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The James Blake Thread

07-30-2002, 02:15 PM
Finally, somewhere to cheer James, but he deserves his own Forum :angel:

07-30-2002, 04:10 PM
I'll second that :) James was very convincing in his first round at Toronto. On to Timmy!!

It's nice to have some new player forums!

07-30-2002, 04:12 PM
good luck James tonight

go and do some "chicken plucking" :D

07-30-2002, 06:48 PM
lol at chicken plucking TBE


07-31-2002, 10:32 AM
pluck that chicken James!!!!!! ;) ;)

08-01-2002, 12:36 PM
poor James, he lost to the farmer :mad:

good luck James, you'll get that farmer next time

Chloe le Bopper
08-02-2002, 07:31 PM
James played really well, but TIm was just too good in the end, it was his day.

Better luck next time James!

08-03-2002, 05:56 AM
Hey, we must always look ahead, no? James plays Andrei Pavel in the first round of TMS Cincinnati. C'mon James, wipe the court with this fellow!! :D

Chloe le Bopper
08-04-2002, 02:20 PM
Pavel :( that is a tough draw, but it can be done!

08-06-2002, 01:24 AM
James won it, with a break in the 1st and a close tiebreak in the second set. He's playing some great tennis, as I watch a tape of the tiebreak :)

YAY JAMES!!! I hope you see Juanqui in the 2RD :D

08-06-2002, 01:56 AM
The tv was kind enough to show a little part of the match (last points of the tiebreak). Very thrilling play for James. And he was so happy and enthusiastic about every point won! :D

Way to go Blake! :)

08-08-2002, 03:19 AM
James played a very thrilling match against Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round, unfortunately letting his frustration get in his way there at the end (though I was relieved Juanqui won it myself :o) James's serve was really cooking in the third set and he was toe to toe with Ferrero in the rallies until he dumped the ball in the net or pushed it wide.

Let's face it, he couldn't have lost to a nicer opponent. And he played a great match, he's really coming along. I'm excited to see what progress he makes before the US Open.

08-08-2002, 05:58 PM
He just lacked a bit of consistency. He would hit a genious ball and then sink it all in the net right after. But he was indeed playing very well.
Juan Carlos won because he was playing very well and he was a lot more consisntent.
James needs to be a little more patient and chose better his shots. That done and he will be even better. :)

08-10-2002, 01:40 PM
I just joined here and was looking around and found this thread. James is doing great in doubles this week with Todd Martin, but alas, ESPN refuses to show it on TV. Oh well - they are playing Cyril Suk and Martin Damm today in the semifinals right after Carlos Moya and JC play.

- Stomps
Blake Brothers Online

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I love these smileys!

08-10-2002, 06:06 PM

Welcome to ATPWorld. You've found my hidey-hole on the web :)

08-11-2002, 11:58 PM
Yay, I like this hidey hole, lol. YAY - James and Todd won!! =)

- :bounce: Stomps :bounce:
Blake Brothers Online

08-12-2002, 12:54 PM
Well done JB :bounce: :bounce:

Now lets see you do well in singles at Washington :)

08-12-2002, 02:34 PM
Well done, James and Todd!
Congrats! :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
08-18-2002, 12:54 AM
And it just keeps getting better :eek:

James just beat Agassi 6-4 6-4 !! :D

This has to be one of the biggest wins of his carreer - I'd be surprised if he didn't say it WAS the biggest :D

Now he plays Paradorn in the finals :D

Chloe le Bopper
08-18-2002, 04:00 AM

Blake: "The strategy today was always to be on the aggressive side. The change-over at 5-2 in the second set was the longest change-over of my life just thinking of the fact that I could actually beat Andre and I was just thinking to stay on the aggressive side and if you lose you've got no regrets."
"To actually win that match, you'd never think it was possible when you're a kid. You grow up watching him win the French Open, Wimbledon, US Open, every single one and to know I can play on this level it's amazing. I don't know ho to describe that feeling to beat someone that accomplished."
"I definitely have a different strategy playing Paradorn, he doesn't play the same way Andre does. I'll look back when I've played him before see where I've had some success and figure that out for tomorrow."

08-18-2002, 04:27 AM
Blake leads Srichaphan 2-0

But they haven't played in a tour-level match against each other . . .

2001 Bermuda, (CH): Clay; Blake 6-1, 6-0 :eek:
2000 Binghamton, (CH): Hard; Blake 6-4, 7-6

08-18-2002, 04:37 AM

Very good quote of him, Becca. Thanks! :)

Now just go and win it all, Blake. :bounce:

Chloe le Bopper
08-18-2002, 04:51 AM
Thanks for the head to heads :)

woohoo go james :D

08-19-2002, 12:25 AM
Great win Jamesy...keep the ball rolling James and let's show them in New York. Hey Becca....

08-19-2002, 03:31 AM
Woohoo! Way to go James.
And what a timing... Just in time to give him major confidence for the USOpen. Now go and draw Hewitt again. :D

Chloe le Bopper
08-21-2002, 09:35 AM
:wavey: Bonkers - glad you found you way over here :)

Some day maybe James will get a whole forum, but we'll have to be patient :angel:

Now go and draw Hewitt again.

Hehe HItman, you are so evil :o ;)

Chloe le Bopper
08-21-2002, 11:56 PM
HItman you and your big mouth :fiery:

Look what you did :fiery:

Lleyton Hewitt AUS (1)
Nicolas Coutelot FRA

Greg Rusedski GBR

Nikolay Davydenko RUS

Brian Vahaly USA
James Blake USA (25)

08-22-2002, 03:48 AM
Ahhh, Now go and beat Hewitt.

08-22-2002, 03:57 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOO James! :bounce: break through to your first Grand Slam 3rd round!;)

08-29-2002, 04:06 AM
yah! a James Blake thread! found this article, thought i would put it here. GO JAMES!!!!!!!!!!! :)

Blake-Hewitt II could be special
Prospective U.S. Open rematch has tennis world salivating
by Ted Robinson
_ _ NEW YORK, August 27 ‹ _The most eagerly anticipated prospective match of the first week of the U.S. Open could take place Saturday afternoon when number one ranked Aussie, Lleyton Hewitt, squares up against young American James Blake in a rematch of their controversial second-round epic from last year. _
IT IS EASY to forget that Blake was outplaying the eventual champion Hewitt in the ¹01 Open, in a match that created more buzz than almost any other encounter during that fortnight at Flushing Meadows. Blake was up two sets to one when Hewitt made a comment to a linesman that seemed to appear to everyone at courtside as if it was racially motivated. But instead of caving under the crowd¹s reaction, Hewitt was spurred on. At the same time Blake¹s physical condition was rapidly deteriorating and he ended up losing the next two sets and the match.
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _Now here we are a year later and it is ground hog day all over again. This time the matchup could take place a round later, in the third. However, both Hewitt¹s toughness and Blake¹s conditioning are at the center of the debate on how the match will turn out.
_ _ _ _While watching Blake play his first round match against wild card entry Brian Vahaly Monday, it gave us all slight pause as to whether this tournament would be the time and place for Blake to take his place in the sun. He struggled to beat his fellow countryman in four sets, and of most concern was that Blake was continually getting treatment late in the match for cramping on a day that was not overly warm or otherwise taxing for the players.
_ _ _ _In fact, the most telling aspect of the match to me was looking at Blake being treated at the changeovers, hobbling slowly between points, seemingly needing every moment to gather himself to play the next point. By contrast, looking at the other side of the net, Vahaly was barely breathing hard. When that happens in the first round of a grand slam, to a player as young as Blake, the alarm bells sound.
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _Blake was cognizant that his fitness was an issue after last year¹s Open when he cramped so terribly in his match with Hewitt that he hired a trainer from the Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Florida to work with him on his conditioning. Former tennis great Jim Courier, himself an ex-grand slam champion, and a player known for his prodigious conditioning routine, believes that the scioliosis Blake suffers from in his spine prevents him from working out the same way or with the requisite intensity that a world class player ordinarily would.
_ _ _ _Blake wore a brace to help correct the problem while he was in high school but the problem still affects him. And it may be something that Blake will always have to live with.
_ _ _ _Blake¹s second round match against Nikolay Davydenko of Russia, the 87th ranked player in the world, will take place Wednesday giving the American 48 hours of rest, which given his fitness problems, is a huge advantage. Davydenko should not give Blake any problems, and should Blake advance as expected, he would have 72 hours off before the prospective match with the world¹s top ranked player.
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _If Hewitt and Blake do play Saturday it will be the highlight match on the men¹s side until at least the semifinals on the second weekend. The memories are still very fresh from last year¹s match. The racial element certainly plays into it. You simply can¹t avoid it. It was the genesis of the incident last year and was a very big issue here. Add to the mix the fact that Blake is a New Yorker, and that the match will be the linchpin of CBS¹ coverage Saturday, and you have a major happening.

