Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life (Paperback)James Blake (author)
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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.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 318 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 19 mm
"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
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