The Sampras Family
Tuesday Aug 02, 2005
Tennis great Pete Sampras and his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras,
have welcomed another baby boy into the family. Ryan Nikolaos Sampras was
born Friday, July 29, 2005 in Los Angeles and weighed in at 6 lbs. 4 oz.
"Mother and son are doing great," the couple's rep says in a
Sampras, 33, and Wilson, 31, who wed in 2000, also have a 2-year-old son,
Bridgette's Interview (Source:
-This pregnancy happened a bit sooner than they planned-"I had a goal
before I got pregnant again of hitting normal weight...then I got pregnant
again and I was like, 'Well, there goes that!." She was only 6 pounds
heavier than normal though!
-First son Christian was a big help during pregnancy-every morning he would
ask mom if she needed cocoa butter, and rub it on her stomach!
-Daddy Pete cut the cord, and Bridgette said he also is a great diaper
changer-when he has to be. "He'll quietly try to do the hand off to
me before I can tell [the baby's diaper is dirty], which I think is hilarious."
-Is there a third Sampras child in the future? "Never say never...but
two is just perfect for now!" says Bridgette.
The Samprases Support the Breast Cancer Cause
2002, Pete and Bridgette join other celebrities in an ad campaign by Ford
Motors for breast cancer awareness. The couple, as with the other celebrities,
are shown wearing a limited edition red scarf designed by Kate Spade. The
proceeds from the sale of the scarf will be donated to the Susan G. Komen
Breast Cancer Foundation. Visit
the Ford website for more information.
Playing doubles clearly suits the Samprases. But being young and in love
doesn't cloud their vision about breast cancer. It keeps them more focused
than ever on the important things, like early detection. "Couples should
think of themselves as a team. I always encourage Bridgette to get checked."
Still, Bridgette remains her own first line of defense. "Too often,
people our age think they're invincible. They underestimate the importance
of self-exams. You need to be in tune with your body so you know when something
isn't right and you pay attention to it."
In March 2000, Pete Sampras hosted the "Pete
Sampras Classic" golf event for the benefit of the Tim & Tom
Gullikson Foundation, where he serves as a board member.
Tim was Pete's previous coach who died of brain cancer in 1996. When Tim
was first diagnosed with cancer early in 1995, he and his family established
the foundation to assist patients and their families cope with the illness.
The event attracted about 30 Hollywood, sports and media celebrities and
raised over US$ 90,000 for the foundation.
In 1997, Pete started the Aces for Charity. For every ace he serve, Pete
donated US$ 100. In 1999, he has doubled this amount. Through his personal
contribution and the support of sponsors, he was able to raise nearly US$
1 million in three years.
Pete has also contributed to the following charities
- The Kid's Stuff Foundation
- The Vitus Gerulaitis Youth Foundation
- Revlon/UCLA Breast Center
- Avon Breast Health Access Fund
- American Cancer Society (member of the Public Awareness Board)
- United Cerebral Palsy
- The Silver Lining Ranch
- Elton John's Aids Foundation
- Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of Aids
- Children's Make a Wish Foundation
- Bill Johnson Tennis Foundation (Philadephia)
Information obtained from Pete's official
Site and the Newsweek
Champions Cup website and the 2000 ATP media guide.
Pete Sampras Named GQ Man of the Year, 2000
Pete was named the GQ Man of the Year - Individual Athlete category. According
to GQ, this award is given to outstanding men to celebrate not only their
EXCEPTIONAL accomplishment but also the GRACE, ELEGANCE and EXCELLENCE in
which they have been achieved. Descriptions that fits Pete to the T! [Read
More off court Features
Pete in the TV show "The Simpsons"
A special episode of The Simpsons featuring Pete,
The Williams sisters and Agassi was aired on Fox on February 11, 2001.
Pete in the Kitchen
When Michael Chang was asked about Pete's weakness, his reply was, "He
doesn't cook well." Guess what? Pete donned the apron and shared
his favorite pasta recipe "Penne a la Pomadora"
Pete's Other Sports
We know Pete loves golf, but in 2000 he traded his high-tech racquet for
some old-fashioned wood, taking a brief round of batting
practice with the Cincinnati Reds.
Pete and his Porsche
When asked by the Tennis Match Magazine "What is your most prized possession?"
Pete replied, "My Porsche. I love to drive it. It's a great feeling.
Not like winning Wimbledon, but still a great feeling."
Here's a caricature of Pete driving.