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Pete Sampras Biography

Peter "Pete" Sampras is a retired American tennis player and former world no. 1. During his 14-year tour career, he won 14 Grand Slam singles titles and became recognized as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Sampras turned professional in 1988, at the age of 16, and finished the year ranked world number 97 after starting the year at world number 893. His first professional match was a loss to Sammy Giammalva, Jr. at the February Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor inPhiladelphia. In his first Grand Slam singles match, Sampras lost to world number 69 Jaime Yzaga of Peru in the first round of the US Open. 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, in their first career match-up. His first professional singles title came in February at the Ebel U.S. Pro Indoor in Philadelphia. In September, he captured his first Grand Slam title at the US Open. He played five more tournaments and won the Grand Slam Cup to complete his year. In 1991, Sampras captured the first of his five career titles at the year-end Tennis Masters Cup. In 1993, he claimed his first Wimbledon title, beating former world number 1 Jim Courier in the final. This was followed by his second US Open title. Sampras won the first of his two Australian Open titles in 1994, defeating American Todd Martin in the final. He won back-to-back US Open titles in 1995 and 1996. Im 1997, Sampras won his second and final Australian Open title in January, defeating Carlos Moyà in the final. He became the only player to win both the Grand Slam Cup and the ATP Tour World Championships in the same year. Towards the second half of 1999, he went on a 24-match winning streak, including the Stella Artois Championships, Wimbledon, Los Angeles, and Cincinnati. He then won a record-breaking 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2000. Two years layer Sampras claimed a then-record 14th Grand Slam singles title and matched Jimmy Connors's profile consisting of five US Open singles championships.

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Roger Federer is a freak of nature, says Pete Sampras
Roger Federer is a freak of nature, says Pete Sampras
Federer broke Sampras' Grand Slam record just seven years after the American's retirement.
French Open: The rich and unique history of Roland Garros
French Open: The rich and unique history of Roland Garros
A look at the 126-year rich history of the French Open.
Top 5 tennis greats who never won the Monte Carlo Masters
Top 5 tennis greats who never won the Monte Carlo Masters
Here are five of the greatest tennis players never to have won the ongoing Monte Carlo Masters
10 tennis players who have completed the Sunshine Double
10 tennis players who have completed the Sunshine Double
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9 oldest male players to have won a Grand Slam title in the Open Era
9 oldest male players to have won a Grand Slam title in the Open Era
Here's a look at the 9 oldest players who won the biggest prize there is to win in tennis.
MS Dhoni's retirement conundrum - Is it fair to ask him when he should retire?
MS Dhoni's retirement conundrum - Is it fair to ask him when he should retire?
A fan's opinion on why it is unfair for lesser mortals to comment on the retirement of sporting legends.
5 former players who could coach Nick Kyrgios
5 former players who could coach Nick Kyrgios
Who among these 5 former players is the perfect match for the troubled Nick Kyrgios?
Pete Sampras would like to coach Nick Kyrgios
Pete Sampras would like to coach Nick Kyrgios
Kyrgios does not currently have a full-time coach.
The MS Dhoni conundrum: Should he stay or should he go?
The MS Dhoni conundrum: Should he stay or should he go?
Should MSD call it quits? We analyse the reasons and possible factors that could guide his decision.
10 all-time Tennis greats and the trophies missing from their cabinets
10 all-time Tennis greats and the trophies missing from their cabinets
These players are absolute legends but still have some big trophies missing from their cabinet.
Top 7 World No. 1 male tennis players who have not completed a Career Slam
Top 7 World No. 1 male tennis players who have not completed a Career Slam
These players were among the best of their time but were unable to complete a Career Slam.
Profiling Reilly Opelka - The American teen who might be the next 'big' thing' in men's tennis!
Profiling Reilly Opelka - The American teen who might be the next 'big' thing' in men's tennis!
USA's hopes of producing another World No.1 lies on the young shoulders of the Goliath-sized 'giant killer' Reilly Opelka.
History-maker Raonic ousts Federer to enter Wimbledon final
History-maker Raonic ousts Federer to enter Wimbledon final
Wimbledon: 10 greatest matches in history
Wimbledon: 10 greatest matches in history
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5 greatest tennis players to have never won the French Open
5 greatest tennis players to have never won the French Open
Each of these players is a former World No. 1
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