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06-04-2005, 08:41 PM
Pete Sampras (born August 12, 1971), is a retired American professional tennis player. He is widely considered to be among the greatest ever to play the game.

Pete Sampras was born on August 12th, 1971 in Washington, D.C, the third son of Greek immigrants, Sam and Georgia Sampras.

From an early age, Pete showed signs of outstanding athletic ability. The young Pete discovered a tennis racquet in the basement and spent hours hitting balls against the wall.

In 1978, the Sampras family moved to Palos Verdes, California, and the warmer climate there allowed 7 year old Pete to play more tennis.

The Sampras family joined the Peninsula Racquet Club, where they played a great deal of tennis together. It was here that Pete's ability became apparent.

At the age of 11 he had already learned the solid serve and volley tactic that has become the hallmark of his game.

Sampras's pro career began in 1988 at the age of 16. His first victory in a Grand Slam tournament came at the US Open in 1990, when he defeated Andre Agassi, Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe among others to win. At only 19 years 28 days, Pete Sampras was the youngest tennis player ever to win the U.S. Open Men's title. The rivalry between the Andre and Pete lasted throughout the 1990s. Sampras dominated Wimbledon for much of the 1990s, taking the title there in 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000. In 1991 Pete won the IBM World Championship and 1n 1992 played in the team that won the Davis cup. Pete set a new ATP Tour record in 1993 when he became the first player to serve over 1000 aces in a season.

Whereas the grass courts of Wimbledon played to Sampras's strengths, his only real weakness was on clay, where the slow surface tended to negate his natural attacking serve-and-volley game, and he never progressed beyond the semi-final stage at the French Open. His businesslike attitude during play and cautious handling of the press led critics to bemoan his lack of charisma, but his natural talent and work ethic meant that Sampras was always able to let his results speak for themselves.

He was known for his good all-round game and a strong competitive instinct. He holds the record for the most wins in Grand Slam men's singles events, having won a total of 14 (7 Wimbledon, 5 US Open, and 2 Australian Open). Sampras led the world tennis rankings for six consecutive years, from 1993 to 1998. After a period of time during which he, by his own admission, lacked the drive and hunger needed to remain at the top, Sampras officially retired on August 25, 2003.

On September 30, 2001, Sampras married American actress Bridgette Wilson.

Sampras has thalassemia minor, a mild form of an inherited disease that causes anemia.

Sampras older sister Stella is head coach at UCLA and his younger sister, Marion, is a teacher in Los Angeles, his older brother, Gus, is tournament director at Scottsdale ATP event.

Some of the most famous matches Sampras has played include the following:

US Open 1990 Final: defeated Andre Agassi, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, Sampras' first Grand Slam tournament victory.
Wimbledon 1995 Final: defeated Boris Becker, 6-7, 6-2, 6-4, 6-2, in a clash of two of the top grass-court players of their generation.
Wimbledon 1996 Quarter-final: lost to Richard Krajicek, 7-5, 7-6, 6-4, Sampras' only loss at Wimbledon between 1993 and 2000 inclusive.
US Open 1996 Quarter-final: defeated Alex Corretja, 7-6, 5-7, 5-7, 6-4, 7-6, after being physically ill on the court, and coming back from being match point down.
US Open 1997 Fourth Round: lost to Petr Korda, 6-7, 7-5, 7-6, 3-6, 7-6, an upset victory for Korda.
Wimbledon 1998 Final: defeated Goran Ivanisevic, 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, in a thrilling 5-set final.
US Open 1998 Quarter-final: lost to Patrick Rafter, 6-7, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3, in a sign that his dominance was fading.
Wimbledon 1999 Final: defeated Andre Agassi, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5, in what Sampras called one of his best matches ever.
Australian Open 2000 Semi-final: lost to Andre Agassi, 6-4, 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 6-1, in an exciting match.
US Open 2001 Semi-final: defeated Andre Agassi, 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, a classic duel that featured a remarkable zero breaks of serve.
US Open 2002 Final: defeated Andre Agassi, 6-3, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, in yet another memorable battle with his long-time rival. As it turned out, this was his last competitive match; he did not play in any subsequent tournaments before making his retirement official.

