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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Comments (106)
  1. C. Taylor says:

    Wow! Pete did sleeveless before Rafa was even around!!! hahaha

    1. mike w. says:

      i know, right? WOOF!

    2. Daniel says:

      that is a 2009 Senior tournament, so no. Raga did it first!!!

    3. Myer Goldstein says:

      Either OJ or George Bush did it. My guess is OJ did it to replace his trophies that he sold.

      1. Malik says:

        Obama did it because he is against anything earned. Obama distributed the rings and trophies to ACORN lazy slobs in hopes of creatiing at least one job before he stutters his way through another TelePrompter talk.

  2. will says:

    why would someone with the wealth Sampras must have keep his most treasured possessions in a public storage facility? Stupid, just stupid.

    1. Anthony Perone says:

      Brilliant athlete….can’t care much about his trophies if he shoves them in PUBLIC STORAGE! Are you kidding me? If he treats them like that, he should return them all.

    2. ed says:

      exactly my point. this is ridiculous. he should have had them in a secured facility. give me a break.

    3. Richard Head says:

      Because he’s notorious for being cheap.

  3. Edwin Joseph says:

    Not very smart to keep priceless mementos in a public storage facility. What a dumb thing to do for a man of Sampras’ means.

  4. michael says:

    I find his saying the loss “is like having the history of my tennis life taken away.”
    a bit disingenous since the stuff was stored in a “public storage space”

  5. Brent says:

    Idiot. Why did you leave it in public storage.

  6. bv says:

    most likely some liberals or illegals stole them- that is usually the case!

  7. dt says:

    Pete, we love you and all, and this is tragic, but come one? A Public Storage Facility?

  8. pete used to be my idol says:

    who leaves their trophies in storage???? cant u afford a spare bedroom

  9. shaggy says:

    What a dumb ass, putting them in a storage unit like so much clutter? They obviously did not mean too much to him.

  10. Steve says:

    The trophy room in his house isn’t big enough to hold all of those?

    1. J. Gorman says:

      Steve??? People break into houses too.

    2. cwxj415 says:

      Maybe he isn’t so vain that he displays his hundreds of trophies all over his house.. Are you actually making excuses for the thief?

    3. DagnerMouse says:

      Why would that matter? Does he have a trophy room? Does he have a house? Does any of *that* matter? (Hint: no, it does not, and should not, the man had personal items in a storage unit [for whatever reasons, which are none of our concern] which were stolen. So the story is that a famous person was impacted by a public storage unit robbery.)

      Having said that, I’ll mark myself an hypocrite of sorts by noting that he probably kept them in the storage unit because the homeowner’s / renter’s insurance premiums were too high when they were at his residence. Evil filthy rich folk, trying to jack over the working class even more – how dare they use a public storage facility – they’re not the public!

  11. JDub says:

    Question, why would you leave objects of value in a storage unit… an Olympic Ring might be better in a safety deposit box. Does Pete Sampras not have a above average sized house where they could have been stored on site… I have a lot of questions about this…

  12. mark matijasevich says:

    They were so important to him he kept them in public storage.

  13. Ozymandius says:

    These possessions were so vitally important that he stored them in a rent-a-garage? Either he’s a dope, or something is fishy about this whole deal.

  14. Miles Monroe says:

    Then ya mighta done something more than leave them in a storage facility ya moron!

  15. Trent says:

    Multi-millionair using public storage??… bet nothing was insured either… if sooo important why go the cheapo route? Cheap is as cheap does… do not feel sorry for poor Pete…

  16. NotaSociailist says:

    unbelievable… who in the h.. ll would steal someone elses trophies. you can’t sale them… and that is not even a reason to steal them anyway..

  17. Dude says:

    What is with comments today? So utterly demanding and insulting. It is as if everyone is on an airplane and demanding lobster dinners, coast to coast travel for $150.

    Samprass won a ton in his career…I don’t think there is enough room in anyone’s house for this stuff. Also, these trophies could have been stolen from his house just as easily as from storage.

