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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... the stereo, beer, chicken wings, and burgers from nearby Archie Moore's
restaurant on the kitchen counter, and friends from every era of my life hanging
out—the fact that they had work, other friends, other lives, didn't seem to matter
At that point, my friends and family were my one and only saving grace. I spent
most days alone, while my friends were off at work, and with the silence of my
house around me, I often wondered if my life had been irrevocably altered. It was
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, ...
... the Saddlebrook Tennis Center, working out six days a week with the
conditioning guys and practicing just as often with other touring pros who live
nearby, like my old college competitor Jeff Morrison and my best friend on tour,
I'd spend hours hanging with friends and visiting my parents' house, giving off the
air that I was fine, just the same old James. But as I drove around town, thoughts
of improvement consumed me. In the mornings, I'd meet my coach, Brian, ...
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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