Pete Sampras - the embodiment of tennis itself, quiet, modest, and a beautiful tennis champion. His career is detached from a story with heroes with so many won titles and many of them "framed" at the beginning or at the end on an U.S. Open, won against another tennis hero, Andre Agassi. We grew up seeing the hero winning the 7 magic awards, we are talking here about the seven Wimbledon titles, a total of 14 Grand Slam titles, in important matches against: Andre Agassi, Boris Becker, Patrick Rafter, Michael Chang, Marcelo Rios, Carlos Moya.
Pete Sampras was born in Washington DC, is the third son of Sammy and George Sampras, Greek immigrants. From an early age, Pete showed impressive athletic ambitions. The young Sampras discovered a rocket in his basement, that made him to spend hours hitting the ball against a wall. In 1978, Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, where warm climate allowed Pete to play more tennis. He joined the Peninsula Racquet Club then, where he demonstrated his talent for the first time. At 11 years, he already had learned the work-volley technique, which was to become the main part of his game. He was discovered by Peter Fisher, a pediatrician and tennis fan who became his mentor for much of his career, supervising his trainings and hiring to the player different coaches.
Sampras turned into a professional tennis player when he was 16 years old, in 1988. He reached the finals at the U.S. Open in 1989, defeating the 1988 champion, Mats Wilander in a five-set match in the second round. He won his first major tour in February 1990, at Philadelphia. In August of the same year he won his first Grand Slam at the U.S. Open. On the way to victory in the quarterfinals he eliminated Ivan Lendl in five sets, stopping the series of eight consecutive final at Flushing Meadows. Sampras defeated John McEnroe in four sets in the semifinals, for playing in the final with another young American talent, Andre Agassi.
Sampras dominated the Wimbledon during the next 10 years and won three consecutive titles between 1993 and 1995. He has lost in 1996 the quarter-final against Richard Krajicek, who was the winner later. He won four titles later in a row between 1997 and 2000, becoming the most successful player in Wimbledon history. His victory in 2000 has surpassed the record of Ray Emerson, who won 12 Grand Slam titles.
Sampras reached the semifinals of the Australian Open in 2000, losing in front of Agassi, who would win the tournament, and was forced himself in Miami for the third time in March. He beat the record of 12 Grand Slam tournaments, winning Wimbledon again, despite a leg injury. After this victory, Pete has not won any title for two years. He lost in the finals at the U.S. Open in 2000 and 2001, in front of Marat Safin and Lleyton Hewitt, making him to think that many will not be able to win a major tournament ever again.
By Eugenia Cvasov
The Best Tennis Players in the World .
Everyone loves sport and wants to be a great sportive, with amazing performances. Tennis is that kind of sport that relaxes and in the same time concentrates our brain. Tennis is a fantastic game, full of energy, positivism, and all the time the players are in a good mood. The best tennis players are the most adorable players, admired for their hard efforts. They are in an athletic form all the time and have a very sexy body, attracting the attention of the spectators. There are a great number of tennis players who deserve our respect and wait to be voted on the list that we will offer. Try to choose the one you like and make your own decision based on real facts!!!