Sampras won 14 Grand Slam singles championships and was the world's top-ranked men's tennis player for a record 286 weeks. He is the career earnings leader in men's tennis with over $43 million.
Sanchez-Vicario became the first woman from Spain to win the U.S. Open in 1994, won 29 career singles titles and 67 doubles in a 16-year career, including three French Open crowns. She played for Spain's Fed Cup team 16 times, and won four Olympic medals.
Also nominated in the Master Player category were Sven Davidson, the first Swede to win a Grand Slam (the French Open in 1957), Christine Truman Janes, who won the French Open in 1959, Russ Adams, the "Dean" of tennis photography, and Dr. Robert Johnson, who helped launch the careers of Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African-American tennis champions.