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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 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.
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.
Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Avery; Reprint edition (April 6, 2010)
Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches