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

Pete Sampras

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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 consecutive 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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Bodo, Mark Deakins

Length:

5h 21m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

04:33


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

05:03


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:42


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:29


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:57


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:28


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:10


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:38


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

05:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:08


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:09


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:06


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:06


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:12


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:37


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:46


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:17


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:25


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:08


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:56


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:34


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:17


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:35


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

05:07


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:18


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:13


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:05


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

05:01


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:38


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:47


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:41


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:54


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

05:07


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:20


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:46


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:02


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:56


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:05


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

04:44


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

04:34


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:33


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:49


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:41


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:41


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:28


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:25


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:15


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:31


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:59


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:57


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:03


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:21


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:33


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:20


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:39


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:56


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:43


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:27


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:38


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

00:33