Tennis star James Blake talks about his recovery from illness and injury. From the WebMD Archives. You broke your neck playing tennis in Italy in 2004.
Blake fractured his seventh vertebra, but did not sustain any nerve damage and was ultimately able to make a full recovery from the injury. In July, his father died of stomach cancer . At the same time, Blake developed shingles , which temporarily paralyzed half his face and blurred his vision.
Die-hard spectators stayed up late into the night to witness tennis history unfold. Just one year before that, however, James feared he would never play tennis again. In 2004, over two months, a series of tragedies ripped through his life. James had broken his neck and was very nearly paralyzed.
James Blake on his injury and why can't play in the exhibition match against Pete Sampras on opening day of the SAP Open.
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For former tennis pro James Blake, that was 2004, the year he broke his neck, lost his father to cancer, and came down with a stress-related virus that paralyzed his face and affected his balance...
In 2004, while practicing for the Masters Tournament in Rome, Blake lost his balance and slammed head-first into a steel pole, breaking his neck. While home recuperating from the injury, Blake's ...
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.