  18. jason says:

    I keep all of my valuable trophies in public storage too!

  19. steve says:

    Or ANY room in his house! I can’t believe Pete Sampras needs to pull up to a Mini Storage place!

  20. bung karno says:

    Why was his Olympic ring in mini-storage? Seems like an odd thing not to display at home, or on his hand…

    1. Jeff m says:

      Lol, display the olympic ring on his hand? You serious? “I’m afraid of thieves so I wear this everywhere I go”

      I hate thieves so much, sometimes they steal things that you know have no real value. A thief stole my 7th grade yearbook when I was a kid after all my classmates had signed it. Made me so mad. That anger came back the other day when I was showing my kids my yearbooks, so I know how pete feels. Is some thieving loser going to show his kids what he stole from sampras ? Hate hate hate…

  21. JustSayin says:

    from a West Los Angeles public storage facility….you must be joking. Comon man, you have $50 million dollars! Buy ANOTHER HOUSE to HOUSE all your $h1t.

  22. Tim says:

    He should make sure that the owners of the storage facility are investigated thoroughly. I had my storage locker broken into and it was the owners.

    1. ron says:

      I had the same thing happen to me and it was one of the workers at the storage place.

  23. Chuck says:

    They were so near and dear he kept them in a public Storage?

  24. anon says:

    He stored them in public storage? Hello?!

  25. sue says:

    How low can a person go to steal another man’s prized trophy’s?
    They have no value except to Sampras. Pure evil ..stealing anything?
    Hope they arrest the jerk & send him away.

  26. karen says:

    Steve, your jealousy is so unbecoming. You can’t put a $$ value on Sampras’ loss; this theft has hurt his heart.

  27. John says:

    A ring in a storage unit?

  28. amplitude jones says:

    long long long past time to just execute GFD thieves. ENOUGH they are the reason the world is falling apart…but, the power pig dems know that if we executed thieves, there would be NO democrats left.

  29. Yirmin says:

    Cleary he isn’t that smart. Public storage isn’t where you put stuff you care about it.

  30. GoodGolly says:

    he was relieved, though, to find that his wife and kids had not been taken from the unit.

  31. len says:

    why keep such valuable items in public storage? no a bright move.

    i was huuge sampras fan as a teenager, by the way

  32. Bob says:

    West Los Angeles??

  33. Stephe says:

    In the Obama economy people will steal anything.

    1. Ted says:


  34. Capitals Fan says:

    good luck pete!

  35. Charlie says:

    Didn’t Agassi recently expand a trophy room in his Vegas pad?

  36. Joe Santa Monica Buzz says:

    someone stole my AYSO soccer trophy from the mantle in my parent’s home. sucks…

  37. John says:

    If this stuff was so important, why was it collected in a public storage facility, instead of your basement or an on-site garage? Don’t tell me you do not have the money for it, since you are loaded. As such, booo hooo hooo.

  38. Todd says:

    The lowlife thieves should receive a MANDATORY sentence to a Federal prison to set an example that America lives by THE RULE OF LAW!! Enough already with this corrosive, liberal (progressive) coddling of criminals…..

  39. LisaM says:

    His home is on the market and his family is in transition. They are a very nice family and this is a terrible thiing to happen to a great athlete who earned every single one of those items stolen. Don’t be bitter because you’re not as successful.

  40. VD says:

    And why on earth would he leave his trophies in a public storage facility?

  41. tonetel says:

    What kind of dbagger would take this stuff? And the what the heck do they think they can do with it?

  42. slimers says:

    sounds like sommeone might be wanting a little insurance money, hard to believe if these were that important they would be in a storage pod instead of one of the mansions.

  43. dam says:

    Steve-O, What’s the capacity of your trophy room?

  44. SIM says:

    Obama Trophy Re-Distribution Program in full moon wheel effect, no doubt!!

  45. Charlie says:

    No sympathy. Never should have put them in storage. DUH!

