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James Riley Blake (Yonkers, NY, December 28, 1979) is an American extenist.
Known above all for his powerful and fast flat right, Blake managed to win 10 titles (all on hard courts) in 24 individual finals and another 7 titles in 10 finals playing doubles. Note the final of the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai in 2006, the final of Indian Wells in 2005, the final of Cincinnati in 2006, was a fundamental part of the American team champion of Davis Cup in 2007 and the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 reached the semifinals. Blake became number 4 in the ranking of the ATP and No. 1 of America.
He started playing tennis at 5 years old, at 13 he was diagnosed with scoliosis, and throughout his adolescence he was forced to carry a back support much of the day. Despite this he continued playing tennis and found his inspiration talking to Arthur Ashe (his role model). Brian Baker was his first coach and accompanied him from the start until his retirement from professional tennis on August 29, 2013, when he was eliminated from the US Open in his last doubles match.
In 2004, a clash against the post in a training session with Robby Ginepri while training for the Masters of Rome, caused a fracture in a vertebra of the neck. The following year he returned to the circuit and was awarded the Return of the Year award. In 2008 he was awarded another prize, the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. In 2007 his autobiography was published: Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life, which debuted at number 22 on The New York Times Best Seller list.
James Blake Net Worth – $8 Million
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