Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Harper Collins, 2007 M07 5 - 288 pages
In 2004, James Blake's life was getting more perfect by the day. A rising tennis star, with each passing year his game seemed to improve. In 2002, he was named Sexiest Male Athlete by People, and along the way he continued to gain in the rankings and earn respect on the court. Each day seemed to offer a new milestone, a new achievement; he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of the ride.
But that life came to an abrupt halt in May 2004 when Blake broke his back in a freak accident on the court. A few months later, as Blake was recovering from his injury, he suffered another tremendous setback when his father–the man who had raised him and provided the inspiration for his tennis career–lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Blake's situation was further complicated when he contracted Zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized tennis career.
Breaking Back tells the story of the tumultous year that followed these three devastating events, detailing how Blake persevered through hardship to become one of the best tennis players in the world. Here Blake explains how the wisdom and words that his father imparted to him over the years gave him the ability to succeed in the face of these seemingly insurmountable odds. Though these trials proved the most difficult of his life, ultimately this trifecta of tragedy became the culmination of all his father's lessons, showing Blake that even in death, his father was still teaching him how to be a man.
In the spirit of Lance Armstrong's It's Not About the Bike and Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking comes this remarkable tale of strength and determination from one of tennis's biggest stars. A story of passion, willpower, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and a son, Breaking Back is one athlete's account of finding hope in the bleakest of times.
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In hindsight I remember those months as one long get-together, although the
gatherings took different forms: sometimes we'd all just hang and catch up,
sometimes we'd watch a ball game, and sometimes we played poker. One
Tuesday in ...
... I never could have dreamed of when I was wobbling my way through my house
that summer and fall. Play tennis long enough, you realize—much as I did—that
your relationship with the ball is your relationship with life. 4 BREAKING BACK.
your relationship with the ball is your relationship with life. Strokes, strategy, and
stamina will only take you so far; how well you play depends on something much
more idiosyncratic and much less definable. The strangest part of 2004 was not ...
So a lot of the guys are indistinguishable from overgrown adolescents—when not
hitting tennis balls, or the gym, we spend our time hanging out, playing poker,
watching television, mastering video games, instant messaging each other, ...
People recognize you on the street; designers throw clothes at you on the off
chance that a reporter might mention it in print; hordes of children line up outside
your practice court to have you autograph tennis balls, rackets, hats, or even
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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
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