James Blake gears up for Connecticut Open tennis tournament

(WTNH)–The next big event in Connecticut– the Connecticut Open tennis tournament.

The best women players in the world coming to New Haven.

And there will be men too– John McEnroe, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick and James Blake will play a series of exhibitions.

News 8’s Erik Dobratz caught up with Blake, who was out in Atlanta, talking about keeping himself in shape for the event.

“They did it last year and it was great fun,” Blake said.

Blake was born in Yonkers, and grew to love tennis after childhood hero Arthur Ashe spoke to a camp in Harlem when he was young. After his father got a job in Hartford, the family moved to Fairfield, where Blake went to high school.

In fact, he was a classmate and friend of musician John Mayer at Fairfield High School. Blake enrolled at Harvard in college, but left after his sophomore year to pursue professional tennis.

It turned out to be a pretty good decision, as Blake became one of the top Americans in the game, and ascended to the No. 4 ranking in the world in 2006.

He won 10 tournaments in his career, and finished with a 366-256 record.

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