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WAS HE THE GREATEST?




The beauty of the Pete Sampras era in tennis is that one does not remember when it began or when it ended.

One of the greatest players to ever grace the tennis scene, the seven-time Wimbledon champion has admitted that he is now "95 per cent" certain he has played his last professional match.

"It’s time for other guys to hold up the trophies," he says.

At 31, Sampras is walking away from the sport he so nobly graced.

A walk down memory lane.

The earliest memory of Sampras is during the 1990 US Open, when he upset Ivan Lendl, John McEnroe and Andre Agassi in the last three rounds to become the youngest men's champion at 19 years, 28 days.
Not much of the American ace's persona has changed since then.

"People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity."

Sampras's most powerful weapon has always been his serve. Without any discernable change in his service action, the ball is directed towards different corners of the court at great pace. That's what makes the Sampras serve so difficult to pick and virtually impossible to return.

"Sometimes I think he forgets the difference between his first serve and his second serve," said Boris Becker, who lost to Sampras in the 1993 Wimbledon semi-final.

Wimbledon, where Sampras once went 54-1 in matches during an eight-year stretch, was home to the American.

The seven titles, tying Willie Renshaw, a player in the 1880s, for the most at the All England Club, is a feat that no player is likely to match in the future. He may have had his failings on other surfaces but on grass he was simply flawless. In the words of Andre Agassi: 'The best grass-court player ever.'


History will remember Sampras. Not because of his stunning acrobatic smashes, not because he was a very quiet champion on and off the court or not even because he dominated the men's circuit with such authority (Six consecutive years at number one), but simply because his records will stand the test of time.

All-Time Grand Slam Singles Titles Leaderboard:
14 Pete Sampras
12 Roy Emerson
11 Rod Laver, Bjorn Borg
10 William Tilden
8 Fred Perry, Ken Rosewell, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl

The only Grand Slam that eluded him was the French Open. A serve and volleyer by trade, Sampras never managed to come to grips with the red clay of Roland Garros.

In 2001, after working to improve his play on clay by hiring a new coach, and with different training, he suffered a disappointing loss in the first round of the French Open. Thereafter, things started to go steadily downhill

"I play for history," Sampras had once said. "That is my motivation."

He has re-written the history books and for the first time in 15 years there is no Pete Sampras at Wimbledon. Just the thought leaves a very bad after-taste.

"I took my bows at the U.S. Open (2002)," Pete Sampras said about that moment. "I just didn't know it."


"Sampras, Sampras, Sampras, Sampras and Sampras," was Agassi's reply, in October 1998, when asked who are the best five players of all-time. Need we say more.

The years of pushing himself so hard to stay at the top finally told on both Sampras's mind and body. He has, in all-probability, played his last match. Without doubt, his presence will be sorely missed.

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yes he was

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Of course, he was the greatest tennis player in history of this sport
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Of course, he was the greatest tennis player in history of this sport


HAIL TO THE KING,just asking guys, when I found the above article.
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yes he was

Hey miss Mimmmmiiiii. how are you, he is the king.
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yes he was the king, and he still is, roger still needs to win 9 more slams to overtake him
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yes he was the king, and he still is, roger still needs to win 9 more slams to overtake him

I know my dear, and I hope he fail to do so.
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14 Grand Slam titles is absolutely wonderful achievement
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14 Grand Slam titles is absolutely wonderful achievement

Not to mention being number one for six straight years, now that is incredible.
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Not to mention being number one for six straight years, now that is incredible.
Both achievements are great Pete earned 42 million dollars on the courts, it is incredible too.
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Pete's World Number 1 Records

Year-end ranked at #1:

Pete Sampras 1993 - 1998 (6 consecutive years)

Jimmy Connors 1974 - 1978 (5 consecutive years)

John McEnroe 1981 - 1984 (4 consecutive years)

Ivan Lendl 1985 - 1987, 1989 (4 years)


Total weeks at #1:

Pete Sampras 286 weeks

Ivan Lendl 270 weeks

Jimmy Connors 268 weeks
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Both achievements are great Pete earned 42 million dollars on the courts, it is incredible too.

acutally it is 43.280.489 millions my dear Greg.

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WHO IS THE GREATEST IN HISTORY?

Greatest Grand Slam Winners (5+)

Until the arrival of Pete Sampras no men have totally dominated the sport during their playing spans like several of their female counterparts (i.e. from Margaret Smith Court to Steffi Graff, Chris Evert to Martina Navratilova, Billie Jean King to Helen Wills Moody). This is partly because there has always been a greater strength in depth among men and partly because from the late 1930s to the arrival of open tennis in 1968 most of the top amateur men turned professional and could not participate in the great Champhionships. One can only speculate how many more titles Rod Laver, for instance, might have won if he had not been barred from the Grand Slams from 1963 to 1967. Is Pete Sampras therefore the greatest player in history? You cannot simply compare eras. Before 1975, three of the four majors were played on grass. Pete being the best grass court player ever would probably win more than 14 major titles if he had lived in the other eras.

Six of the top men in the overall list are Australians who lived in an age when all the top men played doubles and many played mixed doubles too. That is not the case today. The totals for Lendl, Becker, Sampras and Agassi contain only singles victories.

Furthermore all the players in the list tho won their titles at Wimbledon, the US Championships and the Australian Championships before 1975 won them on grass courts. In 1975 the US Open became a clay court event for three years before switching to its present hard court surface, while the Australian Open changed to another type of hard court in 1988.

In comparing players of different eras it must always be remembered that before 1939 intercontinental travel meant a sea voyage. Thus only a handful of players crossed the Atlantic each year and fewer still ventured to Australia. In considering the overall totals, one must remember that the opportunities for competition were fewer in the early years. Although Wimbledon's 1877 meeting was the world's first tennis tournament, the Australian Championships only began in 1906, and the French was open only to international players from 1925.
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acutally it is 43.280.489 millions my dear Greg.
Of course, my horrible mistake Thanks for correction. Pete defeated Agassi and Becker in this statistics.

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Of course, my horrible mistake Thanks. Pete defeated Agassi and Becker in this statistics.

Yes, from top to bottom Andre is 29.543.891 millions & Becker is 25.079.456 millions.

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