A Champions Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis by Pete SamprasPete 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.
Pete Sampras career statistics
D uring Sampras earned his record fourteenth Grand Slam title when he won the U. With eight titles at Wimbledon, five at the U. Open, and three at the Australian Open, only the clay courts of the French Open have persistently denied Sampras a Grand Slam championship. His unemotional but powerful game is built on a serve that crosses the net at up to miles per hour and is backed up by excellent ground strokes and precise serve-and-volley skills. Added to his physical abilities is his single-minded determination to win, which has made him one of the greatest players in the game.
Sampras during his career won seven Wimbledon singles championships —95, — , five U. Open titles , , —96, , and two Australian Open championships , , but a win at the French Open eluded him. His domination of professional tennis during the s placed him alongside his boyhood idol, Rod Laver , as one of the greatest players of all time. Sampras took up tennis after his family moved to southern California in He immediately showed a talent for the sport, and his parents enlisted Peter Fischer, a pediatrician and amateur tennis player, to coach their son.
Pete Sampras born August 12, is an American former professional tennis player. A right-handed player with a single-handed backhand, his precise and powerful serve earned him the nickname "Pistol Pete". His professional career began in and ended at the US Open , which he won, defeating rival Andre Agassi in the final. He won 64 singles titles in total. He first reached world No.