American James Blake announces plan to retire following US Open

James Blake announced Monday that he will retire after the U.S. Open.
James Blake announced Monday that he will retire after the US Open. (USATSI)

Following in the footsteps of fellow former American tennis star Andy Roddick, James Blake announced Monday that he will be retiring from tennis after the US Open.

Roddick retired after the same tournament last year.

"This is my last tournament," Blake said at a press conference. "It took me a while to come to this decision, but I'm really happy with it, and comfortable with it."

Blake, 33, reached a high world ranking of No. 4 in 2006, though he was never able to break through for a Grand Slam victory. He won 10 times on tour, most recently in '07.

Twice has Blake reached the quarterfinals of the US Open, losing to Andre Agassi and Roger Federer. He will open this year's tournament against Ivo Karlovic.

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