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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Come January, those of us who aren't nursing injuries will flock to Australia, or
one of a handful of other destinations, for the first tournaments of the New Year.
From there, we will continue to travel and play on and off for the better part of the
In addition, there are the other commitments—interviews, photo shoots, personal
appearances, and promoting whatever tournament you find yourself in on any
given week. But when you stack it up against most other “jobs,” life out on the tour
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
Your first tournament victory is a milestone, a sign that you've arrived, that you're
capable of being the last one standing come Sunday night. Once you've notched
that first big win, who knows how many more might follow? As it turned out, ...
There were other tournaments, seven of them, that went by in the blink of an eye
because I traveled to some destination only to lose in the first round, pack my
bags, and leave town, which is not a satisfying way to spend your time and
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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