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.
In the end, it really didn't matter what I thought or felt. My situation was what it was
. I was at the end of 2003 without a second title, a ranking that was moving in the
wrong direction, and enough regrets to last a lifetime. That year, as I flew home ...
We've always felt at home because our mother is British by birth, and so for the
past two years, my parents had come over for the tournament. This time, however
, my mom made the trip alone, with plans to visit relatives afterward. I lost in the ...
This was, he felt, a bad idea. He was renegotiating my Nike contract, which was
up for renewal, and also fielding interest from other possible sponsors. Besides
contributing to my prominence in the tennis world, I had been signed with IMG's ...