The Best Pete Sampras quotes

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In the early 1990s, tennis was ruled by one man – Pete Sampras. His dominance on the court was unmatched, and his record-breaking streak winnings inspired other players to up their game. But as Sampras’ career progressed, injuries began to take their toll. In 2002, at the ripe age of 31, he announced his retirement from professional tennis. This month marks the 15th anniversary of that Retirement Day – but what has Sampras been up to since? Turns out, a lot! Read on for a look at Sampras’ post-tennis life.

Here are the most inspiring Golf, Time, Playing, Tennis, Court, Career quotes from Pete Sampras, and much more.


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About Pete Sampras

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Country :
United States

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Lake Sherwood, California, U.S.

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August 12, 1971

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6 Ft 1 In

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September 8, 2002

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Career Titles:

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Highest Ranking:
No. 27


He’s got a great game. โ€” Pete Sampras

What I’ve done in the game is always going to stick, no matter what happens. โ€” Pete Sampras

When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years. โ€” Pete Sampras

Where I fall down is my short game. I don’t practice enough, and when I have to take a half swing from 50 yards out, that’s trouble. โ€” Pete Sampras

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There should be more of an offโ€“season in the game. I think you need to have less tournaments, more of a break at the end of the year so guys can recover. โ€” Pete Sampras


Tennis obviously isn’t as popular as baseball in the States. โ€” Pete Sampras

Once the US Open is over in the States, mainstream America doesn’t really follow tennis, unless you are a true tennis fan. โ€” Pete Sampras

All I cared about in tennis was winning. โ€” Pete Sampras

I guess I get my strength from my legs, which are also important in tennis. โ€” Pete Sampras

tennis obviously isn t as popular as baseball in the states Pete Sampras quote

If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me. โ€” Pete Sampras

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. โ€” Pete Sampras

Tennis is seen all around the world; if I am home or anywhere in the country, United States, people will stare. โ€” Pete Sampras

I let my racket do the talking. That’s what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches. โ€” Pete Sampras

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically. โ€” Pete Sampras

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When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do. โ€” Pete Sampras

Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn’t changed in 10 years. โ€” Pete Sampras


Anything can happen out there on any court. โ€” Pete Sampras

Throughout my career, my mind rarely wandered, and I was never sidetracked by distractions, no matter what I was going through off the court. โ€” Pete Sampras

It is nice to walk out on a court to have it packed. โ€” Pete Sampras

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I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable. I just didn’t like it, I was a hardโ€“court guy, a Californian kid. โ€” Pete Sampras

I made it look so easy on court all those years. No one realized how hard I had to work. No one realized how much I had to put into it. They underestimated my intensity. โ€” Pete Sampras


In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. โ€” Pete Sampras

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Media access to us is more regulated than in golf. โ€” Pete Sampras

I’ve been into golf, trying to get into the gym to stay somewhat fit. I’ve got two boys now, they’re active kids. โ€” Pete Sampras

in tennis you can make a couple of mistakes and still win not in golf Pete Sampras quote

I admire the way golfers handle themselves. But tennis players are a lot younger, as a rule. There aren’t many teenagers on the golf tour. โ€” Pete Sampras

I can’t just wake up and watch TV and do nothing. I need a day off working out, seeing the wife, play a little golf, see my kids. โ€” Pete Sampras


I want to end my career on my terms, not on what people think I should do. โ€” Pete Sampras

I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me. โ€” Pete Sampras

I may be a step slower than I was before reaching 30, but I’m doing all the right things. I guess there are some guys who would take it easy in the latter part of their careers, but I’m stepping it up. โ€” Pete Sampras

i want to end my career on my terms not on what people think i should do Pete Sampras quote

There is no doubt about how hard it is to stay on top in any sport, but to do it in an individual sport for the majority of your career, it is not easy. โ€” Pete Sampras


Most of the time after the US Open, it is kind of like you are trying to finish strong. But to do it five years and maybe six is something that has never been done before, so it is a huge challenge. โ€” Pete Sampras

The future is flying home. That’s the immediate future. But longโ€“distance future, I plan on being back. I’m not going to end my time here with that loss. โ€” Pete Sampras

When you go through certain moments of your career and you’re struggling, it just takes time. Time heals, when you’re a little bit down. โ€” Pete Sampras

I’m enjoying my retirement, enjoying my life. I have two kids and a lot of my time is spent chasing these two animals. โ€” Pete Sampras

I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve. โ€” Pete Sampras

I’ve worked hard my whole life, since I was a little kid. But now it’s a point in my life now where I can just enjoy it, but at the same time I still need to work. โ€” Pete Sampras

PETE SAMPRAS Quotes Take Away

Pete Sampras is an American former professional tennis player who was one of the most successful players in history. He has won 14 Grand Slam singles titles, including 7 Wimbledons and 5 U.S. Opens. Whatโ€™s even more impressive? Sampras accomplished all of this while battling a severe case of asthma. In honor of his birthday today, weโ€™ve collected some of our favorite quotes from the tennis great himself on everything from competition to family.

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