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.
To many observers, this was evidence that I had a tendency to give up on a
match that wasn't going my way, an appraisal that annoyed me because, if
anything, I wanted to win too much. I always had a feeling, deep down, 20
... almost telepathic, relationship; intuiting feelings and needs, but rarely
discussing them. So, we didn't talk much about my father's illness that Christmas.
He was holding up astoundingly well and we all wanted to enjoy the time as
normally as ...
While I liked having a recognizable feature, I also began to get worried that this
feature was overshadowing my playing. I wanted to be known for how I played,
not just how I presented myself. Growing up, I was a huge fan of basketball deity
I wanted to be known for my tennis. And I thought shaving my head would be a
real way of telling myself to put up or shut up. When I got to Fairfield for Christmas
, I couldn't lose that idea that something needed to change, but my hair was just ...
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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