Pete Sampras is a famous American former tennis player, as well as an athlete. Over the years, Pete Sampras managed to win numerous awards and accolades, and became known as one of the best tennis players at the time. In 1993, Sampras became the ATP Player of the Year, and that same year held the title of the ITF World Champion.
Sampras was the first tennis player to receive the “Sportsman of the Year” award in 1997, and he was also one of only two men to win a Grand Slam title as a teenager. Overall, Sampras won 14 Grand Slam titles, beating Roy Emerson’s 12 Slam titles, and setting a new record in Grand Slam tournaments. A winner of Male Athlete of the Year Award in 2000, Pete Sampras was also placed in a list of “The 40 Greatest Players of the TENNIS Era”, compiled by “TENNIS” magazine in 2005. During his career, Pete Sampras became known for his rivalry with Andre Agassi, as well as his matches against Patrick Rafter. Sampras met with Agassi during the 1990 US Open tournament, which he won. This sparked public interest in their upcoming matches, since Agassi had always been considered a public favorite before the 1990 US Open event. Agassi and Sampras met for the last time in the 2002 US Open tournament, where Sampras once again came out victorious. Sampras also became known for his rivalry with Rafter, with whom he competed during 1997 US Open, and 1998 US Open events.
Pete Sampras Net Worth $170 Million
A well-known former tennis player, how rich is Pete Sampras? Sources state that Pete Sampras’ net worth is estimated to be $170 million, most of which comes from his professional tennis career.
Pete Sampras was born in 1971 in Maryland, United States. When his family moved to California, Sampras began playing tennis with Rod Laver, a former professional tennis player, who was his greatest inspiration. Sampras then joined the “Jack Kramer Club”, where he met Peter Fischer, who became his tennis coach. Sampras started his professional tennis career when he was 16 years old, when he played against Sammy Giammalva Jr., to whom he lost his first match. Following that, Sampras managed to gain several victories, until his streak was stopped by Emilio Sanchez. However, this only motivated him to train more intensely. In 1989, Sampras entered the Australian Open tournament, where he had his first match against Christian Saceanu.
Over the years, Pete Sampras managed to become one of the best professional tennis players at the time. Even though he retired from tennis in 2003, Pete Sampras returned to play during numerous exhibition matches. During those matches, Sampras had an opportunity to play against such popular tennis players as Roger Federer, Tommy Haas, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal. Sampras’ most recent exhibition match occurred in 2011, when he played against Milos Raonic, to whom he lost.
Sampras married American actress and former Miss Teen USA, Bridgette Wilson. The couple have two sons: Christian Charles Sampras and Ryan Nikolaos Sampras. Currently, Pete Sampras resides in Lake Sherwood, California.
A famous tennis player, Pete Sampras has an estimated net worth of $170 million.
Release of the book, "Sports Great Pete Sampras" by Victoria Sherrow.
Release of his book, "A Champion's Mind: Lessons From a Life in Tennis" by Pete with Peter Bodo.
His Wimbledon quarterfinal loss to Roger Federer in 2001 marked the only time the two ever competed against each other while both were on the ATP tour. Sampras has played exhibition matches against Federer since retiring.
Dated actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley for a time in the late 1990s.
To date (2008), his seven Wimbledon singles wins are still a world record. He won in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000. His winning streak was only briefly interrupted in 1996 when Dutchman Richard Krajicek snatched the title from him. 1977, 1978, 1979 & 1980, and Federer: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 & 2007.
Brother-in-law of Tracy Wilson.
His wife, Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, gave birth to a boy, Ryan Nikolaos (born July 29, 2005 in Los Angeles).
Won the 2002 U.S. Open, his record 14th Grand Slam title and never played in another tournament again after that. Repeatedly pulled out of tournaments in 2003 before finally announcing his retirement after Wimbledon. His Wimbledon victory in 2000 and his 2002 U.S. Open win turned out to be his last two career tournament titles.
Upon the birth of son Christian, London bookmakers gave the baby a 2,000-1 shot to beat Sampras's arch-rival Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf's son, Jaden Gil, in a Wimbledon final.
First child, a son Christian Charles, born on November 21st 2002, to him and his wife Bridgette Wilson-Sampras.
Youngest ever men's U.S. Open champion in 1990; he won the title almost a month after his 19th birthday.
Grand Slam titles: Australisn Open (1994, 1997), Wimbledon (1993-1995, 97-2000), and U.S. Open (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, and 2002).
Tied with William Renshaw for most Wimbledon titles (seven) and with Jimmy Connors for most U. S. Open titles (five)
His parents had only attended one other of his matches (due to nervousness watching him play in person) until attending his Wimbledon title match in 2000. The other match was his 1992 U.S. Open final loss to Stefan Edberg.
First player ever to serve over 1,000 aces in a pro season in 1993.
Finished as the #1-ranked ATP men's player a record six seasons in a row from 1993 to 1998.
Has won the prestigious Wimbledon a record 7 times. Shares the record with Roger Federer.
The most successful tennis player of his generation.
Has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, a record for men that only Roger Federer has beaten. Margaret Smith Court holds the all-time record with 24 Slam single titles.
I've worked hard my whole life, since I was a little kid. But now it's a point in my life now where I can just enjoy it, but at the same time I still need to work.
It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.
People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.
When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do.
If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me.
Tennis is seen all around the world; if I am home or anywhere in the country, United States, people will stare.
Where I fall down is my short game. I don't practice enough, and when I have to take a half swing from 50 yards out, that's trouble.
After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.
Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.
I could be a jerk and get a lot more publicity, but that's not who I am.
I don't look at myself as a historical icon, but the reality of it is, yeah, I am playing for history now.
I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable. I just didn't like it, I was a hard-court guy, a Californian kid.
I'm staying in shape, working out.
I've been into golf, trying to get into the gym to stay somewhat fit. I've got two boys now, they're active kids.
Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn't changed in 10 years.
You kind of live and die by the serve.
I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve.
It is nice to walk out on a court to have it packed.
In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.
There's always one shot that I can rely on when I'm not hitting the ball that well, is my serve.
When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years.
It's not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I'm an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.
People wrote me off, but I believed in myself. I got the confidence back, and it grew and grew. I won my first major and my last at the place that changed my life.
I don't know how I do it, I really don't.
For so long people have just taken what I do for granted. It is not easy to do year-in, year-out, to win Grand Slams and be No. 1.
I can't just wake up and watch TV and do nothing. I need a day off working out, seeing the wife, play a little golf, see my kids.
I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me.
I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.
Retirement is a work in progress. I try to figure out my day, and what I know about myself is that I need structure.
The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.
I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.
I hate to lose, and I do whatever I can to win, and if it is ugly, it is ugly.