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Frank Dancevic of Niagara Falls, Ont., who has discarded his latest coach — Mexican Leo La valle — is the No. 7 seed in the men's qualifying, which starts Tuesday. Dancevic had horrible results in lower-level Challenger tournaments the last month,...
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Luxembourg's Gilles Muller (No.75), America's Bobby Reynolds (No.84), Robert Kendrick (No.86) and last year's winner in Surbiton, Canada's Frank Dancevic, will all also be playing. The women's draw includes six top 100 players and is led by the world...
Top class field to play at AEGON Trophy - Lawn Tennis Association
Last year's winner in Surbiton, Frank Dancevic from Canada, will also be back to defend his trophy and the talented Japanese teenager, Kei Nishikori, will make his debut. The women's entry list includes six top 100 players and is led by the world No.40...
Polansky Moves on in French Open Qualifying - Tennis Canada
Meanwhile, Frank Dancevic (Niagara Falls, Ontario) did not fare as well as his compatriot, falling 7-6(2), 6-4 to Monaco's Jean-Rene Lisnard in his first match. In women's qualifying, Stéphanie Dubois (Laval, Quebec) will carry Canadian hopes....
Is the 'real No.1' healthy? - Globe and Mail
So it could fall to Frank Dancevic, 24, and Peter Polansky, 20, to lead the Canadian team. Hopefully for the visitors, as was the case when Ecuador defeated Peru, the Peruvians will not have their top player, Luis Horna, available....
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As if that wasn't enough, Bordenave also trained alongside professional tennis player, and Niagara Falls native, Frank Dancevic, and play with his sister Monika, who was the No. 1-ranked singles player at the University of Georgia not too long ago....
Polansky gagne, Dancevic s'incline - RDS
Peter Polansky (Photo Getty) Le Canadien Peter Polansky a bien amorcé l'étape des qualifications en simple pour le tournoi de Roland-Garros qui débute le 24 mai contrairement à son compatriote Frank Dancevic. Polansky a vaincu l'Espagnol Fernando...
Dancevic demande à Laurendeau de reprendre sa carrière en mains - Rue Frontenac
Après une séparation, le Montréalais Martin Laurendeau redevient l'entraîneur de Frank Dancevic, la raquette numéro un du tennis masculin au Canada. Les retrouvailles surviennent à la demande personnelle de Dancevic, 109 e joueur mondial,...
Mission: imiter Wozniak - Radio-Canada
Par contre, ce n'est pas le cas pour Stéphanie Dubois, Sharon Fichman, Frank Dancevic et Peter Polansky. À compter de mercredi, les quatre Canadiens tenteront de rejoindre Wozniak dans le tableau principal des Internationaux de France, deuxième tournoi...
David Nalbandian, joueur de tennis argentin - Aquadesign
La même année, David Nalbandian a connu sa pire défaite, face à Frank Dancevic qui l'a éliminé dès le premier tour du Grand Chelem, à Wimbledon. Toutefois, cet échec n'a pas déstabilisé la star argentine qui est arrivée en finale de l'Open de Bâle,...

Frank Dancevic

Dancevic at Wimbledon 2008

Infobox last updated on: February 2, 2009.

Frank Russell Dancevic (born September 26, 1984) is a professional touring and Canadian Davis Cup tennis player. He is currently the country's top singles player, ranked as of March 23, 2009 at World No. 117 in the ATP Rankings. Rather inactive in doubles, his doubles ranking as of March 23, 2009 is World No. 528.

The right-handed Dancevic turned pro in 2003 and reached his career high singles ranking in September 2007 at World No. 65. A native of Niagara Falls, Ontario of serbian origin, he is the highest ranked men's Canadian singles player since Daniel Nestor, who was ranked World No. 61 in September 1999. The highest ranking ever achieved by a Canadian is World No. 41, by Greg Rusedski in June 1994.

Dancevic's career record in singles in ATP (World) Tour events (International Series or higher) and Davis Cup (at all levels) is 41-64 to date. His best tournament results to date has been reaching the final of the 2007 Indianapolis Tennis Championships, and winning the 2003 Granby and Lexington, 2006 Waikoloa and Granby, and 2008 Surbiton Challenger Series events, and reaching the semi-finals of the 2008 Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships.

Dancevic played his professional tour event in July 2000, the Granby Challenger, and lost in the first round to the World No. 381 player, Phillip King, in three sets. He lost in the first round in the same event a year later in straight sets to the World No. 157 player, Axel Pretzsch. In February and April of 2002, Dancevic played on Canada's Davis Cup, going 1-1 in two dead rubbers. In his first Futures event, U.S.A. F10 in May, he won his first three matches in straight sets, reaching the semi-finals. Losing in the first round of F11, he reached the finals of F12. Then in July in reached the second round of the Granby Challenger (in his third appearance). Dancevic then lost his first full-fledged tour event, the Canada Masters, to Fabrice Santoro 5-7, 3-6. The following week Dancevic was entered into the Legg Mason Tennis Classic as a wildcard and proceeded to defeat World No. 90 and future World No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko in the first round 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-3. He finished the year however losing two singles matches in a Davis Cup tie with Brazil and in the first round of a Tyler, Texas challenger. He finished the year World No. 434 in singles and No. 414 in doubles.

Dancevic began 2003 on a roll, winning the first two tournaments he entered and reaching the semis of a third, all Futures played in consecutive weeks in January in Florida. Winning a Davis Cup match in a tie against Peru in April, he reached the final of Canada F1 in June, then won Canada F2 and the Granby and Lexington challengers in July. This saw his singles ranking climb to World No. 198. He finished the year however losing 5 of 7 matches, and his first five of 2004. In March his fortunes changed as he reached the final of France F5. He reached the second round in the next two challengers, the quarters in the next, and then the semi in Surbiton on grass. The following week, again on grass at Queen's, Dancevic reached the second round in just his third full-fledged ATP event. He next reached the semis at Granby and the finals at ] challenger in July, but lost again in the first round at the Canada Masters. Dancevic followed this up though by reaching the semi-finals at the Binghamton, NY challenger. He had a better autumn playing the American challenger circuit, going 11 wins and 5 losses. He finished 2004 ranked World No. 171 in singles and No. 462 in doubles.

Dancevic began 2005 playing four consecutive International Series or higher events, going two wins, four losses. He did not get out of the second round in an event until reaching the quarters at the Granby challenger in June. In September he narrowly lost to Max Mirnyi in the deciding rubber of a World Group Play Off tie. Then in five American challenger events in the fall, Dancevic only got past the second round once, when he finals of the the Boston, MA Challenger, losing 7-5, 5-7, 3-6 to Paul Goldstein.

Dancevic began the year with a bang in winning the first event that he entered, the Waikoloa Challenger, reaching finals of his next event, the Besancon Challenger, and then the semis of the Cherbourg Challenger. After moderate success on clay in four events in Mexico played around a tie against the Mexico Davis Cup team, where he lost both of his singles matches, he reached the final of the Atlanta, GA Challenger played on har-tru.

In June for the second time he reached the second round at Queen's. Dancevic then entered his first grand slam event, in qualifying for the regular draw of the 2006 Wimbledon Championships , and was defeated in the first round by Radek Štěpánek in straight sets.

Dancevic won the Granby Challenger in July and in August reached the second round of the Canada Masters for the first time in five attempts. Although the top seed for qualifying for the U.S. Open he failed to make the main draw.

Dancevic began 2007 going 1–2 in round robin matches at the Next Generation Adelaide International International Series event. He opened the 2007 Australian Open with a straight sets win over Victor Hănescu and lost in the second round to #19 seed Lleyton Hewitt in four sets. He then lost in the second round of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors to Marcos Baghdatis after a straight sets win over Alexander Waske. Dancevic lost in the first round of the next three International Series events he appeared in San Jose, Memphis, and Las Vegas, losing to Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, and Igor Kunitsyn respectively. He then reached the second round at the ATP Masters Series Indian Wells, defeating Waske again and losing to Fernando González. Dancevic then dropped down to the challenger circuit, reaching the finals in Bermuda, the second round in Naples, Florida, and losing in the first round at Tunica Resorts and Forest Hills.

