Petros ‘Pete’ Sampras is a retired American former world No. 1 tennis player and is counted amongst the greatest players ever in tennis history, if not the greatest. An extremely athletic child, he made his presence felt as soon as he stepped into the professional tennis arena at the age of 16. In just one year, he broke into the top 100 in the world rankings. He captured his first Grand Slam title in 1990 and became the ATP World Rank No. 1 in 1993. He remained the ATP ranked world No. 1 for 286 weeks and still holds the prestigious ATP record of six year-end No. 1 rankings (1993–98). During his tennis career he went on to win 14 Grand Slam titles, which include seven Wimbledon and five U.S. Open singles titles.
During his tennis career, he won 14 Grand Slam Singles titles. These include: 2 Australian Open (1994, 1997), 7 Wimbledon (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000), and 5 U.S Open (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)
Pete Samparas was the ATP Player of the Year and the ITF World Champion for six consecutive years from 1993 to 1998.
At ATP’s 25th anniversary, in 1997, he was ranked as the No. 1 player in the past 25 years.
He was the first tennis player to be adjudged as the ‘Sportsman of the Year’ by the US Olympic Committee in 1997.
‘GQ’ magazine awarded him with the ‘Man of the Year’ award in the Individual Athlete category in 2000.