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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... and look at him [indicating the linesper- son], and you tell me what the similarity
is.” His tirade became a cause célèbre, catapulting me into the national spotlight
for the first time, but I didn't revisit that match because of the controversy; ...
One of the most telling marks of your character on the court is whether or not you
can break back, because you need to pull it off when your confidence is down
and your opponent's is up. As 2003 wound down, it became clear to me that I ...
... or to his wife's making her annual pilgrimage home. She returned to the States
right away, and when I finally reached her on the phone it was the middle of the
night. I could tell right away that something was terribly wrong because, although
He also took great pride that he continued to exercise: I was with him on one of
those hospital visits when the doctor, on his way out of the room, stopped and
remembered to tell my father how to limit his workouts. As soon as the door
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 the beginning. I found myself
living a ...
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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
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