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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... 2004, rising when a tennis charmed Blake star fractured life and and People
lov- his neck in an on-court freak accident. As he recovered, his father—who had
been the inspi- ration for his tennis career—lost his battle with stomach cancer.
—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 best
players are those who also show great character off the court. James Blake is
such a ...
People recognize you on the street; designers throw clothes at you on the off
chance that a reporter might mention it in print; hordes of children line up outside
your practice court to have you autograph tennis balls, rackets, hats, or even
my mental unraveling than to what actually transpired on the court. ... I thought
often of the one tournament I had won at that point, the Legg Mason Tennis
Classic in Washington, DC, just over a year earlier, in August 2002, but I didn't
focus on ...
the time I turned pro, I always loved that moment when you walk out on the court,
your name is announced, and you wave up to the fans. Tennis is an individual
sport, so being a player at some level means being an entertainer, and having
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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