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Former Men's Tennis Standout James Blake to be Inducted into ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame

Former Men's Tennis Standout James Blake to be Inducted into ITA Men's Collegiate Hall of Fame

Former Harvard men's tennis standout James Blake will be inducted into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame.

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. –
The Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced that former Harvard men's tennis standout James Blake will be inducted into the ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Hall of Fame. The 2017 ITA Men's Collegiate Tennis Men's Hall of Fame Enshrinement Banquet will be held on Thursday, May 25, at the Georgia Center during the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Championships, May 18-29, at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.

Blake, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., was a decorated athlete on the collegiate level playing for only two seasons at Harvard. In his final year with the Crimson, he was the nation's top-ranked college player.

A two-time ITA All-American, Blake earned first team All EITA (singles) honors twice, and was named EITA/Ivy Rookie of the Year and Region I ITA Rookie of the Year (Northeastern) in 1998. He was also named the EITA/Ivy Player of the Year and the ITA National Player of the Year in 1999. He won the ITA Northeast Regional Indoor Championship in singles and doubles in 1998 and the ITA All-America Championship in singles and doubles in 1999. To cap off his collegiate career, Blake was crowned the ITA Rolex National Indoor Champion in 1999.

After 14 years on the ATP World Tour, Blake amassed 10 singles titles and a singles record of 366-256. He was ranked in the top 20 from March 2006 to July 2009 and worked his way into the top ten for 19 consecutive months. He was ranked No. 4, a career high rank, for five weeks in 2006. In 2002, Blake earned his first career title in doubles with Ted Martin in Cincinnati. After returning from a serious neck injury that occurred during a practice in 2004, Blake was named the ATP's comeback Player of the Year. He reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2005 and 2006 and at the 2008 Australian Open. He also was a member of the 2007 Davis Cup team and helped the U.S. to its first Davis Cup title since 1995.

Blake's induction class includes fellow player Matias Boeker (University of Georgia), contributor Nick Bollettieri (Spring Hill College), coaches Francis Baxter (University of Central Oklahoma men 1970-2006 and women 1980-2006) and Bill Otta (Saddlebrook College 1975-2000).

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