_ _ _ _However, while Blake may feel an incredible amount of support from the Open denizens and try to use this to his advantage, his opponent will not consider this a disadvantage, which makes Hewitt that much tougher to overcome.
_ _ _ _If the match comes off as planned, it will be a tremendous window into Blake¹s psyche, but not Hewitt¹s. The Aussie has already shown that he can handle crowds that are against him. In fact it seems as if Hewitt thrives on the adversity. The more people dislike and cheer against him, the better he plays.
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _What we don¹t know is how will James Blake handle the intense scrutiny. It will be a big-time match, the biggest of his career. There will be a lot of buzz in the stadium if it happens. He will be taking on the world¹s top player, the event¹s defending champion, in front of over 20,000 people and on national television.
_ _ _ _Blake will have to play the best match of his career. In fact, his play will have to be similar to that which he demonstrated in his triumph over Andre Agassi in the semifinals at the Legg Mason tournament in Washington D.C. a couple of weeks ago. Blake will have to show a good level of fitness because Hewitt can run around and stay out on the court all day. That will be a big issue. Can Blake do what he did not do last year? When he had Hewitt on the ropes he could not finish the job, and he could not finish him off because his fitness was not there.
_ _ _ _Blake this time will be scouted more thoroughly by Hewitt¹s confidants, his game will be comprehensively analyzed and picked apart.
_ _ _ _
_ _ _ _My feeling is that if Blake were to win this match and do some serious damage in the draw, tennis as a whole would win. The product of mixed heritage (his father is African-American, his mother is from Great Britain), Blake does not play the race card. Moreover, he exhibits the same dignity and grace that Arthur Ashe did. And he has made the comment that anytime he is mentioned in the same breath with Ashe he is honored.
_ _ _ _I have never hear anyone around tennis say anything bad about Blake and that is another point that I think is indicative of the kind of guy he is. Everyone seems to have a great deal of respect for him. Additionally, he has a modeling contract which inspires no jealousy from the other players. In fact, the Spanish group on tour affectionately call him, ³modelito.² Now, contrast this reaction to the mostly-negative feelings on the women¹s side whenever the name Anna Kournikova comes up, and the disdain they hold for her.
_ _ _ _Another interesting fact about Blake is that while he grew up in Yonkers and in Connecticut he cut his teeth in the sport on the courts of Harlem. He was not a product of the country clubs or the tennis academies. All the more reason why I think the game itself is the victor if Blake triumphs.

08-31-2002, 02:43 PM
Potato Peeling Time! :D


09-01-2002, 08:22 PM
James :sad: Great effort playing close.

09-25-2002, 09:08 PM
James pulled out of Hong Kong with a left leg injury :sad: I guess Davis Cup really took it out of him :(

07-02-2003, 08:34 PM
bump for this thread! Luv Jamie! :)

07-08-2003, 05:37 PM
I luv his hair I want a son with his hair so cute :hearts:
not that I wanna date with his hair *LOL* but a son with such hair you understand?? :p

08-12-2003, 09:41 AM
yesterday he beat ferreira,finally a good win after months of slump.go JAMES!!!!

JuaNQui FoReVeR
08-12-2003, 02:48 PM
Go James, get out of the slump!! :D

09-01-2003, 05:52 AM

What a class act he is. I never seen a player talk so postively about his opponent and the benefits of playing him. I am a big Rogi fan and always like Blake (personally I always believe he had a better game than Andy) but now I really like blake. Best of luck to him in the fall season.

09-01-2003, 02:51 PM
James played really well last night...

Does anybody know where I can get James Blake Wallpapers?

01-23-2004, 02:18 PM
why are there so few James fans????
nways here's a funny pic of him, he looks like flying!

Clara Bow
04-16-2004, 03:34 AM
Wow- no one has posted in here for a very long time. He hasn't really had much attention lately (not just here). I just wanted to say that I was able to meet James at a local charity event around a year ago and he is one of the nicest people have ever met- both in terms of celebrities and regular folks. I was sad to see him struggle a bit at the end of last year but he has had some longer runs at some tournaments this year...I would just like to say him finally play to his true potential and break through. Glad he won tonight.

On a purely superficial note- his face is really truly beautiful in person. But I would like for him to grow some hair back. ;)

04-16-2004, 03:39 AM
For me, Blake makes the impression that he can be really funny and I can believe you if you tell me here that he is a very nice person.

BTW, I agree with you concerning the hair issue. ;)

04-22-2004, 07:38 PM
A James thread!! :D:D

He deserves his own forum, which he has: et voila!

04-24-2004, 03:35 PM
I saw James practicing and stuff a lot last week in Houston. He is a GREAT guy. Tons of fun, and very good to his fans. He signs tons of autographs, win or lose (and I saw him do this in Scottsdale too). He seems very intelligent and down to earth. I got a bunch of great pics of him in Houston, I'll scan them as soon as I can :)

Agassi Fan
07-15-2004, 12:25 PM
I love this James guy, he is very nice in the real life. I met with James so many times.

07-17-2004, 09:37 AM
His Dad just died, did you know that?

Has he got a girlfriend?

Agassi Fan
07-24-2004, 03:22 PM
His Dad just died, did you know that?

Has he got a girlfriend?

YEs, I am James girlfriend. :)

07-30-2004, 08:17 AM
lucky you :)

08-05-2004, 09:47 PM
Yeah, James is a great guy. I met him last year in Cincy, he was very sweet. He's also replied to two of my e-mails at :)

It's a shame that he's out sick, though; I feel he could've done well in Toronto and Cincy this time around. Hopefully, he'll get to feeling better for the US Open!

08-07-2004, 12:28 PM
i have some pics ;)

08-08-2004, 03:38 AM
That picture always makes me smile!

Agassi Fan
10-08-2004, 10:18 AM
He will play next week?

10-08-2004, 05:52 PM
No, he's pulled out of Metz. That reminds me, I need to scoot over to the his website to find out why.

10-12-2004, 05:20 PM
James has pulled out of tournaments for the rest of the season. He needs more time to rest and fully recover from the virus that he's had since July.

Get well soon James. :hug:

10-12-2004, 08:29 PM
Long article & interview in Tennis Week today about the myriad of setbacks Blake has endured this year:

Setting Sights On 2005, Blake Returns To Court For Charity (

10-12-2004, 08:46 PM
That's is a very good article, thanks for the link.

Agassi Fan
11-25-2004, 11:30 AM

11-26-2004, 05:36 PM
James recently played an exhibition at Robby Ginepri's club in Atlanta. There is a report and some pictures at (his unofficially official site).

11-26-2004, 08:55 PM
*sigh* I really hope James can come back strong in '05. It's really just not fair, I think James was playing among the best tennis in his career in early '04 and then everything happened. *fingers and toes crossed* that he can start at Hopman Cup and come back really strongly.

Agassi Fan
11-29-2004, 04:02 PM
Here can you see all my stuff on James and others.
You can buy everything you see.

ae wowww
12-04-2004, 10:44 AM
I was looking at the Hopman Cup thread, and saw that Lindsay & James were playing again, which I was pleased to see (obviously :)) But I remembered when they won, there was a great picture of them with the trophy, and I couldn't remember if I still had it on my computer, I looked and didn't... So I went to James' website to re-save it to the PC, thinking it'd be hard to go through all the archives to find it. I clicked 'images' and it was practically at the top.. This could be a good thing - credit to the webmaster(s), but I think it is more likely that it just shows how little James has played :( It is sad to see stuff like this happening, so many problems stopping him from playing as well as he can. So happy he's back out there, best of luck to him!

12-06-2004, 04:04 AM
I'm not much of a fan of James Blake...but I really love his abs!!

12-06-2004, 02:40 PM
good luck to James in 2005! I hope he can make a good comeback from everything that has set him back this year! :)

12-15-2004, 05:23 PM
I want to wish James good luck too. He is a really nice guy and he deserves to do well, especially after the personal sadnesses he has suffered this year. :sad: Hope 2005 will be a good year for him. :hug:

12-17-2004, 08:07 PM
Sun-Sentinel, December 17, 2004:
Inspiring memories in a forgettable year for James Blake (,0,7707884.story?coll=sfla-sports-front)

Agassi Fan
12-19-2004, 12:39 PM

12-23-2004, 04:37 PM
Tennis: Ready for recovery

by David Leggat

American James Blake, determined to put a horror year behind him, has been given the final wildcard into the Auckland international men's tournament next month.

Blake, who turns 25 next Tuesday, was No 22 in the world rankings 18 months ago.

But the African-American, almost as well known for his modelling assignments as his tennis, has had a bad trot this year.

He played only 13 singles tournaments, the Australian Open was his only Grand Slam event, and he steadily slipped down the ATP pecking order.

That was in large part down to injury.

In May he fractured vertebrae in his neck when he slipped and slammed into a net post in practice. That sidelined him for two months.

He then picked up a disease which affected his hearing and temporarily paralysed one side of his face.

The second half of his year was virtually a non-event, as he played only two tournaments since July.

On the plus side, he was the United States' No 1 ranked collegiate player, has been a frequent member of the US Davis Cup team, has had wins over many of the world's best and is among the most popular Americans on the circuit.

"James is an exciting player and will certainly add interest to what is already a great Open field," tournament director Graham Pearce said.

Blake overcame severe curvature of the spine in his early teens, spending 18 hours a day in a brace at one point.

His solitary ATP Tour singles win came at Washington in 2002 when he beat Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan in three sets.

He has been a beaten finalist three times, and has picked up five doubles titles.

12-28-2004, 02:52 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:HAPPY BIRTHDAY BLAKEY :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

:worship: have a great 2005, make it yours!!! :worship:

01-02-2005, 04:03 PM
sigh. I miss the dreads.... but here is a photo of James looking happy and looking good.

01-03-2005, 11:59 PM
Another negative thing Blake had to deal with in the year that was 2004:

New York Daily News, January 3, 2005:
More race hate letters: Poison-pen goon wrote stars, judge (
__________________________________________________ _______________
USA (Megan Shaughnessy & James Blake) Hopman Cup match schedule:

Session 5: USA 2 d Netherlands 1
Meghan Shaughnessy d Michaella Krajicek 7-5, 6-4
James Blake d Peter Wessels 6-1, 7-6(7/4)
Shaughnessy/Blake lost to Krajicek/Wessels: 5-7, 5-7

Session 9: Slovak Republic 2 d USA 1
Daniela Hantuchova d Meghann Shaughnessy 6-4, 6-2
Dominik Hrbaty d James Blake 7-6 (2), 6-4
Hantuchova/Hrbaty lost to Shaughnessy/Blake 6-0, 6-7(13), 6-7 [7]

Session 11: USA 2 d Australia 1
Meghann Shaughnessy lost to Alicia Molik 2-6, 3-6
James Blake d Paul Baccanello 6-3, 6-4
Shaughnessy/Blake d Molik/Baccanello 6-7(6), 7-5, 7-6[7]

USA finished 2nd in Group B

01-04-2005, 04:34 PM
Here are James's press conferences from yesterday's Hopman Cup win. Actually I guess it's today? I hate time zones :lol:

Transcript - James Blake (USA)
4 January 2005


Well done James you have sealed the tie for the United States. Welcome back to Perth. What is it about this place? You seem to play so well here.

