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- Age: 34 (28.12.1979)
- Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, USA
- Residence: Westport, Connecticut
- Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
- Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
- Plays: Right-handed
- Turned Pro: 1999
As of 20.10.2014
Singles & Doubles combined
Singles & Doubles combined
Full name is James Riley Blake…Began playing aged five with older brother, Thomas, a former Harvard All-American, father, Thomas, (passed away in July ‘04) and mother, Betty, who was raised in England…Has 3 half-brothers and 1 half-sister…At 13, diagnosed with severe scoliosis (curvature of spine) and wore back brace 18 hours a day…Attended Fairfield (Conn.) High School with GRAMMY Award winner John Mayer and PGA Tour pro J.J. Henry…School renamed tennis courts after him in 2006…In 1999 moved to Saddlebrook Academy to train…Lists Arthur Ashe as role model…Member of Harlem Junior Tennis Program from ages 5-10, and inspired to play game after Ashe spoke there…Played 2 seasons at Harvard (‘98-99)…Finished as No. 1 collegiate player, reaching 1999 NCAA singles final (l. to Florida’s Jeff Morrison)…Voted to ATP Player Council in June 2006, served as Vice President…In July 2007, released “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” (co-authored by Andrew Friedman) that reached No. 15 on New York Times Best Seller list…Since 2003, holds annual charity event that’s raised more than $3 million for cancer research…Founded Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund to support cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering…Has hit batting practice home runs at Major League Baseball stadiums in Miami and Houston…Named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year in 2008...Blake and his wife, Emily Snider (married 11 November 2012, in Del Mar, Calif), have one child, Riley Elizabeth (born 11 June 2012)...Physical trainer is Rory Cordial.
2013 -- Partnered Sock to Memphis doubles final (l. to Bryans)…The following week at Delray Beach, the pair reunited to win their first ATP World Tour team title (d. Mirnyi-Tecau)…Improved to 7-3 in finals…Beat Benneteau in ATP World Tour Masters 1000 Miami 2R, before falling in 3R (l. to Ramos)…With Melzer, the pair reached the Wimbledon doubles QFs (l. to Dodig-Melo)…On 29 August, played final singles match of his career…Lost to Karlovic in five sets in US Open 1R…Retired from professional tennis after US Open doubles 1R loss (w/Sock)...
2011 -- The second-oldest American in Top 100 (behind Russell-33) made a strong resurgence (from No. 173 in March) to finish in Top 60…His best result was SF in Stockholm (d. del Potro, l. to Nieminen) and only had 2 1R losses (Wimbledon l. to Baghdatis in 5 sets; Vienna, l. to Garcia-Lopez) in 16 tournaments...Played well in Challengers with an 18-3 mark, winning titles in Sarasota (d. Bogomolov) and Winnetka (d. Reynolds) while runner-up in Sacramento (l. to Karlovic)...
2010 -- The American finished outside Top 100 for first time since ‘00…Reached four QFs during season…Skipped majority of clay season due to a right knee injury…Best Grand Slam was 3rd RD at US Open.
2009 -- Despite finishing out of Top 25 for first time in five years, the American reached ATP World Tour finals on clay and grass…Began year with a 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to Tsonga), SF in San Jose (l. to Fish) and a pair of 3rd RD exits in Indian Wells* and Miami*…In Estoril, reached his second career clay court final, defeating No. 11 Davydenko in SFs in three sets before falling in final to Montanes in three sets (after holding two match points in second set)…Followed with third round in Madrid* (l. to Federer). He reached his second ATP World Tour final of season at Queen’s (d. Roddick in SF, ret.; l. to Murray)…Then lost both rubbers in Davis Cup QF loss to Croatia…Broke a toe during tie which limited him to one hard court tournament before advancing to 3rd RD at US Open (l. to Robredo)…Went 3-4 in final four events, losing each in three sets (twice to No. 2 Nadal, other No. 4 Murray)…In Paris*, defeated Santoro in Frenchman’s last match of his career…Had a 1-6 mark vs. Top 10 opponents and went 14-12 on hard, 6-7 on clay and 4-2 on grass.
