Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Other Sellers on Amazon
A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis Hardcover – June 10, 2008
|New from||Used from|
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
“Consider this book Sampras’ 15th Grand Slam. A thoroughly compelling read that–apart from retracing a gilded sport career–really probes the ‘hard drive’ of a champion. It’s as if all the emotion and insight that Sampras sometimes seemed reluctant to express during his playing days comes spilling forth.”
—Jon Wertheim, Senior Writer, Sports Illustrated and SI.com
"As the title says, this is a remarkable look into a champion's mind, and maybe one of the best tennis memoirs ever. Pete captures the pressure a player feels once he's reached the top. He puts us next to him on the court, and we get a clear sense of what made him extraordinary: he was supremely determined, dedicated to learning the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents, and committed to never ever yielding a point easily. Pete wrote this book the way he plays tennis: full-out."
“Even playing at a high level, it’s hard to know what the experience of winning–and trying to stay on top–is like for another competitor. We all react so differently to pressure, to the glow of the spotlight. It is brutally hard to stay grounded, and yet this wonderfully candid book shows that it was Pete’s rare ability to compartmentalize and draw strength from his family that allowed him to reach the sport’s pinnacle. Whether championships are in your past or just live in your dreams, you’ll learn a lot from Pete’s story.”
"Pete Sampras was always able to rise to the occasion, winning so many big matches at the biggest events. This book provides the reader a glimpse into Pete's remarkable career and how he was able attain his vision of being the best player in the world. We can all benefit from the insight he offers."
About the Author
PETE SAMPRAS holds the distinction of being the youngest male player (at age nineteen) to win the U.S. Open. During his career he won sixty-four top-level singles titles (including fourteen Grand Slams, eleven ATP Masters Series titles, and five Tennis Masters Cup titles) as well as two doubles titles. Currently he makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, Bridgette, and their sons, Christian and Ryan.
PETER BODO is a senior editor and chief columnist at Tennis magazine.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Read a few reviews where readers felt deprived of other facets of Sampras' life and personality -- but if one delves a little deeper and reads carefully (sometimes between the lines) - this accounts speaks volumes about the person Sampras is, what makes a true Champion, and self awareness/realization at various stages of growing up.
This definitely lived up to its promise. Looking forward to watching some old recordings now!
Pete Sampras was best known to the public for his calm demeanor, on and off the court. In his book “A Champion’s Mind,” he explains how his strong mental game was really what separated him from the pack. For example, Sampras explains his first Grand Slam victory at the 1990 U.S. Open. He was BY FAR the underdog, but he his uncanny ability to play under pressure propelled him to victory. According to Sampras, “You have to stay calm and have complete faith in your abilities. It takes a strong mind.” Sampras goes on to explain how this ability came to him naturally, and he considers it his greatest gift. In addition to his own abilities, Sampras talks a lot about his competitors. Now, Sampras played when American tennis was at its peak, so many of his fiercest rivals were fellow countrymen. Specifically, he talks about Jim Courier, Michael Chang, and, of course, Andre Agassi. According to Sampras, these men pushed him to work his absolute hardest, and without them he never would have reached his true potential.
If I were to rate this book on a scale of 1 to 5, I would give it 4 stars. For a tennis fanatic like myself, it is the perfect book. The book takes the reader into the locker room, as it gives one a feel for how tennis stars treated one another. But for someone that is not really into tennis you will hate this book. It is almost impossible to understand without a tennis background, and the book can often get dry with pure tennis facts. In summary, the book is just like Sampras. Slightly boring, but it more than gets the job done.
But what this book does perfectly is a general perspective of Pete's influences, how he developed and also how hurt he was by some of what the press said. How would you like to turn the TV on and listen to an announcer call your wife the Yoko Ono of tennis?
What comes through loud and clear is this is a class, quiet guy with a passion and ability for tennis. And that was enough for him. Unfortunately, it was not enough for Connors and McEnroe who at different times felt they needed to take shots at him.
Now, I must admit I am a big Pete Sampras fan so maybe the bar is lower for me. But reading the flow of his development and career, his great parental influence, and the setting of his career makes this a worthwhile book if you have any interest in tennis at all. I strongly recommend this book for tennis fans.
should like this book. It is well written and tells so much about Pete's personal life which he kept hidden throughout most of
his professional years. The only tedious part is telling in minute detail about so many of his tennis matches. Of course, that's
what his life was about and it must be told to bring his life to the front. I'm eager to finish the book and see how he closes out
his wonderful years of experience at the top of the tennis world.
If so, you will read it in the blink of an eye, because this is such an entertaining biography about one of the greatest players of all time. Don't get high expectations: it's all about Pete's tennis life. You'll get only glimpses of his feelings outside a tennis court. And tha't's right for me, I don't care about gossip and Pete makes it clear in the introduction that this is not a "score-settling" book.
Very good, almost obligatory reading if you enjoy tennis.