Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self

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Penguin, Apr 21, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 304 pages
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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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User 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

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I picked out the book out of curiosity. I was as close to being a fan of Seles as I could be during those years, considering my lack of interest in women's tennis. But when I learned on the news about ... Read full review

Contents

Dedication Acknowledgements Introduction
Chapter 1 Blasting Through the Comfort Zone
Chapter 2 Girls Dont Play Tennis
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...
Reaching the
Another
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
The Virtues of the Peanut
A Hagwith aFrying
Chapter 26A GirlsBest Friend Chapter 27 The A Team Chapter 28 Roman Holiday Chapter 29 TheWolfs Mouth

Ego Check
In the Zone
Derailed
Gladiator
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Monica Seles is a former number one world professional tennis player who became the youngest-ever champion at the French Open in 1990, and went on to win nine Grand Slam singles titles. Tennis magazine lists Seles as the thirteenth greatest tennis player of all time, male or female. In October 2007, she was appointed a goodwill ambassador/spokesperson for the UN’s Global Sports for Peace and Development program initiative. Despite her early elimination, Monica was a sentimental favorite on season six of Dancing with the Stars. She lives in Florida.

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