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Just Cause
09-20-2006, 12:04 AM
He will be 27 next year, and that's when most start declining.
I dont think he can repeat his great run next year and I also dont believe he will ever reach top 5 again.
What do you think?

RickDaStick
09-20-2006, 12:07 AM
James Blake will never make it to the YEC

Himura
09-20-2006, 12:15 AM
He will be 27 next year, and that's when most start declining.

27 is not the time when they start declining, they should be at top shape then

Just Cause
09-20-2006, 12:20 AM
27 is not the time when they start declining, they should be at top shape then
Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.

Himura
09-20-2006, 12:46 AM
Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.

That is not because the age is catching up on them, it`s becuase they probebly are not GS material or because of other issues not age. People can still win GS or qualify to YEC even if they are 30.

Action Jackson
09-20-2006, 12:51 AM
Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.

Andres Gomez was 30 when he won Roland Garros in 1990. Pat Cash wasn't 27 when he won Wimbledon he was 22 when he won Wimbledon. He was born in 1965 and won in 87.

Tommy_Vercetti
09-20-2006, 01:36 AM
I don't believe he will ever be highly ranked enough after this year to qualify.

I got a better question though, given the amout of hype and praise that he's gotten, if Blake happened to get a draw weak enough to win a Slam, would he go into the hall of fame?

I honestly think so given the standard he's held to.

Mimi
09-20-2006, 04:57 AM
Peter Korda won his first slam at 30 :wavey:
Actually other than Ivanisevic, no one over 27 has ever won his first slam since Pat Cash. I suggest Blake he better hope for the best next year, because he is no Goran.

atheneglaukopis
09-20-2006, 04:59 AM
If Blake doesn't qualify, then he can't qualify again, can he? ;)

TennisAgenda
09-20-2006, 05:12 AM
Actually Blake is turning 27 in late December he was born in 1979. And I have a feeling Blake will drop right out of the top 10. He's got tons of points to defend in Stockholm if he doesn't do good there he is out. And Blake has never done good indoor in Europe I expect early exits for him in Paris and Madrid. Blake's only shot is Thailand to gain points and that event may not continue because there is a military coup going on right now.

TennisAgenda
09-20-2006, 05:14 AM
I see Blake dropping back down to no.25 or no.32 its down at these lower rankings where he feels more comfortable. He certainly has a history of failure in Grand slams and Davis Cup.

Just Cause
09-20-2006, 05:34 AM
If Blake doesn't qualify, then he can't qualify again, can he? ;)
lol, that's true.
Neways, thanks guys, I dont bother going back to check history, too much time:).
But you get my point...

Blue Heart24
09-20-2006, 06:22 AM
james can play well in next years...it's not like he's 33..

morningglory
09-20-2006, 06:59 AM
The next few years, sarcopenia kicks in... If he gets one injury around this time = inactivity for several weeks, and your muscles go into atrophy. Not cool.
If he stays healthy, sure why not? the bottom half of the top 8 is a joke right now

DrJules
09-20-2006, 07:36 AM
Maybe he is a late developer like Ivan Ljubicic.

Horatio Caine
09-20-2006, 11:04 AM
Age isn't a factor...but he is clearly at the peak of his career right now so you'd think that it won't last too much longer :shrug:

Daniel
09-26-2006, 03:11 AM
Yes, James will qualify for the MAsters Cup.

faboozadoo15
09-26-2006, 08:01 AM
i too share a now or never attitude. he fails at all the big moments. it seems like it'll never change.

TennisGrandSlam
09-26-2006, 08:51 AM
NO, he can do his best!

He can qualify the next-year TMC. :)

MrJ
09-26-2006, 09:03 AM
Its amazing how many Blake detractors are starting to come out of the wood work now.

I would say he is still improving even at the age of 26, he still at least another 3 years in and around the top ten.

BlakeJamitis
09-26-2006, 09:21 PM
Blake can do it all - if he would only just believe THROUGHOUT THE YEAR. He didn't totally believe at the AUS, RG or WIMBY. Then he gets to the US Open & wants to play giant killer. He was actually fighting - trying to beat Roger. I just need him to bring that same type of fight THE ENTIRE YEAR!!!

Radek Stepanek
09-27-2006, 12:18 AM
James Blake just sucks. Period.

jayjay
09-27-2006, 12:34 AM
Blake won't make the Masters Cup in my view, and agree with the feeling that if not this year then most likely never.

