James Blake Talks US Open, Why He's Running His First Marathon

The former pro tennis player is running the NYC marathon for charity in honor of his father who died of gastric cancer.
3:51 | 09/03/15

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us is former tennis pro James Blake who at the height of his career was ranked number four in the world then I know this story is something you can really relate to. You too had to overcome a lot of serious obstacles. You broke your neck in 2004, I belie. Yeah. Your dad passed away that same year and yet you came back in 2005 and got quite an award. The comeback player of the year award. Yeah, yeah, so that was -- tough to go through at the time but back on tour and so welcomed back by the guys and Vicki is an inspirational story and part of the reason why I do so much with my James Blake foundation, hear more stories like Vicki and have more stories and great to see her back and hope she does well and continues her rise back to success. And we'll all be rooting for Vicki playing today as -- and Serena just advanced. Yeah. I know you're a good friend of hers. Yeah. This is big for her. Could be a major event if she does win the U.S. Open it'll be the slam. Yeah, I think it's great for her. I hi she's almost been underappreciated. She sets the bar so high, so great for so long and this is letting people know just how great she is. Probably the best of all time in my opinion and hopefully there will be great kind of cap the year for her. I want to talk to you again. You mentioned your foundation, about to run the marathon and you do raise money in honor of your dad who passed from gastric cancer. Yes, I'm running the marathon this year which I have never run more than five miles in my life so I'm sort of excited. Sort of in pain to do that for the James Blake foundation, saw Caroline wozniacki run it last year and said hopefully I can do that too and raise a lot of money for a good cause. How do people get involved. Search for James Blake and anybody who donates $10 or more get into a drawing for a free lesson with me. I'll do it Test Text1 italics Test Text1 plain ? I mean, it is perfect day at the office when you can be in times square playingtennis. Back now with a story, all right, James, James Blake knows I can't stop. One sec. So U.S. Open time and this is a ystor of a remarkable and young tennis player named Victoria Duvall. Check it out. She's done it. Reporter: When 17-year-old Vicki go, Sara. That counts. That counts. In. We got another one. You got it, Amy. Yay, Amy. I love it, show. Anticipate, you look so pretty. Yeah, you look great. You look great. Oh. Lara is actually good. There you go. You got it. Look at this, improvement already. Let's go. Lara Spencer looking strong. Oh! Oh. Don't hurt the spectators. I got it. There you go. This is last point according to our -- Yeah. First piece of advice, watch the ball. Watch the ball. Guess what, everybody, this is the last point. She's taking mine. She's got it. Congratulations. Thank you very much. Great time. Thank you so much to James Blake. Thank you to my partner, Sara, Amy, best dressed award. Thank you, James Blake Ang thank you to voya financial for making my personal dream come true having a tennis court this times square and check out more U.S. Open second round matches today, 11:00 A.M. Eastern on espn3. 1:00 P.M. Eastern on ESPN and

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