mayotte in the first round 7–6, 6–7, 4–6, 7–5, 12–10 before losing
to thirteenth-ranked Yannick Noah
the fourth round in four sets. His first professional singles title
came in February at the Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia, where
he defeated sixth-ranked Andre Agassi
eighth-ranked Mayotte, and eighteenth-ranked Andrés Gómez
in the final. This title
elevated his ranking into the top-20 for the first time. Sampras
did not play the French Open and again lost in the first round of
Wimbledon, this time to Christo Van
7–6, 7–5, 7–6. Sampras played seven consecutive weeks
during the North American summer hard
season. He defeated John
in the quarterfinals of the Canadian Open but then lost
to Chang in the semifinals. He also reached the semifinals of the
tournament in Los Angeles where he lost to World No. 2 Stefan Edberg
. He did not advance past the
quarterfinals in his next three tournaments, losing to Chang,
, and Goran Ivanišević
. In September,
he captured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open
. Along the way, he defeated
sixth-ranked Thomas Muster
fourth round and third-ranked Ivan Lendl
in a five-set quarterfinal, breaking Lendl's streak of eight
consecutive US Open finals. He then defeated 20th-ranked McEnroe in
a four-set semifinal to set up a final with fourth-ranked Agassi.
Sampras beat Agassi in straight sets to become the US Open's
youngest-ever male singles champion at the age of 19 years and 28
days. He played five tournaments to complete the year, winning only
the Grand Slam Cup
Sampras in 1992.
Sampras in 1991 captured the first of his five career titles at the
. Upon entering the US
as the defending champion that year, he caused controversy
when, after losing in the quarterfinals to Jim Courier
, Sampras said that he was not
disappointed and felt relieved that the pressure to defend his
title was no longer on him. This led to widespread criticism, which
included disparaging remarks from Courier and Jimmy Connors
In 1992, Sampras reached the quarterfinals of the French Open
for the first of three
consecutive years, made it to the Wimbledon
semifinals, and was
the runner-up at the US Open
. Sampras later stated
that his loss in the US Open final that year was a "wake-up call"
and that he needed to figure out how to become the World No. 1. He
also played doubles with John McEnroe
on the US team
that won the
, duplicating the feat in
Sampras reached the semifinals of the Australian Open
in early 1993, and
matched the previous year's quarterfinal performance at the French
Open. In April 1993, Sampras attained the World No. 1 ranking for
the first time. His rise to the top of the rankings spot was
controversial because he had not recently won any Grand Slam
titles, but he justified his ranking three months later by claiming
his first Wimbledon
title, beating former World No. 1 Jim Courier in the final. This
was followed by his second US Open
title. He finished the year as the clear No. 1 and set a new
record that year by becoming the
first player to serve more than 1,000 aces in a season.
Except for a loss in the 1996 quarterfinals to eventual winner
, Sampras would
continue to win at Wimbledon for the rest of the decade
, becoming the most successful male player in
won the first of his two Australian Open titles in 1994, defeating American Todd Martin in the final.
In 1995 Sampras
experienced one of the most emotional matches of his career when he
played Courier in the quarterfinals. Sampras's longtime coach and
close friend, Tim Gullikson
mysteriously collapsed during the tournament and was forced to
return to the United States. Gullickson was later diagnosed with
brain cancer to which he succumbed the following year. Saddened by
Gullickson's illness, Sampras began visibly weeping during the
match, but managed to win. He lost the final to Agassi. Paul Annacone
took over as Sampras's full time
coach after Gullickson's illness made it impossible for him to
Sampras's best surface was undoubtedly the fast-playing grass courts
. He was also known for his
all-round game and strong competitive instinct. He won back-to-back
US Open titles in 1995 and 1996, despite in the 1996 quarterfinals
against Alex Corretja, vomiting on the court at 1-1 in the
tiebreak. Sampras's only real weakness was on clay courts
, where the slow surface tempered his
natural attacking serve-and-volley game. His best performance
at the French
Open came in 1996, when he lost a semifinal match to the
eventual winner, Yevgeny
Despite his limited success at Roland
Garros, Sampras did win some significant matches on clay. He won a
1992 clay court tournament in Kitzbuhel, defeating Alberto Mancini
in the final. He won the prestigious Italian Open in 1994, defeating Boris
Becker in the final, and two singles matches in the 1995 Davis
Cup final against Russians Andrei
Chesnokov and Yevgeny
Kafelnikov in Moscow.
