As the US Open nears, I miss James Blake

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  1. DonDiego

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    Every year, comes the US Open, I wish Blake was still playing.

    He wasn't the greatest player, but he seemed to bring up his best at the US Open. He was a player to watch, and an entertainer. Always seemed to have a starring role in those crazy night games that ended around 1 am.

    Thanks, I feel better now.
     
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  2. Banger

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    totally agree.
     
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  3. tipsa...don'tlikehim!

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    I miss more Roddick than Blake.
     
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    He should have done a lot more on tour in general between 2005-2008. I think he had great strokes and was very athletic as well.
     
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    yes he was interesting. Million dollar shots and the brain the size of a pea. nothing compares with watching james blake and his error vests on the tour.

    i kind of miss krickstiens five set battles at the open. Even gimelstob was more fun to watch than bad luck blake.

    who,can forget...The JamesBlake story and the Medias desperate attempt to make his efforts into some sort of dramatic quest....LOL.

    In short the guy played like an complete fool and was uncoachable. no I dont miss his brand of ignorance, ego, and denial on court.
     
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  6. Lips

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    J-block 4ever!!
     
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  7. West Coast Ace

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    I agree 1000%. The French should offer him honorary citizenship.
     
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    On the Kyrgios/Thiem/Zverev bandwagon!
    Miss him a lot too! One of my favorite players to watch. Just so athletic and hit so damn hard! Actually I just found out that for my freshman year at Harvard I will be staying in the same dorm he lived in (my suite is a floor up from where his was). Amazing coincidence!
     
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  9. DonDiego

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    Who cares? I'd still pay more to see him play against a good opponent at the time, than watching another baseline bashing between the current boring and robot-like top three.
     
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    Are you including Federer in that boring and robot-like top 3?
     
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    LOL....yeah but james blake played like a robot which was defective and malfunctioned constantly. He makes players like roddick look like a tactical out there.

    seriously, james blake had the maturity of a high school player in matches. every time I watched him that was the biggest thing that stuck out. he would play incredible low percentage and make some ridiculous shots for a few games and then walk around stunned that he would start missing. I guess he felt the laws of physics geometry did not apply to his game....LOL. For a guy from Harvard he is really quite ignorant.

    he should write a book or two....

    The James Blake Story : How to hit your way right off the tour

    James Blake : the hype, the head, the ignorance

    James Blake : Unforced errors my way
     
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  12. jdubbs

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    I liked Blake's go for broke style. That FH was a site to behold. He had personality. The whole J block thing was really fun at the US Open. And the guy went to Harvard, so he was obviously pretty smart too.
     
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  13. DonDiego

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    Hey Magnut,
    Did James Blake beat the crap out of you in the schoolyard? Did he steal your girlfriend? It's okay not to like a particular player, but man, you need to relax...
     
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  14. magnut

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    LOL

    Down with Blake!!!
     
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    Ah, Blake. Great comeback story, seemed to be a genuinely nice guy most of the time, but when it came to his tennis he was either making himself look dumb or making the other guy look dumb. There was no in-between.

    With that said... I can't imagine how frustrating it must have been to play a guy like that, and I mean that in a good way. After all, the book was out on Blake early on; hard hitter, fast as hell, but really inconsistent. All his opponent had to do was weather the storm, right? Generally a winning strategy... except for when it wasn't b/c Blake didn't miss for that match and the other guy walked off the loser. He was never going to contend for a major, but the dude was the epitome of the dangerous floater who was capable of ending damn near anyone's tournament early if the chips fell right and the tour knew it. Miss the hell out of him.
     
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    he was the american version of daniel vachek. just more hype.

    vachek never felt sorry for himself either.
     
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  17. FD3S

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    Looking at Vacek's Wikipedia page, and you're totally right - Blake did have a lot more hype. Of course, he also had better results in singles, so it all evens out in the end.
     
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