I worked as a ball person at the U.S. Open for three years. During which, I was runner-up for ball person rookie of the year. (Don’t call me a ball boy!) I worked matches for many great players, including David Ferrer, James Blake, David Nalbandian, the Bryan Brothers – and too many Russian women Read More
There were a few competitive moments tonight, but James Blake’s moments of glory were brief. Novak Djokovic made quick extremely work of Blake, winning in straight sets and in less than two hours. By Djokovic the Grinder standards, that’s like playing a half a match.
Considering how easily Blake was disposed of tonight, it was Read More
James Blake and Novak Djokovic are, surprisingly, playing the night match tonight, which means most of you won’t get to see it.
Why? Because today is CBS’ first of coverage and once their broadcast is finished, Open matches will run on The Tennis Channel while ESPN2 plays Nascar and College Football (don’t want to miss Read More
It’s going to be a collision course.
Novak Djokovic and James Blake are headed for a third round match. It’s an insanely great match for a third round. It’ll be in Ashe. It’ll be on CBS. It’ll be the talk of the weekend.
On the one end, you’ve got Blake: He’s a guy a bunch Read More
In case today’s drama wasn’t enough, the night session–which spilled over into Sunday morning–featured one of the tournament’s biggest upsets so far, and continued the decimation of the top seeds of the women’s draw. Dinara Safina, the number one player in the world, is out of the U.S. Open. She got through her first Read More
Move over, J-Block! We’ve got a new American fan base in town. Sam Querrey’s fan club, "The Samurai," is made up of a few bare-chested young fellows who spell out his first name on their bodies, and a few others with white headbands.
I really do prefer The Samurai to the low-rent attitude of Read More
James Blake, the darling of the U.S. Open’s pre-tournament publcity tour, has been dropped in the third round. Mardy Fish, the young American always waiting for his big break, defeated Blake last night in three fairly easy sets, 6-3. 6-3. 7-6.
Last year at this time we were talking about young Americans John Isner Read More
James Blake and Mardy Fish are close friends — Blake will even be one of the groomsmen at Fish’s wedding in September — but they’ll put that aside for a couple of hours to face each other in the third round. “No matter what happens,” Blake said, “we’re gonna be friends afterwards.” He said that Read More
James Blake vs. Steve Darcis
Mardy Fish vs. Paul-Henri Mathieu
Sam Querrey vs. Nicolas Devilder
Day 4 is a good time to take the temperature of American men at the tournament, as one of the United States’ biggest stars and two of its most promising young players all have second-round matches. James Blake should Read More
On the morning of Aug. 22, three days before the start of the U.S. Open, James Blake posed as a tennis star.
On a makeshift blue tennis court set up in the backyard of the Winter Garden in Lower Manhattan, Blake, the biracial darling of American men’s tennis, had just hosted Read More