Sampras also won a 1998 clay court
tournament in Atlanta, defeating Jason
in the final.
won his second and final Australian Open title in January, defeating Carlos Moyà in the final; in July he won
Wimbledon for the fourth time, defeating Cedric Pioline in the final.
also won singles titles in San Jose,
Munich, and Paris and the ATP Tour World Championships in Hannover,
He became the only player to win both the
Grand Slam Cup
and the ATP Tour World Championships
in the same
He had a 10-1 win-loss record against top 10 opponents and was
undefeated in eight singles finals. He held the World No. 1 ranking
for the entire
year and joined Jimmy Connors
(1974–1978) as the only male players to hold the year-end World No.
1 ranking for five consecutive years. His prize money earnings of
6,498,211 for the year was a career
In 1998, Sampras's number-one ranking was challenged by Chilean
player Marcelo Ríos
. (In 1993,
1994, 1995, 1996, and 1997, Sampras had dominated the ATP tour.)
Sampras failed to defend his Australian Open
title, losing in the
quarterfinals to Karol Kucera
, and won
only after a
hard fought five-set victory over Goran Ivanišević
. Sampras lost a
five-set US Open
semifinal to the
eventual winner Patrick Rafter
leading the match two sets to one. He lost another semifinal at the
Tennis Masters Cup to eventual champion Alex Corretja
. Nevertheless, Sampras finished
the year as the top ranked player for the sixth year in a
1999 also started out disappointingly, as Sampras withdrew from the
Australian Open and failed to win a title during the early part of
the season. However, he then went on a 24-match winning streak,
including the Stella Artois
(equaling Roy Emerson
's record of 12 Grand Slam singles
titles), Los Angeles
. That run ended when
he was forced to retire from the RCA
and the US Open because of a herniated disc in
his back. Sampras's ranking was hurt through a combination of
withdrawing from the Australian and US Opens, tournaments in which
he had strong performances during the previous year, and the
resurgence of longtime rival Andre
, putting an end to Sampras' six consecutive years of
finishing as the World No. 1. Agassi took over the top ranking and
held it for the rest of the season, but Sampras recovered and
managed to beat him in the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup
fifth and final time, enabling Sampras to place 3rd in the
reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in early 2000 (falling
to the eventual champion Agassi in a five-set match) and won the
Open in Key Biscayne, Florida for the third time in March.
He then won a
13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon
, battling through a
painful shin injury in the process. This victory was his eighth
consecutive win in a Grand Slam final (starting at 1995 Wimbledon),
which remains a record. After this victory, Sampras did not win
another title for more than two years. He lost in the finals of the
and 2001 US Open
to Marat Safin
and Lleyton Hewitt
, respectively, leading many to
speculate that Sampras would never capture another major title. At
the 2001 Wimbledon
, Sampras lost to Roger
, who was 19 at the time, 7–6(7), 5–7, 6–4, 6–7(2), 7–5
in the fourth round, ending Sampras's 31-match winning streak at
Wimbledon. The match also marked the first and only time that the
two men ever played each other on the ATP tour.
