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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In hindsight I remember those months as one long get-together, although the
gatherings took different forms: sometimes we'd all just hang and catch up,
sometimes we'd watch a ball game, and sometimes we played poker. One
Tuesday in ...
... took me a few Decembers before I really came to understand the abyss that the
month presents. Like many young athletes, I was having too much fun for such
weighty introspection. The ATP tour is like a kind of traveling neverland, where no
... three Septembers and smiling in my cap and gown for my graduation photo in
the spring of 2001. But something funny happened in my sophomore year that
took me by surprise: I became the number one college tennis player in the
A few weeks later, I made it to the second round of the US Open and took
Australian Lleyton Hewitt, the number three player in the world at that time, to five
sets, before the heat and my work-in-progress conditioning failed me and I ran
out of ...
You keep playing matches like that and you're going to win. A lot.” All that
promise. All that encouragement. All those believers. And yet, as I took stock of
2003, there was no escaping the fact that I hadn't passed many road signs to
success in ...
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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