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

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9780307383303
Author(s): Pete Sampras
Format: Paperback
Year: 2009
Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)
Dimensions: 136 x 204 x 18 (w x l x h)
Pages: 306

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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.
Until now.
In "A Champions 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 didnt come without a price. The constant pressure of competing on the worlds biggest stagein the unblinking eye of a media machine hungry for more than mere athletic greatnesstook 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 facedincluding the death of a longtime coach and confidantand the struggles he gutted his way through while being seemingly on top of the world. Among the books most riveting scenes are an early devastating loss to Stefan Edberg that led Pete to make
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