In 2002, Sampras suffered his second consecutive early exit from
Wimbledon, losing in the second round to 145th ranked George Bastl
of Switzerland, whose best surface
was red clay. Sampras had a relatively poor summer leading up to
the US Open
. Greg Rusedski
, whom Sampras had defeated in a
long five-set third round match at the US Open, said that Sampras
was "a step and a half slower" and predicted that Sampras would
lose his next match. Sampras, however, then defeated two young and
upcoming stars of the game, Tommy Haas
the fourth round and Andy Roddick
the quarterfinals. He then defeated Sjeng
in the semifinals to reach his third straight US Open
final, and eighth US Open final overall, tying Ivan Lendl
's all-time record. This time, he faced
Agassi, whom he had met in his very first Grand Slam final 12 years
earlier. After a four-set battle between the two veterans, Sampras
claimed a then record 14th Grand Slam singles title and matched
's record of five US Open
He played no tour events in the following 12 months, but did not
officially announce his retirement until August 2003, just prior to
the US Open. He chose not to defend his title there, but his
retirement announcement was timed so that he could say farewell at
a special ceremony organized for him at the open. After retirement,
many regarded Sampras to be the greatest player of all time.
Sampras won 64 top-level singles titles (including 14 Grand Slam
titles, 11 Super 9 / ATP Masters
titles, and five Tennis
titles) and two doubles titles. He was ranked the
for a record
286 weeks and was year-end No. 1 for a record six consecutive years
from 1993 through 1998.
Rivalry with Andre Agassi
Sampras won 20 of the 34 matches he played against Agassi.
The 1990 US Open
first meeting in a Grand Slam
tournament final. Agassi was favored because he was ranked World
No. 4 compared to the World No. 12 ranking of Sampras and because
Agassi had defeated Sampras in their only previously completed
match. However, Agassi lost the final to Sampras in straight
With both Sampras and Agassi participating, the U.S.
won the Davis Cup in 1995.
Sampras-Agassi matches of 1995 included the finals of the Australian Open, the Newsweek
Champions Cup, the Lipton International Players
Championships, the Canadian Open,
and the US Open, with Sampras winning
the Newsweek Champions Cup and the US Open.
time Sampras and Agassi met in a Grand Slam final was at Wimbledon in 1999, where Sampras won in straight sets.
For both, it was considered a career rejuvenation, as Sampras had
suffered a string of disappointments in the last year while Agassi
was regaining his status as a top-ranked player after winning the
French Open. Sampras forfeited the World No. 1 ranking to Agassi
when injury forced Sampras to withdraw from that year's US Open.
They faced each other twice in the season-ending ATP Tour World Championships
Sampras losing the round robin match but winning the final.
They played each other only once in 2000. The top-ranked Agassi
defeated World No. 3 Sampras in the semifinals of the Australian Open
6–4, 3–6, 6–7(7),
In arguably their most memorable match, Sampras defeated Agassi in
the 2001 US Open
quarterfinals 6–7(7), 7–6(2), 7–6(2), 7–6(5). There were no breaks
of serve during the entire match. Reruns of the match are
frequently featured on television, especially during US Open rain
The final of the 2002 US
was their first meeting in a US Open final since 1995. The
match also was notable because they had defeated several
up-and-coming players en route to the final. Sampras had defeated
World No. 3 Tommy Haas
in the fourth
round and future World No. 1 Andy
in the quarterfinals while Agassi had defeated World
No. 1 and defending champion Lleyton
in the semifinals. Sampras defeated Agassi 6–3, 6–4,
5–7, 6–4. This was the final ATP tour
singles match of Sampras's career.
Rivalry with Patrick Rafter
Sampras won 12 of the 16 matches he played against Rafter,
including eight of their first nine.Their rivalry began to truly
develop after Rafter shocked the tennis world by winning the
1997 US Open
, a tournament
that many expected Sampras to win, having won in 1995 and 1996; the
win catapulted Rafter to the year-end number two ranking behind
Sampras. Many, including seven-time Grand Slam champion John McEnroe
believed Rafter to be a "one-slam
wonder", since it was only his second career ATP title.
