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Old 09-29-2005, 03:35 AM   #46
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What's wrong with interracial relationships? Isn't Jeter's mom white and dad a balck too?

On a lighter note, I can't wait to see James on Oprah! Though it would surely be delayed by a month or so here
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Agassi, Graf, Blake, Bryans Ready To Rock

By Tennis Week
10/08/2005

Andre Agassi and James Blake rocked Arthur Ashe Stadium in a classic quarterfinal that was the most memorable match of the 2005 U.S. Open. In December, the two friends will renew their rivalry on court again for a cause — after Agassi and wife Steffi Graf make their mixed doubles debut together.


Agassi will partner with the Hall of Famer he knows well — Graf — and Agassi and Blake will join forces to take on the Bryan Brothers in the Tamarack Resort's Rock-n-Racquets at Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, December 3rd.

"Similar to our success in other cities, our intention is to bring this unique event to a market that typically has not had the opportunity to see professional tennis at a whole new level," Agassi said. "On the heels of our new partnership with Tamarack Resort, we felt the people of Boise would really embrace Rock-n-Racquets and we couldn't be more pleased with the overwhelming support displayed to date. Steffi and I are looking forward to returning to Idaho."

The format features three matches: Agassi and Blake will share the court in taking on 2005 U.S. Open champions Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan in a doubles match; Agassi and Graf will make their mixed doubles debut together against Blake and a partner to be determined before Agassi and Blake rekindle the fire of their classic U.S. Open quarterfinal that brought fans to their feet in Arthur Ashe Stadium as the Americans battled into a dramatic fifth-set tiebreak. Gates open at 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 3rd with play scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

"I am excited to be part of such an elite group of players," Blake said. "Andre and I had such a memorable match at the U.S. Open and it will be great to play with him once again in Idaho. This will be fun."

Rock-n-Racquets is an annual fundraising tennis exhibition that benefits theAndre Agassi Charitable Foundation. Tickets go on sale Friday, October 14th at 10 a.m. MST and will be priced from $15 to $85. Family packages and BSU student, group and USTA discounts will be available. For tickets, please visit www.idahotickets.com or phone (208) 426-1766. For more information, please visit www.rocknracquets.com.
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James will play in Argentina in a 4 exhibition tournament (4 and 6 of December in the Luna Park of Buenos Aires) ... If I get my holidays for that days I will be there
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yes , james will play with Coria , gaudio and gonzalez
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Wow, cool! Thanks for the info
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I can't imagine that
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Finding a sunny day

Professional tennis star James Blake, who returned to tennis almost a year after a spinal injury, stops in Hampton Roads to promote a charity exhibition and conduct a youth clinic.

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NEWPORT NEWS -- When James Blake stepped on the tennis court last January, he had no idea what lay ahead. Would he build upon the world-class talent he exhibited a year earlier, or would injury and illness cut short a promising career?

Eleven months and many trials later, Blake again is near the upper echelon of men's tennis. He had the most successful year of his career, fueled in part, oddly enough, by a loss.

Most important to Blake, he is in a position now to help others, which gives his tennis meaning and which brought him to Virginia on Thursday.

"To oversimplify it," Blake explained, "the old cliché is: You can't enjoy the sunshine without some rain, and last year there was a lot of rain."

On a sunny and unseasonably warm November day, Blake made three stops in the state, all of which dovetailed nicely with his causes and passions.

He was in Norfolk, where he promoted the AnthemLIVE! charity tennis match and concert Dec. 1 at the Constant Center.

He then came to Newport News, where he conducted a youth clinic and volleyed with kids at the Achievable Dream Tennis Academy.

He later traveled to Richmond, where he was present for the donation and dedication of personal items that belonged to his idol, Arthur Ashe, to the Virginia Historical Society.

"When we're fortunate enough to have these guys and gals that have done so well with their lives, it's extremely motivating," Achievable Dream chairman and founder Walter Segaloff said.

