CBS 60 Minutes Interview
Photos supplied by Joy Parker
He is determined to be the greatest...you have to wonder,
'How does he do it? What is it that makes Sampras so special?'
I picked up a tennis racquet when I was 7. It's an amazing upbringing,
I played tennis everyday, 3 hours a day everyday. I didn't have a girlfriend,
no social life, no proms...and it was a commitment I wanted to make, and
my parents supported me.
He (dad) is superstitious about watching me play.
In fact they saw me lost to Edberg in the 92 Open final...
If friendship runs deep, one of those friendship was with his coach Tim
Guillikson. He was by his side when Pete dominated the sport. Then at
the Oz open in 95, Sampras learned that Gullikson was dying of brain cancer.
"Do it for your coach Pete" and he breaks out in tears. (Oz Open
1995 QF vs Courier) I am a very emotional person and I internalized a
lot of my feelings. In that situation I can only take so much, I am not
a robot. There is a lot of passion and hard work than it seems.
Last summer (1999) the only thing in his mind was winning the US Open,
but it was not meant to be. He hurt his back during a rountine practice
and forced to withdraw. He went home while watching Agassi winning the
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