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Former number-one world professional tennis player Monica Seles shares her personal journey, battling depression and coming into her own after a career on the court. This excerpt from "Getting A Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self" was provided by the publisher to ABC News. Her book will be released on April 21.

For twenty-eight years, I was known as a tennis player. It had been a long time since I played a professional match, but the thought of giving up the security of that label had terrified me. Tennis player. A short, easy description that everyone is familiar with. It's who I was to the outside world and it's what I'd been calling myself for as long as I could remember. But it was time to move forward. I was ready to leave the past behind.



On February 14, 2008, I announced my official retirement from tennis. I'd been playing in exhibitions here and there, but I was tired of waking up every morning wondering if today was the day my foot was going to self-destruct again. When it felt good, I could play the way I had when I was at the top of my game, but when it felt bad, I couldn't walk on it. I spent years debating back and forth in my head whether I had it in me to make another run for the top. I didn't want to do it anymore. I was tired of the debate. I waited so long to make it official because I wanted to be absolutely sure it was the right decision. I wanted it to be on my timetable and I wanted to claim complete ownership over the choice to close that chapter of my life. All the what-ifs about whether I could regain my former glory and win another Grand Slam began to fade away. My life was filling up with things other than tennis; I was feeling more content than ever before and the fear had left me. It took a long time to get to this point, but I knew that I didn't need tennis to define who I was anymore.


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Thanks for posting this. I didnt know Monica was going to release a book. Cant wait to buy it.

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I'm excited. Only because I don't expect it to be as disappointing as "From Fear to Victory".

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I heard on XM/Sirius radio a few morning ago that she's getting her own talk-show on the XM Stars station. I don't know if it's temporary to hype the book or something more long term. From the clips they played, it's about women talking about their issues and overcoming fears and doubts and Monica getting these callers to talk and sharing experiences. It's not Monica talking about her tennis career.

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I'm excited. Only because I don't expect it to be as disappointing as "From Fear to Victory".
I didn't read "from fear to victory" but what was disappointing in it?

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I didn't read "from fear to victory" but what was disappointing in it?
I expected more insight from her, with regards to the tennis matches and her great victories. She just skimmed through those, which was disappointing. It was one of those books, which when you finished reading, seemed to be lacking.

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I'm really curious to see how it compares to "From fear to victory"...
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I'm really curious to see how it compares to "From fear to victory"...
Yes, Monica knew few other stages in her life, thank to Getting a grip she shares her experience... a great woman
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I really liked From Fear to Victory I was thirteen when I read it though

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This would be quite an interesting read!

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I heard on XM/Sirius radio a few morning ago that she's getting her own talk-show on the XM Stars station. I don't know if it's temporary to hype the book or something more long term. From the clips they played, it's about women talking about their issues and overcoming fears and doubts and Monica getting these callers to talk and sharing experiences. It's not Monica talking about her tennis career.
Yes and once again Monica Seles will return to SIRIUS XM Radio to host a five-week series on which she will share her personal experiences of success, struggle and triumph and inspire listeners to live happy and healthy lives—mentally, physically and emotionally.

The Monica Seles Challenge: 5 Weeks to Jump Start Your Life launches Wednesday, April 15 at 6 p.m. Eastern time and will air every Wednesday through May 13 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on SIRIUS XM Stars, SIRIUS channel 102 and XM channel 155. Seles will host the show from SIRIUS XM Radio’s New York City studios. The Monica Seles Challenge marks the second time Seles has hosted a series on SIRIUS XM Radio.
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Great interview, what a wonderful woman .
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Just read that article and I so see myself in Monica when her book comes out in Australia I am going to buy it. Thanks for posting the article and other stuff.
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Just read that article and I so see myself in Monica when her book comes out in Australia I am going to buy it. Thanks for posting the article and other stuff.
You are welcome you know you can buy it on internet
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There is a big extract from her new book in today's Sunday Times (UK) - can't find a link, but she talks at length about the stabbing and her food binges. It is all extremely well written.
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