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Sampras issues public plea to find stolen trophies

Pete Sampras celebrates winning the 1997 Australian Open. His 1994 trophy was one of many items stolen from a storage unit.
Pete Sampras celebrates winning the 1997 Australian Open. His 1994 trophy was one of many items stolen from a storage unit.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Former World No.1's trophies have been stolen from a storage facility in Los Angeles
  • First Australian Open and two Davis Cup trophies taken three weeks ago
  • Sampras spoke to Los Angeles Times in hope that it might provide new lead
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(CNN) -- Retired tennis star Pete Sampras has revealed that most of the trophies and memorabilia collected during his 15-year career have been stolen.

Speaking to the Los Angeles Times the former World No.1 said the trophies were stolen from a public storage rental unit.

The missing items include two Davis Cup trophies, an Olympic ring and his first Australian Open title which he won in 1994.

He said his other 13 grand slam trophies are safe, but none of the stolen items were insured.

The seven-time Wimbledon champion told the Los Angeles Times that the items were placed in storage after he had moved homes twice.

Sampras, who retired in 2003, is publicizing the theft which took place three weeks ago in the hope that someone might provide a new lead.