Getting a Grip

Getting a Grip

by Monica Seles


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For those of you tuned into this past season's Dancing with the Stars, it's hard to believe that spectacularly fit former tennis champion Monica Seles struggled with binge-eating and depression.

Getting a Grip chronicles Monica's 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, racking up eight Grand Slam titles, and charming the media at post-match conferences with her trademark giggle. She seemed 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. With no support from the WTA and her number-one ranking falling, Monica sunk into a depression. Hiding from the media and disappearing from the tennis world, she turned to food for comfort. She spent more than two years in seclusion, trying to fight off the fog of despair.

Back in the public eye but far from recovered, 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, nutritionists, and, most brutally, the press. Playing with an extra thirty pounds and devastated after losing her father/coach to cancer, she was never able to regain her former dominance on tour.

After an excruciating injury forced her to take time off from tennis in 2003, Seles embarked on her own journey. She abandoned the arduous workouts and the punitive diets. 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.

Monica Seles's determination, amazing talent, and touching vulnerability make her story both incredibly human and inspiring. By sharing her own narrative, she hopes to motivate other people to take control of their lives and their own happiness.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781583333303
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/21/2009
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 13 - 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, men or women. 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.

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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Bharath More than 1 year ago
Monica Seles' autobiography as expected, lives upto the standards of an awesome read. The simplicity of the book appeals to the reader right from the first page. Truly inspirational and motivating is how I would describe this book. The journey of Monica from her early tennis days to the days of "Dancing with the Stars" grips the reader. I felt as if some one out there had and is experiencing what I had been through many times in my life. I would like to thank the author for sharing her experience. Kudos Monica! Please(Please) keep writing.
Zoe-C More than 1 year ago
One of the best sports books I have ever come across, but it's much much more than a run of the mill athlete memoir. Monica takes the reader on a journey into the bizarre world of professional tennis, what it takes to build a champion and the personal sacrifices you have to make to stay at the top. She also goes into detail about the stabbing and the devastating loss of her father who was also her coach. For years I wondered why she never regained her former glory and now I understand why. It is an inspiring and motivating story that isn't just about tennis. I highly recommend it!
ktwtennis More than 1 year ago
As a hard-core Monica Seles fan, my expectations going in were probably high and this review may be slightly biased as a result. However, I really feel like this is an extremely well-written book and it really has some good insights into life in general. If you're a tennis fan, this is a must read, as it chronicles the life of what a pro tennis player goes through. Monica really holds nothing back, and I'm just so happy for her.
wheelsquilts More than 1 year ago
Monica Seles has long been a hero in the eyes of many tennis fans. Hearing from her perspective about the horrendous stabbing incident that sidetracked her amazing career is one aspect that makes this book a moving read. Her candid telling of her struggles with compulsive eating is courageous and inspiring. Whether you are a tennis fan or not, this book is a compelling story. I couldn't put it down.
mktgyr More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Monica Seles, you will not want to put this book down. It takes courage to put yourself out there especially when you are in the public eye. Monica's story is exciting, interesting, intriguing, sometimes sad, heart wrenching, but most of all human. I personally loved watching Monica play tennis. I was sadden by the terrible stabbing incident that happened to her. Anyone who has lost their father and had a close relationship with him, can relate to Monica's plythe. I am glad that Monica Seles has been able to get on with her life after tennis and all that she has been through. Her story is a great read!!
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
I used to watch tennis when Monica Seles played and I lived in Queens. It was an exciting time. I also remembered when she was stabbed, but by that time I had stopped watching tennis as my life became more complicated. I read a little about her life and recently heard she was on "Dancing with the Stars". Since I was a fan, I picked up her memoir, "Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self" and I am not disappointed that I did. Seles has written an excellent book about her life on and off the court, her struggles with the stabbing and the aftermath and also the death of her father. She became depressed and gained weight which made her unhappy and she began to hate herself. Tennis was her life, but through her inner strength she overcame her fears and problems. She is a down to earth person and writes with such honesty about her experiences.
RichardMGounEsq More than 1 year ago
Monica Seles is a brilliant writer and a champion both on and off the tennis court. I enjoyed her new book cover to cover and there is much wisdom to be found in this book and in the person and life of Ms. Seles. I had long felt that Monica Seles was one of the all-time greats, male or female, as a tennis champion and she turns out to be an equally superior human being! I found the book to be engaging, warm, positive and highly intelligent. Ms. Seles writes from the heart and the truth just flows from her book. I was fortunate to meet and to speak with Ms. Seles at the release of the book and signing held at Barnes & Noble at MarketFair, Princeton, New Jersey on April 21, 2009, and came away most impressed by the generosity and warmness of this terrific person. She is down-to-earth and sociable and you feel that she is just the type of person that anyone would want as their friend. I had the feeling that she is great company and how a person should be. I think that she would even enjoy hitting with a club level tennis player as she clearly loves tennis and life and has achieved major success in both. Ms. Seles and her book are definite winners!
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I could not put this book down! Great reading for anyone that has ever struggled with weight issues, injuries, rough times, and career setbacks. Monica details it all with grace and a healthy dose of good humor. You go, Monica!
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