[Yahoo] Blake pulls out of U.S. Open

Rusty Backhand
08-28-2004, 11:10 AM
NEW YORK -- James Blake pulled out of the U.S. Open on Thursday, citing illness, the third straight Grand Slam tournament he'll miss. Blake, ranked 76th, was not specific about why he withdrew, tournament referee Brian Earley said. The American missed the French Open and Wimbledon after hurting his neck and spine in May when he slammed into a net post while chasing a shot during practice in Rome...