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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One Tuesday in September, it was a poker night and gathered around my dining
room table were a bunch of guys I'd known since high school, or earlier: Evan
Paushter, my best friend and the gang's designated wise guy; Matt Daly, another
So a lot of the guys are indistinguishable from overgrown adolescents—when not
hitting tennis balls, or the gym, we spend our time hanging out, playing poker,
watching television, mastering video games, instant messaging each other, ...
“I have nice teeth, too,” my father said, grinning broadly at the guy. It was a private
joke between him and my mom, a reference to the way plantation owners looking
to purchase a slave would sometimes ask to see his teeth. The man probably ...
the first time, I started to believe that I actually deserved to be in the same league
as the guys who had been training for such glory since they were old enough to
walk and hold a racket. Right after talent, health, and conditioning, confidence is
Rafter was one of the most popular, likable guys on the tour, and after the match,
as we shook hands at the net, he leaned in close, the zinc oxide he smeared
under his eyes like war paint runny with sweat: “You could have beaten me today
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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