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January 2001 - New Season Begins Down Under

The year unfolds Down Under and Pete is set to compete at Kooyong and the Australian Open.  Having achieved his record breaking 13th Grand Slam title at last year's Wimbledon and now pushing 30, he revealed his plans for the year. 

"I won't play a ton of events," Sampras said. "But I'll play enough - the Slams and some of the other important events."

"These days, it's about peaking four times a year. The pressure is off because nobody is talking about the record any more, but I still want to win."

Will Pete be able to put his plan to work?


Date Details
Jan 1, 2001 The Pete Sampras Revolution
Jan 9, 2001 Articles: Pete's plan for the new season
Jan 10, 2001 Colonial Classic begins
RR: Pete loses to Juan Carlos Ferrero 2-6, 4-6
Jan 11, 2001 RR: Pete loses to Pat Rafter 4-6, 6-7(5)
Jan 12, 2001 RR: Pete def Nicolas Kiefer 6-2, 7-6(5)
Australian Open Draw comes out.
Jan 14, 2001 Article: Pete - the man to beat
Jan 15, 2001 Australian Open begins
R1: Pete def Karol Kucera 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-6
Jan 17, 2001 R2: Pete def Bohdan Ulihrach 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5
Jan 19, 2001 R3: Pete def Juan Ignacio Chela 6-4, 4-6, 4-6, 7-5, 6-2
Jan 21, 2001 R4: Pete loses to Todd Martin 7-6, 3-6, 4-6, 4-6
Jan 23, 2001 Pete & Bridgette attend the movie premiere of "The Wedding Planner"



February 2001 - The ESPY Awards

Congratulations to Pete on winning the awards in both categories he was nominated for: Male Tennis Performer of the Year and Record Breaking Performance of the Year. An emotional Pete accepted the awards on February 12, 2001 in Las Vegas. He now has nine ESPY awards and is ranked third all-time, behind Tiger Woods and Micheal Jordan.

"He had long made Wimbledon his home.. and with his 7th win there he made HISTORY. With resounding skills and quiet dignity sustained over time, Pete Sampras broke Roy Emerson's all time record with his 13TH GRAND SLAM SINGLES TITLE".

Pete said as he arrived on the stage: "I think Tiger is next to be getting this award. He's on his way. I'd like to thank every at ESPN for this award. It's a great honor for me to be here. Obviously, Wimbledon was a huge moment for me and my life and really this year, with my parents who were able to.. be.. with.. me.. " Choking with emotions, Pete went on to thank his coach Paul Annacone for helping him for the past 6 years, and then he thanked a tearful Bridgette for marrying him.


Date Details
Feb 11, 2001 Pete guests on the tv cartoon "The Simpsons" <offcourt>
Feb 12, 2001 Pete wins the ESPY award !!! <photos>
An interview from The Independent (UK) and Reuters <more>
Feb 19, 2001 Start of the Kroger St. Jude tourney in Memphis
Feb 21, 2001 Pete is Quietly the Best
R2: Pete loses to Chris Woodruff 6-7, 2-6



March 2001 - Indian Wells & Ericsson Open

Tennis ranking is not as important for Pete as it used to be.  "Now it's about getting a good schedule to do well at the Slams."

It has been a disappointing start of the year for Sampras ecause of his 4th round loss at the Australian Open and early exit at Memphis.  "I feel like I kind of need to get my year going. I haven't really played that many matches in the past five or six months," said Sampras.




Date Details
Mar 5, 2001 Franklin Templeton Classic in Scottsdale begins
Mar 6, 2001 Sampras' top goal: Grand Slam events
Pete loses to Andrew Ilie 6-3, 6-7, 4-6
Mar 12, 2001 Tennis Masters - Indian Wells begins
R1: Pete def. David Prinosil 6-4, 6-4
Mar 14, 2001 R2: Pete def. Fabrice Santoro 6-3, 3-6, 6-0
Mar 15, 2001 R3: Pete def. Sebastian Grosjean 6-1, 7-6
Mar 16, 2001 QF: Pete def. Pat Rafter 4-6, 7-6, 6-4
Mar 17, 2001 SF: Pete def. Yevgeny Kafelnikov 7-5, 6-4
Mar 18, 2001 F: Pete loses to Andre Agassi 7-6, 7-5, 6-1
Mar 19, 2001 Reuters reported that "Sampras planning major assault in the French Open".  In preparation for the French Open, Sampras announced that he will be playing in the Monte Carlo Masters (April 16), Hamburg Masters (May 14) and at the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf (May 20).
Mar 21, 2001 Tennis Masters - Ericsson Open begins
R1: Bye
Mar 23, 2001 R2: Pete def. Nicholas Kiefer 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
Mar 25, 2001 R3: Pete loses to Andy Roddick 6-7, 3-6


