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Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

Monica Seles has a new book coming out in April of 2009.


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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

The title is :Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self (Hardcover)
304 pages by Avery Press.

The Amazon.com description reads:

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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.
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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

I must say she looks great on the cover shot!
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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

She looks fantastic. I will certainly buy this as she is one of my idols so I will be very interested to read about her personal demons and how she overcame them
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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

I hope the book is as great as the cover shot. I bet it will be.
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I have a feeling the book will be a letdown, but ofcourse, I will have to purchase a copy. Can't wait!

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

I read the first one when it came out and was one of the first to buy it! I felt it was written by someone else and just a publicity game for $. There was practically nothing about tennis in it. Of the 10-8 third set French, we get this insight, "It was so close. It was 6-all. Then it was 8-all. Then I won. I was thrilled!" Not exactly what I was expecting, but she was still on tour though.

She looks better now than she ever has, and I don't just mean her weight. Maybe she's found true contentness. I'll read it obviously, but it will be a check-out from the local library.

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

I read the first book and felt that it didn't really reveal anything about the "person" that is Monica Seles. I hope this one is better. I'm glad to see Monica looking so very good!

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

Thanks for posting! I am a huge fan of Monicas! I'm really looking forward to this coming out. I hope she gets out there on the talk show circuit to promote the book as much as possible. Hopefully she'll also do a book tour, with a stop near the baltimore/dc area .
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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

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I read the first one when it came out and was one of the first to buy it! I felt it was written by someone else and just a publicity game for $. There was practically nothing about tennis in it. Of the 10-8 third set French, we get this insight, "It was so close. It was 6-all. Then it was 8-all. Then I won. I was thrilled!" Not exactly what I was expecting, but she was still on tour though.

She looks better now than she ever has, and I don't just mean her weight. Maybe she's found true contentness. I'll read it obviously, but it will be a check-out from the local library.
At 304 pages there BETTER be some insight in there!

Monica looks stunning. I guess happiness on the inside translates to happiness on the outside.

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

chris evert was interviewed on monday for a program on 20/20 about monica - so heres a heads up about the broadcast:
http://chrisevert.net/CE-News.html
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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

Can someone please upload the program on youtube, if possible. Would love to see it!

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

I'm hoping this book will be nice and actually written by herself.

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

R&J uploaded a clip from 20/20.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2bsYSOYRic

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Re: Monica Seles' New Book (April 2009)

Just looked at the 20/20 clip.
At the end Monica plays a little bit of tennis on the court in a tennis court - my God, is she thin now. Plus she seems to be hitting a single-handed forehand. Noooooooooooo!

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