Pete Sampras Biography
Pete Sampras is Greek-American professional tennis player, who dominated the world of tennis from 1995 to 2000. His mastery over the one handed backhand earned him the title of “Pistol Pete”.
Born on August 12, 1971 to Soterios Sampras and Georgia, Pete started playing with a tennis racket at the age of three.
Pete idolised Australian tennis player Rod Laver and a meeting with the idol inspired Pete to take the game professionally and he became a professional player in 1988. He had a mixed time on the field in the subsequent tournaments, with no major title win.
Pete had the taste of his first Grand Slam Title at the 1990 US Open where he became the youngest player to win the title aged just 19 years and 28 days.
The upcoming years too, had a lot of big moments for Pete to cherish upon. After winning the Wimbledon in 1993, he won it for six more times in 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. He lost only one match at Wimbledon from 1993 to 2000.
Apart from an exceptional record at the Wimbledon, Pete won the US Open five times in 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996 and 2002. The American tennis star also won the Australian Open twice in 1994 and 1997.
However, he never got a chance to lift the French Open Trophy. He couldn't cross the semifinals at this Grand Slam tournament.
His performance deteriorated after his friend and coach, Tim Gullikson was diagnosed with brain cancer and had to quit coaching. The credit for Pete's revival in the game goes to his another coach, Paul Annacone who helped him to regain his focus in the game.
During his active days on the court, he said, “I let my racket do the talking.” And that's exactly what happened. Even in the neck to neck matches, Pete was performing well but not necessarily winning every time.
Pete retired from tennis in the year 2003. In his career, he has won 66 career titles, including 14 Grand Slams. This earned him a spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame 2007.