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

Pete Sampras

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 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.

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 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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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 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Peter Bodo, Mark Deakins

Length:

8h 59m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:46


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

06:27


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:13


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:24


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:52


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:17


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:27


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:23


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

05:02


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:45


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:42


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:21


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

06:22


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:51


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:41


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

01:49


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:53


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

06:34


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

06:43


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:08


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:27


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

05:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:46


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:49


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:23


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:44


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

05:27


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:55


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:21


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:40


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

06:10


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:26


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:09


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

05:07


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:16


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

05:20


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:22


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:38


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:51


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:30


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:04


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:57


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:44


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:08


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:40


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:45


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:42


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:22


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:04


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

04:43


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:52


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:26


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:56


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:40


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:31


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:36


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:15


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:22


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:11


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:16


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

05:57


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

05:52


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:14


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:38


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:52


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

05:40


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:09


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:28


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

03:30


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

06:09


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

06:12


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:31


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

06:05


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:07


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:17


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

02:04


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:01


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

06:15


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:59


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:07


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:24


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:38


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:49


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:49


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:51


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

04:57


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

05:05


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

06:24


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

06:37


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

05:24


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

03:07


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

04:06


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

05:06


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

00:30