By Cliff Richey, Hilaire Richey Kallendorf PhD, Jimmy Connors
Chronicling the tumultuous lifetime of the original bad boy of tennis, this enticing memoir describes one man’s public conflict with medical melancholy. Cliff Richey was once most sensible recognized for the 1970 season during which he gained the Grand Prix, the Davis Cup, and was once first within the American tennis score. He was once additionally popular for his tantrums and boorish habit that served to masks an inner, darkish fight. Describing torturous days during which he might position black trash baggage at the home windows and lay in mattress crying for hours, this brutally sincere narrative stresses that melancholy is a psychological affliction that could impact a person. Documenting his 10 12 months struggle for regulate of his brain, aided by means of antidepressant drugs, the selection and energy that afforded him the nickname of The Bull” is highlighted. Expressing the enjoyment of feeling reliable for the 1st time in his lifestyles, this deeply relocating tale of nightmare and redemption serves to motivate and encourage an individual whose life...
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He was so mad! I had won my first trophy at age eight, but I wasn’t serious about tennis yet. Mom really encouraged me to get out there at least once a week just to keep whatever skill I had going. She would ask me to fill the fourth slot with her friends to play doubles. I don’t think she had it in her mind necessarily that I would be a professional player. She probably just wanted me to get some exercise. In Houston, we lived in what I would have to call, kindly, a one-room shack. It really was the premier example of a shotgun house.
Mark’s, a ritzy prep school, when I was 14 years old. ” I hardly knew he was president! Somehow or other, I barely passed the exam, although I’m convinced to this day it was only because they wanted me to play on their tennis team. By that point, I had already decided that prep school was not for me…. In high school, I played a tennis tournament called the Cotton Bowl Invitational. We played in the automobile exposition building at the Texas State Fair. Mine was the only entry from Highland Park High School.
Here I am with Dad at the Golf Crest Country Club in Houston. No doubt about it: Dad liked to be in charge. His first pupil ever in terms of serious tennis coaching was Tut Bartzen. He was 19 years older than I. In 1959, Tut was traveling on the amateur tour. He called Dad and said he would be in Dallas the next week. He said he’d been having some trouble with his game. He asked Dad to join him in Dallas to help him prepare for the tournament. Nancy was 16 at the time and playing some real good tennis.