I love it. This was kind of my first big tournament, to see these kind of fans , they supported me then when I was definitely a nobody so I want to come back here as many times as I can and just have fun in front of these fans. It’s the best tournament in the world I think.

How much of a relief is it for you to be out here playing your best tennis again? Because it has been a pretty hard road last year.

Absolutely, it is incredible. I really didn’t know what to expect coming out here for my first match and I think it is the perfect test. I saw that I could play some of my best tennis in that first set and I saw, even when it got tight, down a break in the second set, that I could come back and still pay well and be composed out here which I knew if that was going to come back after such a tough last year.

Well we are used to seeing you athletic and jumping around, we can have a look at you here (looking at the T.V.) leaping around the court. How hard do you have to work to get back in this kind of condition?

It was pretty tough last year. I had such a long break to get back, that it felt so good, once I started really getting back into shape and to just see myself progressing the way I was. To feel good doing tunnel running and lifting weights. For me it is not a good feeling to be out of shape and I was forced into being out of shape for a while there and now I am getting back to it.

What do you learn about how important tennis is for your life when you can’t do what you love for a quite while?

Last year I had a few occurrences that put things into perspective and put tennis into perspective. I realise it is a lot of fun. It is what I do for a living and I want to be as good as I can be but there are more important things in life. I am so blessed to have my family and have my health back. You can lose your health so quickly. You can lose your friends and your family so quickly that you try to appreciate that. I just love what I do for a living. I had such a great time playing out here. I had a great time trying to entertain these fans and I am going to keep doing that for the rest of my career as long as I can do this.

Do you afford now to set goals in regards to rakings and titles in 2005? Or are you just so happy to be out there?

I never really do because as you say I didn’t know what to expect coming out here, this first match and this whole first couple of months I really don’t know what to expect. It could be very up and down but I am just going to try and do my best and like I said the progression of getting better and better and getting back to the kind of shape I was in before I got hurt, is all I am looking forward to this year. I want to be, at the end of this year, to have seen a progression and to be a better player at the end of the year than I am now.

Well we love to see you here at Hopman Cup James. Well done, sealed the tie. Now you can enjoy the mixed doubles.

Transcript - Krajicek, Wessels, Blake and Shaughnessy
4 January 2005


Well a great round of applause for the Netherlands and surprise victors in the mixed doubles against the Americans. Michaella an unbelievable day for you. Unfortunately the singles a little tough but you have got a smile on your face.

(Krajicek) I had an awesome time it was great to play America in the first round. Meghann play really well in the singles. Her serve was going really well. My serve was going well too but I was a little bit bad with the shots from the back of the court, but I had a great time in the mixed doubles. It was awesome.

Well you stood up there against James, and James was hitting balls at you left, right and centre and you just stood there and volleying at the net. There was some excellent play.

(Krajicek)Yes we had a great time. We had nothing to lose. We were already 2-0 down so we were just having really good conversation between the points.

Well I don’t want to get into that. Peter, a tough one in the singles, you met James in his first time back. In the first set it was over pretty quickly but then you were very close to winning the second set.

(Wessels) Yes the first set he played unbelievably. I really didn’t know what happened to me. Especially after he had six months of injuries. In the second set I served a little better. At 5-4 that was my chance. It was actually my only chance that I had. I had to take that one but I served a really poor game and, unfortunately it didn’t happen today. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day for us.

Well a terrific mixed doubles. You must have been pretty happy because you set up a lot of points and Michaella played some great stuff in the mixed.

(Wessels)Yes Michaella played really well, especially in the important points; she was there and hit some unbelievable shots. We play well together. It is only our second mixed together, but I think if we keep going like this we can beat a couple of other teams.

Congratulations on a great effort. But we are going to put your dad under the gun here. Where is he? Over here? Dad’s up here, and it is Michaella’s 16th birthday in a couple of days, on the 9th of January. So she is hoping that dad here is going to come up with a pretty good gift. Congratulations. Well Done.

(Michaella) Thank you.

Now to the winners over here. Meghann you haven’t played a lot of tennis coming down here and you came down when Lindsay couldn’t make it. How have you been going in Perth? Has it been enjoyable?

(Shaughnessy) It is beautiful. I would like to go out and see some of the beaches. I love the water. I was so excited when I got the call. It was unfortunate that Lindsay couldn’t make it but I’m more than happy to be here.

First match of the season. We know this time of the year is tough. You’ve had a little bit of time off it appears you have been staying in shape and working hard.

(Shaughnessy) Yes I had a really good off season. It is always a little bit tough to play the first match and also it was against a 15 year old, which makes me feel a little bit old out here.

Yeah you are all of 25, it’s a tough deal isn’t it?

(Shaughnessy) I know. On the tennis tour 25 is getting up there.

Well James we are so happy to have you back because we know what you went through last year. He’s only played two tournaments since May, where he took on a net post in Rome and hurt himself. Then he had some unfortunate situations as far as family and then injuries. You haven’t played since September after the US Open. Is it great to be back?

(Blake)It is great to be back and especially here. This is where I feel like my career started in the first place because I came here when I was completely unknown. Paul McNamee gave me a chance to play. I thought every week was going to be like this. I have been sadly disappointed since then. But I have got to keep coming back here because everyone treats me great. They have even got pads on the net posts for me. They think of every thing here for me. It’s great.

Also you have had a bit of time to bulk up a bit. You have put on a few pounds and got some of those muscles. But where is the shirt without the sleaves? You wore it in singles.

(Blake)I didn’t want to wear it in doubles. She would put me to shame. Meghann might make me look bad. I have got to save some sort of dignity out there.

Congratulation on a great effort. As the number one seeds and defending champions, we look forward to seeing you later in the week

(Blake) Thank you.

Clara Bow
01-04-2005, 05:32 PM
Good to see Blake back with a win – couldn’t happen to a nicer guy. I knew about the cracked vertebrae and the death of his father in 2004- but I had not realized that the virus he contracted in 2004 was so severe as to cause blurred vision and the paralysis of facial muscles. I’ve met several celebrities and sports figures and I can honestly say that Blake was the nicest and warmest and he just seems to be a genuinely kind person. So I’m hoping the best for him in 2005.

Agassi Fan
01-06-2005, 09:52 AM
Go James!!!

01-14-2005, 02:48 AM
Blake faces Florian Mayer of Germany in the first round of the Australian Open.

01-17-2005, 01:57 AM
nice article on Jamesie in the NYTimes!

Blake Begins a Climb Out of a Painful Place

Published: January 17, 2005

MELBOURNE, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17 - It was the worst year of his life. But it is 2005 now; another Australian Open begins here on Monday, and James Blake, despite all recent evidence to the contrary, still considers himself lucky.

Breaking your neck, watching your father die slowly from stomach cancer and having to live for months with half of your face paralyzed and your career in limbo would be enough to knock the stuffing and optimism out of many a golden boy.

"It's unbelievable, the things he's had to go through," Patrick McEnroe, the United States Davis Cup captain, said.

But Blake, a Harvard dropout turned rising tennis star turned hospital patient, is still upbeat, still looking his questioners in the eye and still answering respectfully and thoughtfully in his baritone voice. His ranking has dropped to 94 from a high of 22. He has fallen well below Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish, his close friends and former Davis Cup teammates. His left eye and timing are still not quite right.

He will never get his father, Thomas, back, but Blake will get another crack at making a success of the career path that Thomas was proud to see him take.

"I definitely don't feel I took things for granted as much as a lot of guys, but now I'm definitely not going to take anything for granted," Blake, 25, said as he waved Australia's ubiquitous flies away from his face in the summer heat.

"This is what he wanted for me," Blake said of his father, who died on July 3. "That was the one thing he told both of us near the end. He used to play a bunch of tennis, and as soon as my brother and I started beating him, most people would say to him: 'Oh man that must be tough. How do you feel losing to your kids?' And he would say that it was the proudest day of his life when we started beating him, because he was so proud that he had taught us, and we were going forward and wanted to do kind of the same things he did."

Blake's progress stopped abruptly during a practice session on a clay court in Rome last May, when he tripped chasing a ball near the net and slammed headfirst into one of the metal net posts. The collision, which could have paralyzed him if he had not turned his head at the last moment, left him instead with a broken vertebra in his neck and no chance of playing the French Open or Wimbledon. Instead, he went home to Fairfield, Conn., for six weeks, which he considers the best thing that could have happened, because it allowed him to spend time with his fast-fading father.

They played golf and, above all, talked at length. "He didn't tell me to go win Wimbledon for him or anything," Blake said. "He wrote my brother and I a beautiful note about how proud he was. We as a family were not always the most expressive about the way we felt. The last few weeks was a time to actually express all that. He knew how we felt. We knew how he felt, but it was still important to have the chance to say it."

His father died the Saturday before a grass-court event in Newport, R.I., was to begin. But his father had insisted that James and his older brother, Tom, should play no matter what. James managed to win a round, but within a week, he had developed what he thought was an ear infection. A doctor prescribed antibiotics, but the next day, Blake awoke unable to move the left side of his face and with a rash covering most of his head.

The cause turned out to be shingles.

"It's in everyone," Blake said. "Once you have chickenpox and get over that, it's in your system, but it comes out in reaction to stress. And I was amazed what stress can do to your body. I've always felt like a pretty laid-back person, not letting things get to me. But I guess everyone's body reacts differently, and when I had a family tragedy, I was losing a lot of sleep and just thinking about my father, so it just built up."

Blake had internalized a great deal. Though his father was found to have stomach cancer in 2003, Thomas Blake did not wish his illness to become public.

But Blake's own health eventually broke down, and it took more than three months to recover most of his facial movement. Because he could no longer blink his left eye, he had to push his eyelid down and up with the tips of his fingers and put drops in constantly (his eye would remain open as he slept).

