We don’t hear about james Blakein the media as much as Venus and
Serena Williams. But i”m glad to
have the article about the African
American Tennis player James Blake.
James Blake, an African American
man bron in Yonkers, New York. is a
professional tennis player wtih 2 older
half brothers. He graduated Fairfield
High School in Fairfield Connecticut
1997. Then he attended Harvard
University and left sophomore
year to pursue tennis.
Blake made a decision to become
a Tennis player because of his
role model Arthur Ashe spoke to the
Harlem Junior Tennis Program.
Brian Barker is his first coach.
One of his hard times is that he
had scoliosis for years as a teen
and therefore had to wear a back
brace 18 hours a day. He did not
wear it while playing tennis though.
Blake received the title
of Rookie of the Year for the 2000
World Team Tenis season. And other
than tennis, Blake enjoys golf,
basketball, and baseball.
What really got him attention
was beating Lleyton Hewitt at the 2001 US
Open. In 2001, he saw his first Davis
Cup Action against India and was
the 3rd African American man to play
the Davis Cup for America. Twice, he
has won the Hopman Cup with Serena
Williams and Lindsay Davenport.
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