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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... catchphrase, which he himself coined years ago, as Matt gathered his arms
around the chips, pulling them in and arranging them into neat little stacks. Still
chuckling, I stood up to get some wings, but when I got to my feet, I began to
got to my feet, I began to wobble. Hoping that nobody noticed, I surreptitiously
placed my hands on the table to steady myself. It wasn't the beer. I hadn't even
had a beer. It was the zoster, a virus that grabbed me back in July and hadn't let
As we began the warm-up—tennis has a gentlemanly tradition of preparing your
opponent for competition by exchanging ground strokes and feeding each other
volleys and overheads—I felt like a split personality. One side of me was having ...
When he got up on me, beginning with his break of my serve in the second set, I
began to press, going for too much on my shots and getting im- patient. Next
thing I knew it was all over. The last set was as much of a blur as my win over
... knew he would find too beautiful for words. Not long before I came home for
Christmas, I was in Europe at the indoor tournaments that dominate the last
months of the tennis season. Reflecting back on my year, I began to 26
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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