Who is the greatest American tennis pro of all time? One name seemed to consistently float to the top as I searched for the answer to this question. Pete Sampras, for a multitude of reasons, emerged as the popular choice of those in the know. Pete Sampras turned pro when he was just 16 years old! Over the course of his illustrious career as a professional tennis player, he won in excess of $43 million in prize money. In 1990 “Pistol Pete” (nicknamed due to his consistently precise serve) became the youngest U.S. Open men’s champion at 19 years old. During his time spent on the courts, he managed to secure at total of 64 titles including seven Wimbledon singles championships, five U.S. Open titles as well as two Australian Open championships. In fact, The French Open was the only Grand Slam title he failed to win! His career match wins/losses record was 762-222 respectively, giving him a 77.43 winning percentage. Sampras became the second player after Jimmy Connors to hold the world No. 1 ranking for five consecutive years. If interested in learning more about Pete, his official autobiography is available and entitled A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis.
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