Baghdatis opens Sydney tournament with win

SYDNEY, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Fourth-seeded Marcos Baghdatis was a straight-set winner Monday in the first round of the Medibank International tennis tournament in Sydney.

Nadal completes Masters semifinals field

SHANGHAI, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- No. 2-seeded Rafael Nadal was a three-set winner Friday, earning a shot at No. 1 Roger Federer in the semifinals of the $4.45 million Master's Cup in Shanghai.

Federer secures Masters semifinal spot

SHANGHAI, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer and defending champion David Nalbandian posted victories to earn semifinal spots in the $4.45 million Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Blake is into ATP Masters semifinals

SHANGHAI, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- American James Blake rebounded from a set down Wednesday to post a victory and earn a semifinals spot in the $4.45 million ATP Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Federer holds off Roddick in Shanghai

SHANGHAI, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- No. 1-ranked Roger Federer saved three match points Tuesday before topping Andy Roddick in round-robin play of the $4.45 million ATP Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Blake beats Nadal at ATP Masters Cup

SHANGHAI, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- American James Blake and third-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko were Monday's round-robin winners at the ATP's season-ending Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai.

Davydenko, Hrbaty in Paris final

PARIS, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Russia's Nikolay Davydenko and Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia Saturday advanced to the final at the Paribas Masters tennis tournament in Paris.

One seed loses at the Paribas Masters

PARIS, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- No. 12 Novak Djokovic Wednesday was the only seeded player to lose at the Paribas Masters tennis tournament in Paris.

Several seeds lose in Madrid

MADRID, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- American James Blake was one of several marquee players beaten Wednesday in the second round of the ATP Masters Series tennis tournament in Madrid.

Blake, Nieminen make Stockholm final

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- American James Blake will face Jarkko Nieminen of Finland in Sunday's title match at the Stockholm Open tennis tournament in Sweden.

Berdych first-round winner in Stockholm

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- Third-seeded Czech Tomas Berdych highlighted Monday's first-round winners at the Stockholm Open as he defeated German Bjorn Phau 6-3, 6-2.

Blake, advance to Bangkok final

BANGKOK, Oct. 1 (UPI) -- American James Blake will play Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia in Sunday's final at the Thailand Open Tennis Tournament in Bangkok. In Saturday's semifinals, Blake, th

Ljubicic moves into Thailand Open semis

BANGKOK, Sept. 29 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic rallied from a set down Friday to claim a quarterfinal victory in the $550,000 Thailand Open.

Ljubicic to Thailand Open quarterfinals

BANGKOK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic was among a series of seeded players who won Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the $550,000 Thailand Open.

Blake cruises at Thailand Open

BANGKOK, Sept. 27 (UPI) -- Third-seeded American James Blake needed just 46 minutes to post a straight-set victory Wednesday in the first round of the $550,000 Thailand 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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