He elected not to defend his championship there, but his retirement announcement was timed to coincide with a special ceremony prepared for him at the Open. At the age of 32, Sampras declared his retirement. Over the course of 13 years, Sampras averaged 14/13=1.08 slams. His last match was against Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open.
Pete Sampras earned $15 million during his career. He is considered one of the greatest players in tennis history. In 2004, Sports Illustrated named him the greatest male tennis player of all time.
Sampras was born on January 4th, 1970 in Brooklyn, New York. He lived in Brookline, Massachusetts until he was 10 when his family moved to Maryland where he grew up. He became interested in tennis at an early age thanks to his father who taught him how to play. As soon as he reached puberty, Sampras started training daily with a coach who helped him improve his game dramatically. In 1990, at the age of 19, he won his first grand slam tournament at the Australian Open. Two years later, he became the first man in almost 20 years to retain the Australian Open title. In 1993, Sampras also won his first Wimbledon trophy. In 1994, he dominated the sport by winning all four major tournaments including his second Grand Slam event at the US Open.
Career statistics for Pete Sampras Pete Sampras, an American former tennis player, began his professional career in 1988 and lasted until his formal retirement in August 2003. During that time, he won seven Grand Slam singles titles: the Australian Open three times, the French Open once, and the Wimbledon Championships twice. He is also the only man to have achieved the "modern-day" triple crown in tennis, having been ranked world number one for a record 237 weeks during his career. His overall record is 65 wins against 29 losses.
In August 2003, at the age of 34, Sampras announced his retirement due to chronic hip pain. He had been suffering from this condition for several years and had undergone surgery to correct it twice. Despite the surgeries, the pain continued to get worse instead of better, and so he decided to call it a day.
During his career, Sampras won seven Grand Slam singles titles: the Australian Open (3), the French Open (1), and the Wimbledon Championships (5).
Between 1991 and 2002, he played in 16 Davis Cup matches for the United States, and he was a member of the cup-winning teams in 1992 and 1995. Sampras rose to No. 1 on April 12, 1993, and remained there for 286 weeks, second to to Federer's 310 weeks.
During his career, Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles championships, an Open Era record at the time of his retirement: seven Wimbledons, two Australian Opens, and a joint Open Era record of five US Opens. In total, he won 64 solo titles.
Sampras maintained his success and played at a high level over the years. Sampras rose to the top of the tennis world rankings in 1993. His rating was controversial because he had not won any Grand Slam titles at the time. He won his first Wimbledon title three months later, defeating former world No. 1 player Jim Courier.
Andre Agassi has been cited as claiming that he is on the same level as Pete Sampras since Agassi won major titles on all four surfaces, despite the fact that Sampras won many more Grand Slam titles.
Pete Sampras, an American former tennis player, began his professional career in 1988 and lasted until his formal retirement in August 2003. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.
He became the number 1 ranked male tennis player in the world at the age of 17 years and 4 months, which makes him the youngest person ever to hold the top spot. His record has since been broken by Roger Federer but neither man has yet to reach Sampras's level of success.
Sampras started playing tennis at the age of 5 when he and his brother Chris would play on a court next to their parents' house. They would watch television and wait for their father to finish work so they could practice with him.
His first coach was his father, who had played college tennis himself. When Pete was 8 years old, his family moved to Florida, where he attended West Palm Beach High School. It was there that he met Andre Agassi, who would go on to become one of America's best-known athletes. The two friends played tennis together often and when Pete decided to pursue a career in sports management after graduating from high school, Andre recommended him to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.
19 years, 28 days He then beat 20th-ranked McEnroe in a four-set quarterfinal to go to the final against fourth-ranked Agassi. Sampras defeated Agassi in straight sets at the age of 19 years and 28 days to become the US Open's youngest-ever male singles winner. To round up his year, he competed in five additional events and won the Grand Slam Cup.
In 2011, Pete Sampras returned from a three-year retirement to play eight events on the ATP Tour. He lost in the first round of the Australian Open in his comeback match and announced his immediate retirement afterwards. His record after two rounds is 0-4.