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. This book is because
of, and for, my father, Tom. I can't even imagine where I would be without him and
the lessons he has taught me. AUTHOR'S NOTE If you don't play or watch ...
How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life James Blake. PROLOGUE. During
the summer and fall of 2004, I had a lot of impromptu parties in the living room of
my house in Fairfield, Connecticut. The music was blaring on the stereo, beer, ...
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. commitment to
learning by using themselves as examples. My mother, Betty, is a voracious
reader and occasional writer, while my father, Tom, continued to enhance his ...