Family found dead in burning Florida mansion had been shot

Family found dead in burning Florida mansion had been shot

TAMPA, Fla., May 9 (UPI) --The family found dead in their burning Florida mansion were killed by gunshots, investigators say.
Frances Burns
Fire at tennis star James Blake's Florida home may have been set by victims

Fire at tennis star James Blake's Florida home may have been set by victims

TAMPA, Fla., May 8 (UPI) --The fire that gutted tennis star James Blake's Florida mansion, where four bodies were found, appears to have been deliberately set, investigators say.
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Firefighters find four bodies in burning Florida mansion owned by tennis star James Blake

Firefighters find four bodies in burning Florida mansion owned by tennis star James Blake

AVILA, Fla., May 7 (UPI) -- Firefighters discovered three bodies Wednesday morning in a burning Florida mansion owned by tennis star James Blake.
Frances Burns

James Blake wins Mercury Prize in London

LONDON, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- Electronic music artist James Blake has won the 2013 Barclaycard Mercury Prize for his second album, "Overgrown," at a ceremony in London.
James Blake's career ends with loss at U.S. Open

James Blake's career ends with loss at U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 29 (UPI) -- Ivo Karlovic ended the career of American James Blake Wednesday with a five-set, late-night victory at the U.S. Open.
James Blake to retire from ATP after U.S. Open

James Blake to retire from ATP after U.S. Open

NEW YORK, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- James Blake, who reached No. 4 in the rankings, said he will retire from competition following the U.S. Open, which began Monday.

Most seeded players advance at Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Andreas Seppi of Italy was ousted from the Winston-Salem Open Tuesday in three sets by U.S. qualifier Steve Johnson.

Sam Querrey waits out rain, logs 1st-round win at Winston-Salem Open

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey waited out a rain delay Monday, then scored a second-round win over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez at the Winston-Salem Open.

James Blake wins, Nicolas Almagro falls in Cincinnati upsets

CINCINNATI, Aug. 12 (UPI) -- American veteran James Blake was a surprise winner but 13th-seeded Nicolas Almagro took a tumble Monday in opening-day play at the Western & Southern Open.

Radek Stepanek, Mardy Fish among Day 1 winners at Citi Open

WASHINGTON, July 30 (UPI) -- Former Citi Open winner Radek Stepanek and American Mardy Fish each advanced with first-round victories Monday in Day 1 of the Washington event.

Isner reaches Atlanta semifinals

ATLANTA, July 26 (UPI) -- John Isner produced 21 aces Friday while defeating James Blake in the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Top two seeds advance to Atlanta quarterfinals

ATLANTA, July 25 (UPI) -- John Isner and Kevin Anderson, the tournament's top two seeds, both survived three-set matches Thursday to reach the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Russell spoils return of Mardy Fish to ATP Tour

ATLANTA, July 24 (UPI) -- Michael Russell spoiled the return of Mardy Fish Wednesday in the last of the first-round matches at the BB&T Atlanta Open.

Fifth-seeded Lu moves to second round at Atlanta Open

ATLANTA, July 24 (UPI) -- Fifth-seeded Yen-Hsun Lu of Taiwan moved on to the second round of the Atlanta Open Tuesday with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over American qualifier Kevin King.

John Isner notches early win in quest for third straight Newport title

NEWPORT, R.I., July 8 (UPI) -- American John Isner started his quest for a third straight Hall of Fame Tennis Championships title with a first-round straight-set victory Monday.
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James Blake
James Blake of the US hits a ball against German Rainer Schuettler during their match for the French Tennis Open in Paris May 25, 2008. Blake won 6-4, 6-1, 7-6. (UPI Photo/Eco Clement)

James Riley Blake (born December 28, 1979) is an American professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. As of June 2011, Blake is ranked 106th among active male players with 24 career finals appearances (10-14 record). His career highlights include reaching the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics and the quarterfinals of the Australian Open (2008) and U.S. Open (2005, 2006). His two titles for the United States at the Hopman Cup are an event record. Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2-0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles. In 2005, Blake was presented with the Comeback Player of the Year award for his remarkable return to the tour. Later, in 2008, Blake was awarded another honor by the ATP where he was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. On July 3, 2007, Blake's autobiography Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life, which discussed his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season, was released and debuted at Number 22 on the New York Times Best Seller list. He co-wrote this book with Andrew Friedman.

Blake was born in Yonkers, New York to an African American father Thomas Reynolds Blake and a British mother Betty Blake. He has a brother Thomas, who is also a professional tennis player, and three older half-brothers: Jason, Christopher and Howard, and a half-sister Michelle.

Blake started playing tennis at age five alongside his 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, though not while playing tennis. Blake attended Fairfield High School in Fairfield, Connecticut, where a schoolmate and childhood friend was future musician John Mayer. Blake was inspired to pursue tennis after hearing his role model Arthur Ashe spoke to the Harlem Junior Tennis Program. Brian Barker was his first (and longtime) coach. He left Harvard University, where he was a member of the A.D. Club, after his sophomore year to pursue a career in professional tennis.

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