Sampras is known for several extraordinary facets in his game in particular:

An amazingly accurate and powerful first serve;
A second serve just as powerful as his first, possibly his most dangerous weapon;
A stellar forehand, in particular his "running forehand" (a forehand hit on the run) was considered the best in the world;
A phenomenal net game (Sampras' volleys are fabulous)
A decent one-handed backhand (something increasingly rare among top players)
His game strategy is quite simple. When serving, he's a "serve-and-volleyer": he'll serve it hard, forcing a bad return, and then runs up to hit the ball on the volley for an easy putaway. When not serving, he usually employs a "chip-and-charge" strategy: just chip back the return and run up to the net, waiting for a volley. These strategies are best on "fast" surfaces like concrete (and grass in particular) and are weak on "slow" surfaces like clay. As a result, he has dominated Wimbledon (played on grass) and has never won the French Open (played on clay).

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06-04-2005, 08:45 PM
Sampras is 100% Greek!!!

JweePing Er Feb 9 1996

From: (JweePing Er) author
Date: 1996/02/09
Subject: Re: Sampras is 100% Greek!!!

Jay Kim (*t) wrote:

: Sampras is not Anglo-American!!

: His ancesor believe to be originaate from Greek!!

: Bad News for all the people who think he was Anglo!!!

With a last name Sampras, I don't anyone thought that he was Anglo except
maybe for people like you.


Feb 9 1996

From: (David Ward) author
Date: 1996/02/09
Subject: Re: Sampras is 100% Greek!!!

Jay Kim <*t> wrote:
->Sampras is not Anglo-American!!
->His ancesor believe to be originaate from Greek!!
->Bad News for all the people who think he was Anglo


So, who cares? What race he is really doesn't matter to most of us

What ever race you wanna stick him in, he's still the best
tennis player in the world.


06-04-2005, 08:54 PM
Baseline battler

GreeceNow profiles emerging tennis star Lena Daniilidou

When you think of Greek tennis, if you do, you probably picture Diaspora superstars Pete Sampras or Mark Phillipoussis but a 19-year-old from Thessaloniki could be about to change all that.

Since 2001, Lena Daniilidou has soared up the international rankings from 320th to 57th in early May.

In less than four years on the tournament circuit Daniilidou already has made Greek tennis history, becoming the first Greek woman to play in the third round of the US Open, where she faced off with nine-time Grand Slam champion Monica Seles last year.

That performance placed Daniilidou among the top 100 female tennis players in the world.

Greek history

Success followed her in January to the Australian Open where her third-round match became the best finish for a Greek at the Grand Slam tournament in the land down under.

Daniilidou lost to defending champion Jennifer Capriati in three sets, but not before coming out of her third Grand Slam event ranked 67th internationally.

"I think that a match like this is the best I could want," Daniilidou said before meeting the top-ranked American on the court. "I prefer playing with such a strong opponent because no matter what the result, such a battle would be a great lesson for me."

The young Greek's inaugural Grand Slam appearance came in 2001 on the grass courts of Wimbledon where she lost in the second round.

"I believe Daniilidou will have staying power and that she can easily be one of the top 50 in the world," said Angeliki Kanellopoulou, who in the 1980's became the first Greek woman in a third-round Wimbledon match.

With her current rank, Daniilidou is almost in that top 50, upsetting crowd favourites along the way.

Dumping out the darling

In the second round of the Nasdaq-100 Open in Florida in March she handed Russian pin up Anna Kournikova a shock first-round exit. In early May, Daniilidou stood 11 spots above 68th-ranked Kournikova.

"Anna made more mistakes in the match," Daniilidou said after her 7-5, 6-3 win. "And when she made the mistake, I was there to finish the point. I played really good. I felt good on the court," Daniilidou added. "Finally the results came."

Eventually Daniilidou got bumped out of the competition in her second-round meeting with top-seed Capriati. But performances in April tournaments in Portugal and Hungary helped improve the Greek's international standing even more.

The Porto Open found Daniilidou in a quarterfinal game, where she lost to Angeles Montolio of Spain. She bettered her showing in the Budapest Grand Prix where the fourth-seeded Greek lost the semi-final match to Switzerland's unseeded 16-year-old, Myriam Casanova, in three sets.

Daniilidou, who lost her first match at the Sydney Olympics in straight sets, has become Greece's best bet for a strong Olympic showing in 2004.

Olympic effort

In December she joined the country's other top athletes, including Olympic sprinting champion Costas Kenteris and weightlifting silver medallist Valerios Leonidis in an Athens 2004 Olympic event that promoted volunteerism.

06-06-2005, 10:49 PM

Are you Jewish?


Sampras: I'm 75 percent Greek, 25 percent Jewish. My Dad's Jewish. My Mom was born and raised in Greece; she's 100 percent Greek. My Dad's mother was Jewish, but his father is Greek. That's where we got the Sampras name. A Greek Jew.

