Shriver is the nightmare that ESPN keeps forcing folk to relive; and thanks to the Tennis
Channel and CBS so is Carillo!
“Breaking Back: How I lost Everything and Won Back My Life”
This book is one of the best sports related books I have even read and I am a voracious reader! Released in August 2007, Blake’s book discusses his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season. It debuted at Number 22 and reached No. 15 on the New York Times’ bestseller list. I loved this book especially for its honesty and find it to be one of the most inspiring and remarkable tales of strength and determination!
Don’t take my word alone, read the book reviews provided below.
No matter how many times you have watched James Blake do epic battle on the tennis court, no match can begin to give you as much insight into his character as this single, telling moment: He was once so saddened to see his cancer-ravaged father struggle to change his shirt that “I turned away – not in disgust, but to help him maintain his dignity.”
In his thoughtful memoir, Blake (who suffered from scoliosis and wore a back brace as a teen) recounts the painful events of 2004 – during which he fractured his neck on a net post in a freak accident, lost his father and was diagnosed with debilitating shingles – then spins the tale of his successful return to tennis in 2005. Non-tennis buffs may grow somewhat weary as he replays a few too many tournaments, but Blake serves up the rare sports memoir that actually has a heart. He cries, he mourns, he grows, he triumphs – and we cheer him on the entire way.
‘The Best Athlete Book I’ve Ever Read’ by Darren Rovell of CNBC
I spend much more time reading business books than sports books. That’s in part because I think books about athletes are usually downright awful. They tell us about things we already know about, they are for the most part badly written and, for this reason, only sell to hardcore fans who are willing to pay $24.95 in hopes of finding one story they haven’t heard before.
The new book written by tennis star James Blake, co-written by Andrew Friedman, is called “Breaking Back” and it’s quite simply the best athlete book I’ve ever read. Why was it so good? Because Blake’s story–his father’s death, contracting zoster, breaking his neck and his subsequent comeback–is so good that the tennis is the least significant part of the book. In fact, I counted a 60-page stretch in which not one tennis match was ever mentioned.
In 2002, James Blake was named the world’s sexiest athlete by People magazine. If he wasn’t already a tennis player, his good looks could have made him a successful model. As it is, Blake has a modeling contract with IMG models, posed in GQ and Teen Vogue, and modeled fashions for DKNY and Kenneth Cole.
Named the comeback player of the year in 2005 after Blake overcame three devastating events to become one of the best tennis players in the world. Blake again defied the odds in 2011. Due to serious knee problems Blake began his 2011 comeback tour ranked out of the Top 150 for the first time since 2005. His ranking plummeted to 175 only to rise to number 63 as of August 2011!
It’s October 2011, and one thing remain the same,
James Blake is still
“Fine as Wine in the Summertime!”
The Frenchman Gael Monfils is a superb athlete, with mad tennis skills – explosive and expressive. His parents come from the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. I have long been a big fan of his! He also has great dance moves and did a smooth ‘Dougie’ after winning a match in Canada during the run-up to the US Open! Of course the television tennis commentators had no idea what the dance move was, it was quite funny listening to them try and describe it! Betcha Monfils remains stunned that the Donald Young he just faced has put his game and confidence in his game together. That last time they met the Frenchman took Donald Down! Trust me Monfils will win another day – not the day of October 1st!
Just had Venus on my mind today.
Keeping her in my prayers for a blessing of healthiness
as she continues treatment for the auto-immune disorder Sjgoren’s syndrome.
Although there is no cure for the syndrome, its symptoms which include fatigue are
treatable; and it can go into remission!
Venus the Bathing Beauty
Thinking? Thinking? Thinking? How to best send out “Birthday Wishes” to a beautiful, ambitious, multi-talented person, internationally renown tennis champion; and, someone who loves her family dearly? So I say to myself – Self – Just Say It!
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU! “
And thank you for being an inspiration to women around the world – showing us and helping us to believe that all things are possible! You have achieved great heights; and shown strength and faith as you endured your recent life threatening experience! You remain humble, fun-loving, a tennis fashion icon and one who gives back to the world community through your service endeavors. And congratulations Birthday Girl on being selected the new International Ambassador for UNICEF. phenomenal!
Celebrate your 30th Birthday in grand ‘DIVA’ style. After all, you and Venus brought the Style to tennis that made me a fan of the game – the power game, the vibrant colorful and fabulously designed tennis outfits – rocking earrings, braids and beads on the court – and bringing some much needed diversity to the WTA! Heeeeeey!
I NEED YOUR HELP BLOG READERS
It’s time for some Serena-Birthday-Fun….besides the BOMB body, I did some searching around for some facts you may not know about Serena! Inviting all readers to share other tidbits about the Life of Serena to this Blog in the Comment Section at the bottom of this Blog. Help me make necessary changes, edits and revisions. Hopeful we can collectively celebrate and continue to send the love on this special day – Happy Birthday Serena!
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Place Of Birth: Saginaw, Michigan
Star Sign: Libra
Designer Clothing Label: Aneres, her first name spelled backward
Birth Order: Youngest of five girls
Awesome Accomplishment: 25 January 2003, won the Australian Open completing the ‘grand slam’ of women’s tennis
Career Grand Slam: Beat her older sister, ‘Venus Williams’, to win the 2002 French Open, 2002 Wimbledon, 2002 US Open & the 2003 Australian Open. By doing so, she joined ‘Martina Navratilova’ , ‘Steffi Graf’ , Margaret Court and ‘Maureen Connolly’ as the only women to have won four Grand Slam titles in a row.
Favorite Tennis Player: Pete Sampras
Favorite Color: Pink
Favorite Author: Maya Angelou
Most Memorable Experience: Winning Wimbledon in 2002
Self-described as: Very humorous with a great personality
Favorite place to visit: Italy
Won 1st Grand Slam: In 1999 at Australian Open, beating sixth seed Irina Spirlea
Gold Medal: At the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney
Likes to listen: Mariah Carey and Brandy.
Residence: Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, USA
Hobbies: Surfing, watching movies, football, skateboarding, playing guitar, reading, acting, talking on the phone, and spending time with family and friends.
Graduated 1999: Williams graduated from high school in 1999, private school Driftwood Academy
Age Turned Pro: In 1995, at age fourteen.
1st Year as WTA Competitor: 1997
Olympic Gold: a gold medal at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia