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Sampras lists Beverly Hills home

January 27, 2008 Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson, have put their Beverly Hills home on the market for $25 million. Before the 36-year-old tennis ace retired in 2003, he won a record 14 Grand Slam men’s singles titles. Sampras’ 11,000-square-foot, English Tudor-style house, built in 1933, has been recently remodeled and expanded. The walled and gated private estate has five bedrooms, including a master suite with his-and-her bathrooms. The home has a total of 12 bathrooms. Other features are a detached guesthouse, a gym, a theater, a children’s play yard, a pool, a putting green and — of course — a tennis court with a north-south orientation. The home is located on more than an acre of mature, landscaped grounds and has a circular driveway. Wilson, 34, played the bride-to-be in “The Wedding … Read entire article »

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Sampras Exhibition in Jacksonville, FL

The retired tennis star will play local Martin in a March 6 exhibition. Tennis great Pete Sampras has added Jacksonville to the list of stops on what has become a worldwide exhibition tour. Sampras is scheduled to play Ponte Vedra Beach resident Todd Martin in a Serving Up Aces exhibition match on Thursday, March 6, at Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. “It’s exciting for me,” the 37-year-old Martin said Wednesday in a telephone interview. “It’s not often I get to work close to home. It’ll be especially nice to be a part of a big tennis event in Jacksonville. Wherever Pete goes, it’s a pretty big event.” Sampras, who holds the record for career Grand Slam titles (14), has an 18-4 ATP Tour career head-to-head advantage against Martin, who won eight singles … Read entire article »

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Tennis ace Sampras to play Columbus, Georgia

March match a tune-up for facing down Federer Tennis legend Pete Sampras wanted one more tune-up match before a March exhibition against world No. 1 Roger Federer at New York’s Madison Square Garden, so sports promotor John McDonald checked into potential sites on his behalf. A colleague recommended Columbus. The one in Georgia, not Ohio. “He said, ‘What about Columbus?’ and I said, ‘What about it?’ ” joked McDonald, the president and owner of Prism Sports & Entertainment. “I did a little research and found out the local participation there is in tennis.” He’s counting on all of those participators to translate into spectators when Sampras and Todd Martin participate in an exhibition match at the Columbus Civic Center on March 8. The event, billed as “Serving Up Aces,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which will … Read entire article »

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Sampras a big fan, friend of Federer

January 10, 2008Source: Star Ledger / If Roger Federer does what he did the last two years and wins three Grand Slam tournaments this year, he will pass Pete Sampras’ all-time record of 14, most likely at the U.S. Open. And that’s okay with Sampras. In fact, Sampras said he’d be on hand at Arthur Ashe Stadium in September to congratulate him, because he admires Federer and feels he’s a worthy champion to replace him. “What he’s doing, and how he’s doing it, I respect,” Sampras said. “Every fan, every media person, has a different sort of athlete (they respect) and he’s my sort of guy. He’s not brash, he’s not abrasive. He lets his racket do the talking. I don’t think that’s a negative. To hear someone say he’s boring, I’m … Read entire article »

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