06-07-2005, 07:42 PM
Hellenic (Greek) Sport


Eleni Daniilidou (19.9.1982 Chania/Crete)

Pete Sampras, tennis player (born 12.8.1971, Washington, DC), is a retired American professional tennis player. He is widely considered to be among the greatest ever to play the game. Sampras was the third son of Greek immigrants, Sam and Georgia Sampras.

Mark Antony Philippoussis (7.11.1976), Australian of Greek origin

06-07-2005, 08:08 PM
Each summer at the US Open, the world’s top tennis players smash rubber balls back and forth across a net, while crowds wait politely until the end of the match before cheering. Such is the modern sport of tennis, once the genteel pastime of the idle rich. First played in thirteenth-century France, tennis was an indoor sport, with players using the palms of their hands to hit the ball. Later, in the sixteenth century, people picked up rackets and headed to outdoor courts for the action.

  Tennis is still much the same, although nowadays it’s enjoyed by people from all walks of life—not just aristocrats. Professional player Pete Sampras, for example, is the son of Greek immigrants to the US. He began playing as a child, hitting balls against the wall in his basement. Sampras soon dominated the courts, not because of pretensions, but because of his ability to“ace”the ball: Sampras can serve it so hard that opponents can’t return it.

06-11-2005, 08:49 PM
2004 Summer Games

When the Olympic flame is lit Aug. 13 in Athens, signaling the start of the Olympic Games, wild cheering will sweep the United States. And they won't just be screaming for the American athletes.

It will be a proud moment for 943,000 Greek Americans who live mainly in eight metro areas: New York; Chicago; Baltimore; Washington, D.C.; Detroit; Pittsburgh; Boston and Los Angeles.

"Detroit and Chicago are the two major Greektowns in America," said Dan Georgakas, an expert on Greek Americans at Queens College, City University of New York. "There's a little strip in Baltimore. And New York has Astoria, which is more than a Greektown, really: It's like the Greek neighborhood of New York City."

Detroit's Greektown dates to the early 20th century, when the first major wave of about 750,000 Greeks immigrants arrived in the United States. Many came before Greece was an independent country and began working in auto plants or textile mills or laying railroad tracks out West.

A second wave of 300,000 Greeks arrived there between 1965 and 1980, but after that, the stream slowed to a trickle, Georgakas said.

Greek neighborhoods burst at their seams in late March, when Greek Americans celebrate Greek Independence Day.

It's a lot like the Fourth of July, with a big parade, flags and speeches. But instead of hot dogs and hamburgers, families feast on gyros, shaved lamb wrapped in pita; spanakopita, or spinach-and-cheese pie, and baklava, a sweet, flaky pastry.

Many kids wear traditional costumes, and Detroit's Greektown hosts a parade. "American Independence Day - it's fireworks, it's loud and it's really big," said Dimitri Roumanis, 11, of Ann Arbor, Mich. "But it's only for one day. You can celebrate Greek Independence for a week!"

Like many - but by no means all - Greek Americans, Dimitri is probably what Georgakas calls a binational personality, a person capable of embracing two cultures equally. Like Georgakas, his parents were both born in Greece and he's visited the country "seven or eight times," he said.

He's also studies Greek language and culture one day a week after school at a Greek Orthodox church.

He, his twin sister, Aphrodite - who is named after an ancient Greek goddess - and his cousin, Kosta Roumanis, 11, are planning to visit their Greek grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins again this summer.

The three are going to the Olympics opening ceremonies together.

One a scale of one to 100, how cool is that, we asked?

"A billion!" Dimitri said. "It'll be cool to see the Greek flag come into the stadium first."

06-14-2005, 11:32 PM
Hey guys , I just read a very interesting article , from The National Herald, Feb 26, 2005, naming Pete Sampras as one of the 50 WEALTHIEST GREEKS IN AMERICA. :bounce: :bounce: :clap2: :clap2: :bigclap: :bigclap: :rolls: :rolls:

06-22-2005, 09:25 PM

06-22-2005, 09:27 PM
[quote]Originally posted by vgiozo

[br] this goes to vigizo I am almost positive that Pete Sampras is of greek descent, since u obviously are, was just sharing

Yes, I know he is of Greek descent, but he is American in his ways, to my mind at least...I don't really know how Greeks in America are like, maybe an American could see things in Sampras that differentiate him as a Greek, but I don't...
...Philippoussis is just a too familiar physiognomy and figure for a Greek...
As a player he had his moments, but nothing to get really crazed about...Sampras is just a totally different story...