Eager to return to the circuit after his neck injury, he entered events in Washington in August and in Delray Beach, Fla., in September.

His vision was still occasionally blurry, and on his way to predictable defeat against Vince Spadea in Delray Beach, he sprinted wide to hit his best shot, the forehand, and whiffed. "I started kind of laughing because I knew I was not ready," Blake said.

His doctor told him it was time to write off the rest of the season.

There would be no more rushing back to the Tour, only intermittently intense preparation for the season to come. He changed his grip on his suspect volleys, visited friends, then watched from afar as his former teammates played in their first Davis Cup final (and lost) in Spain.

Looking at his face now, you would not notice anything unusual, although Blake said it did not feel quite right if he tried to blink several times quickly.

Still, compared to all that went awry in 2004, that is only a nuisance, one that doctors assured him would disappear.

Now for the next hard part: punching through the rust and doubts and winning again.

He opens on Tuesday against Florian Mayer of Germany, and though this is Blake's fourth Australian Open, it will feel as if he is starting over.

"I just feel like I need to prove that I belong back up there, that it wasn't a fluke," he said. "Maybe I can play even better. I really do think I can eventually, but I'm realistic. It's probably not going to come back right away."

01-17-2005, 04:22 PM
thanks deb for that :hug:
blakey starting to really sound positive about his future, its looking good :)

ooo mayer first round, thats a toughy, i wish him the best in this tourney and the rest of the year

01-18-2005, 02:43 PM
What a GREAT win James had!

Now Beat Lleyton!!!!!!!!!!! ;)

01-18-2005, 04:01 PM
wow blakey did WELL! that was one convincing win :bigclap:

i never knew he was playing doubles with mardy at the slam? woooo :dance: thats cute!

01-18-2005, 08:34 PM
Wow, amazing win for James! Good luck next round.


01-18-2005, 10:32 PM
Let's go James!!! Beat Lleyton!!!!!

01-19-2005, 03:42 AM
Blake was just in the studio with Chris & BG on ESPN2. Nice interview: he's not back to 100%, but after his first round win he knows he can compete with anyone on any given day. He's taking inspiration from Canas, Haas, & T. Johansson getting back to the top after long breaks from the tour. All the pressure will be on Hewitt, Blake will just get out there and have fun.

I forgot: the other thing he said when they mentioned his record with Hewitt was "he got me at my home GS twice, so I think its fair that I pay him back at his home GS."

He's so nice. I'm glad he's back.

01-19-2005, 04:31 AM
I love James.

That is all.

Agassi Fan
01-19-2005, 08:05 AM
Beat Hewitt!!

Go James!

01-19-2005, 05:05 PM

01-19-2005, 05:43 PM
I forgot: the other thing he said when they mentioned his record with Hewitt was "he got me at my home GS twice, so I think its fair that I pay him back at his home GS."

He's so nice. I'm glad he's back.
now if that class i dont know what is :rolls: good luck blakey against hewitt :)

01-19-2005, 07:13 PM
now if that class i dont know what is :rolls: good luck blakey against hewitt :)
LOL!!! Come on James!!! You can beat him!!!!

Agassi Fan
01-20-2005, 08:32 AM
6-4, 6-7,0-6, 3-6 .-(((((

01-20-2005, 03:12 PM
Not a bad match. I think James hung in there quite well. Hopefully he will have a great 2005.

01-20-2005, 03:48 PM
james showed alot of improvement, and what he did out there was positive for the rest of '05, i hope he doesnt get down on himself :hug: good luck james!

01-20-2005, 08:13 PM
He came so close to going up 2-0 sets. He had set points in the 2nd, but couldn't convert. The tumble he took at the end of the tiebreaker took him out of it mentally and physically for a while.

01-20-2005, 08:18 PM
It was so good to see him on court again, and he even seemed to be enjoying it at times. Now that I've seen that match, I have a really, really, really good feeling about 2005 and I can hardly wait for JB to come back to the states, play those 6 tournaments in a row here and get his rankings back up.

01-20-2005, 08:42 PM
It was so good to see him on court again, and he even seemed to be enjoying it at times. Now that I've seen that match, I have a really, really, really good feeling about 2005 and I can hardly wait for JB to come back to the states, play those 6 tournaments in a row here and get his rankings back up.

AMEN To that!

Seems like he might even be playing himself into contention for the 2nd spot on the DC Team - I would love to see him in March. Too bad he couldn't convert in the 2nd set but so gutsy from him nonetheless. I'm so proud of him and his outlook is just wonderful. Such a good guy, I really hope 2005 is good to him. If anyone deserves it, it is James.

01-20-2005, 11:49 PM
great showing James :yeah:

01-21-2005, 05:41 PM
Good showing for James in singles. He played a hell of a match against Hewitt, it would have been great if he could have won. Good win last night in doubles James!!!!

01-21-2005, 07:12 PM
yay doubles :dance:
i liked that first set against lleyton, i wonder why...great work blake :) :)

01-22-2005, 05:28 AM
James needs a better coach. He should have won that second set.

01-22-2005, 05:12 PM
James has been with the same coach since he was a kid, I don't see him leaving him. But I agree, mental strength issues have often been his problem :(

01-22-2005, 08:08 PM
GOOOO JAMES AND MARDY!!! I'm so happy to see James out on the court again.

01-23-2005, 12:25 AM
Why we love James Blake (

01-23-2005, 12:46 AM
Awesome article, thanks!

01-25-2005, 06:08 PM
Bid On Blake's Racquet For Tsunami Relief (

01-31-2005, 12:41 AM
Blake faces a 19 year old Russian qualifier (GABASHVILI, Teimuraz) in the first round of Delray Beach.

01-31-2005, 12:53 AM
Go James! Then beat Vinny Ice in the 2nd round :devil:

02-05-2005, 08:32 PM

Blake not pleased with Hewitt's fist-pumping
Blake: "If Lleyton's more interested in winning matches than making friends in the locker room, that's his prerogative. … It's to make sure to keep a player down"

By Matthew Cronin,

FROM THE SAP OPEN IN SAN JOSE – Everybody's favorite guy, James Blake, has a beef with Lleyton Hewitt. That doesn't put the considerate 25-year-old in unusual company, but is a strong indication that the serial first pumper from Australia's act is wearing very thin.

02-06-2005, 12:50 PM
aww i think if blakes getting tired of it most players are...james is such an agreeable guy.
oops lleyton, try again :p

(james blake has A beef? hmmm weird expression :lol: )

02-06-2005, 08:34 PM
Go James! Then beat Vinny Ice in the 2nd round :devil:
Yes, please beat Cousin Vinny.

02-06-2005, 09:47 PM
Yes, please beat Cousin Vinny.

I posted that for Delray... but yes, James, always beat Vinny if you have the chance LOL!!

02-07-2005, 01:01 AM
Go Blakey!!!

I was disappointed not to see the man in Delray when I got to go, but I'm still firmly in his court!!
(How about Miami next month? ;))

02-07-2005, 03:40 AM
This week Blake is playing at the SAP Open in San Jose

Tuesday or Wednesday:
Singles 1R: (SE) Wesley Moodie v. (WC) James Blake

Doubles 1R: Labadze/Lee v. Blake/Fish

02-07-2005, 03:42 AM
it's a really tough match for James - Wesley has a fantastic serve and being indoors should only help him.... C'mon James!

02-07-2005, 04:01 AM
Yes indeed Moodie has a nice serve. He's pretty susceptible to a lot of different things though, it seemed in the Novak match. Take him, Blakey!!!!
(I thought too that that was a little tough.)

02-08-2005, 11:32 PM
JAMES!!!!! NICE win today over Moodie, who was in really good form and who is really tough on fast surfaces!

and James and Mardy's doubles match just started and they're up an early break! :)

02-08-2005, 11:34 PM
YEAH BAYBEE!!!!! (I'm a broken record today)

02-09-2005, 12:12 AM

here's a nice article about James

He plays Spadea next. James has had some tough matches against him (I saw a match they played last year in Scottsdale and James really shoulda won it)... he has a shot to win, definitely.
2005 already looks better to talented Blake
- Glenn Dickey, Chronicle Staff Writer
Sunday, February 6, 2005

Imagine the worst that could happen to you. That's what 2004 was like for James Blake.

Blake, who will be playing this week in the SAP Open, which runs Monday through Sunday at the HP Pavilion in San Jose, was playing the best tennis of his life, hoping to move into at least the top 20 in the world, when he entered the Italian Open in Rome last May.

"I was so confident," he said at the draw for the SAP Open, where he is the defending doubles champion with Mardy Fish. "When you're playing like that, you don't even have to think. You do everything instinctively."

Then, in a practice session in Rome, he tripped while chasing a ball near the net, with his head slamming into the metal post at the side of the net. If he hadn't turned his head at the last instant, he might have been paralyzed. As it was, he had a broken vertebrae in his neck, which sidelined him for the next six weeks, knocking him out of both the French Open and Wimbledon.

The bad news continued. His father, Thomas, was dying of stomach cancer. Nobody outside the family knew because he didn't want it public, but James went home to be with him in his final days. Thomas Blake died on July 3, at age 57, just before the start of a tournament in Newport, R.I.

Because his father had insisted, James played in the tournament but won just one match. A week after the tournament, he awoke with what turned out to be Bell's palsy, a condition in which a side of the face is paralyzed.

"I didn't know what was happening," he said, "but when I went to the hospital and the doctor said he wanted me to go to the emergency room, I knew something bad was happening."

It was three months before Blake regained full use of his facial muscles. Determined to get back on the court, he entered tournaments in Washington,D.C. and Delray Beach, Fla., but his vision was blurry and he did so poorly that he decided to take a tournament sabbatical.

"I was so bad, I didn't want anybody to see me," he said. "I hit with my teacher, but nobody else. I always knew I wanted to come back to tennis, but I had serious doubts that I could."

Because he missed almost seven full months, his world ranking dropped to 76. It's even lower now (No. 135), but he feels much better about his game. "I just have to get my confidence level back to where it was in Rome last year," he said. "I just haven't played enough yet to get there."