April 2001 - No Action

A quiet month for the Samprasfanz... Pete's early exit from the Ericsson Open and withdrawal from Monte Carlo leaves us with no news to report for April.  But don't worry! He'll be back next month.



May 2001 - the Red Clay

We see Pete Sampras back in action this month as the clay season unfolds.  Although Pete has always struggled on clay, he remains confident of his chances in Paris. 

"The biggest battle on clay is the movement, things like sliding to the ball. You can't cover as much ground, it's hard for those who grew up on hard courts like I did in California," Sampras said. "You can work on a few things out there and I add things to my game on clay...It's all about fine-tuning now, I think it's kind of coming around this week,"



Date Details
May 7, 2001 Tennis Masters - Rome begins
Pete vs. Harel Levy match suspended due to rainy weather
May 8, 2001 R1: Pete loses to Harel Levy 5-7, 6-2, 4-6
May 14, 2001 Tennis Masters - Hamburg begins
R1: Pete loses to Alex Calatrava 7-6, 4-6, 3-6
May 20, 2001 World Team Cup - Dusseldorf
Pete def. Franco Squillari 4-6, 6-3, 7-6
May 22, 2001 Pete loses to Marat Safin 6-7, 5-7
French Open seedings announced. Pete is 5th seed.
May 23, 2001 Summary of Pete's interview on the Stern, Germany
May 24, 2001 Pete def. Sebastian Grosjean 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
May 25, 2001 French Open Draw
May 28, 2001 French Open begins
May 29, 2001 R1: Pete def. Cedric Kauffmann 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 3-6, 8-6
May 31, 2001 R2: Pete loses to Galo Blanco 6-7, 3-6, 2-6


June 2001 - Pete's Love for Wimbledon

Pete talks about his love for Wimbledon, "Over the years, I've been out there so many times, it's a comfortable court that I have grown to love. It's almost like a calming effect because I'm so comfortable out there, I feel like, just as I said before, I'm at my court at home."

"Yeah, it's a bit like coming home," he enthusiastically says. "It's nice to be back on the grass, which I love. Winning at Wimbledon is the best feeling for any tennis player. It's the ultimate for me, as good as it gets because of the history and what the event means to the sport."


Date Details
Jun 3, 2001 The grass is always greener for Sampras (UK Telegraph)
Jun 6, 2001 Pete accepts wildcard to Stella Artois
Jun 10, 2001 Summary of Pete's interview in ACE magazine
Jun 11, 2001 Pete interview on the Guardian
Wimbledon to have 32 seeds
Stella Artois begins. Pete is seeded no. 2
R1: bye
Jun 13, 2001 R2: Pete def. Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-2
Jun 14, 2001 R3: Pete's match vs. Jan Siemerink suspended due to rain
Jun 15, 2001 Pete played two matches!
R3: Pete def. Jan Siemerink 6-3, 6-4
QF: Pete def. Jan Michael Gambill 7-6, 7-5
Jun 16, 2001 Pete's semifinal match vs. Lleyton Hewitt postponed due to rain
Jun 17, 2001 SF: Pete loses to Lleyton Hewitt 6-3, 3-6, 2-6
Courtside report by Samprasfanz Joy and Cyn
Wimbledon Preview: Confident Pete is ready to defend his title
Jun 18, 2001 Wimbledon seeds Pete as no. 1
Pete visits school to teach tennis to kids
Jun 19, 2001 Wimbledon draw
Jun 21, 2001 Pete Interview
Jun 25, 2001 Wimbledon starts
R1: Pete def. Francisco Clavet 6-4,7-5,6-4
Jun 27, 2001 R2: Pete def. Barry Cowan 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 4-6, 6-3
Jun 29, 2001 R3: Pete def. Sargis Sargsian 6-4, 6-4, 7-5


July 2001 - Wimbledon continues

Excerpts from Pete's Interview in the ACE Magazine.

