Pete Sampras, the tennis legend with 14 major titles, has recently surfaced, captivating fans a decade after his retirement. Known as one of the greatest players, Sampras withdrew from the public eye, but recent events, including his disclosure of wife Bridgette’s battle with ovarian cancer three months ago, briefly brought him back into the limelight.
In a rare public statement to the ATP Tour, the typically reserved Sampras shared, “This past year has been an exceptionally challenging time for my family, and I have decided to share what’s been going on.”
Maintaining privacy, Sampras surprised many with a recent appearance at a Beverly Hills Starbucks. Dressed casually, he carried iced coffees, briefly acknowledging onlookers.
Pete and Bridgette Sampras, married for 23 years with two children, continue their lives away from tennis scrutiny in California. Sampras, dominant in men’s tennis with 64 career singles titles, officially retired in 2003. Despite occasional exhibition matches, he prioritized family life.