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Last Updated: Thursday, 21 August, 2003, 20:42 GMT 21:42 UK
Sampras' career in pictures
Sampras won the US Open in 1990 aged 19, he is still the youngest player to win at Flushing Meadow
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Pete Sampras' first Grand Slam win comes in 1990 when he becomes the youngest ever US Open champion aged 19
Pete Sampras poses with the Australian Open trophy
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1993 proves to be a title-laden year for Sampras, beginning with victory at the Australian Open in Melbourne
Pete Sampras celebrates winning Wimbledon in 1993
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Sampras then lays the foundations for his Wimbledon dominance by beating Jim Courier to take his first SW19 title
Pete Sampras poses with tennis legend Fred Perry and the US Open trophy in 1993
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Tennis legend Fred Perry joins Pete Sampras after the American wins his second US Open title in 1993
Pete Sampras holds aloft the Wimbledon trophy amid all the pomp and ceremony at SW19
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Sampras follows up his 1994 Wimbledon success by beating Boris Becker in 1995 to make it three Wimbledon titles in a row
Pete Sampras savours the moment after winning the 1995 US Open
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More glory follows for Pete Sampras at Flushing Meadow in 1995 as he picks up another US Open title
Pete Sampras wins the US Open in 1996
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The big surprise in 1996 is that Sampras doesn't win Wimbledon - he loses in the quarter-finals to Richard Krajicek but later takes the US Open title
Pete Sampras embraces the Australian Open trophy
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1997 starts well as Sampras claims up his second Australian Open title, beating Carlos Moya in the final
Pete Sampras savours the sweet smell of success after winning Wimbledon in 1997
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It is business as usual at Wimbledon in 1997 as Sampras smokes Cedric Pioline in straight sets in the final
Pete Sampras in action during the 1998 Wimbledon final
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Sampras is taken the distance by Goran Ivanisevic in 1998 but still triumphs after five sets to take the title again
Pete Sampras raises the Wimbledon trophy in 1999
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A familiar sight once again in 1999, as Sampras beats Andre Agassi to win his sixth Wimbledon title
Pete Sampras celebrates his record-breaking 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2000
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An emotional Pete Sampras wins his 13th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2000 to break Roy Emerson's record
Pete Sampras poses with Andre Agassi after winning the US Open in 2002
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Pete Sampras rolls back the years in 2002 to win the US Open and become the tournament's oldest ever winner at the age of 31
Pete Sampras lifts the trophy after winning the 2002 US Open
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That final proves to be Sampras' last competitive match before the announcement his retirement will be marked at the 2003 US Open
Pete Sampras cries as the announcement to make his retirement from tennis official is made at the 2003 US Open
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An emotional Sampras bids farewell to tennis during a special ceremony on the opening day of the 2003 US Open at Flushing Meadows

Sampras at the US Open through the years
20 Aug 03  |  Photo Galleries
Sampras wins 2002 US Open
20 Aug 03  |  Photo Galleries
Sampras' legacy already in place
16 May 03  |  Tennis

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