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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In hindsight I remember those months as one long get-together, although the
gatherings took different forms: sometimes we'd all just hang and catch up,
sometimes we'd watch a ball game, and sometimes we played poker. One
Tuesday in ...
... I never could have dreamed of when I was wobbling my way through my house
that summer and fall. Play tennis long enough, you realize—much as I did—that
your relationship with the ball is your relationship with life. 4 BREAKING BACK.
your relationship with the ball is your relationship with life. Strokes, strategy, and
stamina will only take you so far; how well you play depends on something much
more idiosyncratic and much less definable.The strangest part of 2004 was not ...
So a lot of the guys are indistinguishable from overgrown adolescents—when not
hitting tennis balls, or the gym, we spend our time hanging out, playing poker,
watching television, mastering video games, instant messaging each other, ...
People recognize you on the street; designers throw clothes at you on the off
chance that a reporter might mention it in print; hordes of children line up outside
your practice court to have you autograph tennis balls, rackets, hats, or even
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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