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

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Overview

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 determination led to tennis domination, success didn’t come without a price.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely about the personal trials he faced—including ...

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Overview

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 determination led to tennis domination, success didn’t come without a price.

Here for the first time Pete speaks freely 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 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 Pete’s 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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594038849
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/10/2008
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet 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).

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1 1971-1986: The Tennis Kid 1

Chapter 2 1986-1990: A Fairy Tale in New York 29

Chapter 3 1990-1991: That Ton of Bricks 49

Chapter 4 1992: My Conversation with Commitment 71

Chapter 5 1993-1994: Grace Under Fire 91

Chapter 6 1994-1995: The Floodgates of Glory 119

Chapter 7 1996: My Warrior Moment 155

Chapter 8 1997-1998: Wimbledon Is Forever 185

Chapter 9 1999-2001: Catching Roy 213

Chapter 10 2001-2002: One for Good Measure 245

Epilogue 271

Appendix: About My Rivals 277

Acknowledgments 293

Index 295

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