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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How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. 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 ...
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. ONE. THE.
STATEMENT. DECEMBER 2003 Even if you are on the right track, you will get
run over if you just sit there. —WILL ROGERS For professional tennis players,
December is ...
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. them: Death, taxes,
and retirement. In the back of your mind, you know that no matter how good you
are, what you've got is either fleeting or finite—at some point it's going to end, ...
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. the first time, I started
to believe that I actually deserved to be in the same league as the guys who had
been training for such glory since they were old enough to walk and hold a ...
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. my mental unraveling
than to what actually transpired on the court. I was about to wrap up the season in
the mid—to lowthirties, my first year-end slip since turning pro. To be fair ...