- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollinsPublishers PTY Limited (July 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0732264596
- ISBN-13: 978-0732264598
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,600,817 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rocket to the Top Paperback – July, 2001
Top Customer Reviews
I highly recommend this book!
There is nothing in this book to criticize; it's just very simplistic reading. Pat is the epitome of an Australian man, a great athlete who credits his mates and his family for his strong bearing. Everyone knows Pat likes to toast a few and this book describes a few all-nighters after key wins.
Unfortunately, this book needed to be written sooner. The yearlong diary covers few highlights. He did make it to the semi-final of Wimbledon losing to Agassi and he did play in the Davis Cup match in Boston beating the Americans in an epic struggle with Todd Martin. But while the book starts after he won his second US Open, it ends with him losing in the first round of the US Open in 1999.
Probably the most interesting part of the book to me was the squabbles with Pete Sampras, my other favorite player. Pat starting beating Pete and I assumed Pete was struggling with this and was at fault for fallout by some of his comments. From reading this I suspect Pat was just at much at fault based on comments made at a press conference and the way he states his side of the relationship. Irrespective, they're both quality individuals and great players who went at it from different angles. It says a lot for their character that they talked on the phone to hash out any difference and can both walk away with respect for each other.
I don't mean to be disrespectful to Pat about this review. I miss his game.Read more ›