Dancevic went 3–3 for the grass court season. He defeated Sergio Roitman in reaching the second round at Queen's Club. He lost in the final round of qualifying in 2007 but reached the main draw as a lucky loser (with the withdrawal of Mario Ančić). He reached the second round defeating World No. 60 Stefan Koubek 6–2 6–4 6–2 and then losing to No. 25 David Nalbandian 2–6 3–6 7–5 3–6. He then reached the second round of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Championships, defeating Kevin Kim in the first round 6–3 6–3 (in 2006, he defeated the same player in the same round at this same tournament by almost the same score, 6–4 6–3). He then lost to eventual champion Fabrice Santoro 7–6 3–6 4–6.

In July at the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, Dancevic defeated World No. 46 Benjamin Becker 6–4 6–3, marking Dancevic's first defeat of a top 50 player. He has followed that with a victory over No. 54 Juan Martín del Potro, 3–6 7–6(5) 6–4. He then defeated Igor Kunitsyn in a rain-delayed match that finished almost 9 hours after it began, 6–4 7–6 (3). He has become the first Canadian to reach the semifinals (and quarterfinals, too) of a top-level ATP tournament since Sébastien Lareau did so in February 2001. He followed that up with the biggest win of his career to date, by far, beating World No. 5 Andy Roddick 6–4 7–6(1), to reach the finals. He became the first Canadian to reach an ATP final since Greg Rusedski did so in 1995 (before Rusedski changed his citizenship to that of Great Britain.) He then lost in the finals to No. 3 seed Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 4–6 5–7.

Dancevic has continued his elevated play into August, defeating del Potro again, Wayne Odesnik, and World No. 35 Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup where he lost to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal, 6–4 2–6 3–6. This effort raised his ranking to World No. 67, his highest ranking to date. He played his first U.S. Open in 2007, and lost a hard-fought three-set match to former World No. 1 and 2000 U.S. Open Champion Marat Safin, the 25th seed. Competing in the main draw having come through qualifying, where as in 2006 he was the top seed, Dancevic lost to Safin 5–7, 6–7, 6–7, despite serving for the second set up 5–3 and the third set, up 6–5 in the tiebreak.

Dancevic's form has taken a slight dip in autumn, as he reached secund round of the Thailand Open, lost in the first round of Japan Open Tennis, and in the second round of the Stockholm Open to top seed James Blake 2–6, 3–6.

Dancevic's ranking allowed him to enter directly into the 2008 Australian Open main draw, where in his first round match against #24 seed Jarkko Nieminen he came back from being down 2 sets to love to level at 2 sets apiece before losing the fifth 1–6. He was out of action from January with a facet joint strain of the thoracic spine. After returning to play in May he struggled, going 1-1 twice in back-to-back Challenger tournaments in Morocco (on clay) before losing in the first round of the Grand Prix Hassan II International Series tourney. Dancevic's ranking was good enough however to allow him to gain entry into the main draw of the 2008 French Open, which marked the first time a Canadian had done so since Daniel Nestor in 1999. He lost however in the first round in 4 sets to unheralded Miguel Angel Lopez Jaen.

Dancevic began his 2008 grass court tennis season in style, winning the Surbiton challenger in late May - early June as he defeated Kevin Anderson in the final in three sets. The 57 ATP points he gained saw his ranking jump from No. 111 to 90. At Wimbledon, Dancevic was given a wild card entry. In the first round, he pulled off an impressive upset in defeating the number 7 seed and former finalist, David Nalbandian in straight sets, 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. After the match, Dancevic called it "one of the best matches of my career, if not the best". Unfortunately, he was unable to sustain this level of play and fell to 102nd ranked Bobby Reynolds in second round; 6-4, 6-7, 4-6, 4-6. In the final grass court event of the year, the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, Dancevic defeated Taylor Dent, Brendan Evans, and Igor Kunitsyn to reach the semi-finals where he lost to Prakash Amritraj.

Dancevic, after losing in the first round at Indianapolis, again to Reynolds, had a solid win over World No. 24 Mario Ančić, 6-3, 6-4, before falling to World No. 3 Novak Djokovic, 4-6, 4-6 at the 2008 Rogers Cup in Toronto. He was not ranked high enough to enter directly the main draw in Cincinnati or Los Angeles, but took part in the singles event the Olympics as a late alternate replacement, losing in the first round to No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 3-6, 2-6. Despite being ranked outside the top 110 in the world since July 27, Dancevic received direct entry in the main singles draw of the U.S. Open where he lost in straight sets to No. 18 seed Nicolas Almagro.

On the American challenger circuit this autumn, injury once again flared up as Dancevic was forced to retire in his quarter-final match at the Tulsa, Oklahoma event and skip Waco, Texas. He reached the finals however in Lubbock, TX, defeating Peter Polansky, Tim Smyczek, Rajeev Ram, and Dušan Vemić before falling to John Isner. He then lost in the first round in Sacramento, CA, to Filipino-American veteran Cecil Mamiit before reaching the semi-finals at the Calabasas, California Challenger, beating Michael McClune, Alex Bogomolov, Jr., and Michael Russell before falling to Vincent Spadea 6-4, 5-7, 3-6. Dancevic next lost in the first round of the next two challengers, in Louisville and Nashville. He then reached the quarters of the Champaign-Urbana, Illinois challenger, where he lost to Wayne Odesnik, 4-6, 6-2, 4-6. He most recently, as the tournament No. 6 seed, lost to Luka Gregorc 4-6, 6-1, 3-6 in the semis of the Knoxville, TN challenger. His record for the autumn circuit has finished at 14 wins, 8 loses.

Dancevic opened 2009 failing to qualify for the main draw of the Brisbane International, in the first week of the schedule. He came through qualifying at the Medibank International in Sydney but lost in the first round to face No. 5 seed Igor Andreev 6-7(2), 3-6. Dancevic lost in the final qualifying round of the 2009 Australian Open as the No. 14 seed but has been entered into the main draw as a lucky loser, where he lost in the first round to No. 9 seed James Blake in straight sets. He then lost the following week 4-6, 1-6 to Ramon Delgado in the first round of the Carson, CA challenger. Two weeks later Dancevic lost in the first round of qualifying of the 2009 Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup. He followed this result by qualifying and losing in the first round of the 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, 5-7, 3-6 to top seed Mardy Fish.

After Canada's first Davis Cup tie of the year (see section below), Dancevic took a week off. He next qualified for the main draw of the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, defeating Nicolas Mahut and top seed Dudi Sela, 6-2, 6-4. Dancevic then upset Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6(2) in the first round before losing to World No. 3 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 2-6.

In Davis Cup, Dancevic has a 11 and 12 win-lose record in 14 ties, 9-12 in singles play and 2–0 in doubles. His effort over Voltchkov was not enough to see Canada through to the World Group for 2006 as the Canadians fell 2–3 to Belarus in their September 2005 World Group play-off tie. In 2003 however, Dancevic's win over Flavio Saretta in the deciding 5th match saw Canada defeat Brazil and enter the World Group for only the second time. They subsequently lost to the Netherlands in the 2004 World Group as Dancevic went down to both Sjeng Schalken and Martin Verkerk, both matches going four sets.

In the 2007 Americas Group I semifinals Dancevic lost a close Round 1 match to Ricardo Mello 6-3, 7-6(7), 3-6, 3-6, 7-9 as Canada lost the tie, played away in Florianopolis, to Brazil, 1-3. He missed 2008 Davis Cup action due to injury and/or lack of fitness, as the team again lost in the Americas Group I semifinal stage.

Dancevic defeated Giovanni Lapentti in straight sets to level Canada at 1 with Ecuador in a first-round Americas Zone 1 tie played indoors at the Rexall Centre. He lost the fourth rubber to Nicolas Lapentti 3-6, 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 6-1 despite having two match points in the fourth set tie-break. Canada went on to lose the tie 2-3.

Dancevic's paternal grandparents were born in Belgrade, Serbia. His mother is Québécoise, from Rouyn-Noranda .

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Andy Roddick

Infobox last updated on: April 6, 2009.

Andrew Stephen "Andy" Roddick (born August 30, 1982) is an American professional tennis player, and a former World No. 1.

