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

A Champion s Mind Lessons from a Life in Tennis 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 weeks and whose prodigious talent made possible a

  • Title: A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis
  • Author: Pete Sampras Peter Bodo
  • ISBN: 9780307383297
  • Page: 155
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 vocal rivals sometimes grabbed the headlines, Pete always preferred to let his racket do the talking Until now In APete 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 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 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.

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    1. I just finish the autobiography of Pete Sampras and have mixed feelings about it. During the time at which he competed with Agassi and there was the rivalry among them I always tended to side with Sampras. I liked better Sampras´s personality, the quintessential gentleman, a class act. With time Sampras retired, Agassi married Steffi Graff, got rid of its irreverent wardrobe, shaved his colorful hair, in other words, he matured, and my respect grew for him not only for the athlete but for the h [...]

    2. After reading Andre Agassi's autobiography, I felt the need to looking into the autobiography for his long-time rival Pete Sampras. While I enjoyed the book, I was a little disappointed by the fact that the book really is an overview of his professional life.With all fairness to Sampras, the subtitle (Lessons from a Life in Tennis) should have made it clear that he was going to be focusing mostly on his time on the courts. I just would have liked to know more about him as a person and those arou [...]

    3. Rating: 5 of 5 stars (Outstanding)Review:Pete Sampras retired from tennis holding the record for most career Grand Slam victories and his journey to setting that record is chronicled here in his autobiography that covers his tennis career. I added that last phrase to the sentence because unlike most biographies or autobiographies on athletes, this book focuses solely on his tennis career. There are stories about his childhood, but they are about the development of his game during his youth when [...]

    4. After reading Open by Agassi just before I started this one, I felt this book was a little lackluster. I did get what I needed to hear from Sampras in terms of the On court tennis game and drama around it, but I never got enough details on Sampras's personal life which would have given me an insight into his "Champion Mind". I would've really liked to have read a bit more about his struggling period towards the end as well but those chapters were fairly short also. Overall I just wanted to know [...]

    5. This was a good book because it gave a different perspective to Andre Agassi's story (the book that I read before this) as they are great rivals. The book mostly highlighted his major achievements and also behind the scenes of how he reached greatness, if you are a sports fan I would definitely recommend this book.

    6. I loved this book thoroughly. As the title says "A Champions mind", it revolved around the mindset of a champion. This is a very openly written book about various scenarios and match pressures that come along with being the top athlete of the sport for so long. Loved the way Sampras talked about his rivals and the strategies that he employed during his illustrious carrier. Though this book will be best understood with a little of bit tennis background(Watching would do), but one can clearly rela [...]

    7. The greatest competitors in the computer industry were Bill Gates and Steve Jobs.The greatest competitors in the Action movies genre were Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone.And the greatest competitors in the Tennis World…among the many, were Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi.No other rivalry matched the intensity these two had.When I was young, I remember watching the matches of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi on TV, even though I was brought up in a conservative middle class Indian house [...]

    8. Not as good as Agassis Open, but stil worth a read, especially as a sort of counter tale to the other. These two men pushed each other to the limit, with Sampras most often coming out on top. I rooted for the other guy, but Sampras is likable enough, a thorough professional, and an honest player. In the meaning he didn't play mind games, not like Connors or McEnroe, great players but terrible sportsmen. One with a gigantic chip on his shoulder, the other a primadonna throwing tantrums, well both [...]

    9. If I ever had a hero growing up it was Pete Sampras. Over the last 10 years I have occasionally followed his progress off-the-mainstage and a couple of times considered making a trek to one of the exhibition matches he was playing. I got to this book only 8 years after it was published - and it brought back wonderful, wonderful, wonderful memories - of a humble personality who let his skill do the talking, was not afraid to share/show his emotions at appropriate moments, gave due recognition whe [...]

    10. An excellent piece of writing with many twists and turns, "The Mind of a Champion" by Pete Sampras and Peter Bodo highlights the legendary career of all-time tennis great Pete Sampras. Born in the U.S, Pete showed his many talents were present from a young age. Winning multiple titles as a junior, Pete rose to the top quickly and was in the top ten in the world in only a matter or years. Along side the likes of Mcenroe, Lendl, Chang, Agassi, Borg, and Courier, Pete's success on and off the court [...]

    11. Oh, Pete Sampras. You are just not that interesting, but you do make me think about the psyche that goes into making a champion. Champion athletes must be very level and consistent and focused. You tell us that you don't like to "make too much of things," which means you don't like to think/overthink too much, which again is what athletes have to do to perform. The problem is, this mindset/tendency does not exactly make for a reflective person or a great memoir. But I do admire you for your cons [...]

    12. The people who consider Sampras (and his book) boring, may not realize that achieving excellence often requires cutting out distractions and doing focused work for months and years. It also requires great discipline and self-control. Pete Sampras is a prime example of that. He admits himself that he never wanted to be a showman and entertainer - he just wanted to play tennis as best as he could. The same applies to this book. It is probably not the most entertaining book, but if you are interest [...]

    13. i am biased(anyone who has a sports role models to look upto is) because i loved sampras's game and his oncourt demeanor. thus the rating. the book is a natural extension of how he was on court.

    14. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. This is the second tennis autobiography I’ve read—the first being John McEnroe’s. This one in particular impacted me because reading it was like a trip down memory lane. The early years of Pete’s tennis career coincided with the years when I first started playing and watching tennis (the majority of his career spanned the years of my life between ages 15 and 27). I was a big fan of Pete’s and admired his immense talent, but he wasn’t my favorite player [...]

