Last Updated: January 29, 2024
Richest AthletesTennis Players
Net Worth:
$150 Million
Aug 12, 1971 (52 years old)
6 ft (1.85 m)
Athlete, Tennis player
United States of America
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What is Pete Sampras' Net Worth and Career Earnings?

Pete Sampras is a retired American tennis player who has a net worth of $150 million. Pete Sampras' professional career spanned from the late 1980s to the early 2000s. During that career he became one of the most successful tennis players of all time. He finished his career with a number one world ranking and 14 Grand Slam singles titles to his name. Sampras was nicknamed "Pistol Pete" due to his precise and powerful one-handed backhand. After retiring in 2003, he continued to play exhibition matches, and on the World Team Tennis circuit. In 2007, Sampras was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

Career Earnings

During his tennis career, Pete Sampras earned $43 million. In today's money, this is the equivalent of about $75 million. He also earned at least $100 million from endorsements and special appearances.

Early Life

Petros Sampras was born on August 12th of 1971 in Washington, D.C. Raised by Greek parents in a Greek Orthodox household, Sampras first started playing tennis when he found a racket lying around in his basement at the age of three. He immediately spent hours hitting a tennis ball against a wall. After moving with his family to California, Pete began to train throughout the year. Between the age of 7 and 11, Sampras' potential was quickly noticed.

As a teen, Sampras trained with coach Robert Lansdorp, developing the forehand technique that he would use throughout the rest of his career. He then started training with Dr. Peter Fischer, a pediatrician and a tennis enthusiast. Fischer helped Sampras develop his trademark single-handed backhand.


In 1988, Pete Sampras was ready to go professional at the age of 16. Within a year, he had moved up from 893 in the world rankings to 97. That year, he defeated several top-ranked tennis players. Just one year later, Sampras won a Grand Slam singles title at the French Open. At the age of 19, Pete followed up with his first major title at the US Open. He defeated Andre Agassi to become the youngest ever single champion to accomplish the feat.

In 1991, he won his first career titles at the Tennis Masters Cup. He would win four more throughout his career. He then drew criticism by suggesting that he was "relieved" after losing at the quarterfinals of the US Open that year. The following year, he won the Davis Cup with John McEnroe in the US doubles team. By 1993, Pete Sampras had achieved the number-one world ranking for the first time in his career. Some observers lamented this fact, given the fact that it had been a few years since Sampras had won a Grand Slam title. He silenced these critics by winning his first title at Wimbledon three months after gaining the top spot. Sampras then followed up with a win at the US Open.

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In 1994, Pete won the Australian Open and another Wimbledon title. By 1995, Sampras was battling with Andre Agassi for the number-one ranking. That year, he broke down into tears in the middle of a match at the Australian Open, as his coach had just collapsed from a brain tumor. During the 1996 US Open, he vomited on the court due to dehydration but still managed to win the match. He went on to win the US Open.

In 1997, Sampras won the Australian Open and another Wimbledon title. In 1998, he followed up with yet another Wimbledon title. In 1999, he lost his number-one ranking to Andre Agassi despite beating him in the Wimbledon final. The match has been described as one of the best-ever finals. By 2000, he had returned to the top spot but lost to Agassi in the Australian Open that year. Despite injuries, he also won another title at Wimbledon. This would prove to be his last.

In 2001, Sampras' form began to dip. He won no titles that year – the first time in 12 years he had failed to win anything. He finished the year with a world ranking of tenth. In 2002, he retired after beating his old nemesis Andre Agassi in his final match, winning his last US Open title.

Style of Play

Sampras was a tennis player with relatively few weaknesses. He was known as an "all-court player," having the ability to serve and volley with great versatility. An aggressive player, Sampras' style of play often involved following chips and shots straight to the net. His serve was both powerful and accurate, and many observers consider it to be one of the best of all time. Perhaps Sampras' most distinguishing quality was his backhand. It didn't really matter where Sampras was on the court or how he was hitting the ball, he was still able to score points.


Personal Life

In 2000, Pete Sampras married Bridgette Wilson, an actress and former Miss Teen USA. Two years later, they had their first child, and in 2005 they welcomed a second child into the world. The family lives in California.

Real Estate

Pete Sampras and Bridgette Wilson have bought and sold a number of impressive properties around the Los Angeles area over the years.

Beverly Hills & Brentwood: In 2001 Pete and Bridgette paid $8.9 million for a 10,000 square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills. They listed this home for sale in mid-2008 for $23 million. They eventually accepted an offer of $17 million from "Will & Grace" creator Max Mutchnick. Mutchnick and his husband performed a massive renovation on the property. In 2018 Mutchnick sold the home to Adam Levine for $34 million. In April 2021 Adam Levine sold the home for $45 million.

In 2009, Pete and Bridgette purchased a property in Brentwood for $5.6 million. In 2016, Sampras put this property on the market for $8.9 million. They accepted $7.25 million in February 2017.

In 2014, the couple spent about $5.9 million on a new property in Bel-Air. Also in 2014, it was reported that Pete Sampras had purchased a second property in Bel Air, California for just over $3.5 million. This second property was adjacent to the house they had already purchased.

Thousand Oaks: In 2009 Pete and Bridgette completed construction on a 16,000 square-foot mansion on Lake Sherman in Thousand Oaks, California. They did not stay in the 20-acre property for long, listing it in March 2021 for $25 million. 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 1,200 square foot guesthouse. They apparently sold this home in an off-market deal in late 2013 for an undisclosed price, but what was reported to be a bit more than $13 million. The sale price is not listed on the home's recorded price history on public real estate records.

Bel Air: At the end of 2013, Pete and Bridgette paid $6 million for a 2-acre property in Bel Air. A few months later, in early 2014, they paid $3.5 million for a neighboring home down the hill from their other property. The Samprases turned that home into a gym and man cave.

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