He is the 6th-ranked player in the world, and top-ranked in the U.S., as of March 23rd, 2009. He became a Grand Slam singles champion when he won the title at the 2003 U.S. Open. Roddick has reached three other Grand Slam finals (Wimbledon twice, and the U.S. Open), losing to Roger Federer each time. He and Federer are the only players to have finished the season in the ATP top 10 each of the past seven years. Roddick is known for his powerful serves and forehands, and held the fastest serve recorded in professional tennis, clocked at 155 mph (249.5 km/h).

Roddick was on the United States Davis Cup team which won the 2007 Davis Cup. Roddick defeated Dmitry Tursunov of the Russian Davis Cup team, the defending champions, in the finals.

Roddick was born in Omaha, Nebraska to Jim and Blanche Roddick. Roddick's father was a businessman, and his mother was a school teacher. She now directs the Andy Roddick Foundation. Roddick has two older brothers, Lawrence and John (All-American tennis player at University of Georgia (1996-98)), who were both promising tennis players at a young age.

Roddick lived in Austin, Texas, from age 4 until he was 10, then moved to Boca Raton, Florida in the interest of his brother John's tennis career, where he lived until graduating from Highlands Christian Academy in 2000. Roddick played varsity basketball in high school alongside Davis Cup teammate Mardy Fish, who trained and lived with Roddick in 1999. During that time period, he sometimes trained with Venus and Serena Williams; he later moved back to Austin.

Roddick began dating singer Mandy Moore in 2002. Moore, after reading a magazine article about him, thought he was really cute, so she sent her mom, who was attending a tournament in Toronto, to invite him to her set on a movie she was shooting nearby, "How to Deal." Roddick accepted, and they began dating. Roddick ended the relationship in March 2004.

Roddick was flipping through the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue when he spotted Brooklyn Decker, a fashion model. He had his agent contact hers. The two have been dating since at least the 2007 Davis Cup. On March 31, 2008, Roddick announced on his website that he and Brooklyn Decker are engaged, and will be getting married in the spring of 2009.

Roddick seriously considered quitting competitive tennis at the age of 17, when he had a losing streak in the juniors. His coach talked him into giving tennis four more months of undivided attention. Roddick finished as the # 6 junior in the U.S. in 1999-2000, and as the # 1 junior in the world in 2000. He won six world junior singles and seven doubles titles, and won the US Open and Australian Open junior singles titles in 2000. In March in Miami, in the first round Roddick had his first major victory as he beat world # 41 Fernando Vicente of Spain, 6-4, 6-0. In August in Washington, DC, he beat world # 30 Fabrice Santoro of France, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3. Roddick played the Banana Bowl in the city of São Paulo and won, beating Joachim Johansson in the final match. Roddick also won the Australian Junior Open, defeating Mario Ancic in the final. In 2001, Roddick defeated Michael Chang in 5 sets in the second round of the French Open. During Wimbledon, he further showed potential by taking a set from eventual winner Goran Ivanišević. He also defeated 7-time Wimbledon champion, world # 4, and fellow American Pete Sampras, at the age of 19, at the Miami Masters, 7-6 (2), 6-3 in March, and world # 1 Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 in August.

Roddick's breakthrough year was in 2003, in which he defeated Younes El Aynaoui in the quarterfinals of 2003 Australian Open. Roddick and the Moroccan battled for five hours, with the fifth set (21-19 in favor of Roddick) being the longest fifth set in a Grand Slam tournament during the open era, at 2 hours 23 minutes. (This was surpassed in 2007 during a Wimbledon men's doubles second round match, when Brazilians Marcelo Melo and André Sá beat Paul Hanley of Australia and Kevin Ullyett of Zimbabwe in a 3 hour 5 minute match, with a 28-26 fifth set.) Despite a lackluster French Open, Roddick enjoyed success in the United Kingdom by winning Queen's Club (beating world # 2 Agassi 6-1, 6-7 (5), 7-6 (6) along the way) and reaching the Wimbledon semifinals, where he lost to eventual champion Federer in straight sets. He avenged that loss in August, beating world # 3 Federer in Montreal, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (3).

Roddick's hardcourt record in 2003 included his first Masters Series titles – coming at Canada and Cincinnati – and his first Grand Slam title. At the U.S. Open, Roddick rallied from two sets down and a match point against him in the semifinals to beat David Nalbandian 6-7 (4), 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-1, 6-3. He then defeated world # 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, 6–3, 7–6, 6–3. At the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston he defeated world # 7 Carlos Moya of Spain, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, and world # 4 Guillermo Coria of Argentina, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3. By the end of the year, at age 21, he was ranked # 1, the first American to finish a year at # 1 since Andre Agassi in 1999. He also became the youngest American to hold this rank since computer rankings were started in 1973.

In April Roddick again beat world # 6 Moya, this time 5-7, 6-2, 7-5. Roddick was knocked out during the 2004 U.S. Open in a five-set quarterfinal against another big server, Joachim Johansson. Later in September in Bangkok he beat world # 9 Marat Safin of Russia, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (7), 7-6 (2). At the 2004 Summer Olympics, Roddick lost to Chilean Fernando González, the eventual bronze medal winner, in the third round. In November he beat world # 7 Tim Henman of Great Britain 7-5, 7-6 (6), world # 4 Safin, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (4), and world # 6 Coria 7-6 (4), 6-3. Later that year, Roddick teamed up with Mardy Fish and Bob and Mike Bryan on the U.S. Davis Cup team that lost to Spain in the final in Seville. Roddick lost his singles match against Rafael Nadal, who would in the following year win the French Open. Towards the end of 2004, Roddick fired his coach of 18 months, Brad Gilbert, and hired assistant Davis Cup coach Dean Goldfine. Roddick finished 2004 ranked as the world # 2, the U.S.'s # 1, and the player with the most aces (1,017). In 2004 Roddick saved fellow tennis player Sjeng Schalken and other guests (including close friends Ben Campezi and Dean Monroe) from a hotel fire.

Roddick's first 2005 tournament victory was the SAP Open in San Jose, California, where he became the first to win the event in consecutive years since Mark Philippoussis in 1999 and 2000. The top-seeded Roddick defeated Cyril Saulnier 6–0, 6–4 in 50 minutes, the event's first championship shutout set since Arthur Ashe beat Guillermo Vilas in 1975. In March he defeated World No. 7 Carlos Moya 6–7 (4), 6–4, 6–1. In April, Roddick won the U.S. Men's Claycourt Championships, reclaiming the title he won in 2001 and 2002. (He lost in 2003 to Agassi, and in 2004 to Tommy Haas.) In May, Roddick had match point against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. Verdasco was attempted to save the match point on his second serve, when the linesman erroneously called the serve out. If this call had held, Roddick would have won the match. Roddick motioned to the umpire, pointing to the clear ball mark on the clay indicating the ball was in, and the call was consequently changed. Verdasco went on to win the match. At the French Open, Roddick lost to the unseeded Argentine José Acasuso in the second round, and at Wimbledon, Roddick lost to Federer in the final for the second consecutive year. In August, he defeated World No. 3 Lleyton Hewitt, 6–4, 7–6 (4) at the Masters Series tournament in Cincinnati. At the US Open, Roddick was defeated by World No. 70 Gilles Müller in the first round. Roddick's last US Open first round loss had been in 2000. At the Grand Prix de Tennis de Lyon, Roddick defeated Gaël Monfils to wrap up a tournament without losing a set or getting his serve broken.

Roddick's first ATP event of the year was the Australian Open. There he reached the fourth round before being upset by unseeded and eventual finalist, Marcos Baghdatis. At the French Open Roddick retired in the first round, after sustaining a foot injury during the match. Two weeks later at Wimbledon, Roddick was upset in the third round by British hopeful Andy Murray. This loss caused Roddick to fall below the top 10 for the first time since 2002. After Wimbledon, Roddick began working with a new coach, tennis legend Jimmy Connors. In his first event with his new coach, Roddick reached the final of Indianapolis before losing to good friend, and fellow American, James Blake. His resurgence finally came at the Cincinnati Masters, where he won the event by defeating Juan Carlos Ferrero in the final, making this the first masters event he won since 2004. At the U.S. Open, Roddick easily won his first two matches against Florent Serra and Kristian Pless. He then played a thriller five-set match against Fernando Verdasco, winning 6-2 in the final set. Next he beat Benjamin Becker, who was coming off a huge win against recently retired Andre Agassi. In the quarterfinals, Roddick beat Lleyton Hewitt, avenging his loss in 2001, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4. Now in the semifinals for the first time since he won in 2003, Roddick played Mikhail Youzhny, and beat him 6-7, 6-0, 7-6, 6-3. In the finals of a Grand Slam for the first time since Wimbledon a year prior, Roddick was to play world # 1 Federer. He lost however, 2-6, 6-4, 5-7, 1-6. He then qualified for the year-ending Tennis Masters Cup, where he defeated world # 4 Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, but lost in the round robin to world # 1 Federer 6–4, 6–7 (8), 4–6 in a tough three-set battle.

