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 recognized for the 1970 season within which he gained the Grand Prix, the Davis Cup, and used to be first within the American tennis score. 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 ailment which can impact somebody. Documenting his 10 12 months struggle for regulate of his brain, aided by means of antidepressant medicine, the choice and energy that afforded him the nickname of The Bull” is highlighted. Expressing the enjoyment of feeling strong for the 1st time in his existence, this deeply relocating tale of nightmare and redemption serves to motivate and encourage someone whose life...
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He just couldn’t wait to get back at the same guy the next time. His reaction to losses was over the edge…. He was not the strongest person physically. He didn’t have as strong a constitution as I had. Dad was probably 5′8″ but he had weak lungs. He had had bad bronchitis as a kid. He also topped out at 150 pounds. I’m 5′9″ and played at 170 pounds. I had more innate strength. Dad always said I was a bigger and better version of himself. He felt like I had everything he would have liked to have had.
They fit together. She was neurotic because of his drinking. He in turn drank because she was neurotic. Garnie came from a Czech family. She was one of the kindest people you could ever meet—and she would give you anything. She loved animals and would feed any creature that came to her back door. She had nearly 50 cats and Dadda didn’t like them. He would take her cats and twist their necks off and throw them in the garbage. His nerves were right out there on his skin as he was coming off a drinking bout.
That’s what happened with me. My mother was also prone to some emotional and mental health issues. Genetically, that might be a factor with me, too. So when you look at my pedigree, there are warning signs all over the place. I’ve never had what you would consider normal emotional content. My dad wanted to control his world. He craved stability. He didn’t want his world to be unstable and fall apart again. He had as much of an addiction to trying to control his environment as his father did to alcohol.