Fairfield’s James Blake didn’t make much of a splash in the French Open — he was eliminated in straight sets Sunday by Serbian Victor Troicki.
Blake, once a top-10 player, is now 33 years old. After the match, Blake said to the tennis media:
“I’m realistic. I’m 33, the clock is ticking down. I’m not going to be playing this for ten more years, that’s for sure. I want to enjoy each one of those moments. I’m never going to have competition like this in my post-tennis life.”
But let’s not forget, Blake was never a premier clay-court player. His top finish at the French Open was a third-round appearance in 2006.
Let’s see if he can put together one last-gasp rally on the hard courts, and particularly at the U.S. Open Aug. 26-Sept. 9, before we figure he’s done altogether.