Johansson gets first Monte Carlo win

MONTE CARLO, Monaco, April 15 (UPI) -- Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson won his first match in Monte Carlo and third-seeded Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov was upset as the $2.6 million Tennis Ma

Williams sisters to meet in semis

MIAMI, March 27 (UPI) -- Serena Williams, the eighth seed, routed rival Martina Hingis on Wednesday, 6-4, 6-0, to advance to the semifinals of the $6.44 million NASDAQ 100 Open.

Agassi reaches quarterfinals

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Andre Agassi, the oldest player left in the field, Tuesday defeated Thomas Johansson of Sweden to reach the quarterfinals of the $6.44 million NASDAQ 100 Open.

Sampras loses, Hewitt breezes at Miami

MIAMI, March 26 (UPI) -- Pete Sampras' woes continued Monday night at the NASDAQ 100 Open but Lleyton Hewitt continued to breeze along.

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Roddick beats Blake at Memphis

MEMPHIS, Feb. 24 (UPI) -- Second seed Andy Roddick outdueled fellow American James Blake in a clash of Davis Cup teammates Sunday, posting a 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 triumph to win the men's crown

Hewitt reaches semis

TOKYO, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Lleyton Hewitt rallied from a set down to beat Francisco Clavet of Spain, the eighth seed, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, to move into the semifinals of the $870,000

Hewitt, Seles advance in Japan

TOKYO, Oct. 4 (UPI) -- Top seeds Lleyton Hewitt and Monica Seles dominated their opponents Thursday to advance at the Japan Open.

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Rain dampens Japan Open

TOKYO, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- Tenth-seeded Harel Levy of Isreal advanced to the second round as only three matches were completed Monday due to rain at the $870,000 Japan Open hardcourt tenn
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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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