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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... into his legendary comeback and ranked number six in the world. The
atmosphere was crackling; before he retired, nothing electrified a stadium full of
American tennis fans in August like the sight of Andre Agassi plying his trade. I
could feel ...
I didn't feel like I deserved to win. But when you get that close to taking a set from
a top player, then lose, your belief in yourself often disappears with the set, and
that's what happened that day. A few weeks later, I made it to the second round of
To many observers, this was evidence that I had a tendency to give up on a
match that wasn't going my way, an appraisal that annoyed me because, if
anything, I wanted to win too much. I always had a feeling, deep down, 20
I always had a feeling, deep down, that I was capable of playing great tennis, and
when I didn't, I was almost mystified by it. I'd try to do something spectacular to
turn things around, and almost inevitably ended up making things worse.
... 2003, I bought a house within walking distance from the town center, to make
sure that it always stayed my home. From the time I left for college in 1997, I've
always come back to Fairfield at Christmastime. It has a sort of Anytown, USA,
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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