American tennis player James Blake, 33, has announced his plans to retire after the U.S. Open.
Blake, a former top-four ranked player, announced his decision at a news conference on Monday, the opening day of the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows. He enters his first-round match against Ivo Karlovic ranked 100th.
Blake's heyday was the 2006-08 seasons in which he was consistently ranked among the top-10 players. He reached a career-high No. 4 ranking in 2006. He advanced to three Grand Slam quarterfinals, including two at the U.S. Open where he lost to Andre Agassi in 2005 and to Roger Federer in 2006.
In that span, Blake was rated the second-best American player behind only Andy Roddick. He became a teammate with Roddick on the U.S. team that won the Davis Cup in 2007.
From USA Today:
"This is my last tournament," Blake says. "I don't want to be dragged out of this game. I want to leave on my own terms. "... I really didn't think this would happen," Blake said, wiping away tears. "I did the best I could."