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On This Day – 17 November: Pete Sampras wins his first of five ATP Tour World Championships in 1991

 

 

 

1869 – Englishman James Moore wins first bicycle race, racing 13 km from Paris to Rouen

1923 – New Zealand Test batter Bert Sutcliffe, who was born today, would be a banker for any all-time New Zealand XI. Along with Neil Harvey, Sutcliffe was the finest left-hander of his generation, and played 42 Tests between 1946-65

1956 – Birth of Cuban boxer Jorge Hernández, who won Olympic gold for light flyweight in 1976 in Montreal, Canada

Cuban boxer Jorge Hernández, who passed away in 2019

1986 – Birth of Australian World Cup-winning Captain Aaron Finch, who holds two of the top three T20I scores – 172, against Zimbabwe in 2018 and 156 against England in 2013, in an innings that included 14 sixes

1991 – In an all-American final, Pete Sampras wins his first of five Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Tour World Championship tennis titles with a 3-6, 7-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jim Courier in Frankfurt, Germany

Pete Sampras won his first of five ATP Tour World Championship titles, beating Jim Courier in 1991

2007 – It was not a surprise that Adam Gilchrist was the first to the mark, though it took more than 130 years of Test cricket for a batter to reach 100 career sixes. During his unbeaten 67 against Sri Lanka in the second Test in Hobart, Gilchrist hit Nos. 99 and 100 over midwicket off consecutive deliveries from Muttiah Muralitharan

2013 – German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won record eighth consecutive Formula-1 race with victory in United States Grand Prix

German Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel wins record eighth consecutive Formula-1 race at US Grand Prix in 2013

2019 – 21-year-old Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Dominic Thiem of Austria 6-7 (6-8), 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) in London to become the youngest winner of the ATP Finals in 18 years