James Blake To Retire After US Open
by Staff | August 26th, 2013, 2:35 pm

American veteran James Blake announced today that he will retire from tennis after this US Open. The 33-year-old who grew up near the US Open in Yonkers made the surprise news at a morning press conference Monday at the tournament.

“I have had 14 pretty darn good years on tour, loved every minute of it, and I definitely couldn’t have asked for a better career,” a teary-eyed Blake. “For me to think of matches I should have won and to make those as regrets for me has always just seemed greedy. I did the best I could in every situation.”

“I’m really, really excited I have gotten to do this on my terms” he added. “As far as my decision, I’d say it was becoming clearer and clearer throughout most of this year. Little things throughout the year made it more clear and more obvious that this was the right time for me. I always wanted to end my career at the US Open.”

A former Harvard student, Blake will leave the tour with 10 career ATP titles, three Grand Slam quarterfinal appearances and a career-high No. 4 ranking.

Blake recently married Emily Snider and the couple welcomed their first child, daughter Riley, last summer.

“I just want to be around family for a while and kind of see what happens,” Blake said. “I don’t have any specific plans. I’d like to see if there is something outside of tennis to do. Something still inside tennis way down the road I would obviously love to be back in tennis as the Davis Cup captain.”

Blake, who’s been plagued by knee issues the last few years, will play Ivo Karlovic in a first round match yet to be scheduled.

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8 Comments for James Blake To Retire After US Open

Ben Pronin Says:

Blake’s best days were well behind him but I love this guy. I hope he stays connected to the game, whether commentating or coaching or whatever it is. There are few players who entertained me as much with their games.

Sekkyo Says:

Teary-eyed? Did you even watch the press conference?

Anna Says:

James was always such a nice, even keeled, intelligent guy, I can’t imagine anyone not liking him or his tennis because there were years where he could threaten just about anyone. Wish him the best.

Michael Says:

His retirement was long overdue. It is good that he has finally decided to hang his boots. Wish him well in life other than Tennis. He had a good career over which he can feel proud. He was once even the World No.3, not many can achieve such a higher pedestal. Afterall the hard work, now is his time to enjoy his life. Wish him the very best.

Tennis x Hippy Chic Says:

All the best in your retirement James,hope you and your wife and daughter enjoy whatever the future may bring.

Perfect fan Says:

James is one of the nicest person in the atp circuit..a good combo of aggressive playing style with a calm demeanour.

Thanx for the smiles James..don’t forget to charm your grandkids with your grandest tale of how u defeated the great roger federer at 2008 olympics. ;)

The Great Davy Says:

Only room for one bald man on tour now.

skeezer Says:

^have you seen your pal HR? He’s receding and getting the Sampras/Murrray “”crown”. He will need to shave his head like yours soon, lol.

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