In 1998, after Rafter defeated Sampras in the Cincinnati Masters
final, Sampras, at the
time winner of 11 Grand Slams, when asked about the difference
between himself and Rafter, famously stated "Ten grand slams", that
a controversial line-call cost him the match, and that a player had
to come back and win another Grand Slam title in order to be
considered great. The two met in the semifinals of the 1998 US Open
, with Rafter winning in
five sets. Sampras refused to show Rafter respect in defeat,
instead citing a leg injury as the reason Rafter won, an attitude
that upset the generally mild-mannered Aussie: "He really does say
some funny things at the wrong time," said Rafter, "We are out
there busting our guts and he doesn't show a lot of respect at the
end of the day. He tries to play down the reason why he lost,
giving no respect to the other player, and that is what really
upsets me about him and the reason I try to [anger him] as much as
Following his successful defense of his 1997 U.S. Open title by
defeating Mark Philippoussis
the 1998 final, when asked about Sampras' earlier comments about
having to win another Grand Slam in order to be considered great,
Rafter replied: "Maybe you can ask him that question, if he thinks
that now. For me, I won another Slam, and it hasn't sunk in yet.
It's very, very exciting for me, especially to repeat it". Although
Sampras throughout his career modeled himself after "those classy
Aussies" including Rod Laver
, Ken Rosewall
, and Roy
, he admitted about Rafter: "When I see him holding the
US Open trophy, it pisses me off."
losing for a third consecutive time against Rafter, Sampras won
their final four meetings, including a four-set victory in the 2000
Wimbledon final after being down a set and trailing in the
second-set tiebreaker. The victory gave Sampras his 13th Grand Slam
title, breaking the record of 12 by Roy Emerson and at that time
giving Sampras the most Grand Slam titles in history, until his
record was eclipsed by Roger Federer
following the 2009 Wimbledon final.
Sampras used one racket type, the Wilson Pro Staff Original
his entire professional career - a racket first introduced in 1983.
He played with Babolat natural gut, with all his rackets re-strung
before each match (used or not) at 75 lbs tension (more or
less depending on conditions). His rackets had weight added to
bring them close to 400g, but the proper frame was a production
model manufactured from St. Vincent, an island factory in the
Caribbean. The handles were custom-built.
Post-retirement, Sampras has used the slightly modified Pro Staff
Tour 90 and in 2008 had a new version of the original Pro Staff
produced, with in-between head size of 88 square inches and heavier
weight at 349 grams unstrung.
6, 2006, three and one-half years after his retirement, Sampras
resurfaced and played his first exhibition match in River Oaks,
Texas against 23 year old Robby
Ginepri won the match 6–3, 7–6(10). Sampras
would then later announce that he would be playing in World Team Tennis
2007 saw Sampras announcing that he would play in a few events on
the Outback Champions
, a group of tournaments for former ATP players who have
met certain criteria during their careers. Sampras won his first
two events on tour, defeating Todd
in both finals (one of which included Sampras's first
trip to his ancestral homeland, Greece). Many observers noted
that despite his lengthy layoff from competitive tournaments,
Sampras still possessed many of the previous skills he had once
displayed when he was on the ATP tour, with tennis legend John McEnroe going as far as to say that
Sampras would be worthy of a top five seed at Wimbledon if he were to enter the tournament.
On November 20, 2007, Sampras lost the first of three exhibition
matches in Asia against Roger Federer
losing 6–4, 6–3 in Seoul, Korea. Two days later in Kuala Lumpur,
Sampras again lost to Federer, 7–6(6), 7–6(5). However, Sampras was
able to win the last match of the series, winning 7–6(6), 6–4, even
though he stated his goal was to just win a set.
On February 18, 2008, in an exhibition
during the SAP Open
defeated another active player, former World No. 2 Tommy Haas
. Sampras dispatched the German, 6–4,
6–2 in 43 minutes.
On March 10, 2008, Sampras played another exhibition match against
1 Roger Federer at
Square Garden in New York City.
Sampras once again lost
the match 6–3, 6–7(4), 7–6(6).
In 2009, Sampras won two Outback Champions Series titles. He
defeated McEnroe in the final of the Champions Cup Boston in
February and Patrick Rafter
final of The Del Mar Development Champions Cup in March.
