Thomas Blake (tennis)

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Thomas Blake (tennis) : biography

December 29, 1976 –

Thomas Blake, Jr. (born December 29, 1976) is an American professional tennis player. Blake was born in Yonkers, New York to Thomas Sr. (who is African-American) and Betty (who is English). He has a younger brother, James Blake, who is also a professional tennis player, as well as three half-brothers, Jason, Howard and Christopher, and a half-sister, Michelle.

Blake grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut and attended Fairfield Warde High School. A graduate of Harvard University, he became a professional tennis player in 1996. He competed in the US Open doubles in 1999 and 2002, both times partnering his brother James. He has played on the ATP Tour, appearing in such tournaments as the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships and Legg Mason Tennis Classic, both in 2003. He currently resides in Tampa, Florida.

Despite being close to the top 200 three years in succession, Blake retired from professional singles tennis in October 2005. He is still playing occasionally in doubles on the professional tour. He has only entered one tournament in 2007, losing in the 1st round of an F10 Futures tournament in Orange Park, Florida.

In June 2008 Thomas Blake was announced as head coach of the Washington Kastles.