On My Body, My Mind, My Self
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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.
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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