This Day In Sports History (September 9th) — Pete Sampras
It was on this day in 1990 that Pete Sampras won the U.S. Open. At 19 years and 28 days, Sampras became the youngest man ever to win the tournament.
Sampras defeated two tennis greats in the quarterfinals and semi-finals to reach the finals. In the quarters, he beat out third-ranked Ivan Lendl in five sets to break Lendl’s streak of eight consecutive U.S. Open finals appearances. Up next was John McEnroe, who Sampras beat quite easily in four sets, setting up a final match against fourth-ranked Andre Agassi. This was a dream matchup, as both Sampras and Agassi were young, up-and-coming superstars in the world of tennis.
The finals turned out to be anti-climactic, as Sampras thoroughly dominated Agassi, winning in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. The win gave Pete his first career Grand Slam title and he would go on to win 13 more for the all-time record of 14 career Grand Slam titles. However, in 2009 he was surpassed by Roger Federer who currently owns 17 career Grand Slam titles.
Here is a post-match trophy ceremony following Sampras’ 1990 US Open victory:
Joe Theismann, NFL – Born September 9th 1949 (age 64) in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Edwin Jackson, MLB – Born September 9th 1983 (age 30) in Bavaria, West Germany
J.R. Smith, NBA – Born September 9th 1985 (age 28) in Freehold, New Jersey