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Pete Sampras’ Trophies, Memorabilia Stolen From Public Storage Space

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Pete Sampras is presented with a plate as the tournament honoree during the LA Tennis Open Day 1 at Los Angeles Tennis Center - UCLA on July 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Pete Sampras is presented with a plate as the tournament honoree during the LA Tennis Open Day 1 at Los Angeles Tennis Center – UCLA on July 27, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (credit: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Tennis star Pete Sampras says most of his trophies and other memorabilia were stolen from a West Los Angeles public storage facility.

The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday that Sampras still has 13 of his 14 grand slam trophies.

But thieves took most of the hardware from his 64 tour title wins, two Davis Cups, an Olympic ring and six trophies for finishing world No. 1 in the year-end rankings from 1993 to 1998.

The theft happened three weeks ago. Sampras says he’s getting the word out in hopes somebody offers a lead.

Sampras retired in 2003 and said the loss is most upsetting because he would have liked to have shown the trophies to his children.

He says the loss “is like having the history of my tennis life taken away.”

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