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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My parents' inclination toward truly loving life and expecting the best from it
shaped my entire outlook, helping me to believe in the inherent goodness of
other people and keeping me from being sucked down into the darkness that
While I tried not to dwell on the idea too much, it was a hard question to keep in
the back of my mind, and in the end, the temptation was too great. Despite my
desire to earn a Harvard degree, I decided that the opportunity to play
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 ...
To keep my game and fitness level up, I trained at 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 ...
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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