Pete Sampras buys Bel Air estate for $5.9 million
Pete Sampras, the international tennis star, has reportedly dropped $5.9 million on a Bel Air mansion.
The Trulia Blog broke news of the deal, saying Sampras purchased the property with his wife, Bridgette Wilson.
The residence was once owned by media mogul and popular TV personality Merv Griffin, who sold it to "Broadcast News" actor Albert Brooks in 1992. Brooks sold the home in 2012 for $6.27 million.
The new owners listed the house soon after and sold it to the Sampras family at a loss.
According to the listing records, the residence is a 5,100-square-foot single-family home comprised of four bedrooms and five full and one half bathrooms. Interiors of the house feature paneled hardwood floors, wood-beamed ceilings and floor-to-ceiling glass doors and windows.
Living spaces include a formal living area, an open kitchen with a breakfast nook, a bar area and a separate dining place. The master bedroom has a sitting area with separate his and her baths and walk-in closets.
The home is surrounded by lush greenery with ample space for recreation. There is a tennis court, a pool with a spa and a parking garage as well.
Check out photos of the home here.
Sampras has 14 Grand Slam Singles titles to his credit. He remained on the top of the world's best tennis players list for six consecutive years from 1993 to 1998 and won seven Wimbledon singles championship in an Open Era, a record he shares with Roger Federer.
In a recent interview with BBC, Sampras said he believes that Federer could break his record and win another Wimbledon title.
"As long as he is enjoying it and he's healthy, I can see him playing for two [to] four more years. He truly loves the sport," Sampras said.
"I thought his level (in Australia) was quite good. When you're playing against Rafa and if you're not quite on your game then it can seem like you're struggling. Rafa's a rock. But I do see Roger building from that, I think he's going to do well this year."
He added: "Things need to fall into place and he needs to play well but I do think he can do it (win a Grand Slam). I think it is what he's playing for."
Recently, rumors had it that Federer purchased a residence in Switzerland.