Though he lost to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt in the second round of Australian Open last month, he feels the experience gave him a big boost.

"I really needed to get in playing time in a big tournament, and I played two singles matches and four doubles (reaching the quarterfinals with Fish). I played a very good first set against Lleyton and played well in the second one, too, but then I fell off. That's the difference in tennis. A player like Lleyton plays well in every game and every set and every match. That's what you have to do to get to the top."

Last week, though, was a setback for Blake, who lost 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 to 19- year-old Russian qualifier Teimuraz Gahashvili at the Millennium International at Del Ray Beach, Fla.

"He probably played the match of his life," said Blake, who is now 3-6 in matches since he broke the vertebrae in his neck. "I let him get too far out in front and then I couldn't catch him."

Blake's best attribute is his speed.

"He's absolutely the fastest player in tennis," said Luke Jensen, who formed a top doubles team with his brother, Murphy. "One time, when we were all playing World Team Tennis, he played Murph and I by himself -- and beat us."

Blake also has all the shots and, at 25, should still be in his prime. "I think it's just a matter of getting into playing form," he said, "hitting the shots when you need to. That's what it usually comes down to, making the shots on the big points.

"I know it will take awhile because it's not easy to come back when you've been away, but I hope that all I've gone through will make me a better player and a better person."

His play this week at the SAP Open, where he reached the second round in 2004, starting with his first match against Wesley Moodie of South Africa, will give him and those who watch him some idea of the progress he's making on the court.

02-09-2005, 12:44 AM
Wow that's intense. You just want him to win even MORE after reading that!

02-09-2005, 12:50 AM
did you see him when he was in the ESPN studio during the AO?? He himself was on talking about all the stuff that happened to him last year. I was bawling. Absolutely makes me want to see him succeed even more.

02-09-2005, 01:05 AM
did you see him when he was in the ESPN studio during the AO?? He himself was on talking about all the stuff that happened to him last year. I was bawling. Absolutely makes me want to see him succeed even more.

Dang! No, I didn't see that. I woulda been too! Maybe that's just as well, the guys here don't wanna see that.

02-09-2005, 01:15 AM
Yea, when you see someone on TV Say "banging my head into a net pole and breaking a vertebrae was the best thing that ever happened to me b/c it forced me to go home and be with my dad the last few weeks of his life" it's hard not to :tears:

02-09-2005, 01:23 AM
Yea, when you see someone on TV Say "banging my head into a net pole and breaking a vertebrae was the best thing that ever happened to me b/c it forced me to go home and be with my dad the last few weeks of his life" it's hard not to :tears:

Yes, it definitely is.
But it hurts a lot knowing that that young man is the one saying it as well.

02-09-2005, 05:03 AM
Great classy quotes from Blake and Andre at San Jose, from the Associated Press:

"I'm surprised circumstances would lend me being able to play," Agassi
said. "I had the mind-set you give everything to Davis Cup or you don't. I
want to be a part of it, but I can't play every time."

Team coach Patrick McEnroe visited with Agassi and convinced him he could
play when he could. Agassi called each player to make sure he was wanted and

"A big influence on me was seeing the camaraderie of the team last year,"
Agassi said. "This group seems to look out for each other and that's something
I admire and respect a lot. I am flattered they would consider me on a case by
case basis."

Agassi remains a favorite with younger fans as well as with his fellow tour
players as he seeks his 60th career singles title.

One young fan painted an 'A' on both his face and chest and loudly cheered
for his hero during a changeover.

Agassi made an impression on James Blake, a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Wesley
Moodie, when the Las Vegas native announced his return to the Davis Cup team
after a four-year absence.

"He's ranked 10th in the world and people are asking when he's going to
retire," Blake said. "In Davis Cup, he gives us the best chance to win.
Agassi and (Andy) Roddick on the same team is probably historic. We need to
have him stay on the tour for as long as possible."

Agassi promised to give his best effort.

"They can count on me to try," he said. "Anything else I can offer beyond
tennis I'll consider that an opportunity."

02-09-2005, 05:37 AM
Agassi and (Andy) Roddick on the same team is probably historic.

James! :hearts:

AH!! We're gonna be part of something HISTORIC! And if James says it's historic, then it must be so :p

02-09-2005, 02:57 PM


Blake bouncing back


By Darren Sabedra

Mercury News

After an extraordinarily difficult 2004, James Blake is smiling again. He is back on the ATP Tour, looking to regain the form that led him to a No. 22 world ranking in May 2003.

Tuesday, in a first-round SAP Open match, Blake advanced with a relatively smooth 6-3, 6-4 victory over Wesley Moodie at HP Pavilion. The wild-card entry needed only one break of serve, in the second game, to win the first set. He broke Moodie's serve twice in the second, winning in 64 minutes.

For Blake, 25, it was just another step in his comeback.

``He's a legitimate tour player, a very dangerous player with a big serve who volleys well,'' said Blake, who is ranked No. 138. ``To get a win like that, it gets back to the point where I'm happy with anything I'm doing on the court right now.''

Blake played in only 28 matches in 2004. He suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck while running into a metal net post in Italy last spring and then came down with an illness that causes temporary paralysis on one side of the face and also affects vision and hearing. Also, his dad died from cancer.

``When I hurt my neck, I couldn't pick up a racket for six weeks,'' Blake said. ``Then I got back and played for about three weeks, and that's when I got sick. So then I didn't pick up a racket for probably two months.''

When he did pick it up, he said it was hardly normal.

``It wasn't really hitting; it was just maintenance,'' said Blake, who also won a doubles match Tuesday. ``My focus was so screwed up that I would only hit with my coach, because I would be embarrassed to hit with anybody else.''

He isn't embarrassing himself now.

``On a personal level, it's so good to have James back on tour,'' said Andy Roddick, the SAP Open's top seed. ``He's honestly one of the nice guys out there. I just wish nothing but good things for him this year. He deserves it.''

• Andre Agassi's announcement Monday to rejoin the U.S. Davis Cup team was good news to Blake.

``He's giving us the best chance to win,'' Blake said. ``He's unbelievable. People amaze me when they keep asking him when he's going to retire, because he's still top 10 in the world. I think we need to keep him on tour as long as possible and ask him if he'll keep staying even after he should.''

02-09-2005, 03:31 PM
James! :hearts: AH!! We're gonna be part of something HISTORIC! And if James says it's historic, then it must be so :p
Well the U.S. will be the only country to field its #1 & #2 singles players & #1 doubles team (& all three in the top ten nonetheless). It's been quite a few years since any team (let alone the U.S. did that) because of defections or injuries.

02-09-2005, 10:36 PM
Dang, Blakey goes down to Spadea 3-6, 0-6.

He must be feeling a little discouraged.
But there's still doubles!!

And you're still pure class, James.

02-09-2005, 10:39 PM
I still love you james, i'll always be rooting for you :)

02-09-2005, 10:43 PM
I still love you james, i'll always be rooting for you :)

Me too... unlike some others, in say, the live SAP thread.

02-10-2005, 12:34 AM
omg... James what happened :sad:

Paige, remember what I told you about a large portion of the people here... :unsure:

02-10-2005, 01:20 AM
omg... James what happened :sad:

Paige, remember what I told you about a large portion of the people here... :unsure:

Yep... it's still distressing tho, even when you know it's comin'. :eek:

02-10-2005, 03:44 PM
Dang, Blakey goes down to Spadea 3-6, 0-6.

He must be feeling a little discouraged.
But there's still doubles!!

And you're still pure class, James.

I think after being out so long it takes a couple of months to get match tough. Tommy Haas had similar problems the first two months he was back. He would get one good win, but lose in the next round. Blake should be back to playing more consistently by Spring.

02-10-2005, 03:54 PM
I think after being out so long it takes a couple of months to get match tough. Tommy Haas had similar problems the first two months he was back. He would get one good win, but lose in the next round. Blake should be back to playing more consistently by Spring.

We'll be here waiting. :)

It's really not shocking at all. He'll have better events and worse events depending on how he's feeling. He's healed, but his body is changed and that has an effect.

02-12-2005, 01:36 AM
James drew Mardy in the first round at Memphis. There is no justice. :hysteric:

02-14-2005, 01:51 AM
Well they play tomorrow night (Monday) :(

Check out James's quasi-official site for a handicap of the match. Funny stuff!

02-14-2005, 09:10 AM
hilarious stuff! :lol:

well, may the better player out there win :(

02-14-2005, 12:33 PM
oh give them a break!! mardy vs james? deb youre right, no justice there!

come on james, no come on mardy, no...hang on...i cant do it!

02-14-2005, 05:48 PM
Yeah, this is the sh*ts!!!!!

I'll agree with ataptc... may whoever can get farther this week win!!!

Go Both!!!!

02-15-2005, 12:21 PM
mardy won 6-2 3-6 7-6(7).. it's described as a blockbuster thriller! that means both guys played pretty well :) this is from the memphis website:


No. 6 seed Mardy Fish needed eight match points to win a 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7) thriller over James Blake in one of the most exciting matches of the day. With the win, Fish ties the series 1-1 with Blake and advances to the second round of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships & Cellular South Cup. Fish broke early serve in the second game of the first set and hold serve until the end to win it 6-3. Blake quickly recovered by improving on his service games and breaking serve at 2-1 in the second set to take the match to a deciding third set.

With Fish leading 5-2 in the third set, Blake used the support of the exciting crowd to break serve and hold for 4-5. Serving for the match for the second consecutive time, Fish had six match points but could not convert leading to a final tie-break.

Blake was down 5-4 in the tie-break, then won two consecutive points on Fish's serve to lead 6-5 and hold a match point on his serve. Fish used a great return to win the next two points and finally put an end to the match with a forehand winner on his eight match point in exactly two hours of play.

Washa Koroleva
02-15-2005, 12:24 PM
James is quite good looking I think. :p

02-15-2005, 04:56 PM
I was torn during this match. I wanted it to go 3 sets and be a close match, so I guess I got what I wanted.