On June 1 Sampras was at E3 to show people Grand Slam Tennis
at the EA Press
Sampras was an all-court player
. In the
early years of his career, when not serving, his strategy was to be
offensive from the baseline, put opponents in a defensive position,
and finish points at the net. In his later years, he became even
more offensive and would either employ a chip-and-charge
just chip back the return and run up to the net, waiting for a
volley or try to hit an offensive shot on the return and follow his
return to the net.
He was known for producing aces on critical points, even with his
second serves. He had an accurate and powerful first serve
, one of the best of all time; His
second serve was nearly as powerful as his first, possibly his most
dangerous weapon. He had great disguise on both his first and
Sampras was also known for having arguably the best "running
forehand" of all time. He was able to catch attacks wide to his
forehand using his speed and hitting a forehand shot on the run.
When successfully executed, he won many points outright or put
opponents immediately on the defensive, due to the extreme pace and
flat nature of the shot.
The nearest Sampras came to having any weakness in his arsenal was
his backhand. Many players tried (especially late in his career) to
serve a high "kicker" out to the Sampras backhand in an attempt to
draw a weak return. A similar tactic was employed by many players
in rallying Sampras; they would play shot after shot to the Sampras
backhand, hoping to wear him down. Many times in this situation
Sampras could be seen running around his backhand to employ his
forehand to devastating effect; his dangerous running forehand
allowed him to camp on the backhand wing in many rallies daring his
opponents to challenge his running forehand; this court positioning
made it easier for Sampras to run around his backhand. The Sampras
forehand was extremely potent, particularly on faster surfaces such
as grass, hardcourt and indoor carpet, due to the combination of
extreme pace and almost no spin; the ball would skid through
extremely low making it even harder to retrieve than the more
common topspin shots most players employ.
Personal and family life
older sister Stella is the women's tennis head coach at UCLA, and his
younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los
His older brother, Gus, has been tournament
director at the Scottsdale
event, but from 2007 he became president of the firm managing
Pete's business activities.
For two years from 1997–2000 Sampras dated actress Kimberly Williams
. 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. On July 29, 2005, the couple
welcomed their second son, Ryan Nikolaos.
Sampras has thalassemia minor
, a genetic
trait that sometimes causes a mild anemia
Records and achievements
- These records were attained in Open Era
- ^ Denotes consecutive streak.
||8 consecutive wins in Grand Slam finals
||7 wins overall
||7 finals overall
||5 wins overall
||8 finals overall
|ATP World Tour Finals
||5 wins overall
- Sampras has won 14 Grand Slam titles, second only to Federer's
- Sampras finished the year ranked World No. 1 by the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) for a record six years. He is the only
player to have been ranked Year End World No. 1 by the ATP for six
consecutive years (1993–98).
- Sampras was ranked World No. 1 by the ATP for a record 286
Renshaw and Sampras share the record for most Wimbledon men's singles titles won, with seven titles
each. Sampras never lost a Wimbledon final.
- Sampras is the only male player to have won at least three
consecutive Wimbledon singles titles twice (1993–95 and
- Sampras is the first player to win combination of 7 Wimbledon
and 5 US Open. Nobody has else matched or surpassed this
combination of Grand Slam wins.
- Only Sampras (1997–2000), Federer (2003–07), and Borg (1976–80)
have won at least four consecutive Wimbledon singles titles. During
the open era, only Borg (1978–81 French Open and 1976–80
Wimbledon), Sampras (1997–2000 Wimbledon), Federer (2003–07
Wimbledon and 2004–08 US Open), and Rafael
Nadal (2005–08 French Open) have won at least one Grand Slam
tournament four consecutive times.
- Sampras was included in the year-end ATP top ten rankings for
12 years. Only Connors, Ivan Lendl, and
Andre Agassi have stayed in the ATP top
- Sampras earned US$43,280,489 in prize money
(2nd Overall only to Roger
- Sampras captured 64 ATP singles titles, which makes him fourth
on the all-time list.
