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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On this Tuesday—just like every other day when zoster ravaged my body—I didn'
t want them to worry, and I didn't want to let those negative thoughts into the
carefree air of the night, so I steadied myself on the table and walked to the
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 final. Instead, I thought about my semifinal match, in which I
Rather, I had disappointments that stuck in my throat, that I thought about at night
just as much as I lingered on those positive memories from '01 and '02. I saw
myself, for example, on the court at Indian Wells, California, in March 2003, losing
... when I had learned it, over and over, the hard way. 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 enough. People opined that ...
In the end, it really didn't matter what I thought or felt. My situation was what it was
. I was at the end of 2003 without a second title, a ranking that was moving in the
wrong direction, and enough regrets to last a lifetime. That year, as I flew home ...
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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