02-17-2005, 02:01 AM
It sounds like James hurt his hand and that's why they pulled out of the dubs. NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hysteric: MY GOD he deserves some good luck!

02-17-2005, 03:44 AM
It sounds like James hurt his hand and that's why they pulled out of the dubs. NOT FAIR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :hysteric: MY GOD he deserves some good luck!Blake: Broken Toe (according to the draw sheet)

02-17-2005, 03:50 AM
broken toe??? WTF!!!!!!! How do these things happen to him!!!!!!! :banghead: :sad: :sad: :sad:

02-17-2005, 04:00 PM
:sad: This must be so frustrating for him. I just hope this new injury won't keep him out of the circuit for too long. He's such a good guy and doesn't deserve all this bad luck he's been having over the past year. :sad:

02-17-2005, 05:49 PM
Poor James. :sad:

02-17-2005, 06:02 PM - Memphis, TN,1426,MCA_1756_3554429,00.html (,1426,MCA_1756_3554429,00.html)
February 17, 2005

Doubles switch
The team of Mardy Fish and James Blake withdrew from the RMKC doubles Wednesday and were replaced in the draw by the alternate team of Tomas Zib and Antony Dupuis.

Blake and Fish, unseeded in the 16-team doubles tournament, were scheduled to play the wild-card entry of Jan-Michael Gambill and Robby Ginepri in a first-round match Wednesday. But Blake withdrew with a toe injury, according to ATP Tour officials.

Blake lost his opening-round singles match, coincidentally, to Fish.

Gaining respect
Blake said he has been humbled by the respect paid to him by a rising number of African-American teenagers making their mark on the ATP Tour. Scoville Jenkins, 18, received a wild card into this week's tournament, but dropped a first-round match to Kevin Kim. Timothy Neilly of Tampa and Phillip Simmonds of Reston, Va., participated in the qualifying. Donald Young, Jr., of Chicago received a wild card into last week's tournament in San Jose.

''I won't mention his name, but I heard one of the younger guys say he looked up to me,'' said Blake. ''That sent chills down my spine.

''When I got on tour I realized I was a little different than the norm out there and that there might be people I'm influencing more than others. That's why I always act appropriately and in the manner that I should.''

Blake said he is encouraged by the development and progress of the group.

''I look forward to them all doing pretty well,'' Blake said. ''And when (seeing African Americans) on the tour becomes more the norm, maybe it'll break down some barriers.''

-- Phil Stukenborg and Zack McMillin
Copyright 2005, - Memphis, TN.

02-18-2005, 09:31 AM
i hope the injury isnt serious and wont keep him out of the circuit for long :sad:

Agassi Fan
02-23-2005, 09:10 AM
James won against Carlsen. :-)

02-23-2005, 01:25 PM
JAMES!!! Good win for him! :D:D:D

02-23-2005, 03:46 PM
Excellent win for him, and glad that the toe does not seem to be bothering him. Hope I get to see him in Indian Wells.

02-24-2005, 03:08 AM
Here's stuff that was posted at sounds about like I remember in Scottsdale at night.
2/23/05 Win in Round One

James got his first big win of the year yesterday, beating 7th seed Kenneth Carlsen in Scottsdale last night. From what I hear, this one went until 1am in the morning, and only James, Kenneth, James' mom and brother, the chair ump, and a drunk were left in the stands a the end. I've emailed James to confirm that he did in fact win 7-6, 7-5, but I guess he is still sleeping, since I haven't heard back just yet.

He'll be up and about soon enough though, because he and Thomas play doubles today. James' second round opponent is Jeff Salzenstein. That match will take place tommorow.

UPDATE: James just wrote back and had this to say:

i didn't think there would be anything in the paper since we didn't finish till after 1 a.m. i can't say it was like a night match at the open with tons of fans still going crazy for every point. it was freezing and there were very few people left in the stands. but it felt great to pull out a close match. i think that definitely will help my confidence for coming back. so far i've lost quite a few of those and this was a match that easily could have changed on just a couple of points. i was down 2 set points in the second. and the first set tiebreaker was 11-9 with only one point going against serve at 9-9. so it was pretty close.

next up is salz, who is a similar player. he has a bigger serve, and comes in more. his forehand is a little bit more of a weapon. i've had some good success against him, but that was years ago, we'll see how it goes tomorrow.

02-24-2005, 03:23 AM
Okay, I need to get emails like that from the biscuit for my 'unofficial site.' That was way cool of James to write to Chris and give him that much info. He sounds ready for his next match. Go James!

02-24-2005, 03:27 AM
That is awesome!!!!! :woohoo:

Thanks for the website post!

02-24-2005, 04:50 AM
Great win for James :yeah: . i'm hoping his competitive performance in the AO and more wins like this give him some confidence in his climb back up the rankings

02-25-2005, 02:49 AM
James with an easy win to make the QF in Scottsdale! :rocker2: :rocker2:

Urgh he plays Vinny Ice next. I saw his QF against Vinny ice LAST year at Scottsdale and IMO Jamesie should've won. Sounds like Vince is on his last legs with his health problems. This is a REAL SERIOUS chance for James.

02-25-2005, 03:56 AM
James with an easy win to make the QF in Scottsdale! :rocker2: :rocker2:

Urgh he plays Vinny Ice next. I saw his QF against Vinny ice LAST year at Scottsdale and IMO Jamesie should've won. Sounds like Vince is on his last legs with his health problems. This is a REAL SERIOUS chance for James.

Good for JB :yeah:

02-25-2005, 05:14 AM
Too cute!

James Blake was the winner bidder of this 14-week old female golden Labrador retriever in Monday night's Aces for Kids charity auction at the Tennis Channel Open.

02-25-2005, 05:25 AM

Congrats on the win too Blakey! :woohoo:

02-25-2005, 01:20 PM
Blake regains his form, earns Spadea rematch
Jeff Metcalfe
The Arizona Republic
Feb. 25, 2005 12:00 AM

James Blake is back.

Back into the Tennis Channel Open quarterfinals, again against Vincent Spadea as in 2004, but more significantly back into the upper echelon of his sport after a literally paralyzing year.

The popular American slid head first into a net pole in Rome last May, fracturing vertebrae in his neck only because of ducking his head at the last instant. His father Thomas died of cancer in July even as James was coping with Zoster, a disease affecting his hearing and vision in his left eye and causing paralysis on one side of his face.

"I never said I'm not going to make it back," said Blake, who called it quits for the year in mid-September. "There were times when I thought I don't know if I will, I'm not sure.

"Especially the first day or two in the hospital with a bunch of IVs hooked up to me and not being able to move my face at all. I had no idea what to think."

Instead of a guy with model looks pushing for the top 20 and hanging with his Davis Cup buddies like Andy Roddick, Blake was faced with a life crossroads at 25.

He traveled to Boston to spend time with his friends from Harvard, to Las Vegas with tennis pal Robby Ginepri and to Colorado with his brother.

"I'm a very competitive person," he said. "Just watching some of the tennis made me kind of ache to be out there."

So Blake, almost as recklessly as ever, dashed after drop shots Thursday night at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in putting away Jeff Salzenstein, 6-2, 6-4, to reach his first ATP quarterfinal in 10 months. And at 6:30 tonight, he gets another chance against defending champion Spadea, who has won their past four meetings beginning here last year. Spadea advanced with his fifth consecutive three-set win here, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 over Janko Tipsarevic.

"I owe him some revenge, he's gotten me bad a few times," said Blake, who lost 6-3, 6-0 to Spadea earlier this month in San Jose. "I need to try and get him back."

Blake is thankful for that opportunity but better understands its perspective.

"I don't take anything for granted any more whether it's a smile, a nice day, being able to see clearly or move your face," he said.

Agassi Fan
02-25-2005, 01:24 PM
Too cute!

James Blake was the winner bidder of this 14-week old female golden Labrador retriever in Monday night's Aces for Kids charity auction at the Tennis Channel Open.

They are so sweet! (both). :)

Go James, win this title!!

Agassi Fan
02-26-2005, 09:10 AM
James lost 6-7, 1-6. :-(((

02-26-2005, 02:46 PM
Sorry to hear about his loss today :sad: but I hope he can still take some confidence from at least reaching the QF stage, and build on that as the season progresses. I wish him all the best :hug:

02-26-2005, 06:45 PM
I think he can, crimson. It was his first QF in a very long time, and it sounds like he had his chances against Vinny. I was hopeful he would win, which would have REALLY given him confidence, but his mindset and his outlook are just so positive that it's hard to get down about it.

Unfortunately since James made the QF at Scottsdale last year, this better showing won't even help him rebuild his ranking :( I hope he can snag a WC into IW and Miami. He made the QF at IW last year and if they don't WC him in, his ranking will really plummet even further :sad:

He just needs to keep plugging it out and play as many matches as he possibly can. Maybe even play a couple challengers and if he can do well in them it might really help his confidence. He's truly one of the "good guys" and he deserves to get a lucky break for crying out loud!

02-28-2005, 04:39 PM
He's truly one of the "good guys" and he deserves to get a lucky break for crying out loud!

Yeah, what she said!!!!
Go Blakey!!! Inserting Deb sig reminder smilie... :rocker2:

02-28-2005, 05:36 PM
Yeah, what she said!!!!
Go Blakey!!! Inserting Deb sig reminder smilie... :rocker2:

:haha: :haha: :yeah:

02-28-2005, 07:16 PM
I think he can, crimson. It was his first QF in a very long time, and it sounds like he had his chances against Vinny. I was hopeful he would win, which would have REALLY given him confidence, but his mindset and his outlook are just so positive that it's hard to get down about it.

Unfortunately since James made the QF at Scottsdale last year, this better showing won't even help him rebuild his ranking :( I hope he can snag a WC into IW and Miami. He made the QF at IW last year and if they don't WC him in, his ranking will really plummet even further :sad:

He just needs to keep plugging it out and play as many matches as he possibly can. Maybe even play a couple challengers and if he can do well in them it might really help his confidence. He's truly one of the "good guys" and he deserves to get a lucky break for crying out loud!