Roddick entered the 2007 Australian Open as the sixth seed. In his first round match, he lost a marathon first-set tiebreak 20-18, but eventually won the match in four sets against wild card Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France. Roddick defeated 26th-seeded Marat Safin in the third round, and 9th seeded Mario Ančić in a five-set fourth round match. Roddick won his quarterfinal match against fellow American Mardy Fish 6–2, 6–2, 6–2. His run ended in the semifinals by world # 1 Federer, who defeated him in straight sets 6–4, 6–0, 6–2, making his head-to-head record against Federer 1-13. In first round Davis Cup action, Roddick helped the U.S. defeat the Czech Republic, winning his singles matches against Ivo Minář and Tomáš Berdych. Roddick reached at least the semifinals of his next two tournaments. He bowed out to Andy Murray in the semifinals of the SAP Open in San Jose, California, a reprise of 2006. Roddick then defeated Murray in the semifinals of the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships and the Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, before losing in the final to defending champion Tommy Haas 6–3, 6–2. Reaching the final, however, enabled Roddick to overtake Nikolay Davydenko for the world # 3 position, his first week inside the top three since March 6, 2006. At the first ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, after beating world # 8 Ljubicic 6-4, 6-7 (9), 6-1, Roddick reached the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, lost to world # 2 Rafael Nadal 6–4, 6–3.

Roddick then played the Miami Masters, where he retired from his quarterfinal match against Andy Murray due to a left hamstring injury. Roddick then helped the U.S. defeat Spain and advance to the Davis Cup semifinals, winning his lone singles match against Fernando Verdasco 7–6 (5), 6–1, 6–4. However, Roddick re-aggravated his hamstring injury during the Davis Cup tie, and was subsequently forced to pull out of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships in Houston, Texas. Roddick also announced that he would withdraw from the Monte Carlo Masters, citing the injury. His next tournament was at the Internazionali d'Italia. After a first round bye, he won his first match against Gastón Gaudio, where he saved all three break points and fired nine aces. However, he was unable to stop Juan Ignacio Chela in the third round, losing 6–0, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Masters Series Hamburg tournament because, according to his website, he needed time to physically prepare himself for the upcoming French Open. Roddick was seeded third at the French Open, but was eliminated in the first round by Russian Igor Andreev in four sets 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 4-6. Roddick was victorious at the Stella Artois Championships for the fourth time when he defeated Nicolas Mahut in the final 4–6, 7–6 (7), 7–6 (2). At Wimbledon, Roddick was seeded third and considered one of the pre-tournament favorites behind Federer and Nadal. He reached the quarterfinals after wins against Justin Gimelstob of the U.S., Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, Fernando Verdasco of Spain, and Paul-Henri Mathieu of France. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost in five close sets to Richard Gasquet of France 4–6, 4–6, 7–6 (2), 7–6 (3), 8–6.

During the summer hardcourt season, Roddick played four tournaments in four weeks. Roddick made it to the semifinals of the Indianapolis Tennis Championships, where he was upset by Frank Dancevic of Canada 6–4, 7–6 (1). The next week, however, Roddick claimed his second ATP title of the year by winning the Legg Mason Tennis Classic in Washington, D.C. for the third time, when he beat American newcomer John Isner 6–4, 7–6 (4). He then lost in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal to Novak Đoković, and in the third round of the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters tournament in Cincinnati, Ohio to David Ferrer of Spain. At the U.S. Open, Roddick defeated Gimelstob in the first round 7–6 (6), 6–3, 6–3. He won his next three matches, one in straight sets and the other two when his opponent retired. In the quarterfinals, Roddick once again lost to Federer 7–6 (5), 7–6 (4), 6–2, bringing his head-to-head record with Federer 1-14. There were no breaks of serve and only one break point total in the first two sets, that being on Federer's serve. Two weeks later, Roddick anchored the U.S. Davis Cup team during its 4–1 semifinal defeat of Sweden. Roddick won both his singles matches, opening the tie with a defeat of Joachim Johansson 7–6 (4), 7–6 (3), 6–3, and clinching it with a 6–2, 7–6 (3), 6–4 victory over Jonas Björkman. This was the ninth time in nine tries that Roddick has clinched a tie for the American team.

Roddick's then set his sights on the Madrid Masters, but pulled out, citing a knee injury. At his next tournament two weeks later in Lyon, France, Roddick lost in the first round to frenchman Fabrice Santoro 7–6 (5), 2–6, 6–4. Roddick then withdrew from the Paris Masters, incurring a $22,600 fine for not fulfilling his media obligations at the tournament. At the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, Roddick defeated world # 4 Nikolay Davydenko 6–3, 4–6, 6–2 in his first round-robin match, and then defeated world # 7 Fernando González in his next match to become the first player to qualify for the semifinals of the tournament. In his third and final round-robin match, Roddick lost once again to Federer, 6–4, 6–2 for the 15th time in 16 career matches. In the semifinals, Roddick lost 6–1, 6–3 to # 6 seed David Ferrer, who had won all three of his round-robin matches. This was Roddick's third semifinal finish out of the last five years at the Tennis Masters Cup (he reached the semifinals in 2003 and 2004, withdrew in 2005, and failed to advance to the semifinals in 2006 after a 1–2 round-robin record). Roddick finished the year by helping the U.S. defeat Russia and win the 2007 Davis Cup, its 32nd Davis Cup victory but first since 1995. Roddick won his rubber against Dmitry Tursunov 6–4, 6–4, 6–2, before James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan completed the victory. Having secured the tie with an unassailable 3–0 lead, Roddick decided to sit out his second singles match of the tie.

Roddick started 2008 strongly, defeating Ljubičić 6–3, 6–0, and Safin 6–3, 6–3 to reach AAMI Kooyong Classic final for four consecutive seasons. In the final, he defeated Baghdatis 7–5, 6–3 to win the tournament for the third consecutive year. Roddick was seeded sixth in the 2008 Australian Open. In the first round, he defeated Lukáš Dlouhý of the Czech Republic 6–3, 6–4, 7–5. In the second round, he defeated German Michael Berrer 6–2, 6–2, 6–4. He then lost to the # 29 seed Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in the third round in a 5-set match 4–6, 6–3, 6–7 (9), 7–6 (3), 6–8. Despite losing, Roddick served a career-high of 42 aces in a match. Roddick won his 24th career title and his 3rd title at the SAP Open in San Jose, California. He defeated the Czech Radek Štěpánek in straight sets, 6–4, 7–5. Roddick's next tournament was the Dubai Tennis Championships. He made it to the semi-finals by defeating world # 2 Rafael Nadal of Spain 7–6 (5), 6–2, his first victory over Nadal since the second round of the 2004 US Open. The win also marked Roddick's first victory over a player ranked in the top two since June 2003. He progressed through to the finals by defeating world # 3 and 2008 Australian Open Singles Champion Novak Djokovic 7–6 (5), 6–3 in the semi-final. By making it to the final, he became the first American to reach the Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships final in the tournament's 16-year history. In the final he defeated Feliciano López 6–7 (8), 6–4, 6–2, to win his 25th career title.

Following Roddick's quarterfinal match in Dubai, he announced that he had split with his coach of two years, Jimmy Connors. Connors had resigned a week earlier, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family. Roddick would continue to be coached by his brother, John Roddick. He then fell to former world # 2 Tommy Haas at the Indian Wells Masters in the 2nd round, 6–4, 6–4. At the 2008 Miami Masters, Roddick advanced to the semifinals after defeating world # 1 Federer 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-3 an hour after proposing to Brooklyn Decker, bringing his head-to-head record against Federer to 2-15. Roddick improved to 3-0 against top-3 players in 2008. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Nikolay Davydenko 6-7 (5), 2-6. Roddick's next tournament was the Masters tournament in Rome. There he equaled his best result by reaching the semifinals, where he retired against Stanislas Wawrinka in the pair's first encounter, due to a back injury.

