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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... CNBC “There is no doubt that James Blake's detailed recollections of his
professional wins and losses will thrill every tennis fan, but it is his honest and
humble story of his personal highs and lows that reveals why he is such a great
About the Authors James Blake has been a professional tennis player since 1999
, when he left Harvard to join the professional tennis circuit. He grew up in
Fairfield, Connecticut, and resides in Tampa Bay, Florida. Andrew Friedman is a
If you don't play or watch tennis, I've included a short glossary of important words,
terms, and information at the end. I hope these make the story equally
approachable to tennis fans and not-yet-fans as well. Thanks for reading.
I was a professional tennis player, and I had put my career on hold to spend the
rest of the year recuperating. The only catch was that the doctors told me that it
could take years to recover, and so the question of whether or not I would ever
Instead, I worked hard and turned my life around, managing to achieve a level of
success that I never could have dreamed of when I was wobbling my way
through my house that summer and fall. Play tennis long enough, you realize—
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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