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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As he recovered, his father—who had been the inspi- ration 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
I was a professional tennis player, and I had put my career on hold to spend the
rest of the year recuperating. The only catch was that the doctors told me that it
could take years to recover, and so the question of whether or not I would ever
I was at a major crossroads, a time in which my life and my career were largely in
the hands of fate, despite all the efforts I was making to get better. Things could
have gone either way for me then: I could have gotten back to my pro-tennis ...
Being where I was, it was easy to adopt an aw-shucks attitude about my career.
After struggling for my first two years, by the end of 2001, I had become the
seventy-third-best tennis player in the world according to the computer rankings,
Reflecting back on my year, I began to toy with the idea of doing something
symbolic to mark the end of what had come before and signal to the tennis world,
my opponents, and myself that I was beginning a new phase in my career. I
began to ...
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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