Roddick was forced to pull out of the 2008 French Open due to a shoulder injury. After a visit to a doctor in New York it was determined this was nothing more than an inflammation of the rotator cuff. His first tournament after the shoulder injury was the Artois Championship, his annual Wimbledon preparation, where he was the defending champion after winning the title last year, one of four wins at the tournament. In the tournament, Roddick defeated Mardy Fish and Andy Murray before losing to eventual champion Nadal in the semifinals. In the 2008 Wimbledon, Roddick suffered a 2nd round defeat to Serbia's Janko Tipsarević 6–7 (5), 7–5, 6–4, 7–6 (4). This was his earliest exit at Wimbledon. Roddick was beaten at the Toronto Masters in the third round by Marin Čilić, 4-6, 6-4, 4-6. He was then forced to pull out of the Cincinnati Masters following a neck injury, which he said may have been caused by a poor sleeping posture. He stated in an interview that the neck injury had nothing to do with his shoulder injury. Roddick did not participate in the 2008 Summer Olympics, with his reason being to concentrate on the 2008 US Open. In order to prepare for the US Open, Roddick then played in the smaller hard court tournaments in the US Open Series, including those at Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. At the Countrywide Classic in Los Angeles, Roddick lost to Juan Martín del Potro in the final, 1-6, 6-7 (2).

At the 2008 US Open, Roddick defeated Fabrice Santoro in the first round 6-2, 6-2, 6-2. Roddick then won his next 3 matches against Ernests Gulbis, Andreas Seppi, and Fernando González. In the quarterfinals, Roddick lost to the World No. 3 and reigning Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic 2-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5) bringing his head-to-head record to 1-2. Roddick captured his 26th ATP title in Beijing at the China Open on September 28, 2008. He defeated Dudi Sela of Israel, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-3. The victory was part of Roddick's strong showing in Asia, as he reached the semifinal round of the AIG Japan Open where he lost to eventual champion Tomáš Berdych after squandering a 5-3 lead in the third and deciding set. In the third round of the Madrid Masters he lost to Frenchman Gaël Monfils in three sets 4-6, 6-3, 3-6. Two weeks later, Roddick reached the quarterfinals of Paris Masters by defeating Frenchman Gilles Simon, 6-3, 7-5, before losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Due to his performance in the tournament, Roddick automatically qualified for the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup. At the Masters Cup in Shanghai, he played Andy Murray in his first round robin match and lost 4-6, 6-1, 1-6. He was then scheduled to play Federer, but retired due to an ankle injury and was replaced by Štěpánek. He hired Larry Stefanki as his new coach, and started working with him on December 1. Stefanki had previously trained John McEnroe, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Fernando González, and Tim Henman. Under his guidance both Marcelo Rios and Kafelnikov became world number one.

After losing the exhibition championship Capitala World Tennis in Abu Dhabi, Roddick began his 2009 season by playing at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open. He defeated Ivan Navarro, Arnaud Clement, and Victor Hanescu in the early rounds. In the semifinals he beat Gaël Monfils in a closely fought match, 7–6, 3–6, 6–3, to set up a final with Andy Murray, which he lost 6–4, 6–2. At the first round of the 2009 Australian Open, Roddick beat Bjorn Rehnquist, before Roddick battled from a set down to defeat Xavier Malisse 4–6, 6–2, 7–6 (1), 6–2 in the second. After following this up with victories over Fabrice Santoro and 21-seed Tommy Robredo, Roddick played the defending champion and world # 3 Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. Djokovic retired in the fourth set, 6–7 (3), 6–4, 6–2, 2–1, allowing Roddick to reach the fourth Australian Open semifinal of his career and brings his head-to-head record to 2-2 against Djokovic. Roddick was defeated in the semifinals by eventual runner-up Federer, 6–2, 7–5, 7–5, bringing their head-to-head series to 2-16.

In the SAP Open, Roddick beat qualifier Michael Ryderstedt 6-0, 7-6 (3) in 62 minutes. He defeated his next opponent, Ernests Gulbis, 6-3, 7-6 (3). Roddick saved four break points on serve in the second set, and converted on his first of three match points in the tie-break to secure the win in one hour and 20 minutes. He then snapped a three-match losing streak against Tommy Haas in his quarterfinal match, securing the 7-5, 6-4. Roddick, whose last win against Haas had come in the 2005 San Jose semifinals, now has a 4-7 head-to-head record against the former World # 2 tennis player. Roddick lost in the semifinals to Radek Stepanek, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 4-6. It was the first time in five matches between the two players that Roddick had lost. In the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, Roddick beat Steve Darcis of Belgium 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round, and quickly defeated Robby Ginepri 6-2, 6-3 in the second. He defeated Sam Querrey 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to reach the semifinals. There Roddick defeated Australian Lleyton Hewitt 2-6, 7-6 , 6-4, to reach the final. He took his first title of the year by beating Stepanek in the championship match, 7-5, 7-5. He had to recover from being up a break and losing serve in the first set, but broke serve to take the opener. The two remained on serve throughout the second set until Roddick broke to take the match.

Roddick did not defend his Dubai title, with prize money of over $2 million, to protest the UAE's refusal to grant Israeli Shahar Pe'er a visa for the WTA event. "I really didn't agree with what went on over there," Roddick said.

Roddick entered the 2009 BNP Paribas Open as the number 7 seed. He received a bye in the first round and beat Daniel Koellerer 6-1, 7-6 (3) in the second. In the third round, he beat veteran Nicolas Kiefer 6-4, 7-6 (4). He defeated David Ferrer in the fourth round 7-6 (5), 3-6, 6-3 to secure his place in the quarterfinals where he met defending champion Novak Djokovic whom he'd beaten earlier in the year and against whom he held a 2-2 win/loss record. Roddick prevailed in straight sets 6-3, 6-2. His run was ended by World # 1 Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-7 (4). However, he managed to win the doubles title partnering Mardy Fish, defeating Max Mirnyi and Andy Ram 3-6, 6-1, 14-12 in the final. IT was his fourth doubles title overall, and his second partnering Fish.

At the 2009 Sony Ericsson Open, Roddick was given a first round bye and defeated Diego Junqueira 6-1, 6-1 in the second. In the third round he defeated the number 25 seed Dmitry Tursunov 7-6 (9), 6-2. He beat Frenchman and number 9 seed Gael Monfils 7-6 (2), 6-2 to secure a place in the quarterfinals and a meeting with Roger Federer, whom he had beaten in the same round in 2008. This year, however, he was beaten after fighting off three break points in the second set; 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, bringing their head-to-head record to 2-17.

As of April 11, Roddick had the second-best winning percentage among Americans on clay; .663 to .714 of Wayne Odesnik.

With his 6-2, 6-3, 6-2 win over Paul-Henri Mathieu on April 13, 2008 for the deciding victory in the best-of-five 2008 quarterfinal Davis Cup match with France, Roddick improved to 10-0 in clinching situations for the United States. In his second singles victory in three days, he was held to 17 aces, down from 30 against Michael Llodra a few days prior. Roddick improved to 31-11 for the US in Davis Cup matches, trailing only John McEnroe (41). His win against the 12th-ranked Mathieu was part of a strong month in which he beat the tour's top three players -- Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic.

Roddick is often called "A-Rod," referring to his first initial and the first three letters of his last name, and a reference to baseball superstar Alex Rodriguez who already has that nickname.

Roddick uses a discontinued version of the Babolat Pure Drive, extended to 27.5 inches. The racquet itself is heavily customised with additional weight placed in the head via the use of lead tape. The resulting racquet exhibits a more head heavy balance point and a higher swingweight that the stock model with a higher overall weight, though this is similar to the model he endorses at approximately 12oz. Modifications of this sort are not uncommon for professional players. Currently his racquet is strung with Pro Hurricane Tour strings at a tension of 62lbs.

