12/10/10 2:38 PM | Johan Lindahl
The International Tennis Federation is prepared to replace the Davis Cup trophies stolen in a Los Angeles burglary from Pete Sampras if the memorabilia is not found.
“We were sorry to learn of the theft,” said ITF head Francesco Ricci Bitti. "We know how special a Davis Cup victory is for a player. If he is unable to recover the loss of his two Davis Cup trophies we would like to offer him a replica trophy in recognition of his outstanding record in the event.”
The former number one lost the majority of a career's worth of memories after a break-in at a public storage unit where he had stashed dozens of boxes stuffed with various memorabilia.
The Los Angeles Times reported that while the 39-year-old still has 13 of his 14 Grand Slam trophies, "everything else" is gone. The ITF said that if the property is not recovered, it will insure the American gets copies of his 1992 and 1995 Davis Cup trophies.
Sampras said the boxes were uninsured as there was no way to calculate their value for commercial purposes. The property had been stored over recent years due to various chances of home for Sampras, his wife and two sons.
Sampras said he is missing his first Australian Open trophy from 1994 plus honors from five season-ending ATP events, 11 Masters Series titles an Olympic ring and six awards for finishing number 1 at the end of a season.
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