It’s hard to forget the name Pete Sampras. The tennis legend, known for his 14 major titles, was once a global sensation. But lately, I can’t help but wonder what happened to him. It seems like he vanished from the limelight soon after retiring. However, recent events have brought him back into the spotlight, if only for a brief moment.

About three months ago, Sampras revealed that his wife, Bridgette, has been battling ovarian cancer. In an unusual move, the usually private Sampras shared this heartbreaking news with the ATP Tour, where he stated, “This past year has been an exceptionally challenging time for my family, and I have decided to share what’s been going on.”

Although he prefers to maintain his privacy, Sampras surprised everyone with a rare appearance at a Starbucks in Beverly Hills. Dressed casually, he grabbed some iced coffees and even acknowledged the onlookers, if only for a moment.

Sampras and his wife have been married for an impressive 23 years and have two children together. They have chosen to live their lives away from the scrutinizing eyes of the tennis world in California. Sampras, who holds an astounding record of 64 career singles titles, officially retired from professional tennis in 2003. While he occasionally plays exhibition matches, he has made it clear that his family comes first.

Unfortunately, Sampras experienced a setback in 2010 when some of his trophies were stolen, including an Olympic ring and two Davis Cups. Fortunately, most of the items were recovered, providing some relief to the legendary athlete.

As fans, we now find ourselves reminiscing about Sampras’s illustrious tennis career and wishing Bridgette a swift recovery. Pete Sampras will always be a tennis icon, not just for his on-court achievements but also for his unwavering commitment to his family during challenging times.