I am going to hold serve the majority of the time. It is nice to have a little time to return serve.

- Pete Sampras

Andre Agassi was my rival in the '90s, and I think as we got older we sort of transcended the game. He was probably the best player I ever played over my career. There's a list of players that were tough, but Andre, certainly, he was the most unique.

- Pete Sampras

All I cared about in tennis was winning.

- Pete Sampras

It's not easy to retire at 31. In one respect I was glad I was done. But after a few years of having fun, I got a little restless. When you're 33, 34, and you don't have a focus, you can get kind of lost. As a man, you feel a little bit unfulfilled.

- Pete Sampras

In tennis, you can make a couple of mistakes and still win. Not in golf. I played three rounds in that Tahoe event, and I was drained. Mentally, not physically.

- Pete Sampras

People know me. I'm not going to produce any cartwheels out there. I'm not going to belong on Comedy Central. I'll always be a tennis player, not a celebrity.

- Pete Sampras

I hate to lose, and I do whatever I can to win, and if it is ugly, it is ugly.

- Pete Sampras

The difference of great players is at a certain point in a match they raise their level of play and maintain it. Lesser players play great for a set, but then less.

- Pete Sampras

I never wanted to be the great guy or the colorful guy or the interesting guy. I wanted to be the guy who won titles.

- Pete Sampras

I don't know how I do it, I really don't.

- Pete Sampras