The past year has been “extremely difficult” for his family, Sampras wrote on Sunday (local time) in an emotional message on the men’s tennis organization ATP’s X platform. His wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in December, followed by a serious operation, Chemotherapy and other treatments.
It was difficult to watch a loved one overcome such a challenge. Her two sons had provided strong support, emphasized Sampras. He would now ask for “good thoughts and prayers” for his family as his wife continues her “healing journey.”
Tennis icon Sampras makes his wife Bridgette’s cancer public
The former world-class tennis player and the actress, a former Miss Teen USA, married in California in 2000. Three years later, Sampras retired from professional tennis. The couple’s two sons are 18 and 20 years old.
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras made films such as “Last Action Hero” (1993) alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger, “Wedding Planner” (2001) with Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Lopez and “Shopgirl” (2005) with Steve Martin.