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.
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.
"From the Hardcover edition."
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