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 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

Oracle Champions Cup
January 26, 2019
Newport Beach

ADT Champions Classic
April 4, 2019
Palm Harbor

Invesco Legends San Jose
August 3, 2019
San Jose

Oracle Champions Cup
September 7, 2019
New Haven