Pete Sampras is celebrating. One of the greatest tennis legends turns 51 and until the arrival of the Big 3 he was the top winner of Grand Slam tournaments. Even though they surpassed him in that stat, there is a record that no one has yet been able to take from him since his retirement.
The American was born on August 12, 1971, in Washington, and forged a career whose game was based on a devastating serve and a completely ferocious attack. All this, of course, under a remarkable elegance rarely seen on the circuit that led him to stand out for that particularity over the rest of the tennis players.
Now, within his achievements there is one that no one could beat. Pistol Pete He is currently the tennis player who finished the most consecutive seasons as the No. 1 in the world. she made it between 1993 and 1998, so with those 6 campaigns in a row, he set a historical record. Despite the fact that in total quantity, regardless of whether they are consecutive or not, Novak Djokovic dethroned him, with 7, his record is still intact.
Among the most outstanding records of Sampras we can mention the 14 Grand Slams he won: Australian Open (2), Wimbledon (7) and US Open (5). Roland Garros, at which he only reached the semifinals in 1996, was his great thorn.
Also, he conquered 5 times the Masters Tournamentwas champion of the Davis Cup twice and accumulated 64 singles titles and two in doubles. As if that were not enough, he was 286 weeks at the top of the ranking.
Possibly his image has been somewhat left behind with the arrival of Rafael Nadal (22 Grand Slam), Novak Djokovic (21) y Roger Federer (20). But the concrete thing is that what was done by this one meter eighty-five American who retired in 2002, positions him not only as one of the greatest references of the ’90s, but also of history.