I hope he has a good week this week though, for FT purposes. :p

Havok
09-27-2006, 04:36 AM
James is most definitely THE best out of the bottom 5 top 10 players, but I agree with a few people here in that it's now or never for James. If he is able to qualify here then I can definitely see him haning onto a top 10 spot next year and possibly qualify for another TMC before his career ends, but if he fails to make it into the TMC when he's had his best EVER year on tour at the age of 27, I highly doubt that will be sitting well with James.

jayjay
09-27-2006, 05:41 AM
James is most definitely THE best out of the bottom 5 top 10 players.


Not sure if you are talking about champions race or entry system, but either way I fail to see how you can back up that statement.

Entry wise - Roddick a slam to his name career-wise, and this year a Masters title and Slam final. Baghdatis despite being significantly younger than Blake has already made a Slam F and SF this year.

Champions race wise - What I said about Baghdatis still applies. And in comparison to Nalbandian - there is no comparison career wise. Despite underachieving Nalbandian's CV is still far more impressive than Blake - career wise Masters Cup Champion, Wimbledon F and a number of other Masters F's and Slam SF's (inc. 2 this year) - who has never even been to a Slam SF (which for a supposed elite player is pretty poor to say the least).

I'd say James is most definetely NOT the best out of the bottom 5 top 10 players. :p

rmb6687
09-27-2006, 06:42 AM
what is YEC?

its.like.that
09-27-2006, 07:10 AM
Let's hope he can make it.

Best of luck James.

:hug:

Exodus
09-27-2006, 07:48 AM
im really hope that he makes it cos i enjoy watching his game very much. i don't like the thought that robredo will make it

leng jai
09-27-2006, 08:48 AM
YEC = year end championship. I hope either Tommy Haas or Baghdatis make it. Blake won't be able to do much damage

binkygirl
09-27-2006, 08:52 AM
Maybe making the the YEC this year will finally make him realize that he's got a shot a the big prizes of tennis. It might be the mental wakeup call that will help him get fired up for every match.

Just Cause
10-18-2006, 06:34 AM
Big prize, but he is up against Federer and Nadal, he may not even win one match.

General Suburbia
10-18-2006, 06:55 AM
James Blake just sucks. Period.
Radek Stapanek is sucks AND is ugly. Period.

As for Blake, I don't think it's now or never. He definately won't win as many titles next year as he did last, but his ranking can still go places if he just did better at the slams and the majority of MS. He chokes in the big tournys, but otherwise is a great player. He just needs to keep up his confidence and not let bad losses get the best of him. It seems to me that if he's in a slump, or had a crappy loss, he carries that attitute for 3 tournys until he shakes the feeling out of him.

CmonAussie
10-18-2006, 06:57 AM
Big prize, but he is up against Federer and Nadal, he may not even win one match.
:wavey:
Just Cause mate:cool: ~ what drugs are you taking:confused: ...>> Can I have some:confused: :eek:

bonkers186
10-18-2006, 02:16 PM
Well Federer owns him, but even then he has a shot. but against Nadal I would clearly give him the edge :p

Just Cause
10-18-2006, 03:24 PM
Well Federer owns him, but even then he has a shot. but against Nadal I would clearly give him the edge :p

Guess what...Nadal WON 2 HC MASTERS...
Remind me again which TMS Blake won?.....was it in Canada or in Madrid?...

Experimentee
10-18-2006, 03:32 PM
Why the negativity after James had such a great year? Its like people are waiting for him to fail so they can say he sucks :rolleyes:

He's been improving since 2 years ago, he was a late bloomer so I highly doubt he will start declining so soon, especially after such a great year. Might be just wishful thinking from some ppl.

Just Cause
10-18-2006, 03:40 PM
:spit: Ho masters! I wanna win one too! :awww: :haha:
typo, should be HC.....but does it matter..lol..TMS is TMS either way.

CmonAussie
10-18-2006, 03:45 PM
Why the negativity after James had such a great year? Its like people are waiting for him to fail so they can say he sucks :rolleyes:

He's been improving since 2 years ago, he was a late bloomer so I highly doubt he will start declining so soon, especially after such a great year. Might be just wishful thinking from some ppl.
:wavey: :cool:
Exactly what I was thinking mate;) !~~ Why are people giving Blake a hard time now:confused: !! He`s coming off clearly his best season ever & with a Year-End ranking almost sure to finish Top #10 for the 1st time, plus he`s won 5-titles [2nd only to Federer & tied with Nadal]~ those titles came on 4-different continents...>>> then I think he deserves to feel proud of himself~~ atleast for 2006:worship: