Pete Sampras Quotes

After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open,... - Pete Sampras

After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.
— Pete Sampras

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All I cared about in tennis was winning.

Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.

Pete Sampras

For so long people have just taken what I do for granted. It is not easy to do year-in, year-out, to win Grand Slams and be No. 1.

Pete Sampras

Golfers are forever working on mechanics. My tennis swing hasn't changed in 10 years.

Pete Sampras

I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve.

Pete Sampras

I can't just wake up and watch TV and do nothing. I need a day off working out, seeing the wife, play a little golf, see my kids.

Pete Sampras

I could be a jerk and get a lot more publicity, but that's not who I am.

Pete Sampras

I did it my way, and I have no regrets when I look back on my career that it was just a big focus for me.

Pete Sampras

I don't know how I do it, I really don't.

Pete Sampras

I don't look at myself as a historical icon, but the reality of it is, yeah, I am playing for history now.

Pete Sampras

I hate to lose, and I do whatever I can to win, and if it is ugly, it is ugly.

Pete Sampras

I let my racket do the talking. That's what I am all about, really. I just go out and win tennis matches.

Pete Sampras

I loved Wimbledon and what it meant, but the surface felt uncomfortable. I just didn't like it, I was a hard-court guy, a Californian kid.

Pete Sampras

I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.

Pete Sampras

I'm staying in shape, working out.

Pete Sampras

I've been into golf, trying to get into the gym to stay somewhat fit. I've got two boys now, they're active kids.

Pete Sampras

I've got a great wife, a great life.

Pete Sampras

I've worked hard my whole life, since I was a little kid. But now it's a point in my life now where I can just enjoy it, but at the same time I still need to work.

Pete Sampras

If Davis Cup was a little bit less or once every two years, I would be more inclined to play. But the way it is now, it is too much tennis for me.

Pete Sampras

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.

Pete Sampras

It is nice to walk out on a court to have it packed.

Pete Sampras

It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.

Pete Sampras

It's not my place to tell you whom to vote for, to take any political stand, to tell you what religion to believe in. I'm an athlete. I can influence certain things, but when I see other athletes and celebrities telling you whom to vote for, I actually get a bit offended.

Pete Sampras

People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.

Pete Sampras

People wrote me off, but I believed in myself. I got the confidence back, and it grew and grew. I won my first major and my last at the place that changed my life.

Pete Sampras

Retirement is a work in progress. I try to figure out my day, and what I know about myself is that I need structure.

Pete Sampras

Tennis is seen all around the world; if I am home or anywhere in the country, United States, people will stare.

Pete Sampras

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.

Pete Sampras

There's always one shot that I can rely on when I'm not hitting the ball that well, is my serve.

Pete Sampras

When I committed to playing a little tennis in some exhibitions, it was the best thing for me. It got me in shape. It got me out of the house. It got me doing something I love to do.

Pete Sampras

When you retire you want to get as far away as possible from the game for a couple of years.

Pete Sampras

Where I fall down is my short game. I don't practice enough, and when I have to take a half swing from 50 yards out, that's trouble.

Pete Sampras

You kind of live and die by the serve.

Pete Sampras

After I went through two years of not winning an event, what kept me going was winning one more major. Once I won that last U.S. Open, I spent the next six months trying to figure out what was next. Slowly my passion for the sport just vanished. I had nothing left to prove.

Pete Sampras