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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It wasn't the beer. I hadn't even had a beer. It was the zoster, a virus that grabbed
me back in July and hadn't let go. A vicious illness, zoster had paralyzed the left
side of my face, distorted my sense of taste and hearing, and robbed me of my ...
My father was black and my mother white, and it wasn't always easy. One night,
early in their courtship, they were dining at a restaurant and my father caught
another man staring at them. “I have nice teeth, too,” my father said, grinning
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
While this was a source of great frustration during the fall of 2003, my lone
tournament win wasn't the only thing that was haunting me. Constantly, I found
myself revisiting two encouraging losses going all the way back to 2001. One
It was a remarkable statement, if for no other reason, because he perceived
something about me that I wasn't even admitting to myself: I didn't really believe
that I belonged out there with the best players in the world. I didn't feel like I
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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