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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
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).
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.
James Blake was named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year in 2008.
|March 4, 2013||99||538||▬|
|February 25, 2013||99||538||▲10|
|February 18, 2013||109||493||▼1|
|February 11, 2013||108||493||▲8|
|February 4, 2013||116||458||▲5|
|January 28, 2013||121||458||▲2|
|November 12, 2012||128||450||▲1|
|September 10, 2012||103||527||▲11|
|May 14, 2012||98||572||▼3|
|May 7, 2012||95||572||▼3|
Partial list of titles won by James Blake
|2013||Delray Beach International Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Jack Sock)|
|2007||Pilot Pen Tennis|
|2005||Pilot Pen Tennis|
|2004||SAP Open (doubles, partnering Mardy Fish)|
|2002||Western & Southern Financial Group Masters (doubles, partnering Todd Martin)|
Partial list of tournaments where James Blake is the finalist.
|2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Jack Sock)|
|2008||Delray Beach International Tennis Championships|
|2007||Western & Southern Financial Group Masters, Delray Beach International Tennis Championships|
|2006||AEGON Championships, Indian Wells Masters, U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships (doubles, partnering Mardy Fish)|
|2003||Pilot Pen Tennis|
|2002||Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships|