2015 PowerShares Series Schedule Announced: Tour to Feature Roddick, Agassi and Sampras

(December 9, 2014) NEW YORK, NY  – The 2015 PowerShares Series tennis circuit announced the dates, venues and fields that will feature 2014 tour champion John McEnroe defending his crown versus a group of legends led by Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jim Courier. InsideOut Sports & Entertainment, a division of Horizon Media, made the announcement on Tuesday...
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December 09, 2014  |  Discuss

James Blake Hosts Foundation Event at Brooks Brothers; Discusses His Own Tennis Future

James Blake and Brooks Brothers CEO Claudio Del Vecchio (November 13, 2014) NEW YORK, NY – Former top American tennis player and world No. 4 James Blake played host to a kick-off “Serving for a Cure” shopping event at the Brooks Brothers flagship store on Madison Avenue in New York City on Thursday night to benefit his foundation. Blake’s foundation raises funds for the...
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November 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Serena Williams, Jack Sock to represent U.S. at Hopman Cup

  Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January. Williams won the Cup with James Blake in 2003 and Mardy Fish in 2008 and will again use the tournament as preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open. Defending...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Serena Williams headlines Hopman Cup field

PERTH, Australia (AP) Top-ranked Serena Williams will combine with Wimbledon doubles champion Jack Sock in the United States team which will compete in a star-studded Hopman Cup tournament in January. Williams won the Cup with James Blake in 2003 and Mardy Fish in 2008 and will again use the tournament as preparation for the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian...
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October 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Miami Hurricanes dismisses two football players after arrest

The University of Miami dismissed two football players after they were arrested and charged with sexual battery on Tuesday. "Earlier today, I permanently dismissed Jawand Blue and Alexander Figueroa from the UM football team," said director of athletics James Blake via statement. "The University has also suspended the students from school and barred them from all campus facilities...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

New Haven Open Becomes Connecticut Open on WTA tour

NEW HAVEN, Conn., June 10, 2014 – United Technologies Corp., will become presenting sponsor of the newly named Connecticut Open, Tournament Director Anne Worcester announced. The annual Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) event will be held August 15-23, 2014, at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.   The tournament will have a new name — Connecticut Open presented...
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June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Fire At Former Tennis Player James Blake’s House Ruled Murder-Suicide

TAMPA, Fla. — A Florida man shot his wife and two teenage children in the head, then scattered gasoline and fireworks around the mansion they rented before setting the home ablaze and killing himself Wednesday, deputies said Friday. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Col. Donna Lusczynski said at a news conference Friday that Darrin Campbell had purchased fireworks, gas cans and gasoline...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Fire at James Blake’s house ruled murder-suicide

Four people were found dead Wednesday inside a Tampa mansion owned by former tennis player James Blake, and police have now determined that the deaths were the result of a murder-suicide. A man named Darrin Campbell was renting the mansion and had been living there for a year and a half, according to TMZ. Police […]
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: ‘Unusual’ Fire Intentionally Set At James Blake’s Home

TAMPA, Fla. — Detectives were not looking for any suspects in the deaths of a family found inside a burning Tampa home, but authorities stopped short of calling the case a murder-suicide, police said Thursday. Authorities have said they think the fire at the five-bedroom home was intentionally set. They have not said how it started. The home, which is owned by former tennis star...
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May 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Questions remain about fire started at Tampa home owned by James Blake

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- A man found dead with his wife and two teenage children inside the million-dollar home they rented had bought fireworks days before the house was destroyed in an inferno, and a neighbor told a 911 dispatcher he heard firecrackers as the blaze burned. Detectives have said they are not looking for suspects in the family's deaths but stopped short of calling it a...
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May 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Three bodies found at tennis star James Blake's burning mansion: Report

Tampa-area firefighters found three bodies in a burning mansion owned by former tennis star James Blake, who was renting out the Tampa Bay house and not there at the time, officials said Wednesday.Hours after the fire was reported about 6 a.m. EDT, firefighters were still there putting out hot spots at the 7,600-square-foot home located north of downtown Tampa. It could be days before...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three found dead in fire at home of ex-tennis pro James Blake

At least three people were found dead Wednesday inside a multimillion dollar Tampa, Fla.,  home owned by retired professional tennis player James Blake, after a fire ravaged the house. Blake was not inside at the time of the fire, according to WSP-TV (with a hat tip to Deadspin). The fire reportedly broke out around 6 a.m., and unconfirmed reports from TV reporter Meredyth Consuello...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Fire at Home Belonging to Tennis Star James Blake; Three Reported Dead

(Photo by José Goulão via wikimediacommons.org) The bodies of three people were pulled from a fire raging at a home owned by ATP tennis star James Blake early Wednesday morning, according to WTSP10 out of Tampa, Florida. Blake rented the home, valued at $1 million, and located at 16223 Sierra de Avila, inside the exclusive Avila Golf and Country Club, to others. He was not at the...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three dead in fire at James Blake's Tampa home

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- Officials say firefighters have found three bodies in a burning mansion owned by a former tennis star near Tampa. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Spokeswoman Cristal Bermudez Nunez says the home is owned by James Blake. She says neighbors have told detectives that Blake hasn't lived in the house for a while and was renting it out. She also says detectives haven...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Three Found Dead in a Fire at a Home Owned by Former Tennis Pro James Blake

Photo from WTSP.com (May 7, 2014) A fire broke out in a home owned by James Blake, north of downtown Tampa, Florida. The fire was reported at 6 a.m. Firefighters found three bodies in the burning mansion owned by the former world No. 4 player. Blake does not live in the house as he rents it out.   WTSP Tampa, Florida reports: Three people were found dead inside a large, million...
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May 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Chance The Rapper Drops Unexpected Track After Tweeting About His New Home Studio

Around 3 a.m. this morning, the insomniacs of hip-hop Twitterland were granted quite the welcomed surprise. Chance The Rapper sent out a tweet to his followers emphasizing that he was now equipped with an in-home studio at his new residence in Los Angeles. Along with the news of his new musical furnishings, Chance also dropped a Soundcloud link to the track, “Home Studio (Up In...
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March 25, 2014  |  Discuss

James Blake on a Roll as the Champions Shootout Comes to Sacramento

(L-R Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner) By Kevin Ware (February 26, 2014) World-class men’s tennis returns to Northern California tonight with the Champions Shootout: the next stop on the PowerShares Series 12-city tour.  Featuring a roster of tennis icons and legends, the PowerShares Series combines the best of competitive tennis and fan appreciation in a condensed format...
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February 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Andre Agassi Beats James Blake To Win PowerShares Series Title In Houston

(February 21, 2014) HOUSTON –- Andre Agassi and James Blake played one of the most memorable U.S. Open matches of all time in 2005, Agassi coming back from two-sets-to-love down to win in a fifth-set tiebreaker in an epic quarterfinal. On Thursday night at the Toyota Center, Agassi and Blake faced each other for the first time since that U.S. Open classic, producing some familiar...
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February 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Roddick and James Blake rock on.

Fun seeing James Blake and Andy Roddick vamping for the camera here at the recent Powershares Champions Showdown in Denver (snagged this shot off Instagram)....
Via Tennis Identity
February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Roddick Beats James Blake For PowerShares Series Title In Denver

(L-R Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner) (February 19, 2014) Andy Roddick and James Blake, stalwarts on the U.S. Davis Cup team for a decade, reunited Wednesday as rookies on the 2014 PowerShares Series circuit competing in the “Champions Showdown” in the mile-high altitude of the Pepsi Center. However, both American tennis standouts were not on the same bench cheering...
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February 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Azarenka, Bryan Brothers, Roddick, Venus Williams, Hingis, Querrey, Bartoli, Hantuchova, Blake highlight Mylan WTT Marquee Draft

NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 11, 2014) –  WTA world No. 2 Victoria Azarenka will return to Mylan World TeamTennis for the first time in four years after being selected second overall in the Mylan WTT Marquee Player Draft on Tuesday.   Following the San Diego Aviators protecting the rights to No.1-ranked men’s doubles team Bob and Mike Bryan in the first slot, the Philadelphia Freedoms...
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February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Al Golden, Penn State rumors having effect on recruiting

The continuing uncertainty surrounding whether University of Miami coach Al Golden will stay in Coral Gables or leave for the opening at Penn State has already affected recruiting. Hialeah Champagnat Catholic defensive tackle Travonte Valentine decommitted on Saturday after the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. Valentine, a four-star player who had been one of Miami's 29...
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January 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner Team Up to Particpate in Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund Tennis Exhibition

By Josh Meiseles, Special to Tennis Panorama News (December 7, 2013) CHATHAM, NJ – Centercourt Athletic Club in Chatham, New Jersey played host to the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund Tennis Exhibition for the sixth time on Friday, as the star-studded event raised money for the former ATP pro’s foundation. The fundraiser amassed over $300,000 in support of comprehensive healthcare...
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December 07, 2013  |  Discuss

James Blake Serves for a Cure to Raise Money for Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

  (L-R, Andy Roddick, James Blake and John Isner) By Vito Ellison, Special to Tennis Panorama News (December 6, 2013) NEW YORK CITY – The James Blake Foundation brought tennis to New York’s 69th Regiment Armory Thursday night for the 2013 edition of Serving for a Cure.  The event, first held in 2005, raises money for the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund, supporting...
Via Tennis Panorama
December 06, 2013  |  Discuss
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