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The tennis legend is completely unrecognizable as he is seen grabbing a coffee from Starbucks – three months on from revealing his wife’s heartbreaking ovarian cancer diagnosis

Tennis icon Pete Sampras has shocked fans with a drastically different look – more than a decade after he retired from professional sports.

The 14-time major winner is widely recognized as one of the greatest ever to play tennis, his final Grand Slam coming at the 2002 US Open, shortly before he called it all.

Now aged 52, Sampras is notoriously private and does very little television work – choosing to stay out of the limelight and keep his personal life to himself.

That’s perhaps even more the case now, three months after Sampras’ heartbreaking revelation that his wife Bridgette is battling ovarian cancer.

In a statement on the ATP Tour in October, the American legend said: “As most have come to know, I’m quite a quiet and private person. However, this past year has been an extremely challenging time for my family and I decided to share what has been going on.

Pete Sampras was spotted grabbing a coffee from his local Starbucks in California

The tennis legend is notoriously private and hasn’t been seen much since he retired

Sampras has won Wimbledon seven times, but he looks a lot different after hanging up his racket

“My wife Bridgette was diagnosed with ovarian cancer last December. She has since undergone major surgery, pushed through chemotherapy and continues targeted maintenance treatment.

“It’s hard to watch someone you love go through such a challenge. However, it was amazing to see our boys perform and be such strong supporters of Bridgette, myself and others.”

Since then, there have been very few updates on the status of the former Miss Teen USA, who has become a successful actress, starring alongside the likes of Adam Sandler, Sarah Michelle Geller and Jennifer Lopez.

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But now, Sampras has been spotted grabbing a coffee from Starbucks at the Beverly Glen Mall in Beverly Hills, California.

Sampras smiled at photographers as he left the Starbucks restaurant

Sampras and his wife Bridgette have two children and both retired to focus on family life

Bridgette, who is a former Miss Teen USA, is currently battling ovarian cancer

Dressed in blue jeans and a green Nike zip-up jacket, the tennis legend carried three iced coffees as she left the restaurant.

Sampras was seen briefly smiling at onlookers as he walked, photographers snapping a rare photo of him.

He and Bridgette have two children from their 23-year marriage — Ryan and Christian — and the family still lives in California.

Sampras has been the best player in the world throughout his career and has two Australian Open titles, five US Opens and an incredible seven Wimbledon victories to his credit.

He has a total of 64 career singles titles – ninth most in the Open Era – and has earned over $43 million in prize money during his career.

Sampras smiles after defeating bitter rival – and countryman – Andre Agassi at Wimbledon

American tennis legend Sampras is pictured playing a backhand during his heyday in the 1990s

He officially retired in the summer of 2003 and appeared sporadically in exhibition matches in the following years.

In November 2010, Sampras revealed the sad news that many of his trophies and memorabilia had been stolen from a public storage facility in California, including an Olympic ring, an Australian Open trophy and two Davis Cups.

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In the months that followed, the police managed to recover much of what was stolen.

After the birth of their second son in 2005, Sampras and his wife Bridgette both stepped back from the limelight in an effort to focus on family life.

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