James Blake to retire after US Open
American James Blake will retire from professional tennis after the US Open at the age of 33
An emotional Blake, due to face big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic in the first round at Flushing Meadows, made his announcement at a news conference on the opening day of the year’s final major.
“I guess I don’t think I’m catching anyone by surprise by the e-mails and calls I have gotten in the last 24 hours when I announced I’m having a press conference,” he said.
“No real surprise here. This is my last 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.
Blake, three times a Grand Slam quarter-finalist -- including twice in New York -- reached a career high of fourth in the world rankings in 2006 and claimed 10 singles titles on the ATP World Tour.