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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There was nothing too impressive—a lot of bluffing and wishing had been going
on—and we laughed as each lackluster hand was revealed. Finally, we got to
Matt, who had been sitting at the end of the circle with an impenetrable stare, not
In the back of your mind, you know that no matter how good you are, what you've
got is either fleeting or finite—at some point it's going to end, either by choice or
because your body will simply give out. So, much as we welcome our downtime ...
Hard-fought victories pump it up a little faster, as do triumphs over top players. By
the same token, inexplicable losses, or going down to the unknown and the
unheralded, can cause confidence to plummet. The blank month of December
Constantly, I found myself revisiting two encouraging losses going all the way
back to 2001. One occurred when I played Australian Pat Rafter in a Masters
Series event in Cincinnati during August of that year. I played Rafter close in the
You keep playing matches like that and you're going to win. A lot.” All that
promise. All that encouragement. All those believers. And yet, as I took stock of
2003, there was no escaping the fact that I hadn't passed many road signs to
success in ...
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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