1. Pete Sampras has β-thalassemia minor, a genetic trait that sometimes causes mild anemia.
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3. Pete Sampras used one racket type, the Wilson Pro Staff Original, for his entire professional career—a racket first introduced in 1983.
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6. Pete Sampras cited a leg injury as the reason Rafter won, an attitude that upset the Australian: "He really does say some funny things at the wrong time", said Rafter, "We are out there busting our guts and he doesn't show a lot of respect at the end of the day.
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11. On November 17, 2011, Pete Sampras played and lost an exhibition match against Milos Raonic.
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12. Pete Sampras was present at the 2009 Wimbledon final between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer to witness Federer eclipse his mark of 14 major titles and become the most successful man in Grand Slam history.
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17. Pete Sampras shares the record of five US Open titles in the Open Era with Jimmy Connors and Federer.
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23. Pete Sampras held the No 1 ranking for the entire year and joined Jimmy Connors as the only male players to hold the year-end No 1 ranking for five consecutive years.
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24. Pete Sampras advanced to the finals where he defeated No 2 Michael Chang to defend his US Open title.
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26. Pete Sampras defeated Agassi in the final at Indian Wells, and then won his third straight Wimbledon title over Boris Becker.
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27. Pete Sampras went on to lose the final to Andre Agassi in four sets.
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29. In 1995, Pete Sampras battled with co-patriot Andre Agassi for the world No 1 ranking.
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30. Pete Sampras finished the year as the clear No 1 and set a new ATP Tour record that year by becoming the first player to serve more than 1,000 aces in a season.
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32. Pete Sampras played doubles with John McEnroe on the US team that won the Davis Cup, duplicating the feat in 1995.
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37. Pete Sampras reached the semifinals of the tournament in Los Angeles, where he lost to No 2 Stefan Edberg.
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38. Pete Sampras played seven consecutive weeks during the North American summer hard-court season.
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