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Pete Sampras the American Sensation The reason why I chose to do my research paper on Pete Sampras is because I love to play tennis and Pete is the greatest tennis player alive I have always made him my role model and I hope to one day meet him I try and model my tennis game after his and it has really helped my tennis game Pete Sampras is my childhood hero and that is the reason why I chose the topic of Pete Sampras Pete was born on August 12 1971 in Washington DC Although Pete was born in Washington he grew up in Palos Verdes California Pete is a direct descendent of Sam and Georgia Sampras Pete has three Siblings one elder and two younger The elder sibling is Stella the current head tennis coach at UCLA Petes younger sister Marion has not decided on a career yet and Petes third sibling is his only brother Gus who is the Current Assistant Tournament Director at Scottsdale ATP Tour Event Role Models Pete began playing tennis at the age of seven and when he was nine his father asked Pete Fischer a physician and amateur player to hit with his son Fischer was so impressed with Petes ability he became Petes personal coach When Pete was eleven he had the opportunity to hit with his childhood hero Rod Laver Pete later told his coach that he was so nervous he couldnt get the ball over the net Pete rarely won a major junior tournament Fischer believed that someone of his talent should play up in age groups against older and stronger players to develop his all around game When Pete reached the age of 14 Fischer changed Petes two-handed backhand to a one-handed At the same time of his backhand switch Fischer switched Pete from a safe defensive baseliner to a risky serve and volleyer The reason he did this was to try
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