Biographical information from ATP. Unless noted otherwise all data as of year-end 2011.
- Full name is James Riley Blake
- Began playing tennis at age five with older brother, Thomas (born Dec. 29, 1976), a former All-American at Harvard University, and his father, Thomas, who passed away in July 2004 and mother, Betty, who was raised in England
- Also has three half-brothers and one-half sister
- At age 13, was diagnosed with severe scoliosis (curvature of spine), which forced him to wear a back brace 18 hours a day
- Attended Fairfield (Conn.) High School along with Grammy Award winner John Mayer and PGA Tour pro J.J. Henry
- The school renamed its tennis courts in Blake's honor in 2006.
Moved in 1999 to Tampa, Fla. where he trains at Saddlebrook Academy
- Lists Arthur Ashe as his role model
- Was inspired to pursue tennis after Ashe spoke to the Harlem Junior Tennis Program when he was a student in the program from ages 5-10
- Played two seasons at Harvard from 1998-99 before turning pro in June ‘99
- Finished as No. 1 collegiate player in country after his sophomore season despite losing in ‘99 NCAA singles final to Jeff Morrison of Florida
- Has a 21-12 career Davis Cup record (18-11 in singles) in 17 ties since 2001 and member of winning team in 2007.
Signed with IMG Models in 2002
- Had 10-page pictorial in GQ in 2003
- Named 2005 ATP Comeback Player of Year
- Nominated for ESPN’s 2005 “ESPY” Award for Comeback Player of the Year
- In People Magazine’s 2006-2007 “Sexiest Man Alive” issue
- Voted to ATP Player Council in June 2006 and serves as Vice President
- In July 2007, released book co-authored by Andrew Friedman "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life" and reached 15th on New York Times Best Seller list
- In support of the book, appeared on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and "The Late Show with David Letterman" as well as several US morning shows.
Holds an annual charity event, AnthemLIVE!, which since 2003 has raised more than $2.5 million for cancer research and past participants have included John Mayer and Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band
- Founded Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund to help support cancer research
- Hit two home runs in batting practice on Mar. 29, 2008 in Dolphin Stadium in Miami (home of Florida Marlins) and in Houston in April 2008
- Named Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of Year recipient in 2008
- Coached by former ATP pro Kelly Jones (since September 2009) after parting ways with long-time mentor Brian Barker (since age 12) after US Open.
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