Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life (Paperback)

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Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life (Paperback)


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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.

James Blake has been a professional tennis player since 1999, when he left Harvard to join the professional tennis circuit. He grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut, and currently resides in Tampa, Florida.

Product Details ISBN: 9780061560606
ISBN-10: 006156060X
Publisher: It Books
Publication Date: May 13th, 2008
Pages: 288
Language: English

“The grace and dignity that James has shown during some very difficult times has been a source of great inspiration.” — Andre Agassi

“Blake is a champion—in every sense of the word.” — Anna Wintour, editor-in-chief of Vogue

“I’ve known James since early childhood...James’s rise to international success is as stunning as it was predictable.” — John Mayer

“Through Blake’s commitment and passion, he tells the story of the life lessons he learned while facing difficult personal challenges.” — —Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, wife of the late Arthur Ashe

“[James Blake] has inspired young people everywhere with his story of courage and determination.” — —former president George H.W. Bush