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January 2000 - New Season Begins

First, a look back...
The SamprasFanz have been eagerly awaiting the return of Pete Sampras to the courts. Everyone recalled the last match they had seen Pete -- the ATP Tour World Championship in Hannover. It was only his second tournament since coming back from a 3 month layoff due to a back injury that forced him to withdraw from the US Open. Despite some rustiness in the the early rounds, Pete showed the heart, the mind and the game of a true champion when he defeated Andre Agassi mightily in the finals in straight sets 6-1, 7-5, 6-4.

Now onto the new season...
Pete's first tournament of the year was the Colonial Classic at Kooyong, Australia. This was his tune up event to the first Grand Slam of the year 2000 - The Australian Open. Check below for the round-up of the Pete's activities and news articles.


Date Details
Jan 12, 2000 Opening day for the Colonial Classic. Pete def. Richard Krajicek 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(7-5)
Jan 13, 2000 Pete loses to Mark Philippoussis 6-7, 6-7
Jan 14, 2000 Pete def. Vince Spadea 6-3, 6-1 who replaced Thomas Enqvist when the latter pulled out.
Draw for the Australian Open released.
Jan 16, 2000 King of the Courts
Jan 17, 2000 Australian Open begins
R1: Pete def. Wayne Arthurs 6-4, 7-5, 6-4
Jan 19, 2000 R2: Pete def. M. Tillstrom 6-3, 7-6, 6-1
Jan 21, 2000 R3: Pete def. Wayne Black 6-7 (9-11), 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-3
R3 Presscon
Jan 23, 2000 R4: Pete def. Slava Dosedel 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
R4 Presscon
Jan 25, 2000 QF: Pete def. Chris Woodruff 7-5, 6-3, 6-3
QF Presscon
Pete's Interview on CBS 60 Minutes II
Jan 27, 2000 SF: Pete loses to Andre 4-6,6-3,7-6,6-7,1-6
SF Presscon
Jan 28, 2000 Hip injury forces Pete Sampras to pull out of Davis Cup
Jan 29, 2000 McEnroe unhappy with Sampras' Davis Cup absence



February 2000 - The Davis Cup Saga

February was a slow month for Pete news, as he spent the duration of the month recovering from the hip flexor injury sustained during his thrilling five set semifinal match again Andre Agassi at the Australian Open.

What news there was consisted of the aftermath of Pete's withdrawal from the inaugural Davis Cup Tie held in Harare, Zimbabwe. United States Davis Cup Team Captain John McEnroe took out his frustrations with Pete's injury in the media, and caused a bit of a stir. The United States Team eventually won the tie with a heroic effort from Chris Woodruff.

Off-court, Pete picked up an ESPY award for Tennis Player of the Decade. In his acceptance speech, Pete paid tribute to the many people who have contributed to his tennis career, including his agent Jeff Schwartz, for "showing him the money."


Date Details
Feb 12, 2000 Pete defends his withdrawal from the US-Zimbabwe Davis Cup Tie.
Feb 14, 2000 Pete picks up the ESPY award for Tennis Player of the Decade.
Feb 19, 2000 John McEnroe discusses his views of Pete and the Davis Cup controversy.
Feb 28, 2000 Davis Cup Team Captain John McEnroe names Pete to the squad for April.
Samprasfanz Supriya sees Pete practice at UCLA. (Fanzone report)



March 2000 - Pete Returns to the courts

Early on in March, we found out that Pete accepted a wild card slot to the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, AZ which was from March 6-12. This was the first American tournament he participated in after his injury and loss in the Australian Open. After winning his first match of the tournament against Rusedski, he pulled out on March 10, due to a strained ligament in his back. Indian Wells was next up for Pete. After winning his first three matches against Medevedev, Ferreira, and Black (respectively), he lost in the quarter-finals to Thomas Enqvist. The Ericsson Open started towards the end of the month, and Pete came out strong, winning his first four matches, and then he headed off to the finals against Kuerten. You have read April to find the rest out!


