Pete Sampras has been robbed of the majority of trophies, medals, plaques, crystal and rings that are a testament to a tennis career that brought a then-record 14 major titles and status as one of the greatest to play the sport.
Items were stolen from storage facility: Retired superstar Pete Sampras has been robbed of the majority of trophies, medals and rings that are a testament to a career that brought a then-record 14 major titles and status as one of the greatest to play the sport.
Three weeks ago, Sampras found out dozens of boxes containing these symbols of his career had been stolen.
“I have 13 of my 14 Grand Slam trophies,” he told the Los Angeles Times. “Some are at home and some up at NikeTown (in Oregon). My first Australian Open trophy is gone, and so is everything else.”
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Seven Wimbledon, five U.S. Open and one Australian Open trophy remain.
“Everything else” includes trophies for winning 64 Tour tournaments, and finalist hardware from 24 others. It includes what he was presented for winning five season-ending ATP World Tour titles, for being on two Davis Cup winners and for taking 11 ATP Masters event titles. It includes an Olympic ring, seven ESPYs and six trophies awarded to the player who finished No. 1 in the year-end rankings. Sampras, who is 39, did that from 1993 to 1998.
The items were stolen from a storage facility in West Los Angeles. Sampras, who had rented two units, stored furniture and the boxes of memorabilia. All, except for some large furniture, was taken.
“We’ve had some housing issues,” Sampras said, “and we stored things while we were sorting that out.”
Sampras said he never considered his items wouldn’t be safe.
“I was, like, ‘What?’ ” he said. “I thought there were security cameras. I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked.”
Sampras said police have no leads, but encouraged him to go public in the hope somebody who knows somebody who heard something might come forward.
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