Swat Spotlight: Tennis Pro James Blake Conducts Clinic for Chester Boys & Girls Club, Loomis Racquet Academy
SWARTHMORE, Pa. - Tennis pro James Blake, who is currently playing for the WTT's Philadelphia Freedoms, conducted a clinic for the Chester Boys & Girls Club and Loomis Racquet Academy on Tuesday afternoon from the College's Faulkner Courts.
The clinic was set-up by the Freedoms and the Loomis Racquet Academy, which is run by Swarthmore women's tennis head coach Jeremy Loomis.
Following a brief pep talk about the importance training your body and mind, Blake instructed nearly 40 youths from the Boys & Girls Club and Loomis Racquet Academy. The 10-time singles champion on the ATP World Tour then signed autographs before departing for the Freedoms' season opener.
One of the most well-known tennis players of African-American decent, Blake reached a career-high singles ranking of No. 4 in November 2006. In 2005, Blake returned to tennis after a suffering a fractured neck and Zoster, a condition affecting hearing, vision and causing temporary paralysis on one side of his face. In 2007, Blake wrote a book, Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life, chronicling his ordeal.