Blake embraced the symbolism of starting his last tournament on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, an African-American tennis star inspiring young players. It was just past midnight when his match, and career, ended.
The U.S. Open barely got started and one of its most popular players, James Blake, announced his retirement from the game, effective after this US Open.
With Andy Roddick calling it a career after this US Open, many are asking: What is the state of American tennis?
James Blake, no matter how far he gets in Flushing Meadows, always brings his heart and soul to the court — and New Yorkers eat that up.
James Blake reached the second round of a Grand Slam event for the first time this year, beating Lukas Lacko at the US Open on Monday.
The U.S. Tennis Association announced its eight men’s wild cards on Tuesday. Hewitt is a two-time major champion — winning the 2001 U.S. Open — but at age 31 the Australian has fallen to 134th in the world.
What a satisfying victory it must be for 22-year-old American wild card Donald Young. Young ousted the 14th seed, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland, 7-6, 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 7-6, 7 points to 1 in that fifth set tie-breaker.
Novak Djokovic reached the U.S. Open’s fourth round for the fourth consecutive year, eliminating American wild card James Blake in straight sets.