Roddick's racquets are painted to resemble the Pure Drive Roddick Plus with Cortex racquet in order to market a current model which Babolat sells. The cortex in particular is visibly painted onto the racquet. For marketing purposes Roddick endorses the Pure Drive Roddick Plus Cortex Racquet with Babolat Pro Hurricane Tour strings (of yellow color), a signature racquet designed for him by racquet sponsor Babolat, which is slightly heavier (11.9 oz), stiffer (Babolat RDC index 72), and longer (27.5") than the standard Pure Drive Series (11.3 oz, Babolat RDC 71, 27"). The racquet is designed for a strong service due to its weight, stiffness, and length. According to Tennis Warehouse, the best one for this fundamental. He strings with a custom hybrid (Pro Hurricane Tour + VS). Roddick's tension varies, but he mostly strings his racquets to a tension of roughly 64 or 65 pounds.

Roddick also uses Babolat Propulse II tennis shoes, which are his signature gear. In matches, Roddick wears shirts, shorts, and caps manufactured for him by Lacoste.

Roddick's plays an offensive baseline playing style. Roddick is known for his powerful first serve, usually serving at around 130-150 mph (209~242 km/h), which he uses to earn free points with aces or put himself into position to hit a forehand winner. His first serve is known to some as the "Roddick Serve" since he abbreviates the serve by removing part of the motion. He usually targets the two corners to win aces. As for his second serve, he usually employs a heavy kick serve, then tries to use a variety of spins, slices, and angles in the rally to throw off his opponent and position himself for a winning shot. He is noted to use heavy topsin on both his serves and his twist serve is probably the highest-kicking serve anyone hits. Roddick will also occasionally use the serve-and-volley tactic on both first and second services to surprise his opponent, though he generally prefers to remain near the baseline after a serve. Despite all this, Roddick is sometimes criticized for his lack of variety. Lately, under new coach Larry Stefanki, Roddick has been developing his volleying skills. Roddick's backhand has also recently been a new technique in his arsenal.

On April 5, 2002, Roddick guest-starred on the television show Sabrina, the Teenage Witch as himself. In the episode, Sabrina summoned him so he could give her tennis lessons.

Roddick appeared on the The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn talk show in 2002 and 2003, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in 2003, Jimmy Kimmel Live! in 2004 and 2005, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in 2005 and 2007, and The Ellen DeGeneres Show in 2006. Roddick also appeared on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on June 8, 2007. The two had humorous conversations about life beyond the court, other players, and on-court fashions. At one point during the interview, Ross sat on Roddick's lap to try to make him feel uncomfortable.

Roddick hosted Saturday Night Live on November 8, 2003, becoming the second tennis player, (the first having been Chris Evert) and the first male tennis player to host (while Chris Evert is the only female tennis player to host SNL).

Roddick also appeared on a 2004 episode of the Anne Robinson Version of The Weakest Link, but ended up being voted off.

Roddick is in a This is SportsCenter ad with Stuart Scott, in which he confronts the Sports Center anchor about the anchors not calling him "A-Rod," and asks him "Did Alex Rodriguez put you up to this?" Scott replies "Who?" Roddick says "A-Rod!" Scott gets a sneaky look on his face, and Roddick leaves disgusted.

The June/July 2007 issue of Men's Fitness magazine carried an article on Roddick. The cover shot featured the tennis ace in a t-shirt, straining to contain massive, pumped-up biceps and hulking shoulder and chest muscles. The image set off widespread online speculation that the magazine had altered Roddick's likeness, a suspicion echoed by Roddick himself. Roddick has quipped that he saw the photo, and that Nadal wanted his arms back.

In March 2009, Andy Roddick appeared in the "Speed Feels Better" music video for singer / songwriter, Michael Tolcher. Other athlete greats in the video include Amanda Beard, Barry Sanders, Kimmie Meissner, and Rick Ankiel.

In 2004, Roddick produced the fastest serve in professional tennis: 249.4 km/h (155 mph) during a Davis Cup semi-final match with Vladimir Voltchkov on hard court in Charleston. Earlier that year, Roddick had the fastest serve in U.S. Open history: 244 km/h (152 mph) against American Scoville Jenkins. Roddick also won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Male Tennis Player.

That same year he won the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian Award of the Year because of his charity efforts, which included: raising money for the survivors of the tsunami following 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake through Serving for Tsunami Relief and other efforts; auctioning off several rackets and autographs to raise money for UNICEF; and creating the Andy Roddick Foundation to help at-risk youth. The foundation is partly funded through the sale of blue wristbands inscribed "No Compromise," inspired by Lance Armstrong's yellow Livestrong wristbands.

In 2007 Roddick and the Andy Roddick Foundation was awarded by the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health. Roddick was the first male tennis player ever to receive the award.

To prevent confusion and double counting, information in this table is updated only after a tournament or the player's participation in the tournament has concluded. Davis Cup matches are included in the statistics. This table is current through the 2009 Miami Masters that are currently being played.

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James Blake

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Infobox last updated on: February 16, 2009.

James Riley Blake (born December 28, 1979 in Yonkers, New York, United States) is a professional tennis player and is currently the second highest ranked American, 17th in the world. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. He reached the final of the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup but lost to the then World No. 1 Roger Federer in straight sets, 6–0, 6–3, 6–4. On July 3, 2007, Blake's book, Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life, discussing his comeback after his unlucky 2004 season, was released and debuted at #22 on the New York Times Best Seller list. He wrote this book along with Andrew Friedman.

Blake was born in Yonkers, New York, United States to an African American father Thomas and a White British mother Betty. He has a brother, Thomas, who is also a professional tennis player, and three older half-brothers, Jason, Christopher, and Howard, and a half-sister, Michelle.

Blake started playing tennis at age five alongside his brother Thomas. When 13, he was diagnosed with severe scoliosis and for five years as a teenager, he was forced to wear a full-length back brace for 18 hours a day, though not while playing tennis. Blake attended Fairfield Warde High School (then called Fairfield High School), in Fairfield, Connecticut. A schoolmate and childhood friend was future musician John Mayer. Blake was inspired to pursue tennis after hearing his role model, Arthur Ashe, speak to the Harlem Junior Tennis Program. Brian Barker was his first (and current) coach. He left Harvard University after his sophomore year to pursue a career in professional tennis.

At the age of 21, Blake saw his first Davis Cup action in 2001 against India and became the third person of African-American heritage to play for the Davis Cup for the United States (after Arthur Ashe and MaliVai Washington).

In January, Blake won the 2002 USTA Waikola Challenger in Hawaii. A month later, in Memphis, he posted his first win over a top-ten ranked opponent, Tommy Haas, who was then ranked fifth, and reached the finals, losing to Andy Roddick. He posted solid results over the summer, reaching the quarterfinals at the ATP Masters Series (AMS) event in Rome in May and then the finals at Newport in July.

In August, in Cincinnati, he won his first career ATP Tour title and his first ATP Masters Series title: it came in doubles with Todd Martin and it made Blake the first African-American male to win a title of any kind in Cincinnati's 101-year history. He was also the first African-American to reach a final in Cincinnati since 1969 when Arthur Ashe reached the doubles finals with Charlie Pasarell. The next week in Washington, he won his first ATP Tour singles title by beating Andre Agassi in the semifinals and Paradorn Srichaphan in the final.

At the U.S. Open, he reached the third round before falling to top-ranked Lleyton Hewitt in five sets. Lleyton Hewitt had once called James out on his ethnicity.

In 2003 his best results were a quarterfinal showing at AMS Indian Wells; a Round of 16 finish at the Australian Open, AMS Cincinnati and AMS Miami; a semifinal appearance at San Jose; and a finals appearance at Long Island.

The year of 2004 was an especially difficult year for Blake. While practicing with Robby Ginepri for the Masters event being held in Rome, he broke his neck when he slipped on the clay and collided with the net post. In July, his father died as a result of stomach cancer. At the same time, Blake developed zoster which temporarily paralyzed half his face and blurred his sight.

Blake's injuries and personal issues caused him to post relatively poor results for the first half of 2005, and by April his ranking was at No. 210. Blake made the decision to play the Challenger circuit, the "minor leagues" of tennis, in order to gain confidence and get more matches. In May, he entered Challenger events in Tunica, Mississippi, and Forest Hills, New York, and won both. He then rejoined the ATP circuit, and by August he was playing well enough to reach the final at the International Series event in Washington, D.C., where he fell to Roddick.

