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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I thought often of the one tournament I had won at that point, the Legg Mason
Tennis Classic in Washington, DC, just over a year earlier, in August 2002, but I
didn't focus on the final. Instead, I thought about my semifinal match, in which I
When I reached the semifinals, a bunch of my friends from back home in
Connecticut raced to D.C. to see the match, then stuck around for the finals,
where I beat Paradorn Srichaphan from Thailand. Your first tournament victory is
a milestone, ...
I saw myself, for example, on the court at Indian Wells, California, in March 2003,
losing the final set 0–6 to Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten in the quarterfinals, and
standing there dumbfounded, wondering what had happened. I had beaten
... goal worth pursuing. Brian's point of view was that if you set specific goals for
yourself, like winning a Grand Slam, or being number one, and didn't attain them,
then you'd be disappointed with a great result, like reaching a slam final ...
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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