Pete Sampras is arguably the greatest player tennis has ever seen. A man whose hard-nosed work ethic led to an unprecedented No. 1 world ranking for 286 consecutive weeks, and whose prodigious talent made possible an as yet unbroken 14 Grand Slam record. Yet while more vocal rivals often grabbed the headlines, Pete gave everything on the court, revealing little outside it.Now, in "A Champion's Mind", this very private champion, who so often recoiled from letting the world 'inside his head', finally opens up.Here, for the first time, Pete speaks candidly about the personal trials he faced - the tears shed at the Australian Open after coach Tim Gullikson mysteriously collapsed, later to be diagnosed with terminal cancer; the single-minded determination crucial to survival in the topflight; and the pressure of competing under the unblinking gaze of a media machine hungry for more than mere athletic prowess.He describes the titanic matches fought, the personalities and the rivalries - a deva stating early loss to Stefan Edberg, and his consequent monastic commitment to the game; Davis Cup doubles with a fiery John McEnroe; a gruelling, four-hour US Open quarterfinal against Alex Corretja, ending with a tie-break and Pete on a drip; and of course Andre Agassi, arch-rival and friend, the player Pete faced at his first Grand Slam final and his last, 12 years later. Frank, insightful and passionate "A Champion's Mind" is a unique and intimate account of what it takes to win.Pete Sampras is the most successful tennis player of the open era, with a record 14 Grand Slam (including 7 Wimbledon) titles. Following the nail-biting 2008 Wimbledon final, and British No. 1 Andy Murray's first Grand Slam final at the US Open, British interest in the sport is at an all-time high. Tennis fans are highly selective book buyers - they like to read about champions - but "John McEnroe" (9780751534214), "Boris Becker" (9780593053447) and "Ilie Nastase" (9780007181414) prove there's a market. It is published in anticipation of arch-rival Andre Agassi's autobiography in June 2009. Interest in Pete's career will grow as Roger Federer threatens to break his Grand Slam record in 2009.