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

Author: Blake, James

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Blake tells the story of a year of devastating events and how the wisdom of his late father gave him the ability to persevere in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, pushing him to become one of the greatest tennis players in the world. 16-page color insert.


Publisher Harpercollins
Mfg Part# 9780061343490
SKU 204173772
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0061343498
Release Date 7/1/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 9.5H x 6.5L x 1T
"Not since COURTING DANGER, Alice Marble's 1991 tale that revealed (or perhaps invented) her undercover work as a World War II spy, has a tennis autobiography offered its readers so little tennis. By the time Blake offers detailed play-by-play of a match 186 pages in, we're ready for it -- and firmly on his side."
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Annotation As a young black tennis star in a world dominated by white players, James Blake found himself increasingly cut off from reality, from himself, and from his game. Despite his endorsement deals and rock-star lifestyle, Blake's confidence was waning, and he only had one ATP win under his belt. Then in 2004, disaster struck: his father came down with cancer, and in a freak on-court accident Blake collided with a steel net post and fractured his neck. Adding to his distress, Blake became afflicted with Zoster, a form of shingles, that paralyzed the left side of his face. At this point Blake had to face up to some tough realizations: willpower can only get you so far, hype doesn't mean a thing, and fate can play tricks on anyone. With this new, almost Zen-like attitude, Blake surged back into the tennis world, reclaimed a spot as one of tennis's best players, and began winning tournaments. His autobiography, written with Andrew Friedman, is both an interesting look into the challenges of being an American athlete, and a refreshingly honest philosophy about both tennis and life.
Editors Note One of America's rising tennis stars describes how his career was jeopardized by a freak accident on the court that broke his back; how his recovery was threatened by the loss of his father to cancer and to the illness, caused by the Herpes zoster virus, that paralyzed half of his face; and the determination and parental wisdom that led him to persevere. 75,000 first printing.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0275
Publisher HarperCollins Publishers

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