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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... designated wise guy; Matt Daly, another old friend, his camouflage baseball
cap turned backward, as it always is; J. P. Johnson; Andy Jorgensen; and my
brother, Thomas, who often crashes at the house when he's Author's note ix
brother, Thomas, who often crashes at the house when he's in town. The scene
was typical of that summer, and even though it was a “school night,” poker chips
and good-natured taunts were flying across the room late into the evening.
Despite incidents like that, my parents always maintained their belief in the
essential decency of people, and they passed this faith on to me and my older
brother, Thomas Jr. When I was a junior player, another kid told me he felt sorry
for me ...
They were excellent club players, and when we were teenagers, Thomas and I
excelled at it as well, with each of us opting to play for the local high school in
Fairfield, Connecticut. But tennis, like every other sport that we played growing up
I lost in the second round, and later that day, my mother took me and Thomas
aside and shared some potentially grim news with us: our father had stayed
behind, in part, because he said he had to have a routine hernia operation. But
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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