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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During the summer and fall of 2004, I had a lot of impromptu parties in the living
room of my house in Fairfield, Connecticut. The music was blaring on the stereo,
beer, chicken wings, and burgers from nearby Archie Moore's restaurant on the ...
... of children line up outside your practice court to have you autograph tennis
balls, rackets, hats, or even body parts when nothing else is available; and you
spend a ridiculous amount of time on airplanes, literally living among the clouds.
... 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 sometimes overshadows the joy of living.
And so, for the first few years, it was enough that I was having a great time
traveling the world, playing in front of fans, and earning a pretty good living, all
while chasing the sun around the globe to play wherever it happened to be
summer, or at ...
was the idea of beating myself. It was the dread of not living up to my potential. In
December 2003, my parents were still living in the house where I grew up—a
modest but cozy two-story home in the Stratfield section of Fairfield, Connecticut,
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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