Thursday, October 18, 2007

Breaking Back by James Blake

My favorite tennis players were Jimmy Connors, Chris Evert and Monica Seles.

The tennis player that I will pull for now is James Blake.

This book is about a tennis player. It's not an inside look at the professional tennis tour or a tell-all about the other players.

Breaking Back is a story about overcoming adversities including the death of a beloved father, a broken neck and a long bout with zoster. Zoster is a virus that can create paralysis. In Blake's case, it paralyzed part of his face.

Blake is not a pampered professional athlete. What comes across in this book is his devotion to his family, friends and fans. Through overcoming his adversities, he has has gained the right perspective about life. He knows what are the right priorities. Losing a match is not the worst thing that can happen to you.

A very easy book to read. Inspirational. If you need a jump start to stop feeling bad about yourself, read this book.

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