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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... him [indicating the linesperson], and you tell me what the similarity is.” His
tirade became a cause célèbre, catapulting me into the national spotlight for the
first time, but I didn't revisit that match because of the controversy; I remembered it
One of the most telling marks of your character on the court is whether or not you
can break back, because you need to pull it off when your confidence is down
and your opponent's is up. As 2003 wound down, it became clear to me that I ...
... or to his wife's making her annual pilgrimage home. She returned to the States
right away, and when I finally reached her on the phone it was the middle of the
night. I could tell right away that something was terribly wrong because, although
He also took great pride that he continued to exercise: I was with him on one of
those hospital visits when the doctor, on his way out of the room, stopped and
remembered to tell my father how to limit his workouts. As soon as the door
And I thought shaving my head would be a real way of telling myself to put up or
shut up. When I got to Fairfield for Christmas, I couldn't lose that idea that
something needed to change, but my hair was just the beginning. I found myself
living a ...
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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