"I embrace the quiet way and I walked the high road as best as I could.
Above all, I wanted to represent myself, my family,
and the game in a way in which we could all be proud.”

- Pete Sampras, 2007

Why Support Pete Sampras?

In a career that spanned three decades, Pete rewrote the record books of the Men’s game and redefined the word “Champion”. His single-mindedness about being a pro and achieving the top honors has been the driving force behind his success. His quiet confidence, unfailing courage and unparalleled commitment to excellence defined him as a player and as a person. Besides being the only American male tennis player to have ever achieved 14 Grand Slam titles, Pete has held the record for 6 consecutive years as the ATP’s number 1 player – a feat even Roger Federer has not achieved. This record will most likely stand for a very long time.

Pete is undoubtedly the greatest American player in history. He could have been arrogant. He could have been assuming. But that’s not his style. In a world of overpaid, indulgent athletes, Pete stands out as a class act; a refreshing reminder of what a true sportsman should be. If a stadium is named after Rod Laver in Melbourne Park, statues were erected for Fred Perry and the three Musketeers at Wimbledon and Roland Garros respectively, we believe it is most appropriate and necessary that Pete is honored by having his statue erected at Flushing Meadows.

Steps We Have Undertaken

Here's what we have done so far:

  • Submitted our request and presentation to the USTA.
  • Signed an agreement with Frudakis Studio, Inc., which upon approval from USTA, will create a life size 7-foot tall bronze sculpture of Pete Sampras. The estimated cost is US$100,000.
  • Established the Samprasfanz Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization registered in the United States. Our office bearers and committee members are tennis fans from North and South America, United Kingdom and South East Asia; we hold monthly board meetings online. Our honorary members are people prominent in the tennis world. We have a bank account as well as a paypal account (samprasfanzfoundation@yahoo.com) to which donations could be made.


How You Can Help

If you share the same belief with us, here is what you can do to support this endeavor

  • Sign our petition to the USTA in this website
  • Join us in Facebook and invite other fans and supporters to participate
  • Contribute towards the cost of the statue.


How to Contact Us

Samprasfanz Foundation
11305 Trevor Drive, Peculiar, Missouri 64078, USA
Phone: 816-885-1992 Fax: 816-779-0827
E-mail: jamminjoi@yahoo.com