    1. DagnerMouse says:

      No sympathy for a citizen who was the victim of a crime through no fault of his own? You wealth-envying judgmental fool. Thanks for sharing, maybe somebody who actually knows you, or might want to, can now properly avoid that unpleasant experience. Yeah, I know I’m being judgmental too, but at least I’m not engaging in baseless sniping which smells of class warfare. See, I have class, so feel no need nor have any desire to war against it.

  46. Classicist says:

    …Why is Pete Sampras storing his awards in public storage?

  47. marty says:

    He left his trophies in a west LA storage facility? No way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. jondos says:

    I agree with Steve. He lives in a mansion in California and he couldn’t find a spot within that residence to hold his trophies. Exactly how important was that memorabilia?

  49. notting says:

    public storage facility?

  50. Karen says:

    That is sad.

    Why isn’t the storage company named. They should be identified since it should be their job to keep the area secure. They should suffer a bit of “name recognition” for their failure.

  51. KW says:

    He Should have stayed in Tampa

  52. Paul L says:

    No room in the mansion for an Olympic ring? He should have been too embarrassed to admit it was in storage!


  53. blogger101 says:

    I saw that stuff on that TV show where the dudes all bid $4 for the entire unit. I think it went for like $550.

  54. August says:

    His $25 MILLION house is for sale; and according to HGTV house stagers clutter & trophies turn some buyers off!

    1. Eac says:

      Excellent piece of info! Wish your comment could be in bold and large font so all these commenters could be aware of how narrow minded they are.

  55. August says:

    Storage facilities are not places to store thing that are valuable or sentimental; they are broken into all the time because people don’t heed that warning!

  56. don says:

    Pete, check in George Bush’s basement. It has to be his fault

  57. jim says:

    If you were the second-best of all time, you’d have quite a few trophies laying around too. Give the guy a break.

  58. Oh Grover says:

    He should’ve stored it with Neil Young’s stuff………..the HYBRID AND THE DAMAGE DONE

  59. bill shelton says:

    His loss is real, tragic and personal to him. We should all be sorry for that. This is not the time to add to his grieving by telling him that he should have done something different, especially when no one knows why his things were in storage.

  60. Hank Warren says:

    Pete Sampras’ trohpies, Lindsay Lohan, Jersey Shore, all distractions. As the Mainstream Media creates illusions, the US gov’t (and their corp. friends),start more illegal wars, ban books like “America Deceived II” and bail out banks.
    Last link (before Google Books bans it also]:

  61. lenny says:

    Does anybody want to buy some trophies?

  62. Dutra says:

    Those trophies are now filled with sopa and frijoles.

  63. Ken says:

    The thieves are losers and Pete is a big-time winner. I feel bad for him, but he’s still tops.

  64. dave marsh says:

    What a cheapo, I guess Agassi was right about him after all!

  65. Board is full of Einsteins says:

    All of those folks saying he could just store it in his home must be living under a rock.

    Orlando Bloom, Megan Fox and Lindsay Lohan all have had their houses burglarized even with the latest in security equipment. Phil Jackson actually stored his championship memorabilia in his home (as many of the geniuses here recommended as the smart thing to do) and guess what, someone broke in and stole them.

    Pubic storage isn’t safe, but neither is storing those items in one’s home.

  66. Blow Ne says:

    Material trinkets are meaninhgless in the BIG PICTURE

  67. Ka and Boom says:

    Theft is theft…why so many haters decide that brow-beat Sampras?
    Jealousy…No more time to waste on this lot

  68. Josh Butts says:

    Damn, happened 3 weeks ago? Should have gotten the word out sooner.

  69. Jim says:

    There is no “Olympic Ring”. It is a medal that hangs arojnd the neck.

  70. Whatwuzdat? says:

    There is a report that some 5′ Mexican is going around LA saying he won the 1997 US Open and he has the proof. That would be my first suspect

  71. Contarian says:

    You have no idea how little I care.

  72. Billy says:

    Get with it Pete. The only trophies I have are from little league – and I would not put them public storage.

