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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In other matches that year, I was simply blown away by my opponents,
sometimes by guys who ranked well below me that in hindsight I didn't take
seriously enough. One of the most suicidal things you can do in tennis is to
believe your ranking ...
Because my optimistic outlook, my what-ifs took a positive tone: What if, I thought
to myself, I took my game to the next level? What if I stopped losing to guys I know
I can beat? What if I didn't get down on myself when I found myself in a bad ...
To keep my game and fitness level up, I trained at the Saddlebrook Tennis
Center, working out six days a week with the conditioning guys and practicing
just as often with other touring pros who live nearby, like my old college
competitor Jeff ...
That always seemed like an ideal to strive for as an athlete, but I had to be honest
with myself: A lot of fans who saw me play in 2003 probably remembered me,
more than anything, as the guy with the crazy hair. I didn't want to be known for ...