Early life of Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras was born in Washington DC and was the third child of two Greek immigrants, Sammy and Georgia Sampras. Sampras started playing tennis at age three. In 1978 , when Sampras was seven years, the family moved to California so he could play more tennis. At age eleven Sampras met his idol, Rod Laver , with whom he played a game of tennis. Sampras was later noted by the pediatrician and tennis enthusiast Peter Fischer , who would train until the beginning of his professional career.
Career of Pete Sampras
Sampras began his professional career in 1988 at the age of sixteen. On his first grand slam tournament , the U.S. Open in 1988 he was already in the first round by the Peruvian Jaime Yzaga defeated by 6-7, 6-7, 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2. He started the year as 893ste of the world, to become 97th to finish.
In 1989 Sampras lost in the Australian Open in the first round, now Christian Saceanu . Later that year, Sampras won at Roland Garros for the first race in a Grand Slam tournament , but in the second round he had to acknowledge several of the later champion Michael Chang . His loss on his first Wimbledon in the first round was a four-setter against Todd Woodbridge . At the U.S. Open Sampras defeated former champion Mats Wilander in the second round, he would later in the fourth round by Jay Berger still be defeated. At the end of the year, Sampras was already at number 81 of the world.
The year 1990 marked the breakthrough of Sampras. At the Australian Open he reached the fourth round, where he was defeated by the thirteenth placed Yannick Noah . He got his first professional title in Philadelphia , where he was in the final Andres Gomez defeated. This increased it for the first time in the top twenty. After the successful start of 1990, followed by varying degrees of success. He did not participate in Roland Garros , took only the first round of Wimbledon and took some quarter and semi finals in smaller tournaments. Before starting the U.S. Open , he was eliminated three times in quarter-finals. At the U.S. Open itself, he took his first really big title, he won his first grand slam tournament. Along the way he dealt with include Thomas Muster in the fourth round, Ivan Lendl , who for eight consecutive finals at the U.S. Open was met, in the quarterfinals and John McEnroe in the semifinals. In the finals Sampras defeated his biggest future rival, Andre Agassi . He became the youngest man ever had won the U.S. Open, with its 19 years and 28 days.
In 1991 and 1992 followed varying successes for Sampras. He won several titles. He won in 1991, his first Tennis Masters Cup , with four more would follow. In 1992, his greatest success winning the ATP tournament in Cincinnati . In 1992, Sampras reached the quarterfinals for the first Roland Garros , which he would repeat over the next two years. He reached the semifinals of Wimbledon and lost the final of the U.S. Open of Stefan Edberg . He called his loss in the final of the U.S. Open after a "wake-up call" and that he had to find out how a number of the world should be. With John McEnroe , he doubled in the Davis Cup , which he won the tournament. Pete Sampras did in that year also participated in the 1992 Olympics . He then took the third round in singles and second round in doubles.
1993 was the year that Sampras his domination in the men's tennis began. After being first in the Australian Open semi-finals took, he reached in April of that year for the first time the number 1 position. This place was controversial because he recently had won no Grand Slam titles. This put him straight through three months later, the first Wimbledon title to tackle in the final Jim Courier to beat. This he followed with a second title at the U.S. Open . He finished this year's number one position and he set a record in the ATP Tour, the first player to over 1000 aces in a season hit.
After 1993 would Sampras until 2000 every Wimbledon win, with the exception of 1996 , when Richard Krajicek won the title. This made him the most successful player in the history of Wimbledon. When he was in 2000 won the title, he equaled the record of Roy Emerson with 12 grand slam titles, which he would later break. He set the record 14 Grand Slam titles, a record set in 2009 by Roger Federer would be broken.
Sampras won in 1994 the first of two Australian Open titles in the finals by Todd Martin to defeat. In the tournament of 1995 Sampras played one of his most emotional when he races against Jim Courier in the quarterfinals played. During the tournament, his coach Tim Gullikson collapsed and which is returned to the United States. It later appeared that he would have a brain tumor. Excited by his illness, Sampras played his match against Courier crying, but knew to win. In the finals but he lost to Andre Agassi . Later Paul Annacone Sampras' solid coach, when it was impossible for Gullikson.
In January of 1997 Sampras won his second Australian Open , by Carlos Moya in the final defeat in July and again he won Wimbledon by Cedric Pioline to beat. During that year he won eight titles, including the Masters in Cincinnati and Paris . He kept the whole year the number 1 position and he was with Jimmy Connors (1974-1978) the only player to five years in a row at the end of the year was the number 1 position.
After years of dominance was established in 1998 its number 1 position threatened by Marcelo Rios . He could defend title in Australia does not and he won Wimbledon after a hard fought five-setter against Goran Ivanišević . He lost the U.S. Open in the semifinals of Patrick Rafter and also knew his titles in Cincinnati and Paris indefensible. Still, he finished the year as number 1 in the world.
1999 started very disappointing for Sampras because he could not come to do the Australian Open because of injury and therefore no title won in the first part of the season. Yet he won consecutively from the tournament Queens , Wimbledon , the ATP tournament in Los Angeles and the Cincinnati Masters . Sampras that year because not every tournament because of a hernia and could do because the return of Andre Agassi came to an end six consecutive years that he finished at No. 1 and Agassi took over this position. Still, he beat Agassi and Sampras recovered in the final of the Tennis Masters Cup and took the title for the fifth and last time, and finished the year as number 3.
In the year 2000 began with several tournament victories Sampras, who won include the ATP tournament in Miami . Then he won his thirteenth Grand Slam title at Wimbledon , which he set the record for most Grand Slam titles broke. This tournament he won despite a painful shin injury. During his last years had suffered from various injuries Sampras settled. This title would be his last title for more than two years. He lost in the finals of the U.S. Open in 2000 by Marat Safin in 2001 to Lleyton Hewitt . Many speculated that Sampras would never pick a title, especially when in 2001 his series of 31 matches won at Wimbledon was broken by Roger Federer . This would be the only time the two men played together.
In 2002 Sampras again lost early in the tournament of Wimbledon. In the second round he did not pass the 145th placed George Bastl . During the summer, Sampras played a mediocre season. At the U.S. Open predicted Greg Rusedski after Sampras defeated him in five long sets, that he is in the next round would fly out. Sampras won but in the fourth round of Tommy Haas in the quarterfinals Andy Roddick in the semifinals of Sjeng Schalken , making him the eighth time in the final of the U.S. Open would be, which he set the record for Ivan Lendl equaled. After a fight of four hours, Sampras defeated Andre Agassi and picked up his fifth title. Later found that this was his last official game. He played for 12 months because no tournament, but just before the next U.S. Open in August 2003 Sampras announced his retirement. At a ceremony called him the greatest player of all many times.
Sampras won 64 career titles, including 14 grand slams , 11 Masters and five Tennis Masters Cup . He was 286 weeks at No. 1 and ended in 1993 and 1998 as number 1 in the world.
Profile and Biodata of Pete Sampras
Full Name: Pete Sampras
Nickname: Pistol Pete , King of Swing
Place of birth: Washington DC , USA
Date of birth: 12 August 1971
Length: 1.85 m
Weight: 77 kg
Prof Debut: 1988
Battle Manual: right
Total prize money: $ 43,280,489
Career record: 762–222
Highest Position: First (April 12, 1993)
Career titles: 2
Highest ranking No.: 27 (February 12, 1990)