He was then given a wild card into AMS Cincinnati, where he drew Federer in the first round. The following week he entered and won the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament in New Haven, Connecticut, defeating Feliciano López in the final.

His efforts that summer helped him re-enter the ATP Top 50, and after New Haven he was ranked No. 49.

Blake then accepted a wildcard into the US Open, where he defeated No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the round of 32. In the round of 16, he beat Tommy Robredo in four sets to reach the quarterfinals where he succumbed to Andre Agassi in a memorable fifth-set tiebreak after winning the first two sets. He lost 3–6, 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6 (6).

In October at the Stockholm Open in Sweden, Blake won his third ATP tour title, defeating Srichaphan in the final. Blake finished 2005 ranked #22 in the world.

Blake started the year strong, winning the title at Sydney to take his fourth ATP tour title. He defeated Russian Igor Andreev in the final.

At the Australian Open he was seeded twentieth, and lost in the third round to Spaniard Tommy Robredo. Despite the loss, he cracked into the Top 20 for the first time in his career.

In March, he beat Hewitt in the final at Las Vegas for his fifth ATP tour title.

At the first AMS event of the year, Indian Wells, Blake defeated Robredo in the third round and world No. 2 Nadal in the semifinals to reach his first career ATP Masters Series singles final. He lost in the final to Federer, but by reaching the final, Blake became the first African-American man since Arthur Ashe to reach the world's top 10.

On clay, Blake defeated former world No. 1 Carlos Moyà in the first round at AMS Hamburg before losing to Mario Ančić in the third round.

At the French Open, he took down rising Spaniard Nicolas Almagro in four sets in the second round, to become the last remaining American man at the French. However, in the next round, he was beaten by Frenchman Gaël Monfils in five sets.

To start the grass court season, he made what many considered to be a surprising run at the Stella Artois Championships, defeating Andy Roddick in the semifinals before losing to Lleyton Hewitt in the final.

At Wimbledon, Blake progressed to the third round, but lost to Max Mirnyi in five sets.

Blake's first tournament after Wimbledon was at the International Series event at Indianapolis, and he went on to win the singles title by defeating Roddick (for the second time in 2006) in the final. Just by reaching the Indy final, Blake earned enough points to be ranked No. 5 in the world. He lost in the third round to Marat Safin in Washington, D.C., and in the first round in New Haven to Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo.

Blake did not enjoy as much success during the summer's biggest tournaments, losing in the second round to the eventual finalist in both of the summer ATP Masters Series events. At AMS Canada, he fell to Richard Gasquet (who would reach the final that week before losing to Roger Federer), and at AMS Cincinnati he lost to Juan Carlos Ferrero (who lost in the final to Andy Roddick).

At the U.S. Open, Blake reached the quarterfinals where he lost to top seed and defending champion Roger Federer. In that match, Blake managed to win his first set against Federer, winning the third set in a tiebreaker (11–9).

In his debut appearance at the Thailand Open in Bangkok, Blake won his seventh singles title, defeating Jarkko Nieminen in the quarterfinals, Marat Safin in the semifinals, and Ivan Ljubičić for the first time in the final.

Just two weeks later, Blake won his fifth title of 2006, successfully defending his 2005 title in Stockholm, by defeating Jarkko Nieminen in the final.

For the first time in his career, Blake qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai. Blake went 2–1 in the Gold Group, defeating world No. 2 Nadal and No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko, while losing to No. 6 Tommy Robredo. Blake qualified for the semifinals, where he steamrolled defending champion David Nalbandian, 6–4, 6–1. He went on to the final against Federer, but lost the match in straight sets, 6-0, 6-3, 6-4. Blake finished 2006 at a career-high World Number 4, and also finished the year as the highest-ranked American tennis player.

Blake won at the Sydney International for the second consecutive year. However, he then suffered a disappointing loss in the Round of 16 at the Australian Open, losing to tenth seed and eventual finalist Fernando González 7–5, 6–4, 7–6 (4). He followed that up with a loss to Tomáš Berdych in Davis Cup play and a second round loss in the SAP Open (San Jose) to #103 ranked Ivo Karlović.

At the 2007 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, as the defending champion, he was involved with a deep controversy. It was one of the several tournaments experimenting with the new round robin format, and Blake had lost his first match to Evgeny Korolev. Korolev lost his other match to Juan Martín del Potro. In order for Blake to advance to the quarters, he had to defeat Del Potro in straight sets while losing five games or less. This would result in a three-way tie, with Blake losing the fewest games. With Blake leading 6–1 3–1, Del Potro retired. This eliminated Del Potro from the three-way tie as he failed to complete one of his matches. Korolev then moved on to the next round, breaking the tie because he had defeated Blake in their match.

That caused a big uproar among fans, James Blake, and commentators, as they felt James Blake deserved to advance. After a press conference of many hours, the ATP, led by Etienne de Villiers, decided that, since Blake would have met the guidelines the way the match was going, and since neither player knew the consequences of retiring (Del Potro said he would have finished the match had he known), Blake would have advanced anyway. They overruled the tournament guidelines, giving Blake a place in the quarterfinals.

The following morning, De Villiers reversed his reversal deeming that it was unfair to Korolev as you shouldn't change the rules in mid-tournament, regardless of what happened. As a result, Korolev re-advanced to the quarterfinals, sending Blake to Indian Wells without a 3rd consecutive title defense. Shortly after this incident, the ATP decided to cancel the round robin format, reverting any tournaments planning a round robin draw to the standard single-elimination draw.

Roland Garros 2007 was a disappointment for Blake, losing in the first round to Ivo Karlović 4–6 6–4 7–5 7–5. Blake was one of nine American men to lose in the first round of Roland Garros. This was the first time in the open era where an American male had not made it into a Grand Slam second round.

In Wimbledon 2007, James reached the third round, matching his best showing there (2006), but was unable to get past former World Number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, losing 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6.

During the summer hardcourt season, he advanced to his second career ATP Masters Series event and won a singles title. At AMS Cincinnati, he beat Alejandro Falla, Nicolas Kiefer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Sam Querrey and Nikolay Davydenko en route to the final before falling to Roger Federer. He won the singles title at Penn Pilot in New Haven, CT, and started the North American hardcourt season by reaching the finals at Los Angeles, losing to Radek Štěpánek in three sets, 7–6, 5–7, 6–2 after having three set points in the first set.

In the second round of the 2007 U.S. Open, he won his first career five-set match against Fabrice Santoro, whom he defeated 6–4, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4. Blake made it to the fourth round, where he lost to No. 10 Tommy Haas in five sets, 4–6, 6–4, 3–6, 6–0, 7–6(4), despite having match points in the fifth set.

Blake and the rest of the US Davis Cup team defeated Sweden in September to reach the finals against Russia.

Blake lost in the third round of Paris to Richard Gasquet and thus finished outside the top eight players, losing his chance to defend the points he gained as finalist in the 2006 Tennis Masters Cup.

James Blake won his match in the 2007 Davis Cup finals against Mikhail Youzhny, 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 7–6 (and also against Dmitry Tursunov). Andy Roddick won his match versus Tursunov and Bob and Mike Bryan won the doubles rubber over Igor Andreev and Nikolay Davydenko, sealing the Davis Cup win for the United States.

James Blake began 2008 hoping to win his third consecutive Medibank International title. However, the defending champion bowed out of the tournament in the first round, losing to French veteran Fabrice Santoro 6–7(4), 2–6. The third seed (Blake) was said to be "uncharacteristic" in reference to his frustration.

At the Australian Open, Blake defeated his first round opponent, Chilean Nicolás Massú. He then defeated compatriot Michael Russell 6–3 6–2 6–2. In the third round, he fought back from two sets down to beat French veteran Sébastien Grosjean 4-6, 2-6, 6-0, 7-6(5), 6-2, who had beaten him in each of their three previous meetings.

In the fourth round, Blake beat Marin Čilić in three sets to advance to the quarterfinals, his best showing yet down under. In the quarterfinal, James Blake faced world No. 1 Roger Federer, and fell in straight sets, 7–5, 7–6(5), 6–4. Although out of the Australian Open, Blake's ranking jumped back into the Top 10 to No. 9 following his best performance in the tournament yet.