"Amazing," said Heritage High sophomore Tonique Merrell after hitting balls with Blake. "He's kind of a role model, how he never gives up in matches."

The Dec. 1 date at the Constant Center is an unusual event featuring an exhibition tennis match between Blake and compadre and mega-star Andy Roddick, as well as concert performances by John Mayer, Blake's childhood friend, and Gavin DeGraw.

"I feel like I'm worthy of being on this lineup," Blake joked Thursday morning during a press conference at the Constant Center. "When I did this at the beginning of the year, people probably were excited to see Andy Roddick and John Mayer, and now I feel like I at least belong on the billing."

Proceeds will go to cancer research, a crusade near to Blake's heart after his father died in July 2004 at age 57 following a year-long struggle with the disease.

"I probably will have to warn some of my friends that I'm going to be bugging them to come around and help out in causes like this," Blake said. "Hopefully, if it can ease the pain and suffering of someone like my father or keep them alive longer for their kids and their families, it's definitely worth calling in a few favors and having some of my friends and other entertainers help out."

Blake's professional cachet is on the rise after winning two tournaments last summer. His most notable performance, however, was his run to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, where he defeated second-seeded Rafael Nadal and lost an epic, five-set match to Andre Agassi that went past 1 a.m. and drained the capacity crowd at the USTA National Tennis Center.

"It wasn't anything where either of us should be hanging our head. I can say that because I'm the one that should be hanging my head," Blake deadpanned. "But I'm really not that displeased with it. If you're going to lose, it's better to lose when you're playing well and against a legend and an icon like Andre Agassi than to go out making a lot of errors."

Success in Grand Slam events was the last thing on Blake's mind when 2005 began. He suffered a broken vertebra in a freak accident in May 2004 when he slipped while practicing and rammed his shoulder into a net post.

"If I had hit on the top of my head, we wouldn't be talking about playing again," he said. "We probably wouldn't be talking about walking ever again, so I'm extremely lucky."

The injury sidelined him for two months, coincidentally sending him home for the final six weeks of his father's life. Thomas Blake was a medical salesman for 3M Company for 30 years and helped introduce James and his older brother, Thomas, to tennis.

After his father died, James Blake came down with Zoster - commonly known as shingles - in his face and head. The nerve disorder affected his vision, hearing and balance. His recovery was frustratingly incremental.

"It was a time when maybe my body was telling me I needed to be home with my family and friends, anyway," said Blake, who already had overcome a bout with scoliosis at age 13 to become one of the nation's best junior tennis players.

Blake attended Harvard for two years before turning professional in 1999. One of the sport's fastest and most gracious players, he slowly ascended the world rankings before his setbacks last year.

When he returned to competitive tennis this year, he said, "At the beginning, it was very inconsistent. I would play a match that was really good - top-20 tennis or top-50 tennis - and then I'd play a match that looked like I learned how to play the day before. I really didn't know if that was going to continue, but it took a lot of matches to get me back to where I was consistent."

Blake advanced to the final in August in Washington, D.C., where he lost to Roddick. He won events in New Haven, Conn., and Stockholm, sandwiched around his U.S. Open performance.

"The other matches we play are kind of for selfish reasons," Blake said after the clinic at Achievable Dream. "They give us the opportunity to do these kinds of things. You win matches, you make a name for yourself so you can have an effect on these kids. If I had never won a tennis match, these kids wouldn't want to listen to a word I had to say about achieving a dream, so I'm happy I had a chance to do this."
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Nice write up. But that seems to be the norm for him.
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Tale of two seasons for James Blake

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HERSHEY, Pa. -- If you think James Blake's comeback season was defined by a gallant loss, think again.

Blake's epic five-set, wee-hours U.S. Open quarterfinal tussle with Andre Agassi was certainly memorable, one of those it-was-an-honor-to-be-there events. But a few weeks later, under far less ballyhooed circumstances, Blake notched his first-ever European tournament win at the Stockholm Open.

