Djokovic through to Wimbledon second round

Djokovic through to Wimbledon second round

LONDON, June 25 (UPI) -- World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and fourth-seeded David Ferrer posted solid wins Tuesday in first-round play at the 127th Wimbledon Championships.

Monfils nets early U.S. Clay Court win

HOUSTON, April 9 (UPI) -- France's Gael Monfils moved into the second round of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship with a straight-set victory in Monday's opening day action.

Djokovic reaches third round at Sony Open

MIAMI, March 23 (UPI) -- Novak Djokovic ended a long night of tennis at the Sony Open Friday by dismissing Lukas Rosol in just 53 minutes.

Djokovic, Murray take BNP Paribas wins

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 11 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Andy Murray each needed three sets to record second-round victories Sunday at the BNP Paribas Open.

Fognini earns chance against Djokovic

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., March 8 (UPI) -- Fabio Fognini earned a chance against the world's No. 1 player Friday by winning his first-round match at the BNP Paribas Open.

Haas, Sock move on at Delray Beach

DELRAY BEACH, Fla., Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Second-seeded Tommy Haas of Germany led the group that advanced to the second round of the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships Tuesday.

Top seed Cilic ousted at U.S. Indoor

MEMPHIS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- No. 1 seed Marin Cilic fell in the quarterfinals Friday and Feliciano Lopez ended the run of Jack Sock at the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships.

Another surprise by Sock at U.S. Indoor

MEMPHIS, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Jack Sock continued his unlikely run Thursday with a straight-sets victory that put him in the quarterfinals of the U.S. National Indoor Championships.
Jack Sock surprises Raonic in Memphis

Jack Sock surprises Raonic in Memphis

MEMPHIS, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- Jack Sock recorded the biggest win of his brief pro career Wednesday, surprising No. 2 seed Milos Raonic in the first round of the U.S. Indoor Championships.

Querrey wins at U.S. Indoor Championships

MEMPHIS, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Sam Querrey upended Alejandro Falla Tuesday in the opening round of the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis.

Tennis star James Blake weds

DEL MAR, Calif., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- Tennis player James Blake married his girlfriend of four years, publicist Emily Snider in California, the couple announced.

Defending champ Tsonga breezes at Metz

METZ, France, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Top-seeded defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France cruised into the third round of the Moselle Open Wednesday with a straight-set victory.
Blake opens Moselle Open with win

Blake opens Moselle Open with win

METZ, France, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- James Blake claimed a straight-set victory Monday as the Moselle Open tennis tournament began in France.

Federer, Murray into Round of 16 in N.Y.

NEW YORK, Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer bested No. 25 Fernando Verdasco and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray also advanced to the Round of 16 Saturday at the U.S. Open.
Federer, Murray take early U.S. Open wins

Federer, Murray take early U.S. Open wins

NEW YORK, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Roger Federer and No. 3 seed Andy Murray were among the first-round winners Monday on the rain-delayed opening day of the 2012 U.S. Open.
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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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