Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras was born on August 12th, 1971 in Washington, D.C, the third son of Greek immigrants, Sam and Georgia Sampras. From an early age, Pete showed signs of outstanding athletic ability. The young Pete discovered a tennis racquet in the basement and spent hours hitting balls against the wall. In 1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, and the warmer climate there allowed 7 year old Pete to play more tennis. The Sampras family joined the Peninsula Racquet Club, where they played a great deal of tennis together. It was here that Pete's ability became apparent. At the age of 11 he had already learned the solid serve and volley tactic that has become the hallmark of his game. Pete entered the professional game in 1988 as a 16-year old qualifier and had a game that was considered 'dangerous' by fellow competitors. During the 2 years that it took Pete to reach the World Top 10 he defeated several of the great tennis legends. In 1990 he won his first Grand Slam title at the U.S. Open. Along the way he defeated Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe with his dominating serve. At only 19 years 28 days, Pete Sampras was the youngest tennis player ever to win the U.S. Open Men's title.Source: wimbledon.willhill.com
I may be a step slower than I was before reaching 30, but I'm doing all the right things. I guess there are some guys who would take it easy in the latter part of their careers, but I'm stepping it up.More Pete Sampras quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Pete Sampras quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't look so much for tips. But when they interview a Nicklaus or a Palmer, I'm all ears. I listen to guys who have done it, been successful for years.More Pete Sampras quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
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.More Pete Sampras quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years.More Pete Sampras quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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