||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.