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Signs not good for Blake

Posted 01-06-2012 at 02:54 PM by Philip Oliver
Former Australian Open quarter-finalist James Blake has been forced to withdraw from the opening Grand Slam of 2012 with ‘personal reasons’ being given as the reason. The latest setback for the American comes after nearly 18 months of struggling with a serious knee injury which has kept him out of the tennis betting offers and live tennis.

Serious knee injuries and tennis players over the age of 30, isn’t really a mix that results in anything positive and the signs certainly aren’t overly rosy for the Blake.

After missing much of the beginning of last season Blake was forced to rejoin the second-tier Challenger Tour – following a drop in rankings which saw the 31-year old fall to 170th. A return to both fitness and form at that level gave the impression the popular big-hitter could be set for a fresh start in 2012.

That doesn’t appear to be the case, though, and it remains to be seen as to what the future will hold for Blake as he decides his next move. There may be nothing sinister about his withdrawal but the battles the American has had to endure over the years indicate otherwise.

With Blake making no comment on the situation, as of yet, it was left to the Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley to reveal the news on his Twitter site, confirming the world number 59 would miss both the Australian Open and this week’s Brisbane International.

"Just got word that James Blake has withdrawn from the AO [Australian Open] and Brisbane. Sorry to hear this and we wish James all the best.”
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