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.