By ADAM ROSS
May 2003 Tennis magazine signed by James Blake. Photo courtesy of the Adam Ross Collection.
James Blake has been named the tournament director for the 2018 Miami Open - the last Miami Open scheduled to be played at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne before the tournament moves to its new venue, Hard Rock Stadium, in Miami Gardens.
Blake was a high- ranked American tennis player and is one of the great ambassadors of the game. His career highlights include: 10 ATP titles; a career high ATP number 4 ranking; 2 Hopman Cup titles for the United States; he was also a key contributor for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team and in 2008 he reached the semifinals of the Beijing Olympics.
Blake is currently an analyst for the Tennis Channel and plays on the ATP Champions Tour. He is also the author of two books, "Breaking Back", which detailed his return to the ATP Tour after a serious injury and the death of his father, and "Ways of Grace" which addresses the ways in which sports can bring people of diverse backgrounds together. Blake's charitable work includes the creation of the James Blake Foundation, which focuses on quickly and efficiently turning lab discoveries into better treatments for patients. He also established the Thomas Blake, Sr. Memorial Research Fund, named after his father, to support cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
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