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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... anemotionallyforthcoming page-turner.” —Los Angeles Times Memoir/Sports
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& 4 5 4 & - - & 3 “A rarity among sports autobiographies: an emotionally
forthcoming page-turner.” —Los Angeles Times Praise for Breaking Back “Blake
“Blake serves up the rare sports memoir that actually has a heart. He cries, he
mourns, he grows, he triumphs—and we cheer him on the entire way.” —People “
We all encounter adversity in our lives. The real reflection of character is how we
—Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, wife of the late Arthur Ashe “I have always felt in
tennis—as in most sports—it's not enough to be a talented athlete; the ... —Phil
Knight, founder and CEO, Nike “James Blake personifies the very best of our
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 ...
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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