Andy Roddick was the top American tennis player for nearly a decade. He finished nine consecutive seasons in the Top 10 in the ATP rankings and reached No.1 in the rankings in 2003. Roddick, best known for his powerful serve, won the 2003 U.S. Open and reached 4 other Grand Slam Finals.
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.
In the early 90s he dominated the men’s professional tennis circuit with a game he fashioned out of grit, determination and a punishing insideout forehand. He was the first in his class – which included Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi – to hold the No. 1 world ranking. In 2005, Jim was elected for induction into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.