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James Blake's Book "Breaking Back” Makes New York Times Bestseller List

July 27, 2007 10:38 AM

“It's quite simply the best athlete book I've ever read.”
CNBC Sports Business Reporter Darren Rovell

NEW YORK – World No. 9 James Blake’s new book, “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life,” has made The New York Times bestseller list during its first week in circulation, debuting at No. 22.

Acclaim for the book has come from numerous sources, including CNBC sports business reporter Darren Rovell, who wrote, “It's quite simply the best athlete book I've ever read.”  People magazine awarded the book 3 ½ out of 4 stars, and said it is “the rare sports memoir that actually has a heart.”  The Washington Post states that "Breaking Back" is Blake’s “chronicle of a 2004 season filled with distress, injury, illness and -- ultimately – insight.” The book was also an “Editor’s Pick” in Reader’s Digest for the month of July.

In addition, Blake has appeared on the "Tonight Show," "Live! With Regis and Kelly," "Extra!," "ESPN News," ESPN’s "Pardon The Interruption" and has been featured in such publications as Men’s Health, Essence, ESPN the Magazine, Parade and featured on the cover of Tennis Magazine, regarding the book.  He will also appear in the coming weeks on ABC’s "Good Morning America."

“This is a tremendous honor to make it on The New York Times bestseller list,” said Blake. “I never imagined that so many people would be interested in my story, but I hope everyone who reads my book can ultimately find some inspiration from what I went through.”

For more information about the book, log on to www.jamesblaketennis.com.

Breaking Back
“Breaking Back” tells the story of how James Blake persevered through immense hardship to become one of the best tennis players in the world.  Blake was a rising star on the Tour, but everything came crashing down in 2004 when he broke his neck on the tennis court, lost his father to stomach cancer and then contracted a debilitating form of shingles that nearly ended his career. He dropped significantly in the rankings, but with the support of family and friends, he made a valiant comeback and eventually reached No. 4 in the world by the end of 2006.  “Breaking Back” is a remarkable tale of strength, determination, passion, willpower, and of how one athlete succeeded, even in the bleakest of times.






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