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.
... season, it was sinking like a stone. It had been a difficult year, one in which I'd
lost a number of matches I felt I could, and should, have won, often due more to
my mental unraveling than to what actually transpired on the 13 THE
Instead, I thought about my semifinal match, in which I found myself standing on a
Saturday night across the net from one of my mentors, Andre Agassi, who was
well into his legendary comeback and ranked number six in the world.
... butterflies that were inhabiting my entire stomach. Somehow, I pulled myself
together, and before long, I was in the midst of one of those nights that athletes
dream of, when everything just clicked and I could do no wrong. Much of the
When I reached the semifinals, a bunch of my friends from back home in
Connecticut raced to D.C. to see the match, then stuck around for the finals,
where I beat Paradorn Srichaphan from Thailand. Your first tournament victory is
a milestone, ...
Even less pretty was that the most memorable part of that match for most people
was not my performance but an outburst from Lleyton when he accused a
linesman of making calls in my favor because we shared the same skin color. “
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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