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James Blake

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I am the James Blake of what I do.  I call a spade a spade.  Did anyone else see the press conference after James Blake lost to Fernando Rodriguez?  Footage showed that Rodriguez’s tennis racket clearly hit a ball served by Blake before it went out of bounds.  The ball even changed direction.  But Rodriguez didn’t call it; he didn’t play honest.  And Blake blasted him for it later.

Check out the snappy response
Question: Could you describe what the issue was you were discussing with the chair umpire at 9-8?

James Blake: Yeah, hit a shot that hit Fernando’s racket and then went out. The umpire didn’t see that it hit his racket. Playing in the Olympics, in what’s supposed to be considered a gentleman’s sport, that’s a time to call it on yourself. Fernando looked me square in the eye and didn’t call it.

I’ve tried to play this game for as long as I can, you know, I make mistakes, but I try to do it with integrity, so my parents would be proud of the way I played. If that happened the other way, I never would have finished the match because my father would have pulled me off the court if I had acted that way.I’ve spoken all week about how much I’ve enjoyed the Olympic experience, how much I love the spirit of it, how much I love the other athletes, what they’ve sacrificed, and you appreciate that. And the guys go out and compete their hardest, win fair and square, lose fair and square. That’s a disappointing way to exit the tournament when you not only lose the match, but you lose a little faith in your fellow competitor.
Read the entire transcript.
Of course Rodriguez had a different take.  I would include his side of the story, but after watching the footage for myself – I can’t.

Written by zdubb

08/15/2008 at 1:29 pm

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