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Pete Sampras revealed that his spouse, actress Bridgette Wilson-Sampras, has been battling ovarian most cancers for almost one yr.
“This previous yr has been an exceptionally difficult time for my household,” the retired tennis star, 52, stated in an announcement shared through social media on Sunday, October 29. “Final December, my spouse, Bridgette, was identified with ovarian most cancers. Since then, she has had main surgical procedure, pushed by way of chemotherapy and continues with focused upkeep remedy.”
Sampras continued: “It’s laborious to observe somebody you’re keen on undergo a problem like this. Nonetheless, seeing our boys step up and be such sturdy supporters of Bridgette, myself and one another has been superb. Watching Bridgette proceed to be an unbelievable mother and spouse by way of all of it has been inspiring.”
Sampras concluded his message by asking followers to maintain his spouse, 50, of their ideas. “I’ve additionally realized that it is extremely laborious to achieve for help when one thing is just too laborious to speak about,” he wrote. “I’ll finish this by humbly asking for good ideas and prayers for our household as Bridgette continues to thrive on her therapeutic journey.”
The previous athlete and Wilson-Sampras tied the knot in 2000. The couple share sons Christian, 20, and Ryan, 18.
Wilson-Sampras is probably finest identified for her function in 2001’s The Wedding ceremony Planner, during which she performed Fran, the in the end jilted fiancée of Matthew McConaughey’s character, Steve. She additionally starred as Elsa Shivers in 1997’s I Know What You Did Final Summer season and appeared alongside Claire Danes in 2005’s Shopgirl. Her TV roles embody stints on Saved by the Bell and The $treet.
After changing into a mother in 2002, Wilson-Sampras started taking up fewer performing roles. Sampras, in the meantime, retired from skilled tennis in 2002.
“She put her profession apart after we had been married,” Sampras stated of his spouse within the 2020 e book Pete Sampras: Greatness Revisited. “Bridgette at all times needed to be a mom. That’s the reason I knew she was the one for me. She liked her work and was superb at it and did 30 motion pictures, however in the end she needed to be a spouse and mother and never be pulled in different instructions.”
Forward of son Christian’s arrival, Wilson-Sampras joked that it made no distinction to her whether or not her husband stored enjoying as a dad, as a result of he’d be on dad responsibility it doesn’t matter what. “He’ll be just a little of Mr. Mother if he’s on the street or not,” she advised Sports activities Illustrated in 2002. “I advised him, ‘Wait and make your choice as soon as little Pee-Wee comes. Midnight wake-ups and feedings may make you go, ‘I really want to go play tennis.’”