James Blake

Biography

Birthdate: 12/28/1979
Birthplace: Yonkers, NY
Current Year Record: 0-1
Highest Invesco Series Rank: 2

James Blake began playing tennis as a member of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program at age 5. As a child, he had to overcome severe scoliosis which forced him to wear a back brace 18 hours a day. Blake, best known for his speed and powerful forehand, reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals and, in 2006, became the first African-American player since Arthur Ashe to reach the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.

Career Highlights

-In 2002, he won his first ATP title in singles (Washington) and doubles (Cincinnati, with Todd Martin).

-Blake reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at the 2005 U.S. Open. He also reached the quarterfinals at the 2006 U.S. Open and the 2008 Australian Open.

-He finished the 2006 season at No. 4 in the ATP Rankings and as the No. 1 American for the first time in his career.

-In 2007, Blake’s 5-2 singles record helped the U.S. win the Davis Cup title.

-Blake finished 4th at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

-17 Career Titles – 10 in singles; 7 in doubles

2018 Events


Invesco Legends New Haven
August 23, 2018
New Haven

Invesco Legends Newport
July 22, 2018
Newport

RPIA Championship
May 17, 2018
Toronto

Invesco Legends Winston-Salem
August 19, 2018
Winston-Salem

Camden Wealth Advisors Cup
October 5, 2018
Houston

Socal Honda Dealers Helpful Cup
October 21, 2018
Thousand Oaks

Champions Challenge
December 6, 2018
Orlando