Pete Sampras robbed of tennis trophies, memorabilia
Pete Sampras' stuff is gone. Oh, it's not the great stuff -- that would be 13 of the 14 Grand Slam trophies -- but it's the pretty darn good stuff and almost all of it is gone, taken by thieves who broke into the public storage locker where it was kept.
Yes, Pete Sampras kept this stuff in a public storage locker, perhaps subscribing to the maxim: hide in plain sight.
That qualifies as two units in a West Los Angeles facility, in which Sampras had placed furniture as well as memorabilia. "We've had some housing issues and we stored things while we were sorting that out," Sampras said. He and his family are in the process of moving to Brentwood.
"I was like, 'What?' " Sampras told Bill Dwyre of the Los Angeles Times. "I thought there were security cameras. I thought these things were locked up tight. I was shocked."
In any event, three weeks ago, Sampras discovered, Dwyre writes, that "the majority of trophies, medals, plaques, crystal and rings that are a testament to a career that brought a then-record 14 major titles and status as one of the greatest ever to play the game" had been stolen.
"I have 13 [seven Wimbledon, five U.S. Open, one Australian Open] of my 14 Grand Slam trophies," he said. "Some are at home and some up at NikeTown [in Portland]. My first Australian Open trophy is gone, and so is everything else."
Wonder what "everything else" reads like on a police report? An Olympic ring, seven ESPYs and six trophies awarded to the player who was No. 1 in the year-end rankings. Trophies for 64 tour tournament victories, runnerup trophies from 24 others. Bling for winning five ATP World Tour titles, for being on two Davis Cup winners, and for 11 ATP Masters event titles.
So far, police have no suspects and suggested that Sampras take the story public in hopes of drumming up some leads.
| December 8, 2010; 6:51 AM ET
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