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James Blake won back-to-back challengers. Now prepares to qualify for FO and Wimby

Blake Wins Forest Hills Clay Court Classic
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NEW YORK (AP) -- James Blake won his second title in as many weeks, defeating Dusan Vemic of Serbia and Montenegro 6-3, 6-4 in the Forest Hills Clay Court Classic on Saturday.

The seventh-seeded Blake also won a Challenger event in Tunica, Miss., last week. The back-to-back victories were his first since playing on the Futures circuit his rookie season.

It's certainly an improvement from last year. The former U.S. Davis Cup player broke his neck last May crashing into the net during a practice, and later was diagnosed with Zoster, an illness that affected his sight and hearing and temporarily paralyzed part of his face.
I knew he damaged his spine, but broke his neck? Wouldn't that make it impossible to play tennis? Also, didn't know about this other illnes..

''My health is 100 percent,'' said Blake, ranked No. 130 in the world. ''Winning two weeks in a row is great. The goal now is to get my ranking to where it was.''

Blake, who was ranked a career-best 22nd before his injury, will try to qualify for the next two Grand Slams, the French Open and Wimbledon, before returning to hardcourts.

''I'll go on the hardcourt circuit when I get back to the U.S.,'' he said. ''I have already been promised some wild cards.''

In the doubles final, third-seeded Nathan Healey of Australia and Mark Merklein of the Bahamas upset top-seeded Americans Jason Marshall and Huntley Montgomery 2-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.
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He'll move up about 50 spots in 2 weeks. So impressive. On clay, no less (even if it is Hartru )

TF, he was VERY sick last year, he had Zoster virus right after his dad passed away and it affected his vision, his balance, everything - he had partial paralysis in his face. Several of us have posted a lot of articles about it in his forum, if you're interested.

But yes, he is very lucky to be able to walk again. apparently if he hadn't turned his head just the right way when he hit the netpost he could've been paralyzed

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Deb: I just looked up Zoster on google (had no clue what it was) and found out it is basically shingles which is a reignition of ...Chicken Pox! The dreaded pox struck again!!! Hewitt to Ferrero to Blake
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Great news. He really deserves the best. Always have been a nice guy and a decent person. After the ordeal he went thru last year, he surely deserves a break. I read some of his comments about what he went through and was quite impressed with how he is evaluating the whole year, how it made him evaluate things and appreciate life.
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James has been playing on the tour for most of this year. He just played these two Challengers to pick up points and matches. Good plan, it worked. Every ranking point that James earns for the rest of the year is a bonus because he has nothing to defend except for a few points at Newport, Rhode Island. He will be in the Top 50 by the end of the year, possibly sooner, and he should be Top 100 in time to get direct entry into the USO. Wouldn't be surprised if he gets a WC for wimbledon since his mother is English. (And somewhere, Coleburg is bulging a vien in his temple at the level of 'hype' that Blake is getting, again ).

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When Blake's game is on, it can be a lot of fun to watch. Best of luck James.
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omg... i was so unaware of what happened to him!

go jb, you deserve all the glory you get! good luck for the rest of the year!
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