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Sampras: A Legend in the Works Hardcover – November, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Bonus Books; 1 edition (November 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566250625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566250627
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,079,589 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

After the interregnum of spoiled bratism led by Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe and kept alive by their admirers, Californian Pete Sampras has restored sportsmanship and style to international tennis. As he puts it: "that's the way tennis should be played--with class." And while Sampras's polite, low-key manner has won him few friends in the media, many of whom would seem to prefer temper tantrums, he has accumulated an outstanding record: at 25, he has won seven grand-slam singles titles, placing him ninth on the all-time winners list. He recently won his fourth U.S. Open championship. But Tampa Tribune tennis writer Branham is somewhat stymied by the fact that Sampras is so young. His whole life has been devoted to the game from age nine, his parents are even more private than he and the major emotional trauma of his life was the death of his coach and friend, Tim Gullikson, earlier this year. Sampras has simply not been around long enough to provide fodder for a rich biography. Furthermore, he has not lived the typical American-celebrity lifestyle, and it shows here. One is left with the impression that the book is premature. Still, Branham's knowledge of tennis and of Sampras's career will appeal to court aficionados. Photos not seen by PW. 75,000 first printing; first serial to Tampa Tribune; author tour.

Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on June 15, 2001
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Branham does a great job showing the excellence of Pete's game and personality. Enough of this stuff that he doesn't have what it takes. The contrast between him and others who have the glitter show who has the endurance at the top.
Sampras is too full of character to withstand the beratement he receives from a press-gone-crazy world who rather likes flash and glitter and controversy and rebellious character. Pete is solid, off both sides of the groundies and of course the serve and volley.
What an outstanding young person whom other hopeful racket swinging youth can emulate --- the guy isn't about show but go. Especially his love of the Rocket and the inheritance those guys gave and their sacrifice is neat. I grew up with the Chuck McKinley/Dennis Ralston era.
The book traces his record in the Majors, with the underlying background to the big matches and Pete's life. Influenced greatly by his first coach, a pediatrician. Later, with one whom he truly bonded was taken suddenly. What endurance and character.
This guy deserves his high spot in tennis annals. Great read. Thanks Branham.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 28, 1998
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Very easy to understand, even for a newbie to Tennis like me! It's really emotional. That's the problem with reading it in study hall. I'd start cracking up in the midst of total silence, or crying. I always know when I've got a good book by how much it moves me. This book is one of the best I've ever read. Pete Sampras rules, and so does this book!!! -Sunny
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
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Excellant Reading, very hard to put down. Emotions run high in this book. Upsetting and funny.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 20, 1999
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this is badri from india(badri_becker@yahoo.com). buy this book and most importantly use it as a metaphor for your life and for tennis professionals.bravo! my cordial salutations to the author . he has done a great job.
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