Monica Seles Reveals Diet Struggles, Depression in New Memoir

Nathan AseriosContributor IApril 21, 2009

NEW YORK - MARCH 11:  Laureus Academy Member Monica Seles speaks to students during her I CHALLENGE MYSELF Project Visit on March 11, 2009 at George Washington Educational Campus in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for Laureus)

Nine-time Grand Slam winner and former world number one Monica Seles revealed in her latest memoir that amidst all the successes she achieved in tennis, she still had her fair share of struggles and depression.

Her book titled “Getting a Grip: On My Body, My Mind, My Self” chronicles the tennis star’s humble beginnings, triumphs at the height of her tennis career, the attack in Germany that still haunts her to this day, and her struggle with diet and depression when she was away from the tennis limelight.

The 35-year old revealed that there were nights where she had to sneak out and buy junk food in supermarkets and binge in secret. She said that she had all the diet books on hand, and the best trainers one could have but to no avail, her depression still remained.

Her retirement in 2003 led to a change in her lifestyle, Seles revealed.

She started walking outside and sticking to healthier foods, and her efforts paid off.

To find out more about Seles’ life story, get a copy at her book which is set for release today, April 21st. Later this year, Seles will be inducted in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Rhode Island.