Pete describes the mental challenge of being a champion, "The most difficult thing is conquering your own weaker self. You always have to be fresh in your own mind, always find your inner concentration, and always keep cool at the important moments of the important games. Compared to that, the physical exertion pales into insignificance."

Pete has always been criticized for his "lack of personality".   To this he replies,   "I don’t want to be remembered as a comedian or an entertainer, but as the man who won the most Grand Slams in tennis. The best show is tennis itself… a spectacular stroke, a great victory."


Date Details
Jul 2, 2001 Article: What Keeps Sampras Playing
Wimbledon continues
R4: Pete loses to Roger Federer 6-7, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6, 5-7
Jul 23, 2001 Mercedes-Benz Cup starts
A Disappointing Loss at Wimbledon Reminded Him How Much He Wants to Play
Jul 24, 2001 R1: Pete def Chris Woodruff 7-5, 6-2
Jul 26, 2001 R2: Pete def Michael Chang 7-6, 7-6
Jul 27, 2001 R3: Pete def Magnus Norman 7-5, 7-5
Jul 28, 2001 QF: Pete def Xavier Malisse 7-6, 6-4
Jul 29, 2001 Final will be an old story
Final: Pete lost to Andre Agassi 4-6, 2-6
Pete withdrew from next week's Tennis Masters Series Canada due to thigh injury.


August 2001 - The Desire to Win Slams

"I've won a major every year for many years, and, you know, it's hard to keep up that pace for eight, nine years. If I didn't win here [US Open], it would be a disappointing year. But I'm not that worried about it. I feel like I've got many years left. All this retirement talk has gotten a little bit carried away. You know, I've got many, many years left. I'm going to contend for every Grand Slam for the rest of my career.So there's no reason to panic if I don't win this year's US Open. I could go out and win three next year, so... It can be done, even when you hit 30.

"I still have the desire to win Grand Slams. When that disappears, it's time to quit, but that's a long way off.''


Date Details
Aug 6, 2001 Tennis Masters Series-Cincinnati Starts
Aug 7, 2001 R1: Pete def Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-2
Aug 8, 2001 R2: Pete lost to Alberto Martin 4-6, 4-6
Aug 12, 2001 Pete withdraws from the Legg Mason Tennis Classic due to hand injury suffered during practise.
Aug 17, 2001 Pete accepts wild card to Hamlet Cup, NY
in preparation for the US Open.
Aug 20, 2001 Hamlet Cup begins
Aug 21, 2001 R1: Pete def. Olivier Rochus 6-4, 6-7(3), 7-6(4)
Aug 22, 2001 R2: Pete def. Alexander Peya 6-3, 6-2
US Open draw
Aug 24, 2001 QF: Pete def. Felix Mantilla 7-5, 6-3
Aug 25, 2001 SF: Pete def. Thomas Johansson 7-6, 6-3
Aug 26, 2001 F: Pete loses to Tommy Haas 3-6, 6-2, 3-6
Aug 27, 2001 US Open begins
Aug 28, 2001 R1: Pete def. Julien Boutter 6-4, 7-6, 7-6
Aug 30, 2001 R2: Pete def. Andre Sa 7-6, 6-4, 6-3



September 2001 - a classic Match at the US Open

In the quarterfinals of the US Open, Pete faced his rival Andre Agassi and they produced a classic match that will go down as one of the most memorable matches in tennis history.

Both players did not lose serve throughout the match and the score tells just how close a match it was: 6-7, 7-6, 7-6, 7-6.  All four sets were decided on a tiebreak with Sampras prevailing in the end.

Andre described the evening as a memory he would never forget.  "Quite a powerful evening in many respects," said Agassi.

When the fourth set led to another tiebreak, the US Open crowd gave both players a standing ovation.  Pete describes the feeling, "I knew it was going to be a tough match. Very memorable match for me. I'm sure I'll appreciate this a lot more when it's all said and done. But just the ovation that the crowd gave us there at the end and when we got into that fourth breaker was, I just kind of, you know, stood there and kind of looked around, kind of enjoyed it for a minute."


