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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I played Rafter close in the first set, losing it 7–9 in the tie break, only to have him
run away with the second set, 6–2. As match point came and went, I felt the
letdown of the loss acutely, recognizing that this turn would offer a serious blow ...
But when you get that close to taking a set from a top player, then lose, your belief
in yourself often disappears with the set, and that's what happened that day. A
few weeks later, I made it to the second round of the US Open and took
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 ...
I wasn't bored for a second. ... Brian's point of view was that if you set specific
goals for yourself, like winning a Grand Slam, or being number one, and didn't
attain them, then you'd be disappointed with a great result, like reaching a slam
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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