Quotes by Pete Sampras

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I made it look so easy on court all those years. No one realized how hard I had to work. No one realized how much I had to put into it. They underestimated my intensity. more...

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. more...

I'm enjoying my retirement, enjoying my life. I have two kids and a lot of my time is spent chasing these two animals. more...

The only person that I have met, that I have ever been in awe of, is Eddie Vedder. more...

My serve was there, everything was just clicking. Those are the days you dream about, especially in a final. more...

I don`t know why, but I love the dog eat dog nature of tennis. It`s real, it`s brutal and there`s no hiding place - it's like a one to one street fight. I love the intensity that comes with knowing you walk off court either a winner or a loser. It`s daunting but very exciting. There is no one to blame except yourself, no one cares who comes second. more...

Winning is about taking your opponent's heart out and squeezing it until all the blood has come out, even the very last drop. There are no prizes for a funny loser. more...

It's one-on-one out there, man. There ain't no hiding. I can't pass the ball. more...

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 more...

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 more...

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 more...

My goal one day is to be in the same sentence as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. more...

Anybody who has played sports and says they have never choked is lying to you. more...

Throughout my career, my mind rarely wandered, and I was never sidetracked by distractions, no matter what I was going through off the court. more...

I'm not worried about the weekend, I'm worried about Saturday. more...

A champion is suppose to hate to lose, and it wasn't like I was ever crazy about the idea. But I learned to deal with losing without having my spirit or confidence broken, which would help immensely over time, not just in the big picture but even in specific matches when I found myself in a jam. Fear of losing is a terrible thing. more...

Choking is being in a position to win, and then experiencing some critical failure of nerve or spirit. That never happened to me. And I can't help but think it was because I was never afraid to lose. more...

By putting pressure on myself to develop a great game, I had less pressure to win. These days, I tell kids that the way I grew up, it wasn't about winning. It was about playing well, about playing the "right" way. That approach helped me enjoy the game and develop mine to its maximum potential. more...

I've always led a pretty simple life, with few extravagances. The money in tennis never drove me. more...

I may be a step slower than I was before reaching 30, but I'm doing all the right things. I guess there are some guys who would take it easy in the latter part of their careers, but I'm stepping it up. more...

I want to end my career on my terms, not on what people think I should do. more...

A couple hundred people around, and I'm shaking. more...

Anything can happen out there on any court. more...

As long as I feel like I can win majors and contend, I'll continue to play. more...

Baseball is America's pastime, and that record is absolutely huge in the States. more...

I admire the way golfers handle themselves. But tennis players are a lot younger, as a rule. There aren't many teenagers on the golf tour. more...

I am here for the goal, and the goal is to try to do it again. more...

I don't look so much for tips. But when they interview a Nicklaus or a Palmer, I'm all ears. I listen to guys who have done it, been successful for years. more...

I don't think it really matters, who plays first. Whatever they do, they do. more...

I feel much more respected in Europe than I do in the States from the press and from the people. Americans expect me to win every match I play. more...

I guess I get my strength from my legs, which are also important in tennis. more...

I still feel like my game is very dangerous. I always will have my serve. more...

I think the image of golfers is terrific, and rightly so. more...

I'm maybe not quite as sharp as I used to be. more...

I'm not going to give in to the critics. I'm going to stop on my own terms, not on when someone else thinks I should. more...

If I win and play well, then the ranking will take care of itself. Defending points is really not a problem. Just go out and play and not worry about it. more...

Media access to us is more regulated than in golf. more...

Most of the time after the US Open, it is kind of like you are trying to finish strong. But to do it five years and maybe six is something that has never been done before, so it is a huge challenge. more...

Once the fifth set comes, it's a matter of nerves. more...

Once the US Open is over in the States, mainstream America doesn't really follow tennis, unless you are a true tennis fan. more...

People watched the Masters. It was a huge event. It was at The Garden. Now that it is over here in Europe, it has lost a little bit of popularity in the States. more...

Players aren't quite as intimidated by my name. more...

Success is walking out of here with the title, and anything less is not good enough in my book. more...

Tennis obviously isn't as popular as baseball in the States. more...

That's not what I'm looking forward to, just being home and just kind of not really sure kind of what to do with myself. more...

The future is flying home. That's the immediate future. But long-distance future, I plan on being back. I'm not going to end my time here with that loss. more...

The way I hold the club, I've got my hand way over, like I'm driving a motorcycle. My Kawasaki grip. more...

There is no doubt about how hard it is to stay on top in any sport, but to do it in an individual sport for the majority of your career, it is not easy. more...

There should be more of an off-season in the game. I think you need to have less tournaments, more of a break at the end of the year so guys can recover. more...

What I've done in the game is always going to stick, no matter what happens. more...

When I tied the record five years in a row, even over in Europe, it wasn't really talked about. It is disap-pointing because it is one of the toughest things to do in sports. more...

When you come back strong, you are going to have little nagging things that you can usually play through, but every now and again, it is to the point where you can't play. more...

When you go through certain moments of your career and you're struggling, it just takes time. Time heals, when you're a little bit down. more...

When you struggle winning matches all year and you don't really get into a groove or rhythm, you just can't expect to just come in here and have it click. more...

With this ranking system, the more you play, the better off you are. more...

My goal one day is to be in the same sentence as Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall. If I can match them for 10 years, I'd be in their company. They were class acts. That's what I'd like to be. more...

I didn't have a big fat Greek wedding, but I have a lot of fat Greek friends. more...

The way I look at the top five, (Rod) Laver, (Roger) Federer, myself, Borg and (Ivan) Lendl. I think those five guys dominated their generations better than anyone. Maybe Roger will dominate better than any one of the other four. Maybe I put Andre (Agassi) as kind of six through 10 with, you know, (John) McEnroe and (Jimmy) Connors, kind of those guys. That's kind of how I see it. more...

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

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

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. more...

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

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. more...

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. more...

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

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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

You kind of live and die by the serve. more...

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

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. more...

All I cared about in tennis was winning. more...

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

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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

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. more...

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. more...

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

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

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. more...

I'm staying in shape, working out. more...

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. more...

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. more...

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

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

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

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. more...

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. more...

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. more...


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