Interview with I A
By Chris Mann
Playing Through the Pain
At 15 years old, I said, turning no
feeling like when you get your first check as a 15-year-old.
When I won my first Grand Slam at 16 till I
held that trophy and actually touched it it was like a dream because of players like Martina and Chrissie And suddenly they were across the net from me. It took me a few losses to them to realize that at the end of the day, they were humans, too.
Tennis is a big business and out for themselves. is part of my trademark. done it since
I was a young girl, because I put so much energy into hitting the ball. I wish I could take full credit for it, but Jimmy Connor did it before I was even born.
heavier than I am now, and I was about to be put in a cast for three months. As a female, I thought, Oh, my! gonna gain another 30 lb.
For the first time in a long
time, I started to look inward. I realized I held that power and needed to take control. At the end of the day, about your relationship with food and the emotions that are eating you.
It was only when I became very good and was losing one
or two matches that became a problem. And I understand if other players complained about it to try to distract me, but as a person it was very hurtful.
After my stabbing, I took about two and a half years away
from my sport to recover physically and emotionally. And I gained about 20-some pounds. When I came back, I got a lot of comments about how I came back a lot bigger.
who I treasured for was my best friend. To lose him at such a young age was a huge blow to me. When he was dying, he said to me, fun, Monica. Life is so
I never really dealt with all the emotions that came with
that trauma. And right after I came back, my father got diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. I had a lot of emotional things going on while I was trying to stay number one in the world. Unfortunately, I turned to food for comfort.
When I did with
the I got to live out a fantasy. It was like going to my a teenager I get to. At 35, I figured this is my last chance to live out that part of my life.
I had to stop playing tennis because a bone in my left foot broke into pieces. I was turning 30, and I was about 40 lb
Muscle Body January 2010
LEFT TO RIGHT: JOHN MCCOMBE/GETTY IMAGES; JAMIE MCCARTHY/GETTY IMAGES
Born December 2, 1973 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia Won nine Grand Slam titles before turning age 20 Became the youngest winner in French Open history at 16 Listed as the13th greatest player of all time (men and women) by Tennis magazine Famous for her loud, ball-hitting grunts Suffered an on-court assault during a 1993 tournament, when a deranged Steffi Graf fan stabbed her in the back Retired from pro tennis in 2003 after a brief comeback
My dad was not only my in my job