By Cliff Richey, Hilaire Richey Kallendorf PhD, Jimmy Connors
Chronicling the tumultuous lifetime of the original bad boy of tennis, this attractive memoir describes one man’s public conflict with scientific melancholy. Cliff Richey was once top identified for the 1970 season during which he received the Grand Prix, the Davis Cup, and used to be first within the American tennis rating. He used to be additionally popular for his tantrums and boorish habit that served to masks an inner, darkish fight. Describing torturous days during which he may position black trash luggage at the home windows and lay in mattress crying for hours, this brutally sincere narrative stresses that melancholy is a psychological illness which can have an effect on a person. Documenting his 10 12 months struggle for keep watch over of his brain, aided via antidepressant drugs, the selection and power that afforded him the nickname of The Bull” is highlighted. Expressing the enjoyment of feeling good for the 1st time in his lifestyles, this deeply relocating tale of nightmare and redemption serves to motivate and encourage a person whose life...
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It was a distraction. His goal was to have Nancy win those junior girls’ tournaments. It was pretty darn serious from the beginning. Not just a fun, social thing to do. Back in Houston, when I’d go to Golf Crest Country Club on the weekends, both of my parents would be out there. I had both of my parents tending to me all the time. I had a real sense of family closeness, which is important to a kid. There aren’t a lot of kids who get to spend that much time at country clubs, whether the family works there or not.
I had an agenda, a bottom line, starting very young. I wanted to become a very good tennis player. My whole life was dedicated to becoming somebody. I wanted to be a star. Meanwhile, some of the socialites in Dallas were concerned for my well-being. They thought I could get into a private school on account of my tennis and maybe eventually even be offered a college scholarship. I went along with that idea far enough to take the entrance exam at St. Mark’s, a ritzy prep school, when I was 14 years old.
We grabbed this kid in the schoolyard. The gang and I poured Kool-aid mix on the kid’s head. Bozarth brought us in, and we got paddled. I was the second in line, which means I had to listen to the first. I heard some popping going on. He had a spat board with holes in it. We didn’t have to pull our pants down. He gave me a few good swats on my butt. I remember bending over. When Dad found out, he did not take kindly to having anything like that happen outside of his control. He went over there and raised hell.