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James Blake Curses at Umpire After Match

James Blake exploded in anger at chair umpire, Norm Christ, after his double's match loss today. He and Xavier Malisse lost a three set match versus Travis Parrot and Jordan Kerr. It was a close, hard fought match that Malisse/Blake lost 3-6 in the third. The last point was very controversial, because the ball looked in, but was called out. Both Blake and Malisse were visibly disappointed with the call, but politely shook the hand of their opponents and the umpire. Xavier rapidly packed his things and started making his way off the court with security. The crowd started surging forward for autographs from the players. James signed a few things and started gathering his things, but stopped and walked over to umpire, Norm Christ, who was just getting out of the umpire's chair. (Norm Christ is the same umpire that presided over James' controversial singles match last night that was riddled with disputed line calls. Many balls that were actually out, were called good in favor of his opponent, Robbie Ginepri. I saw the match from the box seat section and feel that James was correct in disputing the calls during the singles match and also had my hunch corroborated by a ball boy who worked that match. He agreed that James was indeed cheated.) (see photos

James asked him,'How can you make those calls where you can't even see the ball that well?'

Norm replied,'I can see the ball.'

'You can't see a fucking thing,'said James.

At this point Travis Parrott looked up from signing autographs and stared at the dueling duo with a baffled,'What the hell is going on?' expression on his face. He looked stunned at James' outburst. (OT: Travis is sooooo damned hot in person!! I asked him if he was still traveling with his girlfriend and he said,'Yes, she's here supporting me.' Oh, she's a lucky girl, he's so handsome and gorgeous.)

The confrontation between the umpire and James went on for at least three minutes, with James continuing to chide Christ for not making good calls. Both men stood their solidly, completely unwilling to back down. Finally, at the end, Christ said,'Well how am I supposed to see that?'

James replied with,'Take it from me, my man, you need to try.'

Then, as if awakened by sleeping salts, James' head snapped to attention, and he appeared to realized that the remaining crowd (people who wanted autographs) was staring at him in silent astonishment. He then returned to gathering his things. He signed an autpgraph or two and then quickly trotted off court with a security guard.

During the entire confrontation, his doubles partner, Xavier Malisse, waited to the side picking at his nail, head down, but smiling from time to time as James lashed out at Norm Christ. James' coach and brassy blonde had already exited immediately after the match ended. John Mayer didn't come to this match, nor James' other doubles match. He only attended James singles matches.

All the photos below capture the scene, with the exception of the three crowd photos where you can see the Paris Hilton trashy lookalike who is James' current girlfriend and traveling companion from now on. She's the brassy blonde in the green top who looks like a stripper. I took those photos during James' night match against Ginepri. Brassy blonde and her friend definitely stood out from the rest of the crowd with their overly bleached hair, trowled on makeup, and nightclub attire. I honestly thought that they had to be groupies, because their look is what the French would describe as 'obvious'. Barbie looked rather bored during alot of James singles match as if she had no real clue of what was going on. She suffered from the same ennui today during James' doubles match.

Certainly, to err is human, but today's behavior from James was out of character. He appears to be turning a corner in his career and its not in the right direction, when you factor in all the other elements:


He'll either need a wild card or play qualies to get into the US Open, because he hasn't been able to get his ranking back up into the top 100. He should have done that by now, but instead has slipped from 97 at the start of the year to a current 108.

He's not improving as a player. Granted, he did have horrible health problems last year and missed alot of time on the tour, but even before that, his results could have been better based on the amount of talent he possesses. Its not fun watching him struggle so badly. He's at the level where he has all the shots, but absolutely no clue at how to successfully strategize and put them together for victory. As he was being interviewed by Access Hollywood on the grounds today, he mentioned playing until he was 32 or 33. I would be very surprised if he lasted that long, because James is on a downward spiral and doesn't notice it one bit.

Bringing the distraction of a new relationship on the road with you as you are in the midst of rebuilding your career is not a wise decision. Trailer trash Barbie will be traveling to every city with him, he announced during the Access Hollywood interview (he didn't use that wording, he said,'Now I've found someone to go to every city with me.'

It is exceedingly obvious that James needs a new coach if he wants to take his game to the next level, but James would rather wait for a miracle that would make that happen. He has experts like Patrick McEnroe and others advising him to make the change and he still won't do it. His stubborness is hurting his career.

There's no doubt that James has 'book sense', i.e. he is intelligent academically. But when it comes to making choices about his career, he's definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer. He seems to rely solely on trial and error instead of using an analytical process to develop a solid plan for his career.

For the most part, I think James will hover around the 100 mark in the rankings all the while needlessly struggling, because he is dedicated to a poor problem solving approach compounded by his unrelenting stubborness (no one tells James Blake what to do, even if they know much more than him!)


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Looks like Blake's nice guy act is just that - an act. No wonder he isn't improving as his new girlfriend is distracting him. Nothing wrong with that though, as she is incredibly hot. Women are more important than tennis.
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Also forgot to say thank you to binkygirl for the pictures and story. It's interesting to read these things that you will never hear about on the normal tennis news sites. Great to have the inside gossip from those at the scene.
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it is very much out of character. james blake has behaved better under worse situations
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Actually guys, you'd be very surprissed if you knew the real James. Not the gentleman many of you think. It's a case of Jekyll and Hyde I guess.
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If he just says "Fucking", then that's OK. James was obviously right.

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Actually guys, you'd be very surprissed if you knew the real James. Not the gentleman many of you think. It's a case of Jekyll and Hyde I guess.
Well it really doesn't matter if the "real" blake curses off court a lot, so long as he behaves himself on court where he is on display for the public. This outburst is out of line from his oncourt behavior for the last 5 years, and thats why it is out of character.
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Re: James Blake Curses at Umpire After Match



Edit: BTW, it's Norm Chryst, not Christ.



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Re: James Blake Curses at Umpire After Match

Norm Cryst has eyesight problems, since when has this been surprising?

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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The rumor says that Norm Chryst (this is the correct sp of his last name) is the most despised chair among players, especially foreign ones. I wanted to post a separate thread on him asking a question why. Were there a lot of cases like Blakes'?

I also heard that USTA and ATP considers him THE US umpire currently, so he is hardly going anywhere even after this critisism.

I had a chance to see him in a few matches Newport and Indi. He overruled quite a lot of calls and in some cases got booed by the crowd as some of those overrules were bad ones. So I'm thinking what does it take for a chair to be demoted?
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lol! great report thanks!!!
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yeah well Marat almost always has problems with him...i was at that Aus Open match against Youzhny (i think it was last year)...where he went off his rocker at Norm and he was totally justified in doing it
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Hewitt, Roddick, Arthurs ( not a bad boy by any means) aren't exactly favourites, the bald ex-Vietnam vet likes the overrules just to get himself into the match and doesn't mind the hometown calls.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
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The rumor says that Norm Chryst (this is the correct sp of his last name) is the most despised chair among players, especially foreign ones. I wanted to post a separate thread on him asking a question why. Were there a lot of cases like Blakes'?

I also heard that USTA and ATP considers him THE US umpire currently, so he is hardly going anywhere even after this critisism.

I had a chance to see him in a few matches Newport and Indi. He overruled quite a lot of calls and in some cases got booed by the crowd as some of those overrules were bad ones. So I'm thinking what does it take for a chair to be demoted?

after re-reading this report I noticed that he actually did not overrule when he should have what a loser!
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To both James and Norm I would just say ''OK guys, keep your hair on.''

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