- Sampras won 11 ATP Masters
Series titles. Only Agassi (17), Federer (16) and Nadal (15)
have won more of those titles.
- Sampras appeared in at least one Grand Slam final for a record
11 consecutive years (1992–2002) (a record shared with Lendl
(1981–91)). Sampras won at least one of those finals for a record
eight consecutive years (1993–2000) (a record shared with Borg
- Ken Rosewall and Sampras are the
only men to have won Grand Slam singles titles as a teenager, in
their 20s, and in their 30s.
- Sampras won at least one title for 11 consecutive years
(1990–2000) and 12 of 13 (except 2001). He won at least four titles
per year from 1990 through 1999 and captured at least two per year
from 1990 through 2000.
- Sampras compiled a 19–9 career Davis
Cup record (15–8 in singles) and was a member of the winning
teams in 1992 and 1995.
- Sampras served a career-high 1,011 aces in 1993 and 974 aces in
1995 to lead the ATP tour.
- Sampras won a career-high 10 titles and compiled a
personal-best 29-match winning streak in 1994.
- Sampras won a career-best 85 matches in 1993 and on April 12 of
that year became the 11th player in the history of the ATP rankings
to reach World No. 1.
- Sampras was the youngest US Open men's singles champion at 19
years, 28 days in 1990.
- Sampras won 40 of the 42 singles matches he
played on on Wimbledon's Centre Court and 63 of the 70 singles matches he played at the
All England Club.
- Sampras compiled a 762–222 win-loss record in singles during
his 15 years on the ATP tour, winning more than 77% of his
- Sampras won singles titles in 11 different countries: Austria,
Australia, Belgium, People's Republic of China, France, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States.
- Sampras is the only male player during the open era who played
in at least seven singles finals at two different Grand Slam
tournaments (8 US Open and 7 Wimbledon).
- Sampras is the only male player to have won the same Grand Slam
singles tournament 7 times (Wimbledon).
- Only Sampras and Lendl have appeared in 8 finals of the same
Grand Slam (US Open).
- Sampras won two grand slams in a calendar year four times:
(1993–95, 97). Roger Federer surpassed this former record by
winning Wimbledon in 2009, the 5th time he has won at least 2 slams
in a calendar year. (2004–07, 09)
- Only Sampras (2000–02), Federer (2004–09), Lendl (1982–89) and
McEnroe (1979–81) have appeared in 3 or more consecutive US Open
- Only Sampras (1997–2000), Becker (1988–91), Federer (2003–09),
McEnroe (1980–84) and Borg (1976–81) have appeared in 4 or more
consecutive Wimbledon Finals.
Summary of professional awards.
- Association of
Tennis Professionals (ATP) Player of the Year for six
consecutive years from 1993 through 1998.
- International Tennis
Federation World Champion for six consecutive years from 1993
- U.S. Olympic Committee "Sportsman
of the Year" in 1997. He was the first tennis player to receive
- GQ Magazine's Individual
Athlete Award for Man of the Year in 2000.
- Selected the No. 1 player (of 25 players) in the past 25 years
by a panel of 100 current and past players, journalists, and
tournament directors to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the ATP
- Voted 48th athlete of Top 50 Greatest North American Athletes
of ESPN's SportsCentury (also youngest on
- In 2005, TENNIS Magazine named
Sampras the greatest tennis player for the period 1965 through
2005, from its list, "The 40 Greatest
Players of the TENNIS Era".
- Wimbledon Classic Match: Federer vs Sampras (2001)
Standing Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006, Run Time:
233 minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR98.
- Legends of Wimbledon - Pete Sampras (2006) Standing
Room Only, DVD Release Date: October 31, 2006, Run Time: 60
minutes, ASIN: B000ICLR84.
- The Netjets Showdown: Pete Sampras vs. Roger Federer
(2008) Arts Alliance Amer, DVD Release Date: April 22, 2008,
Run Time: 180 minutes, ASIN: B0013PVGN6.