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.