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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—WILL ROGERS For professional tennis players, December is an annual abyss.
The year's competition is done, and everyone on the Association of Tennis
Professionals (ATP) tour scatters around the planet to relax for the only month of
The ATP tour is like a kind of traveling neverland, where no one forces you to
grow up. So a lot of the guys are indistinguishable from overgrown adolescents—
when not hitting tennis balls, or the gym, we spend our time hanging out, playing
But when you stack it up against most other “jobs,” life out on the tour is basically
a dream, in more ways than one. It's a dream come true, because most of us grew
up idolizing professional athletes and can hardly believe we've become one ...
There was always the assumption that I would return to Harvard (I actually
promised my mother that I would), or at least that my return was as likely as my
remaining on the pro tour indefinitely. And so, for the first few years, it was
enough that I ...
Rafter was one of the most popular, likable guys on the tour, and after the match,
as we shook hands at the net, he leaned in close, the zinc oxide he smeared
under his eyes like war paint runny with sweat: “You could have beaten me today
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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