It was his second ATP title of the year, along with a win in New Haven, and added an exclamation point to his climb back from a tumultuous 2004 season in which he fractured vertebrae in his neck in a freak accident during practice, suffered a case of shingles that left his face temporarily paralyzed, and lost his father, Thomas, to stomach cancer.

Blake, 25, currently has a ranking to go with his age -- a jump of more than 50 places from his 2004 year-end ranking. He's looking forward to a brief offseason crowded with exhibitions and charity events, including his own inaugural cancer benefit on Dec. 1 in Norfolk, Va. Last week, before playing a World Team Tennis fund-raiser for Elton John's AIDS Foundation, the Fairfield, Conn., native took time to reflect on his season.

Question from Bonnie DeSimone: What exactly did it mean to win in Stockholm?

Answer from James Blake:: I'd never even been in the semis of a tournament in Europe. To go through and win one made a big difference to me, [especially] the way I did it. I was down a set and a break at one point in the second round. So I very easily could have made it another European trip where I don't have a whole lot of success and I come home and say, 'Oh, I'll get it back in the States or in Australia or whatever.' But I didn't have any thought of getting down on myself or being a little burned out because it's near the end of the year. I just kept playing my game and doing my best and that's something I'm proud of. Being a little older makes it easier to have that kind of perspective.

Q: Seems a little unfortunate that so many people saw you lose at the U.S. Open, while Stockholm didn't get nearly as much attention.

A: It started in D.C. [where Blake lost to Andy Roddick in the finals], then I did well in New Haven and then the U.S. Open, all close to where I grew up, and so I had friends there, people cheering for me. Going to Europe, a lot of people would then kind of nosedive. But I proved to myself that I can do it without all the friends and family around. Winning a tournament in Stockholm, where I really just had my coach out there with me, was pretty exciting for me, to know it's me doing it, all the hard work I've put in.

Q: Sometimes it's harder to stay back than to come back. Do you think you'll be able to keep the momentum of this season going?

A: I don't think the memory of 2004 will ever leave me. I know that things can end in a hurry. I'm going to try to keep that adrenaline rush going, and try to continue having the same perspective of just being happy to be out there and making the best of it. … This is something I think a lot of people go through the first time they have success. I had it as well when I jumped up to 20-something in the world, then dropped back down to 30 or 40 the next year. You're dealing with expectations, more time concerns, more people gunning for you. Now I feel a little more ready for that. I was coming back to that point when I got hurt originally. Now I know how to manage my time better and how to succeed and continue to improve.

Q: Any plans to return to Harvard to finish your degree?

A: I have two years left. I'd like to go back when I'm done playing. I think it might help with my transition. A lot of guys don't know when to stop or what they're going to do when they stop and I have a feeling I won't know. It'll give me a reason so I don't hang on too long … but as long as my body holds up and I'm playing as well as I am and enjoying it and feeling like I'm getting better, I'm going to keep playing. Andre's an inspiration to all of us.

Q: The word comeback doesn't really apply to losing a parent, does it?

A: It's really tough to describe to anyone who hasn't been through it. [My father] taught me everything I know about being a man. His last lesson in death was putting things in perspective and letting you know what's important. I was so lucky I was home his last few weeks [while recovering from injury] to be around him and hear him say, face to face, that he was proud of me. I think it's going to get me through the rest of my life to know that everything I've done made him proud. Hopefully I'll continue to live that way. The only thing I can do is teach my future children and anyone who's willing to listen all the lessons he taught me, about being kind and respectful to people … I want to start a scholarship at my high school because that's something my dad always took pride in. He always made sure my brother and I were scholars first and athletes second.

Blake's "AnthemLIVE" event on Dec. 1 at Old Dominion University's Ted Constant Center in Norfolk, Va., will feature an exhibition match between Blake and Roddick and musical performances by Gavin DeGraw and Blake's childhood friend John Mayer. Proceeds will benefit the Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, where Blake's father was treated, and several other organizations. For information, go to www.constantcenter.com.
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