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. I normally don't like reading biographies but could not resist this as I have been a supporter of his throughout his carer. His life story is engaging and richly rewarding. It is good to hear his thoughts and delve into his mind set and experience his career from his perspective. I like this book and would gladly recommend it as an enjoyable read.
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.
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!!
As an avid tennis player I very much enjoyed reading this book. Very well written, with plenty of details and personal observations about the world of tennis. It gives you real insight about the `mind of a champion`. Highly recommended.
I've been a fan of Pete ever since watching him serve aces through tears for his coach against Jim Courier all those years ago, so I had to buy this. The book documents his journey through the world of tennis and reading it for me was like re-living that journey that I had previously experienced from the outside, but this time with his personal reflection.
He adds detail and side-stories to the more well known matches he's won (and lost!), as well as things that affected his life in general. The almost obsessive quest for constant No. 1 status, the journey to the 14 slam wins are all compulsive reading if you've ever been a fan.
One story for me was particularly inspirational - the chapter about his "warrior moment" in 1996. I'll not spoil that one here - it's far better told from the man himself.
I think someone else has already said that this book is his 15th grand slam and I think that's an excellent way to sum up the review.