James Blake


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Country: United States of America
Birthdate: December 28, 1979
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, USA
Residence: Tampa, Florida, USA
Height: 6'1'' (185 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Turned Pro: 1999
Coach: Brian Barker
Current ATP Singles Rank: 99
Current ATP Singles Points: 538
Current ATP Doubles Rank: 82
Current ATP Doubles Points: 1,015

Profile

James Riley Blake is an American professional tennis player. He reached a career high ranking of World No. 4 on November 20, 2006. He has appeared in 24 career finals and has won 10 of them.

James Blake has started playing tennis at an early age of five. He was born to Thomas and Betty and was raised in England. His older brother Thomas is a former Harvard All-American. Blake has three half-brothers and one half-sister.

Blake suffered a health problem at an early age of 13 when he was diagnosed with severe scoliosis. He had to wear back brace for 18 hours a day at that time. James Blake attended the Fairfield High School in Connecticut. The school later renamed the tennis court after him. Blake went to school with Grammy Award winner John Mayer and PGA Tour professional JJ Henry.

James Blake moved to Saddlebrook Academy to train tennis full time in 1999. His role model is Arthur Ashe. Blake, a member of Harlem Junior Tennis Program from ages 5-10 was inspired to play the game after Ashe spoke there. He played two seasons at Harvard in 1998 and 1999 and finished as No. 1 collegiate player.

In July 2007, James Blake released "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life", which was co-authored by Andrew Friedman. The book reached No. 15 on New York Times Best Seller list.

Blake married Emily Snider on November 11 2012, in Del Mar, California. The couple has one child, Riley Elizabeth (born 11 June 2012).

Philanthropy

Since 2003, Blake holds annual charity event that has raised more than $3 million for cancer research. He founded Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund to support cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.

Awards

James Blake was named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year in 2008.


James Blake Timeline

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

Ranking and Points History

DateRankPointsChange
March 4, 201399538 
February 25, 20139953810 
February 18, 2013109493
February 11, 2013108493
February 4, 2013116458
January 28, 2013121458
November 12, 2012128450
September 10, 201210352711 
May 14, 201298572
May 7, 201295572
 Points Chart



James Blake Titles

Partial list of titles won by James Blake

YearTournaments
2013Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Jack Sock)
2007Pilot Pen Tennis
2005Pilot Pen Tennis
2004SAP Open (doubles, partnering Mardy Fish)
2002Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (doubles, partnering Todd Martin)

James Blake Finalist

Partial list of tournaments where James Blake is the finalist.

YearTournaments
2013U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Jack Sock)
2009AEGON Championships
2008Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
2007Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
2006AEGON Championships, Indian Wells Masters, U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Mardy Fish)
2003Pilot Pen Tennis
2002Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships

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