Sampras' Trophy Collection Stolen
Los Angeles, U.S.A.
by ATP Staff|
A treasure trove of memorabilia from Pete Sampras’ glittering career has been stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility, including his first Australian Open trophy and hardware for finishing as the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 between 1993-98.
Sampras, 39, discovered the theft three weeks ago and recently made the news public with the hopes of recovering his possessions.
"For me to have it for my kids is priceless,” Sampras, the father of two boys aged 5 and 8, told the Los Angeles Times. “I just hope it hasn't already been destroyed. That's why I wanted to get the word out now. I know this is a long shot, but I'd regret it if I didn't at least try. Maybe somebody knows something. That's all I can hope for."
Sampras had placed the boxes of memorabilia in storage as he and his family moved between homes in Southern California, and never considered that the items would be taken.
"I was like, 'What?'" he said. "I thought there were security cameras. I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked."
While 13 of Sampras’ 14 Grand Slam trophies are accounted for, secure in his home and at NikeTown in Portland, the majority of his collection – trophies from his 64 title wins, two Davis Cups, magazine covers and newspaper clippings – are now missing.
"Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away,” he said.