August 26, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- Former top-five player James Blake announced Monday he would retire after this U.S. Open. “This is my last tournament,” Blake said. "I have had 14 pretty darn good years on tour and have loved every minute of it. I definitely couldn't have asked for a better career. “I did the best in every situation, and I know probably anyone in here that's covered me has heard me probably annoyingly give the answer often that my goals ... instead of ranking-based, were instead to get better and try to improve every day in practice and, when I'm done playing and put the rackets down, be content with what I did and happy I did everything the right way. Blake, 33, said he is, “really excited I have gotten to do this on my terms.
April 7, 2013 |
Even before the release of her debut album, the English singer Jessie Ware was attracting next-big-thing buzz with appearances on tracks by cutting-edge dance-music artists such as SBTRKT and Joker. But she wasn't born hip. "Growing up, I was the person told about things by other mates - the tastemakers," Ware admitted recently, adding that she also discovered music the way many teenagers did in the pre-YouTube era: through pop radio and MTV. "I copied every move from Jennifer Lopez's videos and studied every breakdown in Montell Jordan's songs," she said, referring to the R&B singer who hit No. 1 in 1995 with "This Is How We Do It. " "I wasn't at the forefront of new, new music.
February 13, 2013 |
One of the more welcome (if lower-key) acts on the recently announced bill for this spring's Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is James Blake, the young English fellow whose self-titled 2011 debut laid out a convincing vision of post-dubstep soul music. After spending much of 2012 out of sight, Blake will return to the American stage when he launches a month-long U.S. tour at Coachella on April 14. He'll have new tunes with him too: On Monday, Blake released the first single from his upcoming sophomore album, "Overgrown," due out in this country on April 9. The song is called "Retrograde," which seems accurate enough in that it sticks pretty closely to what made Blake's debut so special: gauzy keyboards, delicate falsetto, percussion that feels pared to the bare essentials.
August 27, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Maybe it was a two-hour rain delay that made recently crowned Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray so cranky. But the third-seeded Brit was heard saying some bad words on Arthur Ashe Stadium Court and was seen bouncing a racket or two off the ground, especially in the first set when Murray struggled to hold his serve. But in the end it was Murray with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 win over veteran Alex Bogomolov Jr. in the first round of the U.S. Open. Bogomolov, born in Moscow but with U.S. citizenship for awhile, had represented the U.S. when he made it to the third round of Wimbledon and the U.S. Open in 2011 but switched back to being Russian after that, mostly, he said, so he could play for Russia in Davis Cup. Murray said he struggled with the humidity Monday.
July 22, 2012 |
Steve Johnson accomplished more in his four years at USC than any tennis player in NCAA history. He was a part of four team national championships, won two individual titles and set the record for most consecutive victories, with 72. However, there is one aspect of the sport he never quite discovered with the Trojans. He never learned how to lose. "It's definitely going to be different," Johnson said of a professional career in which losing is a harsh reality for even the greatest players.
August 2, 2011 |
U.S. veteran James Blake upset defending champion David Nalbandian , 6-2, 6-4, on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Legg Mason Tennis Classic at Washington. Once ranked as high as No. 4 in the world, Blake won the hard-court U.S. Open tuneup in 2002 and was the runner-up in 2005. But beset by a series of injuries, most recently a bad right knee, he dropped to 173rd in the rankings in March and began this week at 90th. His victory over the eighth-seeded Nalbandian, who had a first-round bye, allowed Blake to get to the third round for only the second time in 10 tournaments this season.