The Samprasfanz website lands in the newspaper!

Our website was mentioned in The Independent, a UK newspaper dated July 8, 2001. Read the full article below.

Wimbledon 2001 - Hail Pistol Pete the wisecracker
By Alex Hayes

If fans won tournaments, Pete Sampras would be Wimbledon champion for the eighth time today. The American's 45 "Fan Links" on the ATP website is a record. One of the better sites,, features an intriguing section, named Paul Fein's "23 reasons to love Pete". Reason No 3 is Pete's dry wit. Sampras, Fein assures us, illustrated his clever repartee when asked to comment on the news that he, Jim Courier and Andre Agassi seemed to be friends again. Sampras' witty response? "There's a lot of love in the air."

Another well-liked player is Goran Ivanisevic - who has 20 fan sites - although several of his supporters seemed to have lost confidence in him of late. Take Jukka's site (http://, where the creator splashed the message: "Sorry I haven't updated my site for a while. I'll start again when Goran does something useful."

As for our Tim, he may lag behind with just 14 sites, but he has the most entertaining message board: "Tiger," writes Mike from England, "go for it. You can sparkle better than my favourite drink, Tango."

The Independent, UK

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History of the samprasfanz website

The idea of putting up a Samprasfanz website first came up in 1999. There were initial difficulties getting the project off the ground until March 2000 when the topic again resurfaced on the messageboard and a group of 10 members from different parts of the world banded together to volunteer their efforts and spare time to make the website a reality.

The first meeting was held on March 25/26, 2000 -- two dates due to the different time zones. During the meeting, the team members discussed what the site objectives and contents should be.... and this is the result of their hardwork. We hope you enjoy the site.

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Samprasfanz is an unofficial, unauthorized and non-profit website. We have no connection with Pete Sampras.

Our intention, as dedicated fans to Pete Sampras, was to create this website as a tribute to Pete, and for the benefit of his fans all over the world who may have limited news on Pete, or for those busy people who may not have time to browse 10 different websites for the information.

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Updated on June 1, 2002