2008 -- The No. 2 American (behind Roddick) finished in Top 10 for second time in three years (No. 4 in '06)...Despite not winning an ATP title, turned in a consistent season by reaching two finals, advancing to his third career Grand Slam QF and finishing in fourth place at Beijing Olympics...In first four months, compiled a 23-7 record with runner-up showings at Delray Beach (l. to Nishikori) in February and Houston (l. to Granollers) in April, his first final on clay...At Australian Open, rallied from a two-set deficit in 3rd RD vs. Grosjean to win in five sets before losing to No. 1 Federer in QF...In February-March, made three straight QF appearances in San Jose (l. to Ginepri) and AMS Indian Wells and Miami (l. to Nadal both times)...Helped U.S. to Davis Cup SF by posting wins over France's Mathieu and Gasquet in QF tie...On clay, went 9-7 with final in Houston, QF at AMS Rome (l. to Wawrinka) and 2nd RD at Roland Garros (l. to Gulbis)...On grass, reached SF in Halle (l. to Kohlschreiber) and 2nd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Schuettler in five sets)...Played well in summer hard court circuit with SF at Indianapolis (l. to Tursunov), QF at AMS Toronto (l. to Kiefer) and fourth place at Beijing Olympics where he defeated No. 1 Federer for first time before losing 11-9 in third to Gonzalez...Then fell to Djokovic in bronze medal match...At US Open, fell to long-time friend Fish in 3rd RD, his earliest exit in five years...Took a six-week break before returning in Madrid where he lost in opening round (l. to Simon)...Followed with QF in Basel (l. to Lopez) and SF at AMS Paris (l. to Tsonga)... Compiled marks of 34-15 on hard, 9-7 on clay and 4-2 on grass.
2007 --Captured two ATP titles in five finals...Also helped U.S. to Davis Cup title (d. Russia 4-1) by posting a 5-2 singles mark during year...In final, defeated Youzhny in four sets and Tursunov in dead rubber...In January, repeated title in Sydney (d. Moya)...Followed with a 4th RD at Australian Open (l. to Gonzalez)...Then reached final in Delray Beach (l. to Malisse in three rain-delayed sets)... In Davis Cup QF, won both singles rubbers (d. Robredo, Lopez) in 4-1 U.S. victory...Then advanced to SF in Houston (d. Monaco, l. to Zabaleta)...On grass, reached QF in Halle (l. to Kohlschreiber) and 3rd RD at Wimbledon (l. to Ferrero) for second straight year...Put together his best summer hard court results (17-3) of his career by reaching final in Los Angeles (l. to Stepanek), QF in Indianapolis, 2nd RD at AMS Montreal (withdrew vs. Hewitt to strained stomach muscle), advanced to final at AMS Cincinnati (d. Davydenko, l. to Federer) and won title in New Haven for second time in three years (d. Fish)...En route, saved three match points in 3rd RD win over Calleri...At US Open, reached 4th RD (l. to Haas in fifth set tie-break) after posting his first career five-set victory over Santoro in 2nd RD (1-10 all-time)...In Davis Cup SF vs. Sweden, lost to T. Johansson in four sets in second rubber and beat Aspelin in dead rubber to give U.S. another 4-1 victory...Fired a career-high 508 aces (7.2 average) to finish No. 9 in Ricoh ATP MatchFacts...Went 2-4 vs. Top 10 opponents and compiled records of 41-14 on hard (third-most wins), 6-7 on clay and 4-2 on grass...In doubles, reached final in Basel (w/Knowles), losing to Bryans.
