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A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis

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Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest tennis player ever, a man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented number one world ranking for 286 weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible a record-setting fourteen Grand Slam titles. While his more vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, Pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking.

Until now.

In A Champion’s Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people “inside his head” finally opens up. An athletic prodigy, Pete resolved from his earliest playing days never to let anything get in the way of his love for the game. But while this single-minded determination led to tennis domination, success didn’t come without a price. The constant pressure of competing on the world’s biggest stage—in the unblinking eye of a media machine hungry for more than mere athletic greatness—took its toll.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about what it was like to possess what he calls “the Gift.” He writes about the personal trials he faced—including the death of a longtime coach and confidant—and the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the book’s most riveting scenes are an early devastating loss to Stefan Edberg that led Pete to make a monastic commitment to delivering on his natural talent; a grueling, four-hour-plus match against Alex Corretja during which Pete became seriously ill; fierce on-court battles with rival and friend Andre Agassi; and the triumphant last match of Pete’s career at the finals of the 2002 U.S. Open.

In A Champion’s Mind, one of the most revered, successful, and intensely private players in the history of tennis offers an intimate look at the life of an elite athlete.

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Synopsis:

In A Champions Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people “inside his head” finally opens up. An athletic prodigy, Pete resolved from his earliest playing days never to let anything get in the way of his love for the game. But while this determination led to tennis domination, success didnt come without a price.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about the personal trials he facedincluding the death of a longtime coach and confidantand the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the books most riveting scenes are the devastating early loss that led Pete to make a monastic commitment to the game; fierce on-court battles with Andre Agassi; and the triumphant last match of Petes career at the finals of the 2002 U.S. Open.

"A thoroughly compelling read that really probes the hard drive of a champion...All the emotion and insight that Sampras seemes reluctant to express during his playing days come spilling forth." Jon Wertheim, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

About the Author

PETE SAMPRAS holds the distinction of being the youngest male player to win the U.S. Open. During his career he won sixty-four top-level singles titles (including fourteen Grand Slams, eleven ATP Masters Series titles, and five Tennis Masters Cup titles).

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307383303
Author:
Sampras, Pete
Publisher:
Three Rivers Press (CA)
With:
Bodo, Peter
Author:
ampras
Author:
Bodo, Peter
Author:
Pete S
Author:
Pete Sampras with Peter Bodo
Subject:
Tennis
Subject:
Sports Psychology
Subject:
Sports - General
Subject:
Tennis players -- United States.
Subject:
Sampras, Pete
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Tennis
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 8-PAGE 4-COLOR PHOTO INSERT
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.02x5.36x.69 in. .58 lbs.

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Product details 320 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307383303 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In A Champions Mind, the tennis great who so often exhibited visible discomfort with letting people “inside his head” finally opens up. An athletic prodigy, Pete resolved from his earliest playing days never to let anything get in the way of his love for the game. But while this determination led to tennis domination, success didnt come without a price.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about the personal trials he facedincluding the death of a longtime coach and confidantand the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the books most riveting scenes are the devastating early loss that led Pete to make a monastic commitment to the game; fierce on-court battles with Andre Agassi; and the triumphant last match of Petes career at the finals of the 2002 U.S. Open.

"A thoroughly compelling read that really probes the hard drive of a champion...All the emotion and insight that Sampras seemes reluctant to express during his playing days come spilling forth." Jon Wertheim, senior writer, Sports Illustrated

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