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Tennis magazine has named the final four of its "40 Greatest Players" of the Open Era. Topping the list, unsurprisingly, is Pete Sampras. Following him, in order, are Steffi Graf, Martina Navratilova and Chris Evert. (Alas, the magazine keeps its content in a pay-only section.)


In what other professional, world-class sport would you find three of the top four spots on such a list filled by women? And these women are all pretty much household names even in the U.S., where tennis has been in supposed decline. Even better is the presence of the indomitable Navratilova, who has shown that being open and honest about one's sexual orientation can go hand-in-hand with a brilliant professional sports career. Hell, she's as popular today in some ways as she ever was, still drawing crowds to watch her play and win pro doubles tournaments even as she rapidly approaches 50. She's nothing short of inspirational.

Partly because of trailblazing lesbians like Navratilova and Billie Jean King and Amelie Mauresmo, I'd be willing to bet that the first high-level, openly-gay, male pro athlete will be a tennis player. At least I hope it's tennis and not golf, because that would just be a snooze in bad pants (all you gay golfers out there, please forgive me). I've heard rumors of who it could be -- I'll just have to keep my fingers crossed that it happens sooner rather than later.

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TENNIS Magazine Special Project

40 GREATEST PLAYERS OF THE TENNIS ERA: 1. PETE SAMPRAS

By Stephen Tignor, TENNIS Magazine
November 1st, 2005



In the minds of tennis fans, a great player isn't just a person, but a representation. John McEnroe embodies angry genius; Jimmy Connors was blood and guts personified; Chris Evert, grace under pressure. What do we think of when we say the name Pete Sampras? Something both simpler and more exalted: a winner.

Like his idol, Michael Jordan, and friend, Wayne Gretzky, Sampras is his sprot's greatest modern champion. But it didn't start out that way. The early Pistol Pete was known more for his raw talent than his competitive fire. Four years into his career, he hadn't spent a week at No. 1. That's when the 21 year old faced Stefan Edberg in the 1992 U.S. Open final. When Sampras walked off a loser after four sets, he knew that second best would never be good enough again. "Before, I was happy at No. 6," Sampras says. "I just didn't dig deep enough. If that loss hadn't happened, I wouldn't have achieved what I achieved."

What the loose-limbed Californian achieved rewrote the record books. Sampras won comprehensively, on the game's biggest stages, and week in, week out on tour. Not only does he won the most Grand Slam titles among men, with 14, he finished No. 1 for six straight seasons and spent 286 weeks in the top spot, both men's records. He made his name synonymous with the game's most prestigious event, Wimbledon, where he won seven titles in eight years.

But Sampras won nearly everywhere. He ended Ivan Lendl's famous run on eight U.S. Open finals; he beat Jim Courier in Melbourne after breaking down in tears because his coach had been diagnosed with a brain tumor; and the final match of his career was a victory over his greatest rival, Andre Agassi, for a fifth U.S. Open title. The last time the U.S. captured the Davis Cup, in 1995, guess who won all three matches in the final against Russia?

Still, despite many attempts, the French Open eluded Sampras. It's a hole in his resume and can only be excused by the fact that in the Open era just two men, Rod Laver and Agassi, have won the French along with all the other majors. Of course, plenty of women have, including the three who follow Sampras here. So how did he end up on top? It was the singularity of his accomplishments. The top three women have comparably impeccable records; on the men's side, where the competition is deeper, Sampras stands alone.

Follow the money. Prize winning are rarely seen as a measure of tennis greatness because for decades there wasn't any. But it's worth noting that while our No. 2 and No. 3 players, Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf, have similar career earnings (21 million), Sampras retired with $43 million, nearly $17 million more than the next man, Agassi, had at the time. Greatness isn't measured just in dollar signs, but the richest events are generally the biggest, and that's where Sampras raised his game. More than any other tennis player, he was worthy of the ultimate compliment you can give a professional athlete: He was money in the bank.
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yes, he is the greatest

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Thank Goodness, he deserved it even though people constantly say that he cant be called the greatest because he didnt win the french ... Jealous
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Thank Goodness, he deserved it even though people constantly say that he cant be called the greatest because he didnt win the french ... Jealous

Well too bad for those Pete's haters - they will have lots to debate now - i can just see, as a matter of fact I say a site already - frawning over if he is the greatest.
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Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssssss, yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeessssssssssssssssssssssssssss ssss.
Of course, without a shadow of a doubt.
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Hey, can you help me translating or understanding one sentence used in ths article ??? I'm French and I'm not sure I understand the meaning of "He was money is the bank"... Can anybody try to explain it to me please ???
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Oh, I misspelled it : "money IN the bank" ;-) Sorry...
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Hey, can you help me translating or understanding one sentence used in ths article ??? I'm French and I'm not sure I understand the meaning of "He was money is the bank"... Can anybody try to explain it to me please ???
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Hi there fralexom, how are you doing and welcome to pete's thread - let me see if i can make that phrase simpler for you - " He was Money In the Bank", it means he was a sure bet or he is a winner.

OR, better yet he was good as GOLD.
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Thanks, that was what I thought it meant !
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Andre is the greatest. :-P

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Andre is the greatest. :-P
Both are great
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Andre is the greatest. :-P

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