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by Richard Kent, BASN Staff Reporter
The day had to come at some point. Maybe it was a bit overdue. But regardless of the timing, James Blake announced his retirement from tennis after this US Open. An Open in which he is playing both singles and doubles.
“I always wanted to end my career at the US Open” said a teary Blake at a hastily called press conference today.He mentioned that he did everything the right way in his career and he did.
Blake had what he characterized as his highlight tennis moment at the Open and it came in defeat.
It was 2005 and Blake beat and up can coming Rafael Nadal. He faced Andre Agassi in the quarters in the night session.
The crowd was firmly behind Blake, as he won the first 2 sets easily, but Agassi, at 35 regained his legs and won the next 2. The pair played a dramatic 5th set tiebreaker, which Agassi narrowly won, late into the night.
Blake owns a win in the 2008 Olympics against Roger Federer. He won 10 singles titles in his career and is a very good doubles player.
He is unsure about his future, but did mention at the press conference that he would like to captain the US Davis Cup team some day and after Jim Courier, the current captain, steps down. He played in a number of Davis Cup events and was instrumental in the 2007 US win.
Blake attended Harvard and won an NCAA singles championship. He has no plans to go back to Harvard, because the travel wouldn’t be fair to his wife and one-year old daughter, as the couple now resides in Westport, Connecticut.
Blake plays his first round match on Wednesday against a qualifier, but it isn’t any qualifier. It is against Ivo Karlovic, one of the biggest servers in the game, who was out for a while with an injury and relegated to the qualifiers.