Date Details
Mar 1, 2000 Pete guests at the Craig Kilbourn show (CBS)
Mar 5, 2000 Pete hosts his golf charity event
Mar 6, 2000 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic starts in Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 7, 2000 R1: def. Greg RUSEDSKI (GBR) 6-3, 6-4
An interview with Pete in Golf Digest
Mar 10, 2000 Pete withdraws from tournament with strained back ligament
Mar 12, 2000 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic ends, Lleyton Hewitt def. Tim Henman 6-4, 7-6(7)
Mar 13, 2000 Indian Wells begins
Mar 14, 2000 R1: def. Andrei Medvedev 6-4, 6-3
Mar 15, 2000 R2: def. Wayne Ferreira 3-6, 7-6(7-4), 7-6(7-5)
Mar 16, 2000 R3: def. Byron Black 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Mar 17, 2000 QF: loses to Thomas Enqvist 3-6, 6-3, 3-6
Mar 19, 2000 Indian Wells ends, Alex Corretja def. Thomas Enqvist 6-4, 6-4, 6-3
Mar 23, 2000 Ericsson Open begins. Pete gets a bye for the 1st round
Mar 25, 2000 R2: def. Carlos Moya 6-1, 6-4
Mar 26, 2000 R3: def. Andreas Vinciguerra 5-7, 7-6, 6-4
Mar 28, 2000 R4: def. Greg Rusedski 6-3, 6-3
Mar 30, 2000 QF: def. Nicholas Lapentti 6-4, 7-6 ; Presscon



April 2000 - Glory and Injury

After defeating Hewitt and Kuerten to win the Ericsson Open, Sampras was ready to help the United States advance to the Semi-Final rounds of the Davis Cup by playing against the Czech Republic. The event was held at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles and tickets were completely sold out due to Pete and Andre playing on the same team. Pete lost his first match badly, mainly because Jiri Novak played the game of his life, but as usual, Pete came back in the reverse single match and destroyed his other Czech opponent, Slava Dosedel and clinching the 3-2 win for the US over the Czech Republic!

Unfortunately, Pete injured his quad during the match against Slava and was out for 6 weeks during the important clay season in Europe.

For more information, please see the articles below.


Date Details
Apr 1, 2000 Pete Sampras defeats Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the Ericsson Semi-Finals; Presscon
Apr 2, 2000 Pete Sampras defeats Gustavo Kuerten 6-1, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) in the Ericsson Final to WIN!
Presscon, Courtside Coverage
Apr 7, 2000 First day of Davis Cup Quarterfinals, US vs. Czech Republic: Pete lost to Jiri Novak, 6/7 6/3 6/2.
Apr 9, 2000 Final day and reverse singles of Davis Cup. Pete defeats Slava Dosedel handily, 6/4 6/4 7/6

***Pete injured his quad during the match and was out for 6 weeks. (for more, see press conference in May)



May 2000 - Pete's quest on Clay

May turned out to be another difficult month for Pete, tennis-wise. The beginning of the month saw Pete recovering from a quadriceps injury sustained during the USA Davis Cup Team's narrow defeat of the Czech Republic in April.

In the middle of May, Pete played at the Tennis Master's Series-Hamburg, after being unable to play Rome. In the first round of Hamburg, Pete ousted compatriot and Davis Cup hero Chris Woodruff, 6-4 7-6 (7-5). The following day, Pete's comeback was halted by France's Arnaud diPasquale, 6-4, 6-4.

The next week saw Pete playing World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, where Pete once again tried to get in some match play on the "terre battue." He was beaten by Dominick Hrbaty of Slovakia, 0-6, 6-4, 6-4, and Tommy Haas of Germany, 7-5, 6-2.

Rounding out the month was a first-round meeting with Mark "the Scud" Philippoussis of Australia. After a bit of a slump, Philippoussis was unseeded, and Pete was clearly unhappy to draw such a dangerous player early on. The match was hard-fought by both men, with Philippoussis emerging victorious in a nerve-wracking fifth set. Final score: 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 8-6.

Lest you think this entire month was all doom and gloom for Pete, it was later revealed that Pete assuaged his disappointment in losing at Roland Garros by proposing to his girlfriend of eight months, actress Bridgette Wilson.


Date Details
May 3, 2000 Pete holds a conference call with the press to discuss his French Open preparations
May 4, 2000 Pete withdraws from the Italian Open with a quad injury
May 8, 2000 Pete's path to Roland Garros, from Sportsline
May 15, 2000 Start of the Tennis Master Series-Hamburg. Pete is seeded no. 1
May 16, 2000 Pete wins in first round of Hamburg, defeating Woodruff 6-4, 7-6(7-5)
May 17, 2000 Pete loses in second round of Hamburg, to diPasquale 4-6,4-6.
May 20, 2000 French Tennis Magazine interview with Pete
May 21, 2000 Start of the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.
Pete is defeated by Hrbaty at the WTC in Dusseldorf 6-0, 4-6, 4-6
May 23, 2000 Pete is defeated by Haas at the WTC in Dusseldorf 5-7, 2-6
May 25, 2000 Pete defeats Magnus Norman 6-3, 6-4
May 26, 2000 French open draw. Pete will face Mark Philippoussis in the first round.
May 29, 2000 Mark Philippoussis hands Pete a difficult defeat in the first round of Roland Garros 4-6, 7-5, 7-6(4), 4-6, 8-6.
Nike airs new advert starring Pete and Andre Agassi.
May 30, 2000 Aftermath of the French open; Pete is hailed "King of the Court" and "Still One of the Best"