It's great to see that James is feeling upbeat about the future, having a strong mental approach to things will definitely help him on the road to getting his career back on track. :)

I am worried about his ranking, but I think if he can do well enough for the first half of the year, there will be opportunities in the second half of the season to build up a lot of new points as he doesn't have much to defend. Hopefully he can get a few WC along the way to give him the opportunity to defend the points at IW and elsewhere, and help to put him in a good position for later in the year. Like you said, playing challengers could also help - I remember Andre began his career comeback at challengers, and that gave him a platform to get his ranking up high enough to get direct acceptance for tour level tournaments again - so it could help James with his ranking too. Whatever he decides, I hope it goes well for him - he definitely deserves some good luck, and hopefully that will happen for him this year. :)

03-03-2005, 03:39 PM
He's been given a wild card for Indian Wells :yeah:

03-03-2005, 05:25 PM
whew, I was hoping he would get this.

03-08-2005, 09:57 PM
AMS Indian Wells:
1R: (WC) James Blake v. Alberto Martin

03-09-2005, 12:09 AM
Not a terrible draw for James, but not a great one either, considering his QF points. He should be able to win a couple matches, though, which will certainly help, and this is the last thing he has of note on the rankings front, so it should be up after this. I hope Miami gives him a WC too :unsure:

03-09-2005, 04:08 AM
Guess Who's Coming To Dinner?
By Tennis Week

What do Arthur Ashe, Eminem, Halle Berry, Mother Theresa and tennis have in common? More than a mixed doubles fantasy match the four figures are James Blake's picks as his ideal dream dinner party guests.

The 25-year-old Yonkers native, who has accepted a wild card into this week's Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells where he reached the quarterfinals last year, selected the quartet as his favorites to break bread with during an interview with friend and frequent practice partner Robby Ginepri, for the current issue of Atlanta Tennis magazine. The interview is also available on James Blake

The multi-sport athlete who made his mark on celebrity poker and captured the ESPN celebrity championship for his weekly NFL picks tells Ginepri he spends some of his spare time playing and watching sports.

"I definitely (like) to spend time with my friends and family," Blake tells Ginepri. "Going out and having a good time, watching football, watching basketball. I'm still kind of a sports nut so I love watching sports. Maybe playing a little bit of golf when I get the chance."

Among the revelations Ginepri elicits from Blake are his choice in cards ("Mercedes CLK55 and Cadillac Escalade") and his preferred locker position ("I have to go to the top locker, then you don't have to bend down to get your stuff all the time.")

03-09-2005, 05:05 PM
those are some good choices there Jamie :) quite an eclectic mix, i wonder what mother Theresa would think of Eminem? :p

i just wanted to post this picture, Jamie rocks black and white, yeahhh

03-10-2005, 08:59 PM
Blake was Down a Break (,1,744953.story?coll=la-headlines-sports)

03-12-2005, 12:38 AM
I can't believe I am only now discovering the James Blake thread... why on earth doesn't he have his own forum??? a single thread can't contain his hotness!
Good Luck at IW!! :wavey:

03-12-2005, 02:58 PM
1R: (WC)J Blake (USA) d. A Martin (ESP) 62 63

2R: (15)N Davydenko (RUS) vs (WC)J Blake (USA)

03-12-2005, 07:30 PM
Congratulations James!! :banana:

03-13-2005, 12:12 AM
James beat Davydenko 6-3 7-6(6)!!!!!!!!!!!

03-13-2005, 01:43 AM
3R: (17) Fernando Gonzalez v. (WC) James Blake

03-13-2005, 01:44 AM

03-13-2005, 10:37 PM
yay! james is into the third round, hope he can come back all the way

03-14-2005, 12:50 AM
keep it going james :banana:

03-14-2005, 12:53 AM
Yeah James :bigclap: nice pic Sarah

03-14-2005, 10:40 PM
ESPN2 showed a few minutes of Blake v. Gonzo between the Sharapova/Safina & the Roddick/Novak matches. They said they would continue to check in on it during the Roddick match.

03-15-2005, 03:55 AM
james really should have won that match today but oh well, good luck next time :sad:

03-15-2005, 03:58 PM
james really should have won that match today but oh well, good luck next time :sad:Blake's Chances Are Blown Away (,1,5507491.story?coll=la-headlines-sports-tennis)

03-15-2005, 04:05 PM
james really should have won that match today but oh well, good luck next time :sad:

The important thing is that he's on his way back. he strung together two nice wins, and had tons of chances in the third one against a solid top 20 player. Unfortunately, b/c he made the QF last year, his ranking will drop more, but with the WC into Miami and basically not much to defend after that, hopefully it'll be upward bound from this point on. If he can get a decent draw in Miami and put a couple wins together, he'll start adding points b/c he has nothing to defend there and except for a couple of first round wins when he tried coming back later in the year, the only other thing he has is a QF in Houston.

So if James can keep his form, and his spirits, up, he should really be on a good path. And my god, he really deserves it.

03-16-2005, 04:53 AM
good to see james back, even if he only made it to the 3rd round, it's a pretty good start.

03-17-2005, 09:02 PM
Blake, Haas Hits The Streets of Miami Tomorrow
By Tennis Week

James Blake joins Tommy Haas is taking tennis to the streets tomorrow morning. The pair will help promote next week's Nasdaq-100 Open by hitting with about 50 kids from the Miami-Dade County Parks & Recreation tennis camps at 11 a.m. on the street in front of the Stephen P. Clark Building on NW 1st Street between NW 1st and NW 2nd Ave in downtown Miami.

Officials from the Nasdaq-100 Open, Miami Dade County and other local dignitaries will get their chance to play tennis on the streets of Miami. New tournament sponsor Starbucks will be on hand providing product sampling.

The event is open to the public; spectators are encouraged to attend and parking is available.Saturday:
Serena, Blake, Lopez To Conduct Clinic In Miami Tomorrow
By Tennis Week

Serena Williams and James Blake partnered to claim the 2003 Hopman Cup championship. Tomorrow, the pair will take the court again — as opponents — joining forces with two Miami-area kids in a doubles match as part of Nike tennis clinic.

The three-time Nasdaq-100 Open champion, Blake and Spain's Feliciano Lopez will conduct a tennis clinic for about 200 kids from the City of Miami Parks and Recreation program from 1:30- 4 p.m. at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center on 765 NW 36th Street in Miami.

As part of the tennis clinic, NikeGO will replenish the "Shoe Closet", established last year, at the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center. Every child who attends the clinic receives a free pair of Nike shoes from the NikeGO Shoe Closet.

During March 4th- April 3rd, NikeGO will donate a percentage of Niketown sales, up to $35,000 of Nike product, to the Ashe-Buchholz Tennis Center and the Miami “Summer Fun for Kids” program to support youth physical activity programs. After the clinic, Williams will conducted a question and answer session with the kids.

03-19-2005, 05:26 PM Tennis to the Streets of Miami

On March 18, the NASDAQ-100 Open and Miami-Dade County Parks and Recreation officials closed the street in front of the Stephen P. Clark building in downtown Miami and set up a regulation size tennis court. Stars Tommy Haas and James Blake worked on court with children from the Miami Dade County Parks & Recreation tennis program. RacquetWorld provided the net, Lite FM's Ellen Jaffe and Richard Lewis were the Emcees, Starbucks provided sapmples of their Strawberry Frappacinos and FILA provided t-shirts and bandanas for the kids.

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03-20-2005, 04:15 AM
james is finally getting his own forum!! i know where i'm going to be from now on :hearts:

03-21-2005, 07:49 PM

Blake will face a qualifier in the first round of AMS Miami.

03-22-2005, 10:47 PM
Jamesie plays Carlsen tomorrow night. he just beat him in Scottsdale 7-6 7-5, so hopefully James has some confidence. GO JAMES!

03-23-2005, 02:18 PM
good luck james!! :bounce:

03-23-2005, 09:49 PM

03-24-2005, 01:54 AM
james wins 6-3 6-2 :aparty:

03-24-2005, 01:59 AM
Now beat Carlos?????!!!!!!!

03-24-2005, 02:12 AM
who do we pray to for that? d:

03-24-2005, 02:15 AM
Well done James :bigclap:

Good luck against Carlos :yeah:

03-24-2005, 03:36 AM
just do your best james :)

03-24-2005, 03:15 PM testiest match was the second-to-last of the night. Kenneth Carlsen of Denmark threw a fit, threw his racket and eventually stormed off the court and slammed the locker room door after losing to James Blake 6-3, 6-2. Carlsen disputed a few calls toward the end of the match and complained the balls were too soft, squeezing a ball in the referee's face as fans whistled and booed.


It was not the way Blake wanted his victory to end, but he will take any win he can get these days. Blake was ranked No. 22 two years ago, but plunged to No. 192 after fracturing a neck vertebrae and contracting Zoster, a condition that affects hearing, vision and causes temporary facial paralysis.

''Every match I win now is validation that I'm back,'' said Blake, who next faces No. 6 Carlos Moya. ``I feel bad about what happened with Kenneth because he's a great guy. I've been ticked off before, but I've tried to calm down lately. I know one point doesn't change a match and one match won't change my life.''

03-25-2005, 05:43 PM
:sad: So close, yet so far away...

03-25-2005, 06:29 PM
oh no, Jamesie was hurt on match point :(:(:(

oh no oh no oh no please be ok James, you deserve some good luck for once.... GOD.

03-28-2005, 03:49 PM
Carlos + James = hot.

03-28-2005, 05:23 PM
Carlos + James = hot.
Niti, you forgot the 'extremely' before hot ;)

03-29-2005, 01:14 AM
I really thought that James was going to win this match. It's great to see the old James back. Great playing James :yeah:

04-02-2005, 03:21 AM
April Fools' Joke? Or Not?

Help Wanted: Blake Seeks Personal Assistant (

04-02-2005, 03:42 AM
I'd say so - the webmaster did something last year, I remember.

