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 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
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 ...
To keep my game and fitness level up, I trained at the Saddlebrook Tennis
Center, working out six days a week with the conditioning guys and practicing
just as often with other touring pros who live nearby, like my old college
competitor Jeff ...
So between the actual holidays and the personal ones, it always makes for a very
social few weeks, a chance to reconnect with the people and places that have
meant the most to me since childhood. But in 2003, there was another factor that
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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