June 2000 - The Grass Courts await the King

For the first weeks or so, June is always a particularly bad month for Pete since the first few days are in the thick of the second week of the French Open. But with his first round loss this year to Mark Philippousis, Pete had time for another one of his passions, L.A. Lakers games. And though Pete was gone from Paris, but not forgotten, USA Network aired a special piece about Pete during their coverage. Next, to get geared up for winning his seventh Wimbledon title, Pete entered the Stella Artois tourney in England. With Pete's loss to Lleyton Hewitt in the finals, Wimbledon was sure to be a tough fortnight. Fortunately, when the Wimbledon seeding was announced, Pete was seeded 1st for the 7th time. The next day, Pete announced his engagement to Bridgette Wilson, and many female hearts broke all across the world. Until his second round match all was well, when suddenly, Pete lost much of his mobility due to acute tendinitis in his shin. Using his serve, he was able to ace his way to victories in the next few rounds. However, Pete fans and critics wondered if his serve would be enough to win him his recordbreaking 13th grand slam title.


Date Details
Jun 1, 2000 Northwest Airlines inflight magazine features Pete on the cover
Jun 4, 2000 Pete sighted at the LA Lakers game
Jun 8, 2000 USA Network airs short feature on Pete and the French open quest
Jun 12, 2000 Stella Artois Tournament starts, Pete has a 1st round bye
Jun 13, 2000 R2: def. Arvind Parmar 6-7(8-10),6-4,6-3
Jun 15, 2000 R3: def. Michael Llodra 6-1,7-6(7-2)
Jun 16, 2000 QF: def. Bob Bryan 6-4,6-4
Jun 17, 2000 SF: def. Davide Sanguinetti 7-5,6-3
Jun 18, 2000 F: loses to Lleyton Hewitt 6-4,6-4
Jun 19, 2000 Wimbledon seedings announced. Pete is seeded #1 for the 7th time.
Jun 20, 2000 Wimbledon draw made. Pete announces engagement to Bridgette Wilson
Jun 24, 2000 Pete slips during practice and Fanz get anxious.
Jun 25, 2000 Interview with Jim Courier and "Eve of Wimbledon" article
Jun 26, 2000 Opening day of Wimbledon
R1: Pete def. Jiri Vanek 6-4, 6-4, 6-2; Presscon
Jun 28, 2000 R2: Pete def. Karol Kucera 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and injures his foot during the match
Jun 30, 2000 Third round match postponed due to bad weather, gives Pete another day to rest.



July 2000 - Triumph through pain

The start of each July, for the past ten years, is a stressful time for Samprasfanz. Wimbledon is drawing to a close, Pete tries to win another title, and we fans try to stay sane and upbeat. With an injury hampering Pete, the second week of this year's Wimbledon was exceedingly tense. Tendinitis in his left leg, that had flared up during his second round match with Karol Kucera, threatened to put an end to Pete's quest for the illustrious #13. But, showing the true qualities that have made him what he is, Pete played through his pain and won what he calls "the toughest title" of his career. He has finally eclipsed the record that he had shared with Roy Emerson for a year. Now, he has it all to himself.

Soon after his win at Wimbledon, Sampras was forced to deal with another issue: Davis Cup, a duty that has become more and more of a chore over the past 7 months. With his injury, Pete would be forced to pull out of the Semi-final Davis Cup match against Spain in Santander. Without Sampras, and Agassi (who was injured in a car accident), the squad went on to lose 5-0.

Because Pete was advised by doctors to rest and let is injury heal, playing in the L.A. tournament, which he won in 1999 by defeating Agassi, was out of the question. However, Pete is expected to be fully recovered and able to play at the Super 9 event in Cincinnati this August, which Sampras also won in 1999 by defeating Agassi in the semifinals and Pat Rafter in the finals.