What's amusing as all hell is that Tennis Week put up an article about it.

04-02-2005, 03:45 AM
when are we finally getting the much anticipated james blake forum?? :bounce:

04-02-2005, 04:42 AM
This thread needs to be rated. Someone give it some stars please.

PM, you won't be allowed in the JB forum. I saw that comment you made somewhere about Roger coming over to marry you, you big CHEATER!!!!!! I thought we agreed you could play around, but you come home to James. shame....

04-02-2005, 06:55 PM
Yea, where's our JB Forum!!!!! Hmmmmmmm????

Anyway, Eurosport bought Chris's (the webmaster at April Fool's Joke, too :haha:

04-02-2005, 09:38 PM
This thread needs to be rated. Someone give it some stars please.

PM, you won't be allowed in the JB forum. I saw that comment you made somewhere about Roger coming over to marry you, you big CHEATER!!!!!! I thought we agreed you could play around, but you come home to James. shame....
:sad: i love them both it's so hard to choose. but it doesn't matter anyway, i'm promised to adeegee so i'll have to keep dreaming about those two guys :hearts: my life is tough :bigcry:

04-02-2005, 09:39 PM
Yea, where's our JB Forum!!!!! Hmmmmmmm????

Anyway, Eurosport bought Chris's (the webmaster at April Fool's Joke, too :haha:
i would GLADLY have taken that job :sad:

04-04-2005, 10:48 PM
Hmmmmmph, where's our JB Forum!

Anyway, here's a really nice article on James from the new edition of Tennis Life Magazine:
Blake’s Net Gains
By Eleanor Preston

A freak accident, family tragedy and a debilitating virus all conspired to make James Blake's 2004 season a nightmare, but now the 24-year-old is healthier, wiser, and he thinks, a better player than ever before.

“...and that’s when I broke my neck.”

It’s not the sort of sentence you hear every day but the way James Blake casually throws it into conversation suggests he has more than come to terms with the freak accident that threatened to stop him from walking, let alone playing pro tennis.

Blake was chasing down a drop shot on a practice court at the Foro Italico in May last year when he ran, head first, into the net post and fractured vertebrae in his neck. It began a chain of horrible events that included the loss of his father and having to cope with an energy-sapping virus—all of which sidelined the American for eight months and threatened to curtail his career before he’d turned 25. For Blake, 2004 proved to be the sort of year that would have finished off lesser men but he is not the sort of fellow to let a broken neck slow him down. Now returned to full fitness, he is already talking excitedly about returning to where he was before that net post got in his way.

“I always try to look on the bright side,” Blake said from his home in Florida. “I was very lucky with hitting it at the angle that I did. The doctor said the impact was so great that if I had hit the top of my head, I definitely wouldn’t have been walking again. Having that time off also meant I could be with my father before he died and so it was very fortunate in that way.

“I’ve tried to find the silver lining in all of this. It was a very difficult experience and very painful but I got through it and now I appreciate my health a little bit more than I did before.”

Blake grew up with scoliosis of the spine so severe that he spent two years of his childhood in a neck brace. As a result, he was never a man to take his charmed life as a tennis player for granted but his experiences have fired his hunger and given him a deeper understanding of just how much he loves the job he very nearly lost.

He is delighted to be back on the tour and he proved it with an exuberant display of free hitting to lead Lleyton Hewitt by a set and a break in the second round of the Australian Open this past January. To those watching, it was a reminder of just how talented and engaging a performer the New Yorker can be. It also brought home to Blake just how much he had longed to be back, taking on big players in big arenas and giving them a run for their money.

“It was exactly what I missed for eight months, and once you get a little taste of it you want to keep having it,” he said. “I missed it a lot and getting back to it was pretty exciting, especially as it was against a top player in his home country and with huge crowd watching. That’s about as good as it gets in this sport and that’s where I want to get back to.”

With a ranking outside the top 100, Blake knows he will have his work cut out to recapture his place in the upper echelons of the rankings but there is no doubt in his voice when he talks about his future. He is keen to work his way back into Patrick McEnroe’s Davis Cup team, an ambition fired by his experience of joining the squad during their semifinal against Belarus in Charleston last September.

“Davis Cup is always in the back of my mind because I love it so much,” he said. “I love being part of a team and I love those guys. Andy and Mardy and the Bryans are some of my best friends on tour. Being with them in Charles-ton made me realize that there is a big difference between just hanging out with the team and really contributing to the team and winning the big matches. You have that satisfaction of knowing that the team couldn’t have won the tie without you. That’s such a great feeling and one that I really want to have again. That’s just another motivation for me.”

As if he needed more. “I feel like I’m started back at square one and that’s a good feeling to have,” he said. “I feel like one of my best years was when I first broke through. You go on to the court with the attitude of needing to prove yourself, to prove that you belong on the tour, and I now feel that I have to do that again. I want to get back to where I feel I belong, but there’s no way anyone’s just going to give that to me. So I’m going to have to go out there and prove it all over again. It wasn’t a fluke that I got up towards the top of the game before. I want to get back there again.”

If his annus horribilis last season and the run in with the net post have given Blake a heightened sense of perspective about his career, then he admits there are some lessons he may never learn—chasing down drop shots being one of them.

“I’d like to think I got a little smarter and a little bit more conservative, but since that injury, I still run into backstops,” he admitted, a little sheepishly. “I still dive for balls—I did one against Lleyton at the Australian Open and cut open my hand and my knee—and I get caught up in the side netting when I run for the ball indoors. I’ve got a little bit better at taking my foot off the accelerator in practice but it’s not in my nature to really slow down.

“It’s just instinct for me to go for every shot and go out 100 percent.”

User ID 4783
04-05-2005, 03:53 PM
I've never seen this forum before, but James definitely deserves it!

04-05-2005, 03:56 PM
;) It just finally popped up this morning

04-09-2005, 01:57 PM
April 9, 2005, 1:10AM
Blake is making a comeback
Injury-plagued American will meet Haas in semifinals
Copyright 2005 Houston Chronicle

James Blake looks at Tommy Haas and immediately feels better about his chances of becoming the player he still believes he can be, a player capable of beating anybody anywhere on any surface.

Haas, once the No. 2 player in the world, has come back from two shoulder operations, the first for full rotator-cuff surgery. Blake, once the No. 22 player in the world, is trying to come back from a broken neck, a broken heart and a broken face, all incurred in 2004. The kind of year, he says, "I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy."

So, for a number of reasons, he is delighted to have the opportunity to take Haas' measure in the River Oaks International semifinals. They've only played once before, when Blake was ascendant and Haas was despondent, contemplating the end of his career.

The right perspective
Blake won easily, a script the unseeded 25-year-old American says he's unlikely to reprise today. But that won't matter.

"I've learned there are worse things than losing tennis matches," he said.

Blake is playing tennis matches again, and he's playing them pretty well, too, as Hugo Armando will attest. Blake took out Armando, the tournament's defending co-champion, with surprising ease 6-4, 6-2. Earlier, the top-seeded Haas had eliminated Mike Russell 6-3, 6-3.

Russell bears scars of his own. He had surgery on both knees in October. And another semifinalist, No. 8 Dmitry Tursunov, who ousted 18-year-old Phillip Simmonds 6-2, 2-6, 6-1, has been on the court just once in 2005 as he continues rehabbing from a broken vertebrae in the lower back suffered July 4.

Ginepri vs. Ryderstedt
Of River Oaks' final four, only the No. 5 seed, Robby Ginepri, hasn't had to cope with any serious medical emergencies of late, although he admits he did endure a troubling period of brain-dead tennis last year. He also had early relapses, but his opponent, 20-year-old Michael Ryderstedt succumbed with a bare minimum of resistance 6-1, 6-3, never looking like the player who had upset the second-seed, Jiri Novak.

Blake's travails began in Rome May 6, when he collided with a net post during a practice hit and cracked a vertebrae in his spine. Even that proved fortunate because doctors told him had he struck his head as fast as he was moving, he'd likely be in a wheel chair today.

But just as he was feeling better, a different kind of trauma felled him.

His father, Tom, died of cancer. The stress of that ordeal, on top of the injury, apparently made him vulnerable to a disease called zoster, which left him dizzy with blurred vision and half of his face paralyzed.

"I could barely hit a ball," he said. "But I was so bored that I decided to play a tournament and that cost me my protected ranking, as I knew it would. I didn't care."

The ATP requires a full six-month layoff. His entering the Delray Beach, Fla., event explains why he's currently 188th in the world.

"I don't mind trying to earn it again," Blake said of the lengthy climb ahead. "If I don't get back, then I won't deserve to get back."

Haas loves Houston
Haas, 27 and ranked 16th, is much further along — but he had further to go, having missed most of two years while doctors tried to successfully repair his shoulder. Last April in Houston, he announced his return to good health by whipping Andy Roddick in the U.S. Clay Courts finals at Westside Tennis Club.

"There haven't been any jolts of pain since that scared me," Haas said after dispatching Russell. "Believe me, I know what to look for."

05-17-2007, 02:09 AM
hey guys, does anyone know what grip James Blake uses on his forehand?


07-10-2007, 01:47 PM
James on Regis now...

07-11-2007, 02:28 AM
James was signing his book in New Haven yesterday:,0,4091896.story

There is also a video on the Hartford Courant sports section online but I couldn't figure out how to get the address - don't know how long they keep them up.

07-13-2007, 02:43 PM
James is going to appear on The tonight show with Jay Leno tonight

07-29-2007, 02:45 PM
Hey!!! I've just joined and am touring the forums of all the players I like!!! I can't wait for James' book to be published in the UK! And hopefully I'll be seeing him at the O2 arena in september at the Turbo Tennis event! :D

06-15-2008, 06:18 PM

in an other forum I read that James Blake following his racket, Dunlop Aerogel 200 (18 * 20) covered with:

String: Luxilon Alu Power 1.25 mm tension: 31kg

Now my question is whether these values are able to vote and correct?

Thank you