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Getting a Grip: On My Game, My Body, My Mind... My Self [Kindle Edition]

Monica Seles
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At the age of sixteen, Monica Seles crashed on to the world tennis scene by becoming the youngest winner in French Open History. For three years, she dominated the tennis circuit, racking up eight Grand Slam titles, winning three back-to-back French Open titles. At post-match conferences she charmed the media with her trademark giggle. In January 1993, Seles defeated Steffi Graf in the Australian Women’s Open and in April of that year, while playing a quarter-final in Hamburg, a boning knife was plunged between her shoulder blades by a Graff fan. Everything changed. The incident shocked the tennis world. Seles’ injuries healed, but Seles did not. Now, in this compelling book she tells us in her own words what followed - years of seclusion, the fog of despair, binge eating, dealing with criticism about her weight from a brutal press, losing her father–coach to cancer and never regaining her dominance on court despite getting in to the top 10. After years battling to regain fitness and tennis glory, an excruciating injury forced Monica to take time off from tennis in 2003 and she embarked on her own journey. She abandoned the arduous workouts and punitive diets, and slowly uncovered the painful emotions behind years of tumultuous feelings. This is a human and inspiring story of determination, amazing talent and touching vulnerability, that Seles hopes will motivate and inspire others to find happiness in their own lives. Monica Seles is a former No 1 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. In 2007, she was appointed goodwill ambassador for the UN’s Global Sports for Peace and Development Initiative.

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"* 'Perhaps the most adored figure in the sport's history' --Sports Illustrated"

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Monica Seles is a former No 1 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. In 2007, she was appointed goodwill ambassador for the UN's Global Sports for Peace and Development Initiative.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1758 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Aurum Press (1 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EV064SW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #83,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars MONICA SELES COMES OUT OF THE KITCHEN 5 Sept. 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is a good book. Honest, easy to read, endowed with good humour and a refreshing frankness. I can see why it is a hit with those with eating disorders: Seles really did have an over indulgence problem but her story reveals how being denied grieving the death of a loved one can have deep ramifications. She also captures the intensity, ruthlessness and incessant, unrelenting pace of the WTA tour that is the life of a pro tennis player. This excerbated her inability to grieve for the loss of her Father and really come to terms with her stabbing. Until she took time out from tennis, it is only then she grieves, acccepts the injustice of her stabbing and grabs life by the balls and loses weight naturally at her own pace under her own terms. What a life, extreme highs and lows but a great read! I was not a Seles fan when she was at her peak but I was fascinated by her relentless focus and intensity and ability to beat my idol - Graf. I also wondered why, like many, she remained so heavy despite playing loads of tennis.... this book explains just exactly what was going on behind the public persona - a heck of a lot to deal with in terms of real sadness. A difficult life to lead in the public eye but as Seles herself said in an interview, such scrutiny comes with the territory when you have been Tennis World Number One at 17......
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but no deep insights 7 Aug. 2009
By Anne
This book is advertised as being all about Monica Seles' struggle with food. I read it on holiday and while it is certainly enjoyable it is not particularly deep or insightful and her recovery from compulsive eating is explained only very superficially.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A riveting read from the first page to the last 14 Oct. 2014
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Monica Seles' autobiography - Getting a Grip On my game, my body, my mind self - is fantastic.
Seles walks us through her rise from a kid practising tennis in their car park, at a small town in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia to an internship at the Nick Bolletieri academy in Florida and becoming the world's number one player, who won eight majors and defeated Steffi Graf in three of her last four major meetings, until she was stabbed brutally by a deranged Graf fan at a tournament in Munich, Germany.
As with most things in life, when it rains, it pours. This stabbing kept her out of tennis for two years in her prime. This was followed soon by the cancer and passing away of her father who had been her friend, coach and mentor. Her stabber, Gunther Parche, was let off, by the German legal system, without spending a single night in prison.
These sad events drove her to taking refuge in eating lots of food. A significant part of the book is dedicated to her struggles to return to full fitness and fighting these eating binges while coping with the loss of her father.
She only added one major, to the eight, that she had won before the stabbing and hence did not reach the tennis heights she scaled in the past. The latter part of the book mentions how she comes back from the dumps to reconstruct herself as a human being.
She explains this in her book ".. I came to the conclusion: I had the control. There were things - a lot of things - that I did not have control over. Being stabbed, my dad's cancer, an unjust court ruling, losing my number one ranking, losing endorsements, losing two and a half years of my career. losing the peak of my playing days, my dad dying, the critical and hurtful comments that people made - these were all things that I could not control.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Monica Seles a real inspiration 25 July 2009
I ve just finished reading Monica Seles' autobiography and it was absolutely brilliant, what a fascinating interesting and truly inspirational lady. I learnt a lot about a life in tennis and the sacrifices that are made and this womans personal struggles to get her life back on track. I advise anyone who has an interest in peoples lives so to speak to read this truly inspiring book which managed to reduce me to tears in parts. I read it as I am a big tennis fan but you really dont need to be to enjoy this book. Absolutely fantastic.
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For anyone who follows women's tennis today this is a poignant story about the highs and lows of a sports career. Monica Seles, when she was on her way to become number one in the world,was stabbed in the back by a fan of Steffi Graff. This book is about the great discoveries she made after she was forced to quit the tennis world. What is amazing is the way Monica overcame this physical and mental trauma to enter the top ten once again. A great read for tennis fans.
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