Career Highlights - 1993
- Ousted Edberg from the no. 2 position after the Aussie Open and tailed close behind Courier.
- On April 12, became the no. 1 ranked player. Pete was the 11th man to be no. 1 since ranking began in 1973.
- Prior to winning at Wimbledon and US Open, critics questioned his legitimacy at the no. 1 position because he has not won a GS title since his first one in 1990. [article]
- The Wimbledon finals was held on the Fourth of July, the first all-American men's final since 1984. The top 4 seeds: 1. Pete Sampras, 2. Jim Courier 3. Stefan Edberg and 4. Boris Becker reached the semifinal round.
- Defeated in quarterfinals defending champion Agassi and 3-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker in semifinals enroute to the finals
- When asked if he had noticed that the princess of Wales (Princess Diana) was rooting him from the royal box, Sampras smiled and said, “Maybe she has a crush on me.”
- First American since John McEnroe in 1984 to win Wimbledon and US Open in the same year.
- Lost the # 1 ranking on August 22 after 19 weeks but regained it on Sept 13.
- Took 8 titles, including 3 successive ones: Lipton, Tokyo, Hongkong
- Won 83 matches, the most since Lendl's 84 match record in 1985
- Was runner up at the ATP World Championship, losing to Michael Stich
- Ended the year rank as no. 1 with an 83-15 win loss record
"It's great to be number one," he says. "Although I'd be happy to be number two if I could win Wimbledon, but if I don't win, it won't change my life."
Pete's only got as far as the semi-finals before, so could this be his year?
News clipping supplied by Georgia Christoforou
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