Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2009 M03 17 - 288 pages
James Blake's life was getting better every day. A rising tennis star and People magazine's Sexiest Male Athlete of 2002, he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of it. But all that ended in May 2004, when Blake fractured his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspiration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake was dealt a third blow when he contracted zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized career.
In Breaking Back, Blake provides a remarkable account of how he came back from this terrible heartbreak and self-doubt to become one of the top tennis players in the world. A story of strength, passion, courage, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and son, Breaking Back is a celebration of one extraordinary athlete's indomitable spirit and his inspiring ability to find hope in the bleakest of times.
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His tirade became a cause célèbre, catapulting me into the national spotlight for
the first time, but I didn't revisit that match because of the controversy; I
remembered it for what my coach, Brian Barker—the unassuming, gentle soul
who's been ...
quiet moment we'd had since the match's end, as prior to that every minute had
been consumed by the standing-room-only press conference and the general
chaos that followed in the wake of Lleyton's remark—Brian looked straight at me,
I'd spend hours hanging with friends and visiting my parents' house, giving off the
air that I was fine, just the same old James. But as I drove around town, thoughts
of improvement consumed me. In the mornings, I'd meet my coach, Brian, ...
One was Brian, who from the time we began working together had instilled in me
a philosophy of “getting better” as the only long-term goal worth pursuing. Brian's
point of view was that if you set specific goals for yourself, like winning a Grand ...
While Brian was right there with me on my desire to take things to the next level,
he shrugged off my thoughts about shaving my head—I think he believed that I
was just messing around and wasn't really serious about such a drastic image ...
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Well WrittenUser Review - sugarhill203 - Overstock.com
I found the book interesting and easy to read due to the content and good writting. Being a tennis fan I found the book to show the reasons the commentators use very positive words describing James Blake. James his mother and brother are always shown respect when referring to them. Read full review