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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With the realization that there was nobody left to fool, he couldn't contain his
smile anymore, brightening like a Christmas tree as he turned over his cards—a
straight flush. We all laughed. Hard. It was such a superior hand that he had us
But anytime I tried to stand and walk, it became hard to ignore any longer. On this
Tuesday—just like every other day when zoster ravaged my body—I didn't want
them to worry, and I didn't want to let those negative thoughts into the carefree ...
Instead, I worked hard and turned my life around, managing to achieve a level of
success that I never could have dreamed of when I was wobbling my way
through my house that summer and fall. Play tennis long enough, you realize—
Don't get me wrong, staying fit and honing your game are hard work, and if you
do them right, they consume several hours a day. In addition, there are the other
commitments—interviews, photo shoots, personal appearances, and promoting ...
... and gown for my graduation photo in the spring of 2001. But something funny
happened in my sophomore year that took me by surprise: I became the number
one college tennis player in the country. It was a hard fact to 11 THE
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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