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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If most adolescent athletes have “sports parents,” then I had “school parents”—a
mother and father who revered education above everything else and treated it as
a lifelong pursuit, not just something to occupy you until age twenty-one.
My mother, Betty, is a voracious reader and occasional writer, while my father,
Tom, continued to enhance his communication skills well into his fifties by
reading and by taking a vocabularybuilding class. Early on, my parents had to
There was always the assumption that I would return to Harvard (I actually
promised my mother that I would), or at least that my return was as likely as my
remaining on the pro tour indefinitely. And so, for the first few years, it was
enough that I ...
We've always felt at home because our mother is British by birth, and so for the
past two years, my parents had come over for the tournament. This time, however
, my mom made the trip alone, with plans to visit relatives afterward. I lost in the ...
I lost in the second round, and later that day, my mother took me and Thomas
aside and shared some potentially grim news with us: our father had stayed
behind, in part, because he said he had to have a routine hernia operation. But
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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