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Sampras's Tennis Trophies Stolen From Storage, L.A. Times Says

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Tennis Star Pete Sampras
Pete Sampras of the kisses the trophy after defeating Andre Agassi of the US in their men's singles final match at the US Open Tennis Tournament in 2002. Photographer: Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images

Dec. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Pete Sampras, whose 14 major championships are second in tennis history to Roger Federer’s 16, was robbed of most of the trophies he won throughout his playing career, the Los Angeles Times said.

Sampras, 39, told the newspaper that while he still has 13 of his Grand Slam trophies, he lost “everything else” when dozens of boxes were stolen from a public storage facility in west Los Angeles.

Sampras and his family recently moved and rented two storage units, the Times said. Among the items stolen were trophies for winning 64 ATP Tour events and reaching the finals of 24 others; awards from his five season-ending ATP World Tour titles, 11 ATP Masters event titles and two Davis Cup wins; an Olympic ring; and six trophies for finishing No. 1 in tennis’s annual ranking, according to the report.

“Losing this stuff is like having the history of my tennis life taken away,” Sampras said, adding that none of the trophies or memorabilia was insured because there was no way to assess its value.

Sampras’s first Australian Open trophy was also stolen, along with items including magazine articles and newspaper clippings, the Times said. Sampras told the newspaper that police have no leads in their investigation.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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