Date Details
Sept 1, 2001 US Open Continues
R3: Pete def. Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-2, 6-2
Sept 3, 2001 R4 : Pete def Pat Rafter 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 6-4
Sept 5, 2001 QF : Pete def Andre Agassi 6-7 (7-9), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-5)
Sept 8, 2001 SF : Pete def Marat Safin 6-3, 7-6, 6-3
Sept 9, 2001 F : Pete loses to Lleyton Hewitt 7-6, 6-1, 6-1



October 2001 - Pete's Disappointing Year

Pete ended the disappointing year at Stuttgart.  After a quarterfinals loss to Max Mirnyi, Pete decided to skip the tourneys in Basel and Paris.  For the first time in 12 years, he will not be participating in the season ender Tennis Masters Cup.

"I've raised the bar so high and when I don't win titles every couple months I'm probably judged much tougher than anyone in the game."

"Being so dominant over the years, it obviously gets a lot more difficult as the years go on to keep staying dominant."



Date Details
Oct 1, 2001 A summary of Pete's interview on Ace mag
Oct 7, 2001 Pete @ Schick Xtreme III Tennis Charity
Oct 15, 2001 Tennis Masters-Stuttgart begins
R1: bye
Oct 17, 2001 R2: Pete def. Stefan Koubek 6-3, 7-6(5)
Oct 18, 2001 R3: Pete def. Marcelo Rios 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-4
Oct 19, 2001 QF: Pete loses to Max Mirnyi 4-6, 2-6
Oct 20, 2001 Pete to skip the Swiss Indoor tourney, Ends 2001 Season
Oct 24, 2001 2001 - A year to forget
Oct 27, 2001 Year 2000 - A year to remember; Year 2001 "The annus horribulis"
Sampras ready for Davis Cup



November 2001 - Pete's Ranked no. 10

Pete ends the disappointing year at no. 10. 

“This year was a bit of a crossroads for Pete and he just never seemed to get into a rhythm,” Paul Annacone revealed in an interview. “What normally happens is that winning breeds winning. Pete experienced a few setbacks at the beginning of the year and it didn’t propel him to be successful the rest of the year.

"“We have to go about it the right way to find the energy and motivation for 2002."




Date Details
Nov 2, 2001 Paul Annacone: an honest view of Pete Sampras
Nov 18, 2001 Pete Sampras ends the year at no. 10


December 2001- "A Year to Forget"

At the start of 2001, Pete was considered "the man to beat". He was riding on the crest, having just achieved his 13th grand slam title in Wimbledon and reaching the finals of the US Open. Though he took a two month break for his honeymoon and missed the indoor season of 2000, Pete came back and ended the year on a high note -- reaching the semifinals of the season ending Master's Cup in Lisbon. But this year end is different. Pete did not win a single tournament in 2001.  He ended the year ranked no. 10, the lowest since 1989. During press interviews, one word constantly came up: retirement.

But Pete made it clear that he was not ready to hang up his rackets. It was just time for a change. He announced his split with Paul Annacone, his coach of 7 years. Taking over the position is Tom Gullikson, twin brother of his former mentor who died of brain cancer. Pete also confirmed his commitment to Davis Cup in 2002.   And to jumpstart his preparation for the first Grand Slam, Pete is heading to Australia before the end of the year to participate in the AAPT tournament.

With no crystal ball to foresee the future, we will just have to wait and see what the year 2002 will bring...

Date Details
Dec 5, 2001 Pete at the WTT Smash Hits
Rumors circulate that Pete and his coach, Paul Annacone were about to split up
Dec 6, 2001 Pete confirms that Tom Gullikson is his new coach.
Paul Annacone is appointed as the managing director of USA Tennis Hig Performance
Dec 7, 2001 Pete signs up as an investor and spokesman for the Tennis Channel
Dec 12, 2001 Pete accepts wildcard to Adelaide tourney
Dec 20, 2001 Article "In Sampras' Sight"
Dec 29, 2001 Pete Ready for Action in Adelaide
Dec 31, 2001 Sampras No Longer Consumed by Tennis



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