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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While this was a source of great frustration during the fall of 2003, my lone
tournament win wasn't the only thing that was haunting me. Constantly, I found
myself revisiting two encouraging losses going all the way back to 2001. One
That match was indicative of how things went for me in 2003; to put it simply, my
mind, my character, was not in the right place to win matches. In tennis,
especially men's tennis, holding serve is paramount. The serve is the shot over
which a ...
One of the most suicidal things you can do in tennis is to believe your ranking.
You don't win matches because you're number whatever; you get to your number
whatever by winning matches. Going into 2003, I knew this rationally, but I didn't ...
I'd try to do something spectacular to turn things around, and almost inevitably
ended up making things worse. But despite the speculation to the contrary, I was
always trying, and that people doubted my heart left a bad taste in my mouth.
While Brian was right there with me on my desire to take things to the next level,
he shrugged off my thoughts about shaving my head—I think he believed that I
was just messing around and wasn't really serious about such a drastic image ...