James Blake left Harvard to join the professional tennis circuit in 1999, playing until his retirement at the US Open in 2013. He received the Comeback Player of the Year Award in 2005 and was named the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year in 2008. He is the author (with Andrew Friedman) of the New York Times bestselling memoir Breaking Back. He lives in San Diego, California.
The worst year of former tennis pro James Blake's life was tragic—professionally and personally. Here's how he got back on his feet after multiple setbacks.