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Pete Sampras in 2005

Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971) is an American retired professional tennis player. He has won the Wimbledon Championships seven times and has won 14 Grand Slams overall, two less than Roger Federer's record of 16 Grand Slam titles. He is said to be one of the greatest tennis players of all time.[1]

Personal and family life

Sampras' mother is an immigrant from Greece; his father is an American whose father was Greek and mother was Jewish. Sampras' older sister, Stella, is the women's tennis head coach at UCLA.[2] His younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los Angeles. His older brother, Gus, has been tournament director at the Scottsdale ATP event, but from 2007 he became president of the firm managing Pete's business activities.[3]

In the late 1990s, he dated actress Kimberly Williams-Paisley.[4]

On September 30, 2000, Sampras married American actress and former Miss Teen USA, Bridgette Wilson. On November 21, 2002, their son, Christian Charles, was born.[5] On July 29, 2005, the couple welcomed their second son, Ryan Nikolaos.[6] They live in Lake Sherwood, California.[7]

Professional Awards


  1. "Top 10 Men's Tennis Players of All Time". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved September 23, 2010. 
  2. Behniwal, Ajaybir (May 2, 2007). "Women's tennis nets good draw through recent wins". The Daily Bruin (ASUCLA Student Media). Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  3. "Tennis Legend Pete Sampras Forms New Company – Pure Sports Management" (PDF). Press Release. March 29, 2007. Retrieved August 24, 2007. 
  4. "Kimberly Williams Speed-the-plow Times interview". Retrieved 2012-08-20. 
  5. "Sampras Adds New Title: Father". The New York Times. November 26, 2002. Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  6. "Review 2005: Celebrity births, marriages and deaths". Manchester Evening News. December 12, 2005. Retrieved May 20, 2007. 
  7. Pete Sampras’ House in Lake Sherwood
  8. "ATP Bio:Pete Sampras". Retrieved June 26, 2009. 
  9. Pete Sampras at the International Tennis Federation

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