As the Australian Open gets underway, tennis aficionados everywhere are scheduling their plans around the match schedule, and stocking up on food and drinks. The players are preparing, mentally and physically, for the competition to come. It is a tense time for everyone. That is, of course, unless you are Pete Sampras, former tennis champion, and you have put all of that tension, constant training, and competitive spirit behind you. Not only has Mr. Sampras stepped away from competing regularly, he has now decided that he no longer needs the status symbol of a massive house. After retiring in 2003, he continued to play exhibition matches, and on the World Team Tennis circuit. In 2009, he built a fantastic and sprawling mansion in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife, actress Bridgette Wilson.
The mansion comes with a perfectly positioned and lit tennis court, of course, along with seven bedrooms, twelve bathrooms, lots of closets, and a position on a hilltop that allows for privacy and beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It is basically 16,000 square feet of awesome, including a separate 2,000 square foot gym, and a 1200 square foot guesthouse. It is, however, 16,000 square feet of awesome that Pete Sampras no longer wants. He first put it on sale in the spring of 2010, with an asking price of $25 million. He has since lowered the cost considerably, dropping it to a very low $19,950,000. At that price, maybe another, more recently retired player will want to grab up the house that tennis built. Even if he no longer wants it, the stunning design and top of the line materials are a gorgeous testament to the tennis legacy he has left behind.