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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Instead, I thought about my semifinal match, in which I found myself standing on a
Saturday night across the net from one of my mentors, Andre Agassi, who was
well into his legendary comeback and ranked number six in the world.
When I reached the semifinals, a bunch of my friends from back home in
Connecticut raced to D.C. to see the match, then stuck around for the finals,
where I beat Paradorn Srichaphan from Thailand. Your first tournament victory is
a milestone, ...
Even less pretty was that the most memorable part of that match for most people
was not my performance but an outburst from Lleyton when he accused a
linesman of making calls in my favor because we shared the same skin color. “
Look at ...
quiet moment we'd had since the match's end, as prior to that every minute had
been consumed by the standing-room-only press conference and the general
chaos that followed in the wake of Lleyton's remark—Brian looked straight at me,
had won the first set, but after he won the second set to even the match, I didn't
see us as tied. In my mind he was winning, and as I was apt to do in those days, I
became angry with myself for letting him back in. That match was indicative of ...
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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