Getting a Grip by Monica Seles
On My Body, My Mind, My Self

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This New York Times hardcover bestseller is a remarkable journey through fame, tragedy, self-discovery, and triumph

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.

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MONICA SELES won the French Open at the age of 16. She went on to become the number one ranked woman in tennis, winning a total of nine Grand Slam titles. Monica was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame in 2009. She is now a board member of the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation, using the power of sport as a tool for change. Her memoir, Getting a Grip: On My Mind, My Body and Myself was a national best-seller.
Published March 7, 2009 by Avery. 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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In 2009, Monica Seles was inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame.

Jun 04 2009 | Read Full Review of Getting a Grip: On My Body, M...

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I’m a big fan of Monica Seles – not just as a tennis player, but as person.

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