James Blake began playing tennis as a member of the Harlem Junior Tennis Program at age 5. As a child, he had to overcome severe scoliosis which forced him to wear a back brace 18 hours a day. Blake, best known for his speed and powerful forehand, reached 3 Grand Slam quarterfinals and, in 2006, became the first African-American player since Arthur Ashe to reach the Top 10 in the ATP Rankings.
Robby Ginepri is a former world No. 15 singles player. His best Grand Slam result came at the 2005 US Open, where Ginepri became the first player in the open era to play four consecutive five set matches, defeating Tommy Haas, Richard Gasquet and Guillermo Coria in consecutive five-set matches before falling to Andre Agassi in a five-set semifinal.
Tommy Haas began playing tennis in Hamburg, Germany at age 4 before moving to Florida at age 11 to attend Nick Bollettieri Academy. Known for his powerful baseline game, Haas turned professional in 1996 and had immediate success. He reached the quarter-finals in his first ATP Tour event, falling to Pete Sampras, and achieved the World No. 2 Ranking in 2002. Haas went on to reach the quarter-finals at each of the Grand Slams and reached the semis at Wimbledon (2009) and three times in Australia (1999, 2002, 2007).
Ferreira holds the record for the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances in men’s tennis. He played in 56 consecutive Grand Slams between 1991 and 2004, surpassing the previous record of 54 held by Stefan Edberg. In 1996 he became the first South African player to finish in the top 10 in consecutive years in the history of the ATP rankings and was also South Africa’s top ranked player from 1990-2000.