10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pete Sampras

Pete Sampras serving, 2008

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1. He spent 286 weeks at no. 1, the 2nd most of any player behind Federer.

2. The only players to have a winning record against Sampras are:

  • Sergi Bruguera 3-2
  • Paul Haarhuis 3-1
  • Lleyton Hewitt 5-4
  • Richard Krajicek 6-4
  • Marat Safin 4-3
  • Michael Stitch 5-4

3. Sampras won 20 of the 34 matches he played against Agassi.

4. Sampras used one racket type, the Wilson Pro Staff Original, for his entire professional career – a racket first introduced in 1983

5. Sampras hasa genetic trait that sometimes causes mild anemia.

6. Stands alone with 8 consecutive wins in Grand Slam finals

7. Stands alone as youngest ever US Open champion

8. Sampras is the only male player to win the same Grand Slam tournament (Wimbledon) 7 times in the span of 8 years.

9. Stands alone with 6 years consecutive year end number 1

10. Sampras is the only Greek American to win a Grand Slam

Watch: Pete Sampras Uncovered

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