    15. I'm obsessed with studying the mindsets of what Malcolm Gladwell calls 'Outliers'. What makes them different from the mass of also-rans? What was their work ethic like? What kind of sacrifices they made? And 'Pete Sampras: A Champion's Mind' is a masterpiece. This is the best sport autobiography I read since Steve Waugh's 'Out of My Comfort Zone'. And just like with Waugh's baggy monster, I'm tempted to read and reread Sampras's book as a self-help guide. But don't let my use of the term 'self-h [...]

    16. Book: A Champion’s MindAuthor: Pete Sampras and Peter BodoPublishers: Crown ArchetypePages: 306Published on: 10th June 2008ISBN: 9780307383297Genre: Non-Fiction, AutobiographyThe Agenda: Curiosity list, Biography.Review words count: 556A Champion’s Mind by Pete Sampras and Peter BodoAnkit GindoriaWhy I am reading Pete Sampras auto biography “A Champion’s Mind”? It was tinkering me for a while as I started reading the book. I have never seen Pete Sampras playing nor I am fan of his lega [...]

    17. In the intro to Pete's book, "he" writes for the first of what seems like 250 times that he was accused of being boring before/during/after his illustrious tennis career. And that this book is his attempt at showing his fans and extended family the real Pete Sampras. Well, I love you, Pete, but you just confirmed with me and everyone else that you are indeed very boring.And that's really okay. While Pete does not have a fascinating or dramatic (or even particularly interesting) social/family lif [...]

    18. This is an outstanding piece of work that bestows us with a glimpse of one of the most phenomenal tennis players of all time. Pete Sampras was one of my role models growing up and he still is to this very day even after years of retirement. In his breathtaking autobiography, he candidly reveals all his trials and tribulations that acted as various stepping stones to lead him to all his glory and success. He made a lot of difficult sacrifices to succeed in his career with his hard-nosed work ethi [...]

    19. Pete Sampras - A legend with a hangdog expression calmly decimating his foes on the court with utter disdain. What is it that lies behind this poker faced demeanor and the unblinking exterior that put paid hopes to the plotting of an Agassi, the passion of a Becker and the penchant of a Safin?In this riveting autobiography, Pete Sampras with the able assistance of Peter Bodo bares it all. What he has to say jolts the reader out of his reverie! Pete Sampras is a bundle of raw emotions, as vulnera [...]

    20. Having read Agassi's book within the last year, this book paled a little bit in comparison. I'm a tennis fan, so I enjoyed hearing about the purely tennis thoughts from Sampras, but just as he was criticized for during his tennis career, this book lacked emotion. I read it because I thought that he might reveal a little bit more about the emotions that he surely must have felt during his years as a champion. But he didn't. There is an attempt to justify his lack of emotion as a player, and it ma [...]

    21. I have never been a big Pete Sampras fan, and really only read A Champion's Mind because a pro told me that it was interesting in comparison to Open, Andre Agassi's recent autobiography. I was hugely surprised to find the book was a very interesting read and that Sampras is a much nicer guy than I expected (in fact, Pete reminded me a lot of my son, which helped me relate to him right away). It was interesting to read about the 1990s era of tennis (and Andre Agassi) from another perspective, but [...]

    22. What ends up hurting Pete's book for me is the fact that I read Agassi's "Open" first. For me, Open is what every sports biography should aspire to be. Granted, not every athlete has skeletons in the closet like Agassi had, but the book left no stone unturned in telling the story of Agassi's upbringing and career. Upon finishing it, I felt like I had a good grasp on Agassi's story even though I was too young to remember much of his career. Sampras' book reads like a more traditional sports biogr [...]

    23. Recently, I completed an autobiography about John McEnroe and thought it was one of the best books I have read. With this thought, I moved on to finding another great autobiography of another tennis legend. I found the book, A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis by Pete Sampras, to be another terrific autobiography. Sampras, arguably considered to be the greatest tennis player, reveals his true colors in this book. On the court and publicly, Pete never revealed any emotions; none at a [...]

    24. The first thing that strikes you about Pete Sampras is his sincerity. The same can be extended to his autobiography. Without any frills, Sampras speaks his mind about tennis. Call it his single minded determination, his life was (is) consumed with tennis and there was (is) very little besides tennis. You keep looking for different dimension to this personality. Perhaps, there aren't many. He does present some very important moments in his tennis life quite elaborately and his technical assessmen [...]

    25. This book is a very good read if you like the game of tennis or just a professional's view on the game. I have read the Agassi book and it is cool to compared how they talk about the other and the ways they effect both of their careers. This gives a great description of the pressure and dedication to be the best player in the world. Pete describes winning his first grand slam in 1990 at the U.S. open at the age of 18. He really opened my eyes to things I do on the court that he had the same prob [...]

    26. This book is just what I should have expected but didn't. For a brief time, I thought I might actually learn about Pete the man. The book does give a much more thorough look at Pete's career in tennis and the overall field during the Open Era. Despite that insider's view of men's professional tennis, there is still this nagging feeling that although I've read a book by and about my favorite tennis player of all time, I know very little more about the man than I did before reading the book. Is th [...]

    27. I didn’t pick this book up because I am a tennis fan of any measure, I picked it up because a few months ago I read “Open” by Andre Agassi and it was one of the best memoirs I ever read. In fact, it was deemed one of the best sports memoirs ever written.Sadly, there is no comparison to Agassi’s book. “A Champions Mind” reads like a rote recollection of Sampras tennis matches over the span of his great career.There is absolutely no insight to who this man is, what makes him tick, and [...]

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