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Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match

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Before there was John McEnroe and llie Nastase, the original "Bad Boy" of tennis was Cliff Richey. His career was highlighted by a 1970 season where he led the United States to the Davis Cup title, finished as the first-ever Grand Prix world points champion and won one of the most exciting matches in American tennis history that clinched the year-end No. 1 U.S. ranking. However, the tantrums and boorish behavior simply served as a mask for his internal struggle with clinical depression. During his darkest days, ...

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Overview

Before there was John McEnroe and llie Nastase, the original "Bad Boy" of tennis was Cliff Richey. His career was highlighted by a 1970 season where he led the United States to the Davis Cup title, finished as the first-ever Grand Prix world points champion and won one of the most exciting matches in American tennis history that clinched the year-end No. 1 U.S. ranking. However, the tantrums and boorish behavior simply served as a mask for his internal struggle with clinical depression. During his darkest days, Richey would place black trash bags over the windows of his house, stay in bed all day and cry. With the same determination that earned him the nickname "The Bull," Richey fought against his depression-the-toughest opponent of his life. Through 10 years of recovery, with the aid of antidepressant medication, he began to feel well for the first time. The fight is not over, he says, but he encourages those suffering from depression: never give up. Acing Depression: A Tennis Champion's Toughest Match lends a personal face to an epidemic disease that afflicts one in 20 Americans. Penned with passion and candor, this memoir is a deeply human story of nightmare and redemption.

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Editorial Reviews

Long Island Tennis Magazine
A compelling portrait . . . a testament to one man's struggle against mental illness.
Psychology Today
An inspiring story of how a man can still make meaning out of even the most savage and unrelenting depression . . . an entertaining yet serious read.
San Angelo Standard Times
Enlightening, highly entertaining, extremely informative, humorous, oftentimes melancholy and downright gross at times.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780942257663
  • Publisher: New Chapter Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Pages: 300
  • Sales rank: 740,079
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Cliff Richey was ranked the number-one professional tennis player in the United States in 1970, the most valuable player of the victorious 1970 U.S. Davis Cup team, and has won 45 tournament titles over the span of a 26-year career. He currently plays on the celebrity golf tour and organizes charity tournaments to raise mental health awareness. He lives in San Angelo, Texas. Hilaire Richey Kallendorf, PhD, is an associate professor of Hispanic studies at Texas A&M University and the author of Conscience on Stage and Exorcism and Its Texts. She lives in College Station, Texas. Jimmy Connors is regarded as one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. He won five U.S. Open singles titles and stands alone as the only player to win the U.S. title on three different surfaces (grass, clay, and hard court). He was No. 1 in the world for 263 weeks.

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Table of Contents

Foreword i

From the Authors: Set Up, Break Down v

1 Sudden Death Victory 1

2 Night Terrors 5

3 West Texas Roots 13

4 Richey, Inc. 24

5 High School Drop-Out 35

6 The Old Shamateur Game 51

7 Boycotting Wimbledon 61

8 Uptown Girl 70

9 Pressure Flakes 81

10 It Ain't All Autographs & Sunglasses 97

11 Playing at High Altitudes 118

12 Bull in a China Closet 131

13 Gut Strings 151

14 In the Zone 165

15 Starting to Choke 177

16 Black Bags 188

17 Change a Losing Game 198

18 Comeback Kid 214

19 Real Men Do Cry 227

20 Mulligans 236

21 "Never Give Up" 248

Epilogue 265

Acknowledgements 266

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  • Posted May 30, 2010

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    Bridget's Review

    Depression doesn't discriminate. It doesn't care about the color of your skin or the amount of money you have. It doesn't care if you have a loving family or if you're all alone. Even though everyone's life is different, there are some basic characteristics of depression that are present in the person suffering.

    I suffer from depression, which is the main reason I was interested in reviewing this book. Cliff, the tennis star who won many games back in the 1970's, had his own mental illness to deal with. Our story is somewhat similar in that both of us would lay in bed for hours crying without knowing why these tears were falling. Cliff's ten years of fighting this setback was a brutal battle but he wasn't a quitter and in the end he learned how to deal the cards he was dealt.

    His honestly in this book is extremely touching. I know a lot of people who think that it's weird that I will admit to anyone that I've had mental issues but the thing they don't realize is what a relief it is to say it and accept it. Plus, if you have truly come to terms with your disease, you want to let the world know that it is possible to live a somewhat normal life, if you're willing to work at it. It's not easy or fun but you come out stronger than you ever could have imagined. I feel like Cliff is a kindred spirit and I'm really glad that he has shared his story and I know that this book will help others with the same illness.

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