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A Champions Mind;Lessons from A Life in Tennis Hardcover – 3 Jun 2008

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  • Hardcover: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Style; 1 edition (3 Jun. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307383296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307383297
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 855,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Consider this book Sampras’ 15th Grand Slam. A thoroughly compelling read that–apart from retracing a gilded sport career–really probes the ‘hard drive’ of a champion. It’s as if all the emotion and insight that Sampras sometimes seemed reluctant to express during his playing days comes spilling forth.”
—Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer, "Sports Illustrated" and SI.com
"As the title says, this is a remarkable look into a champion's mind, and maybe one of the best tennis memoirs ever. Pete captures the pressure a player feels once he's reached the top. He puts us next to him on the court, and we get a clear sense of what made him extraordinary: he was supremely determined, dedicated to learning the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents, and committed to never" ever" yielding a point easily. Pete wrote this book the way he plays tennis: full-out."
—Rod Laver
“Even playing at a high level, it’s

"Consider this book Sampras' 15th Grand Slam. A thoroughly compelling read that-apart from retracing a gilded sport career-really probes the 'hard drive' of a champion. It's as if all the emotion and insight that Sampras sometimes seemed reluctant to express during his playing days comes spilling forth."
--Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer, "Sports Illustrated" and SI.com
"As the title says, this is a remarkable look into a champion's mind, and maybe one of the best tennis memoirs ever. Pete captures the pressure a player feels once he's reached the top. He puts us next to him on the court, and we get a clear sense of what made him extraordinary: he was supremely determined, dedicated to learning the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents, and committed to never" ever" yielding a point easily. Pete wrote this book the way he plays tennis: full-out."
--Rod Laver
"Even playing at a high level, it's hard to know what the experience of winning-and trying to stay on top-is like for another competitor. We all react so differently to pressure, to the glow of the spotlight. It is brutally hard to stay grounded, and yet this wonderfully candid book shows that it was Pete's rare ability to compartmentalize and draw strength from his family that allowed him to reach the sport's pinnacle. Whether championships are in your past or just live in your dreams, you'll learn a lot from Pete's story."
--Monica Seles
"Pete Sampras was always able to rise to the occasion, winning so many big matches at the biggest events. This book provides the reader a glimpse into Pete's remarkable career and how he was able attain his vision of being the best player in the world. We can all benefit from the insight he offers."
--Roger Federer

"From the Hardcover edition."

Consider this book Sampras 15th Grand Slam. A thoroughly compelling read that apart from retracing a gilded sport career really probes the hard drive of a champion. It s as if all the emotion and insight that Sampras sometimes seemed reluctant to express during his playing days comes spilling forth.
Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer, "Sports Illustrated" and SI.com
"As the title says, this is a remarkable look into a champion's mind, and maybe one of the best tennis memoirs ever. Pete captures the pressure a player feels once he's reached the top. He puts us next to him on the court, and we get a clear sense of what made him extraordinary: he was supremely determined, dedicated to learning the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents, and committed to never" ever" yielding a point easily. Pete wrote this book the way he plays tennis: full-out."
Rod Laver
Even playing at a high level, it s hard to know what the experience of winning and trying to stay on top is like for another competitor. We all react so differently to pressure, to the glow of the spotlight. It is brutally hard to stay grounded, and yet this wonderfully candid book shows that it was Pete s rare ability to compartmentalize and draw strength from his family that allowed him to reach the sport s pinnacle. Whether championships are in your past or just live in your dreams, you ll learn a lot from Pete s story.
Monica Seles
"Pete Sampras was always able to rise to the occasion, winning so many big matches at the biggest events. This book provides the reader a glimpse into Pete's remarkable career and how he was able attain his vision of being the best player in the world. We can all benefit from the insight he offers."
Roger Federer

"From the Hardcover edition."" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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). --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By Uenna TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Jan. 2013
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Arguably one of the greatest all time greats, Pete Sampras graced our tennis courts and inspired many of us with his tennis and composure,re-defining the word champion in his quest to break Roy Emerson's record. Who can forget his tenacity and one legged feat in winning his 7th Wimbledon crown and 13th Grand slam, when with bandaged and taped ankle he played the whole tournament, culminating in the four set final completed at dusk against Pat Rafter. Nor can we forget his defiance of dehydration and on court sickness to defeat Alex Corretga in the quarter-finals of the US open in 1996 and then went on to win the US open that year, his only slam of the year. A year that was fraught with bad news at the Australian open when his coach and friend Tim Gullickson was diagnosed with brain cancer, with tears in his eyes he went on to defeat Jim Courier in a tough semi-final, howbeit ran out of gas against Agassi in the final. A match that redefined how people saw Sampras, hitherto considered an unemotional human tennis machine, his crying on court and tears for his beloved coach somewhat changed that. In this book we experience all the above from his own perspective which is very enlightening.

Often branded as boring, in this biography Pete is anything but boring. He is hilarious, smart and warm hearted with an incredible sense of humour. We get to read and see his career and his life from his own perspective. The first thing that struck me was that he has a great sense of humour and must have been very disciplined and professional not to have shown it on court. His composure and attitude to let his racket do the talking was worthy of emulation. He is a great story teller and the book is very enjoyable to read.
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what a book, intresting to read how arguably the best tennis player ever became what he is, from the highs which are winning winning at Wimbledon to the lows when his coached died while he was playing at the Australian open in 1996 in which Pete explains them so well, if your intrested in tennis it's a must buy!!
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Pete Sampras is arguably one of the greatest tennis players of all time. In this book he reveals his highs and lows and the people behind the scenes, and also a few words on all his main career rivals - Becker/Stich/Krajicek/Lendl/Ivanisevic/Edberg/ and of course, the showman of them all, a certain Andre Agassi. Great book.
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