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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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.
Despite my desire to earn a Harvard degree, I decided that the opportunity to play
professional tennis was irresistible. ... And so, for the first few years, it was
enough that I was having a great time traveling the world, playing in front of fans,
I thought often of the one tournament I had won at that point, the Legg Mason
Tennis Classic in Washington, DC, just over a ... The atmosphere was crackling;
before he retired, nothing electrified a stadium full of American tennis fans in
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
One of the most suicidal things you can do in tennis is to believe your ranking. ... I
had begun to develop a reputation: a lot of fans, sportscasters, and journalists
thought I had talent, but the prevailing feeling was that I didn't want to win badly ...
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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