The Newport Beach Breakers are bringing back one of the best players in tennis history this July.
The Breakers selected 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras with the first overall pick in the World Team Tennis Marquee Player Draft on Tuesday.
Sampras, 39, retired from the Assn. of Tennis Professionals Tour in 2003. He previously played for the Breakers in 2006 and 2007.
Sampras, the former world No. 1 who held the men's record for most Grand Slam singles titles before being surpassed by Roger Federer in 2009, still holds the record of being ranked at No. 1 for a total of 286 weeks.
He will play one home match for the Breakers this summer. World Team Tennis also announced Tuesday that Sam Querrey and the current world No. 1 doubles team of Mike and Bob Bryan will make marquee player visits to Newport Beach.