    Since most of his wins weren’t really memorable at all I guess I agree with what he said “is like having the history of my tennis life taken away.” Now there is no proof that he actually won any tournaments.

  73. killerbee says:

    I guess Pete didn’t pay for 3 months AT THE STORAGE PLACE. i THINK i SAW THEM AUTION OFF HIS GEAR ON THAT t.v. show for $450.

  74. Chuck Daughterson says:

    QUIT DISSING PUBLIC STORAGE. They are a fine institution that caters to both the wealthy and poor and everyone in between.

    They believe in free speech, free travel, and free enterprise. Some facilities even offer secured and air conditioned premises.

  75. Justin Case says:

    Hey mister Insurance man, play along with me,
    I’ve got jingle jangle plastic things in a public storage facility.

    No security cameras? Must be one of those first month free places. Maybe Paris Hilton took them to pay her fines.

  76. Joseph A says:

    um remember the rumor is that he is EXTREMELY CHEAP… so maybe he didn’t want to add onto a room to display his memorabilia…. just stick it in a shack somewhere in case he needs it sometime.

  77. Harry says:

    Are you guys serious? all you “well i guess they didnt mean much to him” people make me sick! Maybe he’s not so full of himself, maybe he doesnt wanna see something showing what a great player he was in every corner of his house, maybe he’s not a pompous ass, and who cares if they were in a storage facility, they are his and he can do what he will with them, this just happened to be a “news worthy” story and maybe he had plans to build a trophy room, maybe he didnt, who cares…. This is a man who accomplished a great deal, and had some sentimental items stolen from him, end of story, man i wish the news hadnt reported the fact they were in storage to shut all you degenerates up! whether they were in storage or in his house doesnt change the context in which the story should be viewed. If it does, then your a A-HOLE

  78. I agree with Harry! Isn’t the FACT that someone stole them the point?! Wealth envy sucks and will be the downfall of our country. All of you and the thieves are the problem!

  79. Mike Hayes says:

    I would have built a shed if I were him.

    But, if I were him, I would have said something about me and my big serve ruining the sport and would have suggested reversing course on the aspect of racket technology, to a returning to wood or aluminum rackets. (Keeping the over-sized style.)

    Pete, you didn’t really deserve all those trophies, the icons of the sport would have destroyed you in a different and better era.

  80. Eric says:

    Really too bad. Hope he gets them back.

    However. Public storage facility?! Seriously? For those kinds of things with the money he most probably has? That’s not where I would have stored them. I’d have had a room in the house had I been able to accomplish something like that. So suprising to read that detail.

    Anyhow, best of luck to him.

  81. Alexander Graham Bell (fake one) says:

    Public storage or not, now the whole world know these are stolen, how can the thief benefit ?

    1. there are always private collectors willing to pay big money for things like this, stolen or not.

  82. Diane says:

    Pete had put his items into TEMPORARY storage at a secure facility (not the name brand Public Storage place) while he finished some work on the house he just moved into in Brentwood. The LA Times story has more info. Honestly, some of the comments on this story cause me great concern for the city of Los Angeles.

  83. NoGuff says:

    Now I’m the winner of 64 tour title wins, two Davis Cups, and an Olympic ring. I feel so proud, you know, all that hard work and dedication. It really pays off in the end. I just wish the video of all those wins existed, you know?

    What an idiot! Hey Pete, ever heard of keeping these things in your home? Or in a SECURE place? Damn!

  84. Jennifer says:

    Wow! STOP BLAMING THE VICTIM! Those mementos were hard earned and I don’t care if he left the trophies out on his front lawn. No one had the right to take them.

  85. Mitch Pawl says:

    If these trophies were soooo important, why did he put them in a public storage locker and not in his home?

    Is is also stupid?

  86. Maya says:

    He was renovating his house people. That is why some, no all of the trophies were in storage to prevent them from being damaged. This had to be an inside job. Only his unit gets broken into. Also, they can’t sell the stuff because anyone one that is a fan of tennis would know that the stuff is stolen and Pete would have never parted with the items.