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Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life
Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life by James Blake 0061343498 9780061343490
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Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life by James Blake

In 2004, James Blakes life was getting more perfect by the day. A rising tennis star, with each passing year his game seemed to improve. In 2002, he was named Sexiest Male Athlete by People, and along the way he continued to gain in the rankings and earn respect on the court. Each day seemed to offer a new milestone, a new achievement; he was leading a charmed life and loving every minute of the ride. But that life came to an abrupt halt in May 2004 when Blake broke his back in a freak accident on the court. A few months later, as Blake was recovering from his injury, he suffered another tremendous setback when his father-the man who had raised him and provided the inspiration for his tennis career-lost his battle with stomach cancer. Shortly after his fathers death, Blakes situation was further complicated when he contracted Zoster, a rare virus that paralyzed half of his face and threatened to end his already jeopardized tennis career. Breaking Back tells the story of the tumultous year that followed these three devastating events, detailing how Blake persevered through hardship to become one of the best tennis players in the world. Here Blake explains how the wisdom and words that his father imparted to him over the years gave him the ability to succeed in the face of these seemingly insurmountable odds. Though these trials proved the most difficult of his life, ultimately this trifecta of tragedy became the culmination of all his fathers lessons, showing Blake that even in death, his father was still teaching him how to be a man. In the spirit of Lance Armstrongs Its Not About the Bike and Joan Didions The Year of Magical Thinking comes this remarkable tale ofstrength and determination from one of tenniss biggest stars. A story of passion, willpower, and the unbreakable bonds between a father and a son, Breaking Back is one athletes account of finding hope in the bleakest of times.

Author: James Blake

Language: English

Edition: First Edition

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 288

Publisher: Harper

Publication Date: 2007-07-05

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ISBN: 0061343498


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