Before Federer and Nadal, there was Sampras.
Dominant on the pro tennis tour for nearly a decade, Pete Sampras retired to southern California several years ago and is now raising his young family. There’s a big hole in his life now, though. He was the victim of a huge robbery that resulted in the loss of dozens of his tournament trophies and much more.
While most of his grand slam championship trophies are safe, dozens of other trophies, plaques, crystal and other hardware–all very personal—were stolen out of a pair of storage units he was renting.
Sampras lost his Olympic ring, ESPY awards, magazine covers and dozens of other items.
Who would steal items that would be difficult to sell on the open market? After all, it’s not like there are multiple Wimbledon trophies available on eBay.
It’s a question investigators want to answer, but right now they don’t have any suspects.
L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Dwyre talked with the former champ about the brazen break-in.