Pete Samrpas

An Early Look At Pete Sampras Upcoming Book

Written by TennisGrandStand Staff

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Pete Sampras Book CoverHere’s an early look at A Champion’s Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis – the new book written by Pete Sampras (with Peter Bodo) due out on June 10 (Crown, $24.95). This book continues a nice recent run of tennis books in the market – with last year’s title’s Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life by James Blake and The Roger Federer Story: Quest for Perfection by Rene Stauffer. The Bud Collins History of Tennis: An Authoritative Encyclopedia and Record Book is also due out later this Spring. There are some excellent quotes already to go with the book. Here are a few…

“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

“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.”
-Rod Laver

“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.”
-Monica Seles

“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.”
-Roger Federer