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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In hindsight I remember those months as one long get-together, although the
gatherings took different forms: sometimes we'd all just hang and catch up,
sometimes we'd watch a ball game, and sometimes we played poker. One
Tuesday in ...
... a time in which my life and my career were largely in the hands of fate, despite
all the efforts I was making to get better. Things could have gone either way for
me then: I could have gotten back to my pro-tennis career in a matter of months, ...
The year's competition is done, and everyone on the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) tour scatters around the planet to relax for the only month of
our sport's notoriously stingy off-season. Come January, those of us who aren't ...
... took me a few Decembers before I really came to understand the abyss that the
month presents. Like many young athletes, I was having too much fun for such
weighty introspection. The ATP tour is like a kind of traveling neverland, where no
Hard-fought victories pump it up a little faster, as do triumphs over top players. By
the same token, inexplicable losses, or going down to the unknown and the
unheralded, can cause confidence to plummet. The blank month of December
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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