Updated: Aug 17
02 July, 2020. THE PISTOL SMASH - Pete Sampras, USA. Petros "Pete" Sampras, born August 12, 1971, began his pro career in 1988 and ended at the 2002 US Open, which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final. Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles titles during his career, which was an Open Era record at
the time of his retirement: seven Wimbledon, two Australian Open and a joint Open Era record five US Open titles. He won 64 singles titles in total. He first reached world No. 1 in 1993, and held that position for a total of 286 weeks (second of all time), including an Open Era record of six consecutive year-end No. 1 rankings from 1993 to 1998. A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname "Pistol Pete". In 2007, he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Sampras is regarded as one of the best male tennis players of all time. Pete was a master of aggressive power on the fast surfaces. A very dynamic, beautifully constructed service action, crunching forehand, precision volleys and above all, his famous “slam dunk” jumping smash made him the winner of 64 career singles titles. The oil painting shows Pete with his trademark shot.
With his iconic movement, Sampras would have impressed such “slam dunk” specialists as Michael Jordan, the late Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter or Dwight Howard.
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