Date Details
Jul 1, 2000 R3: Pete def. American Justin Gimelstob 2-6, 6-4, 6-2, 6-2
Jul 3, 2000 R4: Pete def. Swedish Jonas Bjorkman 6-3, 6-2, 7-5
Jul 5, 2000 QF: Pete def. American upstart Jan-Michael Gambill
6-4, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Semifinals
Jul 7, 2000 SF: Pete def. Belarusian qualifier Vladimir Voltchkov 7-6, 6-2, 6-4
Jul 8, 2000 Pete's accupuncture treatment
Jul 9, 2000 F: Pete wins his record setting 13th Grand Slam, and record tying 7th Wimbledon; defeating Australian Pat Rafter in four sets 6-7(12), 7-6(7), 6-4, 6-2; More Articles and Interview
Jul 10, 2000 Pete returns to the U.S. to do various public appearances, including an interview on the Today Show with Katie Couric, and the unveiling of his new Wheaties Box in New York City
Jul 11, 2000 Pete's interview on the New York Times
Pete appears on the CBS Charlie Rose show.
Jul 12, 2000 Pete announces his withdrawal from the Davis Cup team to recover from his injury.
Jul 13, 2000 Laker's John Black brings home Wimbledon trophy for Pete
Jul 14, 2000 Pete is featured on the Wall St. Journal
NBC announces it posted highest ratings since the 1995 men's final (when Pete defeated Boris Becker) for Wimbledon during Pete's historical match.
Jul 17, 2000 USTA runs congratulatory ad in the New York Times for Pete's 13th Grand Slam.
Jul 18, 2000 Repeat of Pete on the Martin Short show is aired
Jul 23, 2000 Spain completed a 5-0 whitewash against the U.S. to cruise into their first Davis Cup final since 1967.
Pete's Charity Golf Tournament is reported on the show Topspin.
Jul 29, 2000 ESPN Classic re-airs the tape of Pete's first Grand slam win, defeating Agassi in the final of the 1990 US Open.
Pete is featured on the talk show More than a Game.
Jul 30, 2000 Pete is interviewed at the Toronto Master Series
Jul 31, 2000 Toronto Master Series began with Pete as the 2nd seed.



August 2000 - Pete takes to the Hard courts

Pete takes to the Hard courts to defend his titles from the 1999 summer season

After a whirlwind of media attention, interviews and appearances in the month of July, Pete Sampras got back to what it was that got him all that attention: playing tennis. As the second seed in the Toronto Masters Series in Canada, Sampras battled his way into the quarterfinal round where he met young Marat Safin. Losing in the third set tiebreaker 8-10, Sampras had to go another year without winning Toronto. Trying to defend his title in Cincinnati, Sampras survived the first two rounds, but eventually suffering a quick loss to Tim Henman.

Regardless of the dismal tournament showings previous to the start of the U.S. Open, Pete was heavily favored as he defeated both Martin Damm and Justin Gimelstob in straight sets. His serve popping and his volleys stinging, Pete looked well prepared to win his 14th Grand Slam.  (See September for the conclusion of the US Open.)


Date Details
Aug 1, 2000 Cool world for Pete after Wimbledon win
Tennis Master Series-Canada continues
R1: def. Michael Llodra 5/7 6/2 7/6 (7/4)
Aug 2, 2000 R2: def. Karin Alami 7-6(7-3), 6-2
Aug 3, 2000 R3: def. Sargis Sargsian 6-1, 6-2
Aug 4, 2000 QF: Pete loses to Marat Safin 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(10-8)
Aug 7, 2000 Tennis Master Series -Cincinnati starts
Pete swings with the Cincinnati Reds <see offcourt section>
Aug 8, 2000 R1: def. Mariano Zabaleta 6-4, 6-2
Aug 9, 2000 R2: def. Taylor Dent 7-6, 7-6
Aug 10, 2000 R3: loses to Tim Henman 3-6, 4-6
Aug 24, 2000 Autograph signing at Macy's New York
Aug 28, 2000 US Open starts
R1: def. Martin Damm 7-6(3), 7-5, 6-4
Aug 30, 2000 R2: def. Justin Gimelstob 6-3, 6-1, 6-3



September 2000 - US Open Continues

U.S. Open Continues as Pete Sampras looks for his 5th Open title

A quarterfinal matchup with past nemesis Richard Krajicek proved to be a battle, after losing the first set because of one lost service game, Sampras posted an amazing comeback to win the second set tiebreaker and the momentum of the match swung to his corner. Sampras won the next two sets 6-4, 6-2 to await Lleyton Hewitt in the Semifinals. A straight sets victory over the young Australian pitted Sampras against strong Russian Marat Safin. Sampras never had a chance to get in the match as Safin took the title match in straight sets.

Though Pete had dearly wanted to win another Open, he seemed happy just to be able to be in the finals again, to be in the same place he stood only ten years earlier when he won his first Grand Slam.

