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

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

by Monica Seles


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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 finally decided to return to the game she loved. Back in the public eye but far from recovered, she continued the battle against herself—forcing herself through grueling six-hour workouts, only to sabotage those efforts with secretive late-night binges. She was assaulted by 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583333754
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/06/2010
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 501,291
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

1 Blasting Through the Comfort Zone 5

2 Girls Don't Play Tennis 13

3 The Land of Plenty 21

4 Academy 101 27

5 She's Not All That 34

6 Back to Basics 37

7 The Training Wheels of Professional Tennis 44

8 The Big Time 47

9 The Grand Dame of Grand Slams 53

10 Hitting My Stride 56

11 Reaching the Top 63

12 Ego Check 70

13 In the Zone 81

14 Derailed 89

15 Another Hit 94

16 Keep Running 98

17 Happy? 102

18 Baby Steps 107

19 A Resolution 111

20 A Phone Call 114

21 On My Own 120

22 C'est la vie 126

23 The Search Continues 129

24 The Virtues of the Peanut 137

25 A Hag with a Frying Pan 145

26 A Girl's Best Friend 155

27 The A-Team 165

28 Roman Holiday 173

29 The Wolf's Mouth 179

30 Gladiator 187

31 Gold Isn't Everything 193

32 Injustice Served 201

33 A Chemical Army 204

34 Back in the Saddle 209

35 Diet Secrets of the Sumo Wrestler 218

36 Call Me Ox 224

37 A Pumpkin by Midnight 228

38 Live to Work or Work to Live? 231

39 A Well-Timed Rain Delay 237

40 A Passing of the Grunting Torch 241

41 Where Is the Panic Button? 246

42 Worth a Thousand Words 253

43 The Little Black Dress 257

44 Just Jump 262

45 A Certain Je ne sais quoi 265

46 Embrace the Fear 271

47 Life 101 276

48 Home 280

Index 283

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Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self 1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
siafl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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 the stabbing incidence, I couldn't help to pay attention to her in the next years. I wanted to see how a person could possibly cope with something that horrible, and somehow pick themselves up and carry on with life.I can't help to think that those words aren't all Seles's. A lot of them have been given to her by someone who abuses cliches and popular-culture type language. I resented that aspect and so didn't care to finish reading the book. I flipped through the pages and found what I wanted to know, and decided to drop this one and move onto other things.This is not a fair review at all to this book. I have given it a half-star rating simply because that indicates that "I haven't finished reading a particular book and I don't think I would pick it up again in the future". It's not to show how "bad" this book is, not at all. In fact I think a lot of people would find this interesting to read.Nonetheless, it's not a book for me. And I never had the intention to read through it all along, and I apologize for that.