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October 15, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will feature Andy Roddick and James Blake, who will join the 12-city tour and play against such former greats as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. The PowerShares Series will begin Feb. 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo., and will  conclude March 21 in Surprise, Ariz. Other players competing are Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis. Each event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
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July 25, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
James Blake lifted a trophy on Wimbledon Sunday this year, but he was thousands of miles from London. The former No. 4 player in the world had inquired about a wild-card spot at a challenger event in Illinois as soon as Marcos Baghdatis knocked him out of the All England Club. So less than a week after his first-round loss in London, Blake was sweeping through the Nielsen Championship on his way to 80 points, a $7,200 check and that trophy. "I wanted to get that taste out of my mouth and get some wins and gain some confidence," Blake said.
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October 15, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The 2014 PowerShares Series tennis circuit will feature Andy Roddick and James Blake, who will join the 12-city tour and play against such former greats as Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. The PowerShares Series will begin Feb. 5, 2014, in Kansas City, Mo., and will  conclude March 21 in Surprise, Ariz. Other players competing are Ivan Lendl, Mats Wilander, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Todd Martin and Mark Philippoussis. Each event will feature two one-set semifinal matches, followed by a one-set championship match.
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January 2, 2009 | Wire Reports
Andy Murray defeated James Blake, 6-2, 6-2, Thursday to set up a semifinal meeting with Roger Federer at the inaugural Capitala World Tennis Championship at Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. In the other first-round match, Nikolay Davydenko ousted Andy Roddick, 6-4, 6-4, and will face Rafael Nadal in today's other semifinal.
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February 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
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August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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March 26, 2002 | JON THURBER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
James F. Blake, the Montgomery, Ala., bus driver who had Rosa Parks arrested in 1955 when she refused to give up her seat to a white passenger, has died. He was 89. Blake died of a heart attack Thursday at his home in Montgomery. He had been in failing health for some time. The arrest of Parks for violating Montgomery's segregation laws was a galvanizing moment in the civil rights movement. It thrust a young Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
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June 22, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
Reporting from Wimbledon, England — It was an unseemly match for American James Blake . He's been a major tournament quarterfinalist three times in his career, though never at Wimbledon. And he has always been a graceful winner — and loser. Yet on Tuesday, as his game unraveled on Court 5 and he was falling to unheralded Dutchman Robin Haase , 6-2, 6-4, 6-4, Blake overheard ESPN analyst Pam Shriver speaking critically of his play. Blake yelled at Shriver, herself a former player, and used an obscenity while doing it. Shriver's analysis of Blake included a mention that she thought Blake would have been eager for Wimbledon since he had been sidelined with a knee injury.
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July 25, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
James Blake is enthusiastic about tennis. He is full of plans on how to move his ranking up from 115 so that he won't have to rely on tournament directors to give him a wild card into the main draw. Blake, who once reached No. 4 in the world, needed that wild card to get into the Farmers Classic tournament that begins Monday at the Los Angeles Tennis Center. And if being enthusiastic about the game doesn't seem news bulletin material, it is a big change from when most tennis fans last noticed Blake.
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August 28, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
NEW YORK -- Rain briefly stopped Wednesday afternoon at the U.S. Open, allowing former champion and sixth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro to jump ahead 2-1, 30-15, with a service break over Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain at Arthur Ashe Stadium. But the rain returned, and matches were suspended once again. Elsewhere, Venus Williams and Zheng Jie are 15-15 at Louis Armstrong Stadium. Niclas Mahut, who is most noted for playing American John Isner in the longest tennis match in history -- one that extended through three days at Wimbledon -- has announced his retirement after this U.S. Open.
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August 26, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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April 7, 2013 | By Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times
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.
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February 13, 2013 | By Mikael Wood
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.
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August 27, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
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.
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July 22, 2012 | By Andrew Owens
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.
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July 24, 2007 | Matthew DeBord, Special to The Times
LAST week in Los Angeles was almost perfect for James Blake. Yes, he lost in the finals of the Countrywide Classic at UCLA, but on the plus side, the 27-year-old professional tennis player, currently ranked No. 10 in the world, saw his new memoir, "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life," hit the bestseller lists.
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March 11, 2002 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The most recent frames of James Blake's life have him reaching a tournament final, receiving a standing ovation during the match, earning accolades for his sportsmanship and poise under difficult circumstances, and lastly, modeling Kenneth Cole and DKNY threads in a glossy magazine. Of course, the earlier frames are more interesting, telling how Blake got here, a journey that, on many levels, could not have been more drastic.
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August 2, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
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.
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July 25, 2011 | By Matt Stevens
James Blake lifted a trophy on Wimbledon Sunday this year, but he was thousands of miles from London. The former No. 4 player in the world had inquired about a wild-card spot at a challenger event in Illinois as soon as Marcos Baghdatis knocked him out of the All England Club. So less than a week after his first-round loss in London, Blake was sweeping through the Nielsen Championship on his way to 80 points, a $7,200 check and that trophy. "I wanted to get that taste out of my mouth and get some wins and gain some confidence," Blake said.
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