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Posted on: September 14th, 2004

Champ's Westside match over

- petepage

[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 course, a tennis court on the property.

Sampras had purchased the home for about $2.5 million from Kenny G. The saxophonist-songwriter had maintained a recording studio there. Sampras used it as a family room. The country-traditional house was built in 1976 and later remodeled.

After buying the house, Sampras, now 33, won the U.S. Open. As defending U.S. Open champion, he withdrew from the event in 2003. In August of that year, he retired as a professional tennis player and became an investor, partner and special consultant to Tennis magazine and Sampras had been the top player in the world for a record six years in a row. He won a record 14 Grand Slams.

Jordan Cohen of Re/Max Olson Estate Brokerage, Westlake Village, represented Sampras in the Benedict Canyon home sale, real estate sources said.

[Article errors/facts about Pete corrected by Samprasfanz]

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