Pete Sampras, popularly nicknamed as “Pistol Pete” had a smashing career from 1988 to 2002. A right handed tennis player, Pete is considered to be one of the greatest players of the sport and finds a place in the Hall of fame since 2007. Pete won 14 Grand Slam Titles in all which was a great record at the time. The 14 titles included 7 Wimbledon Titles, 5 US Open Titles, and 2 Australian Open titles. Owing to all these victories he captured the world ranking 1 position for a large time span. Pete Sampras has a current net worth of about $160 million US Dollars all credited to a dashing career in the game.
Pete Sampras Early Life And Career
Pete was just three years old when he found a tennis racket in the basement of their home and since then his love for the game sprouted. When his family moved to California, he got ample opportunities to play tennis. It was Peter Fischer, a paediatrician and a tennis coach who helped Pete to explore his talents in the game. Fischer helped to develop the infamous single handed backhand stroke of Pete.
In 1988, Pete entered his professional career amidst all other young players including Andre Agassi and Jim Courier. In the 1989 US Open Pete won his first Grand Slam match after facing a series of defeats. The win was also followed by a series of defeats until the US Open the following year. In the 1990 US Open, Pete beat Agassi to be the youngest player ever to clinch the title. Success reached him quite fast. In the same year, Pete played in five more tournaments and won the Grand Slam Cup.
Jim Courier was ranked at the top position at the time and Pete defeated him in the Wimbledon and this resulted in Pete’s first Wimbledon title in 1993. Since then came a period of Pete’s dominance in the game and he was known to amuse his opponents with his first service shots. In the same year he captured his second US Open title and his first Australian open. This series of wins for Pete fetched him the ATP Player of the Year recognition for 6 consecutive years between 1993 and 1998.
Pete was known for him calm style of playing unlike most of the other younger players like Andre Agassi which earned them a larger fan following. Game audience wanted a charismatic sport where they expected trick shots and rackets flying and were thus disappointed with Pete. In 2000, he won the Wimbledon Singles Title to set an all time high record of winning 13 Grand Slam titles by surpassing Roy Emerson and in 2002 he won his 14th Grand Slam.
Pete Sampras Net Worth in 2017
Pete Sampras has total 14 Grand Slam Titles to his name. He has also managed to bag the rank 1 position for about 286 weeks and was named the ATP player of the year for 6 consecutive years between 1993 and 1998. This helped to increase his net worth to $160 million US dollars as of 2017. Pete Sampras currently resides in Lake Sherwood California with his wife and his two children. He has received a great number of awards throughout his lifetime owing to his vibrant performance in his games.
He has found a place in the top 50 sports stars poll carried out by ESPN. Through his unique playing style, Pete has risen to be one of the greatest Tennis players of all times. His wife was awarded Miss Teen USA. Pete is diagnosed with Thalassemia minor, a trait that cause anemia.