A History of Athletes Retiring as Champions

Pete Sampras

Career years: 1988-2002
Accolades: 64 Career titles, 14 Grand Slam titles, World No.1 six consecutive years (1993-1998), International Tennis Hall of Fame (2007)
Last stand: 2002 Men's US Open Final, September 8, 2002, Arthur Ashe Stadium, Flushing, Queens, N.Y.: Pete Sampras defeats Andre Agassi (6–3, 6–4, 5–7, 6–4)

With 64 career titles to his name Pete Sampras couldn't have picked a better time to say good-bye to the game he once dominated. After beating long-time rival Andre Agassi in the 2002 US Open final, the man whom he'd met in his very first Grand Slam final 12 years earlier, Sampras left the game with his then-record 14th Grand Slam title.

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