Pete Sampras

2010 Tennis - 1st Annual Caesars Tennis Classic at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City - April 10, 2010

Sampras in 2010, photo by

Birth Name: Petros Sampras

Place of Birth: Washington, D.C., U.S.

Date of Birth: August 12, 1971

*75% Greek
*25% Ashkenazi Jewish

Pete Sampras is an American professional tennis player. He is regarded as one of the greatest players in tennis history. He holds the ATP record of six year-end No. 1 rankings, which were in consecutive years from 1993 through 1998.

Pete is the son of Georgia (Vroustouris) and Soterios “Sammy” Sampras. His mother emigrated from Salasia, near Sparta, Greece. His father was born in the United States, to a Greek father and an Ashkenazi Jewish mother. Pete was raised attending Greek Orthodox services. He spent his teen years in Palos Verdes, California.

Pete is married to actress, model, and singer Bridgette Wilson, with whom he has two children.

Pete has said:

My mum came to America from Greece when she was 25, without a penny and barely able to speak the language. My dad, who is Jewish but has a Greek father, held down two jobs while I was growing up. So you could say they taught me a lot about hard work and humility.

Pete’s paternal grandfather was named Gust Costas Sampra/Sampros. Gust was Greek.

Pete’s paternal grandmother was Sarah A. Steinberg (the daughter of Samuel Steinberg and Minnie Lazar). Sarah was born in Illinois, to Russian Jewish parents. Samuel was the son of Solomon Steinberg and Ann Sarah. Minnie was the daughter of Isaac Lazar.

Pete’s maternal grandfather was Nicholaos/Nick Vroustouris (the son of Theodore Vroustouris and Constantina Makris).

Pete’s maternal grandmother likely was named Eugenia.

Sources: Genealogy of Pete Sampras –

Pete’s paternal grandmother, Sarah A. Steinberg, on the 1910 U.S. Census –
Sarah A. Steinberg on the 1920 U.S. Census –

4 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    who is his maternal grandmother?

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