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Champ’s Westside match over

[Sep 5, 2004, Ruth Ryon, Times Staff Writer] Pete Sampras has sold his Benedict Canyon home for $3 million, according to public records. The tennis champ had listed the Beverly Hills-area home in August 2003 at $3.75 million. He had owned the house since 1998, a couple of years before he married Bridgette Wilson, who played the bride-to-be in “The Wedding Planner” (2001) and costarred in the action-thriller “Extreme Ops” (2002). The couple was married at the Benedict Canyon home in 2000. About two years later, they bought another Beverly Hills-area home in the mid-$8-million range. The house Sampras sold has four bedrooms and four bathrooms in 5,000 square feet. The home is on about 1 1/2 acres, with a pool, at the end of a long, gated drive. There is, of … Read entire article »

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PETE SAMPRAS, Tennis legend

Thu, Sep. 09, 2004 By David Martindale Special to the Star-Telegram Pete Sampras still misses playing tennis now and then. He especially misses it at this time of year, as the U.S. Open, a tournament he won five times, is winding to a conclusion. “But I just don’t have it in me anymore to go out and do the things I have to do to win a major,” Sampras said. “Playing is the easy part. That’s 10 percent of it. The other 90 percent is preparing and training. You wrap your whole year around playing those two weeks. “That’s the hard part. It’s a tough way of life. It’s a consuming sport. There’s no question it took a lot out of me, especially when I was No. 1 in the world. It was a … Read entire article »

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Sampras admires Agassi’s run, but won’t mimic his rival

[Sep 8, 2004 BILL FLEISCHMAN] Two years ago, after struggling with his tennis for several years, Pete Sampras won his fifth U.S. Open. Then, at age 31, he abruptly closed the book on the sport in which he won record 14 Grand Slam tournaments. He has no plans to stage a comeback. “I haven’t picked up a racket in 8-9 months,” Sampras said yesterday from Los Angeles. “I don’t miss the grind, the pressure and the stress that comes with it. You do miss the competition, playing the majors. “I certainly feel that now that the Open’s on. When Wimbledon comes and goes, I always have a reaction of wanting to play again. But [it quickly passes].” After focusing entirely on tennis from the time he was 8, Sampras enjoys life as a husband … Read entire article »

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Retired Sampras misses tourney but not the pressure

[Sep 8, 2004] A year after his retirement, tennis great Pete Sampras is going to great lengths to be seen and heard. Thirty minutes longer, in one specific case. He will be featured in a one-hour Center Court with Chris Myers on the Tennis Channel on Sunday at 6 p.m. Sampras — winner of seven Wimbledon, five U.S. Open and two Australian Open titles — also took time Tuesday to chat via the phone with Quick Hits: With the Open going on, what do you miss most? “I do miss the Open, I miss Wimbledon. The Open is kind of where I made my first mark. I miss the night matches and the fact that it’s a major and it’s New York City. The buzz and atmosphere are tough to … Read entire article »

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