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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Finally, we got to Matt, who had been sitting at the end of the circle with an
impenetrable stare, not giving away a thing. With the realization that there was
nobody left to fool, he couldn't contain his smile anymore, brightening like a
I was at a major crossroads, a time in which my life and my career were largely in
the hands of fate, despite all the efforts I was making to get better. Things could
have gone either way for me then: I could have gotten back to my pro-tennis ...
From there, we will continue to travel and play on and off for the better part of the
next eleven months. Success in professional sports is a funny thing. You might
say that pro athletes live with three certainties looming over them: Death, taxes, ...
But tennis, like every other sport that we played growing up, was just a part of our
lives, not the thing that defined them. In fact, it wasn't the ATP that Thomas
dreamed of; it was Harvard University, a goal he attained and which
Right after talent, health, and conditioning, confidence is about the most
important thing a tennis player can possess. It's the crucial intangible of the game
. It's the thing that lets you know you can really tee off on a forehand and it will
land right ...
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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