A Champion's Mind: Lessons from a Life in Tennis (Anglais) Broché – 26 mai 2009
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
—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."
From the Hardcover edition.
Présentation de l'éditeur
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 more 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.
From the Hardcover edition.
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On dévore les anecdotes de Sampras sur sa flamboyante carrière à vitesse grand V.
Le livre est facile à lire et à la fin on redemanderait encore !
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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.
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!
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.
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