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Pete SAMPRAS
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Pete SAMPRAS

aka Pistol Pete

Pete Sampras, respectful and elegant under all circumstances, was the epitome of sportsmanship.

He was a universal favourite for more than a decade. To tennis fans, at least. Because the respect of all his peers did not prevent him from punishing many of them on the court. Pistol Pete had all the makings of an unbeatable player: an exceptional serve, an ultra-powerful forehand, a nearly perfect volley game with unmatched range at the net and an unbelievable smash shot. Those many strengths led him to 64 tournament titles on the tour, including 14 Grand Slams. He shined brightest at Wimbledon, with seven trophies, which now puts him just a small step behind Roger Federer. Sampras's biggest regret is surely that he never reached the finals at Roland-Garros. The discreet and reserved American suffered from a condition that sometimes deprived his body of oxygen. Of course he only spoke about it after his career had ended. He ended, of course, on a high note with his inimitable flair, winning the 2002 U.S. Open against fellow countryman Andre Agassi, his greatest rival, who had defeated him in the New York final a year prior. After avenging his loss in spectacular fashion, there was nothing to prevent Pete Sampras from taking his final bow. With class, as was his custom!

 

palmares

Titles

64

Finals

24

Higher ranking

1

ATP Singles, 12/04/1993

grand slam

victories

  • Australian Open (2) : 1994,1997
  • Wimbledon (7): 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • U.S. Open (5): 1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002

finals

  • Australian Open (1): 1995
  • U.S. Open : 1992, 2000 et 2001

others

victories

  • Davis Cup (2): 1992, 1995
  • Masters (5): 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997,1999

finals

  • Davis Cup (2): 1991,1997
  • Masters (1): 1993