Pete marries Bridgette Wilson
On September 30, several months after announcing his engagement to Bridgette Wilson, Sampras weds at his house in Benedict Canyon, California. He had said for months that he was ready to start a new chapter in his life, and now that new chapter has begun. Now all Samprasfanz can do is sit and wait, enjoying the precious matches that remain in Sampras' always amazing, emotional and awe-inspiring career.


Date Details
Sept 2, 2000 US Open continues
R3: Def. Agustin Calleri 7-6, 7-6, 6-3
Sept 4, 2000 R4: Def. Lee Hyung Taik 7-6, 6-2, 6-4
Sept 6, 2000 QF: Def. Pichard Krajicek 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-2
Read the exclusive ROOTERS report
Sept 9, 2000 SF: Def. Lleyton Hewitt 7-6, 6-4, 7-6
Sept 10, 2000 F: Loses to Marat Safin 6-4, 6-3, 6-3
Sept 11, 2000 Post US Open articles
Sept 13, 2000 Pete first to qualify for season finale at Lisbon
Sept 30, 2000 Pete weds Bridgette Wilson <offcourt>



October 2000 - Pete's New Chapter in Life

After the marriage to Bridgette Wilson, Pete pulled out of all the tournaments he previously planned to play in for the rest of the year. He first pulled out of the Vienna Tourney, then followed on by pulling out of Lyon, Stuttgart, and Paris tournaments. During this month, Pete made a few appearances such as the Giorgio Armani exhibition in New York City and the launch party of The Street.

Near the end of the month, Pete received the honor of being GQ Man of the Year in the individual athlete category. He would make a strong appearance at the Year End Masters Cup (formerly known as the ATP World Championships) in Lisbon. It seems that the Pete after marriage is a happy and relaxed Pete. A new chapter of his life has truly begun, and we Samprasfanz are very delighted to see the smooth transition that Pete has gone through.


Date Details
Oct 4, 2000 Ace Tennis Magazine Interview: Inside the Great Mind of Pete
Pete pulls out of Vienna.
Oct 18, 2000 Pete attends the Giorgio Armani exhibition in NYC
Oct 19, 2000 Pete attends launch party of The Street.
Oct 26, 2000 Withdraws from 3 tournaments: Lyon, Stuttgart, and Paris
Oct 27, 2000 Pete accepts award for GQ Man of the Year in the Individual Athlete Category. <Offcourt Articles>



November 2000 - Pete back on court

After almost 2 months absence, Pete returned to the tour for the season ender Tennis Masters Cup where the top eight players of the world were set to compete in Lisbon, Portugal. Although he has been keeping himself fit while away from the tour, his rustiness showed in his first match against Lleyton Hewitt wherein he lost 5-7, 0-6. However, Pete quickly rebounded back in his second round match against Alex Corretja to set up a showdown with Marat Safin, Pete's conqueror at the US Open finals. (See December for the rest of the action)



Date Details
Nov 1, 2000 Pete appears in GQ magazine as Man of the Year- Individual Athlete category
Nov 20, 2000 Pete to train harder, thanks to Gretzky; Charity match preview
Nov 21, 2000 Pete takes part in a charity event at the Baltimore arena
Samprasfanz member Mitch shares his courtside report
Nov 27, 2000 Pete at Lisbon; Press conference
Nov 28, 2000 Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon
RR: Pete loses to Lleyton Hewitt 5-7, 0-6
Nov 29, 2000 RR: Pete def. Alex Corretja 7-6, 7-5


December 2000 - Season Finale

In the beginning of December, the Tennis Masters Cup was being concluded. On Dec 1st, Sampras played Safin, beating him with 6-3, 6-2. This sent him into the semi finals to play Kuerten. Kuerten defeated Sampras at 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 and went on to win the tournament and seize the no. 1 ranking.

Pete was up for the GQ Most Gorgeous Athlete award and he won! He was also up for the CNNSI Sportsman of the Year award, but unfortunately, this went to Tiger Woods. The rest of the month was quite slow, as Pete was busy preparing for his next tournament, the Colonial Classic, starting January 10, 2001.


Date Details
Dec 1, 2000 Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon continues ...
RR: Pete def. Marat Safin 6-3, 6-2
Dec 2, 2000 SF: Pete loses to Gustavo Kuerten 7-6, 3-6, 4-6
Dec 3, 2000 Kuerten wins the Tennis Masters Cup and takes the no. 1 ranking
Dec 9, 2000 Fox broadcasts the GQ Man of the Year award
Dec 14, 2000 Pete participates at the Elton John charity event in Atlanta
Dec 19, 2000 International Herald Tribune publishes the tennis year 2000 recap



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