James is in the doubles draw!
Mirnyi/Nestor v Johnson/Sock
Norman/Waske v Cermak/Mertinak
J.Murray/Sa v Peya/Soares
There is an interesting article on ESPN.com
* James SERIOUSLY considered retirement back in April - or as his brother put it - "I know he came really close. Really close."
* He plans on playing tour and challenger events in the fall to get his ranking up to make the Australian Open main draw.
* He still wants to keep playing for another year (or more if he can) because he still loves the sport.
From the press conference
Q. Health‑wise how are you feeling?
JAMES BLAKE: I feel great. Just don't worry about the ice. That's just preventive. The shoulder feels better than ever; knee feels better than ever. I'm actually feeling great. It's a really good feeling. That's been exciting for me the last I'd say three or four weeks during the summer where I actually feel like I can move the way I used to or the way I need to to compete here.
I think I was kidding myself earlier in the year thinking I was able to move at this level and I really wasn't after the knee surgery. I think I more wanted it to be okay than it really was okay.
Now for it to really feel the way it does, I feel like I can move and be effective with my legs. Without my legs I'm a pretty average to below average player here. I need those to be strong. The way it's feeling now, I want to just keep on playing.
Q. This is the healthiest you have been since...
JAMES BLAKE: '08, '09. My knee was giving me problems for a while and I didn't bring it up a lot. I didn't want to talk about it because it was something that would nag at me. Then it would go, I could be okay for half a match, and then it starts getting worse. Then I know the next day is going to be terrible.
It just eventually got to a point where I couldn't even make it through a match and it got worse and worse. Eventually the only option was surgery.
It was a while, but I kind of battled with that and it feels good.