2006 --Compiled a career-best season with five ATP titles on four continents in eight finals...His titles won trailed only Federer (12) and was tied for second with Davydenko and Nadal on ATP circuit...Finished in Top 5 and as No. 1 American for first time, highlighted by reaching season-ending Tennis Masters Cup final in Shanghai (l. to Federer)...Also helped his country to Davis Cup SF (l. to Russia) with 3-3 singles record...In January, won title in Sydney (d. Andreev in a third set tie-break)...Posted first Top 10 win in an ATP final by defeating No. 10 Hewitt in Las Vegas...Broke into Top 10 on Mar. 20 after reaching his first AMS final in Indian Wells (l. to Federer)...Became first African-American to rank in Top 10 since Arthur Ashe on Jan. 21, 1980...Went on to match Ashe's career-best year-end finish of No. 4 (in 1975)...At Queen's, defeated Gimelstob, Ginepri, Monfils and Roddick before falling to in final to Hewitt...Claimed third title of season by defeating Roddick in Indianapolis in a third set tie-break...Played well at US Open with repeat QF result (l. to Federer in four sets), and then won first Asian title in Bangkok (d. Ljubicic)...Followed with repeat title in Stockholm (d. Nieminen), giving him a career-best 11-match winning streak...Went 8-6 vs. Top 10 opponents, defeating No. 2 Nadal (twice), No. 3 Ljubicic, No. 5 Roddick, No. 6 Davydenko (twice), No. 7 Nalbandian and No. 10 Hewitt (lost to Federer four times)...Compiled 47-14 record on hard courts...Surpassed $1 million in a season for first time with career-best $1,894,295...
2005 -- Captured two ATP titles and first year-end finish in Top 25...Also turned in his first Grand Slam QF result at US Open...Ranked as low as No. 210 on Apr. 18 and compiled a 13-15 match record through July before putting together an impressive stretch from August-on with a 21-6 mark...Began his consistent play with a runner-up effort in Washington (l. to Roddick), then three weeks later captured title in New Haven (d. Lopez)...Took momentum into US Open where he defeated No. 2 Nadal in 3rd RD, No. 20 Robredo in 4th RD before losing to eventual finalist Agassi in a fifth set tie-break (after holding a two set lead)... Played on U.S. Davis Cup squad in World Group playoff tie in Belgium and defeated Darcis in dead rubber...In October, earned his first European ATP title in Stockholm (d. Srichaphan)...Earlier in season won back-to-back Challenger titles in May in Tunica, Mississippi (d. Baker) and Forest Hills, N.Y. (d. Vemic)..
2004 -- At AMS Rome, lost in 1st RD to Novak then slipped during practice session on May 6 while hitting with Ginepri and hit net post, suffering fractured vertebrae in his neck that kept him out of action until July...Came back in Newport and reached 2nd RD...Then fell ill with Zoster, a condition affecting hearing and visionary senses and causing temporary paralysis on one side of his face...Though not completely recovered, played Washington and Delray Beach before ending year early...In March-April, reached QF in Scottsdale, AMS Indian Wells and Houston...In doubles, won titles in San Jose and Houston (w/Fish) and Munich (w/Merklein)..
2003 -- Reached final in Long Island (l. to Srichaphan)...In doubles, won second career title in Scottsdale (w/Merklein)...
2002 -- Went 5-1 in Davis Cup play (3-0 in doubles)...Captured title at Waikoloa Challenger and reached first ATP final in Memphis (l. to Roddick) and later in Newport (l. to Dent)... Breakthrough week came in Washington where he posted wins over Corretja (QF), Agassi (SF) and Srichaphan (F) to become fourth African-American to win an ATP title in Open Era...In doubles, captured first ATP title in Cincinnati (w/T. Martin)...
2001 -- Reached final at Waikoloa Challenger (l. to Roddick)...Advanced to first ATP SF in Newport and later in Tokyo (l. to Hewitt)...Made Davis Cup debut in World Group playoff tie vs. India and won both singles matches...Finished with title at Knoxville Challenger (d. Trifu)...
2000 -- Captured first Challenger titles in Houston (d. Kratochvil) and Rancho Mirage (d. Mamiit)...