Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self
This New York Times hardcover bestseller is a remarkable journey through fame, tragedy, self-discovery, and triumph
Getting a Grip chronicles Monica Seles's early success on the tennis circuit where, at age sixteen, she became the youngest winner in French Open history. For three years she dominated the tour, seemingly unstoppable, until a deranged Steffi Graf fan plunged a knife into her back during a match in Hamburg and turned her life upside down. Her injuries healed but the emotional trauma was deep. She spent more than two years in seclusion from the media and the tennis world, trying to fight off the fog of despair until she continued the battle against herself-grueling six-hour workouts were sabotaged by secretive late- night binges-and she was assaulted with criticism about her weight from her trainers and, most brutally, the press.
After an excruciating injury forced her to take time off from tennis in 2003, Seles embarked on her own journey. As she uncovered the painful emotional reasons that had been the trigger for her binge-eating, she finally found the peace and balance she had been searching for. Seles's determination, amazing talent, and touching vulnerability make her story truly inspiring.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - DeborahJade - LibraryThing
This was an insightful glimpse into the ups and downs of living in the sporting spotlight, as Monica Seles did. I was rather horrified to find out she had been stabbed at a tennis match and can understand her struggles in the subsequent years. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - olegalCA - LibraryThing
There really wasn't anything earth-shattering about the book but it was a good read. Now when I watch tennis, I shudder when a commentator says that a player needs to "up their fitness" because it's code for "fat" (at least according to Monica). Read full review
Chapter 3 Plenty The Land
Chapter 4Academy 101
Chapter 5Shes Not All That
Chapter 6Back toBasics Chapter 7 TheTraining Wheels of Professional Tennis Chapter 8 The BigTime Chapter 9 TheGrand Dame of Grand Slams Ch...
Chapter 16Keep Running
Chapter 17Happy? Chapter 18Baby Steps
Chapter 19A Resolution
APhoneCall Chapter 21 OnMy Own Chapter 22 Cest lavie Chapter 23 The Search Continues
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Chapter 26A GirlsBest Friend Chapter 27 The A Team Chapter 28 Roman Holiday Chapter 29 TheWolfs Mouth
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