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James Blake's Tennis Equipment, Gear, and Accessories

Birthday: 12/28/79
Birthplace: Yonkers, NY
Residence: Westport, CT
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Weight:183 lbs (83 kg)
Plays: Right-handed, One-Handed Backhand
Turned Pro: 1999
Retired: 2013
Coach: Kelly Jones and Thomas Blake
Grand Slam Titles: --
James Blake started playing tennis at age 5 alongside his older brother Thomas. When he was 13, he was diagnosed with severe scoliosis, and for five years as a teenager he was forced to wear a full-length back brace for 18 hours a day. In 1997 Blake committed to Harvard University where he played tennis and became a standout student athlete. He won many different titles, but most notably won the 1998 ITA All-America Championship in singles and doubles in 1999 and later that year turned pro. During his career, Blake amassed 10 singles titles and 7 doubles titles, while reaching a career-high singles ranking of No. 4 in the world. Career highlights include reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and US Open (2005, 2006). In 2004 he broke his neck by running into a net post and the same year lost his father to stomach cancer, then developed shingles that temporarily paralyzed part of his face. At that point it was uncertain if he would return to tennis, but in summer 2006 he recovered from his injuries and went on finishing the year by reaching the finals of the Masters Cup. Now in retirement he enjoys playing poker, playing occasionally in the QQQ PowerShares Series, commentating on Tennis Channel during grand slams/tournaments, and being the Tournament Director of the Miami Open.

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