In Davis Cup, the USA played Austria on clay. James defeated Stefan Koubek in four sets (5–7, 7–5, 6–2, 6–2). Despite being down 2–5 in the second set, James turned things around, helped in part by unforced errors by Koubek.

In Delray Beach, James made it to the final for the second consecutive year, but fell to No. 244 Kei Nishikori of Japan in three sets in the final (6-3, 1-6, 4-6). At the 2008 SAP Open, he rebounded from that loss by defeating compatriot Sam Warburg in straight sets in the first round (6-3, 6-1) and Jesse Levine in straight sets in the second round (6-3, 6-4). However, he lost to Robby Ginepri (2-6, 2-6) on the following round.

At the 2008 Pacific Life Open, Blake, the ninth seed, received a "bye" in the first round, before defeating Marc Gicquel 6–3, 6–7(5), 6–1 in the second round. In the third round, Blake beat former world #1 Carlos Moyà 6–3, 6–4.. He then defeated Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the fourth round in straight sets 6–4, 6–2, before losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals 5–7, 6–3, 3–6.

At the 2008 Miami Masters, Blake reached the quarterfinals, but again lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets (6-3, 3-6, 1-6).

In Davis Cup, Team USA played France. Unfortunately for France, they were missing two of their best players, Richard Gasquet and Jo Wilfried Tsonga due to injuries. So Michaël Llodra and Paul-Henri Mathieu were the players playing singles for France. After Andy Roddick defeated Llodra, James would play Mathieu. James won in a three-hour, 48-minute, five-set match against the Frenchman, 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, 3–6, 7–5. He had to save two match points to defeat the number 12 Mathieu.

Blake then started the clay court season at the River Oaks International tournament in Houston, Texas. He defeated Kei Nishikori in the first round (6–4, 6–4), 15-year-old Ryan Harrison in the second round, No. 5 seed Agustín Calleri of Argentina in the quarterfinals, and Oscar Hernandez of Spain in the semifinals (6–3, 7–6(3)). In his second ATP final of the year and his first career clay-court final, Blake fell to Spaniard Marcel Granollers Pujol, 4–6, 6–1, 5–7.

James received a wild card to play in the clay tournament in Barcelona, Spain. However, he lost in the first round to German Denis Gremelmayr in straight sets.

Looking for a better performance on clay, James played in the Master Series tournament in Rome. He received a bye in the first round. In the second round, he faced Italian hopeful Andreas Seppi. James won in three sets 7–6, 3–6, 6–1. In the third round, he faced Spaniard Fernando Verdasco. He won in three sets 5–7, 7–5, 6–2. His run was ended in the quarterfinals by Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in three sets 7-6, 6-7, 1-6.

At the French, he made it to the second round before being defeated by Ernests Gulbis in four sets. He fared no better at Wimbledon, losing in the 2nd round to the resurgent semi-finalist Rainer Schuettler in five sets, 3-6, 7-6(8), 6-4, 4-6, 4-6.

At the Cincinnati Masters, Blake lost to Ernests Gulbis 4-6, 6-1, 3-6 in the third round.

In August 2008, Blake represented the United States as one of its three men's singles tennis players in the Beijing Olympics. In the quarterfinals, he gained one of the biggest wins of his career with his first ever win over Roger Federer, 6-4 7-6(2). At the time, Federer was ranked as the world's No. 1 men's player. His semifinal match was against Fernando González, the Men's Singles bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. Blake had triple match point in the middle of the final set, but would go on to lose 4-6, 7-5, 11-9. He then lost in the bronze medal match to Serbian Novak Djokovic 4-6, 6-7(4).

In the US Open, Blake was stretched to a 5 set thriller against American teenager Donald Young 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round. Blake easily won his second round match after Steve Darcis retired, 4-6, 6-3, 1-0. Blake then lost to friend and fellow American Mardy Fish in the third round in straight sets 3-6, 3-6, 6-7(4).

In the Madrid Masters, Blake had a first round bye and played Gilles Simon losing it 6-3, 1-6, 4-6. Soon after, he played in the Davidoff Swiss Indoors tournament and made it all the way to the quarterfinals before losing to Feliciano Lopez of Spain 4-6, 6-7 (7). In the Paris Masters Blake got to the semis after a walkover by Roger Federer in the quarters and lost to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France 4-6, 3-6. Because of this loss, Blake was not able to qualify for the year end Masters in Shanghai.

Blake participated in the Hopman Cup, an exhibition tournmanent partnering Meghann Shaughnessy. The team were the top seed, with Blake looking to win his third Hopman Cup. Blake lost to Slovak Dominik Hrbaty but defeated Nicolas Kiefer and Lleyton Hewitt.

Blake defeated Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of the Australian Open. His success continued in the second round of the Australian Open after deposing of Frenchman Sebastien de Chaunac 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in a match laden with spectator noise and bad line calls. Blake went on to face the 18th seed, Igor Andreev, in the third round and beat him 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1. He lost in the fourth round in straight sets to the 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(3).

In the SAP Open in San Jose, Blake defeated fellow American Vincent Spadea 6-3, 6-4 in a first round match, hitting 12 aces and converted his two break point chances to race to the win in 50 minutes. Blake would go on to defeat Frenchman Florent Serra 6-4, 6-3. Blake prevailed in a 20-point first set tie-break against sixth-seeded compatriot Sam Querrey and then eased through the second set with one break of serve to post the 7-6(9), 6-3 victory in 67 minutes. He then lost to fellow American Mardy Fish 3-6, 2-6.

In his next tournament, the Regions Morgan Keenan Championships in Memphis, Tennessee, Blake was defeated in the first round by Lleyton Hewitt, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6.

In the Davis Cup first round tie against Switzerland in Birmingham, Alabama, he lost the opening match to Stanislas Wawrinka in four sets. But he won the fifth match in straight sets to make the final tie 4-1 to book the U.S's place in the quarterfinals.

Blake worked with Prince to create a new racquet featuring Prince's O3 technology. The endeavor resulted in the Prince O3 Hybrid Tour. However, Blake did not feel comfortable with this racquet, or with the O3 technology. Blake ended his relationship with Prince. He switched to the Dunlop Aerogel 200 for Wimbledon which is characterized by its low power, 95 square inch head size, and a dense 18x20 string pattern. Blake said, "The new Aerogel racquet technology provides several frame specifications that will suit my game well and give me the confidence to know that I can take my career to new heights". His racquet is strung with Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L String at a relatively high tension (60+ pounds). The high tension and dense string pattern are thought to help provide better control for his powerful strokes.

His clothing sponsor is Fila, whom he started working with in 2009 after using Nike for most of his career.

Away from tennis, Blake also enjoys golf and basketball. He is a big fan of the New York Mets. Blake was featured on Bravo's second edition of Celebrity Poker Showdown, but got 2nd after losing to Maura Tierney.

He is also good friends with singer/songwriter John Mayer, who also attended Fairfield High School. When Blake was invited by Virginia's Anthem Insurance to do a cancer charity game honoring his late father, he invited John Mayer, Andy Roddick and Gavin DeGraw to perform.

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2008 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships

The 2008 Hall of Fame Tennis Championships (also known as the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships for sponsorship reasons) was a tennis tournament played on outdoor grass courts. It was the 33rd edition of the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, and was part of the International Series of the 2008 ATP Tour. It took place at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, United States, from July 7 through July 13, 2008.

The singles field was led by Hamburg Masters doubles semifinalist and Indian Wells Masters singles finalist Mardy Fish, Sydney semifinalist and Newport defending champion Fabrice Santoro, and Marseille quarterfinalist Nicolas Mahut. Other seeded players were Pörtschach semifinalist Igor Kunitsyn, San Jose quarterfinalist John Isner, Donald Young, Frank Dancevic and Kevin Anderson.

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2007 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships - Men's Doubles

Ashley Fisher and Tripp Phillips were the defending champions, but Phillips chose not to participate, and only Fisher competed that year. Fisher partnered with Jim Thomas, but lost in the semifinals to Jordan Kerr and Robert Lindstedt.

Jordan Kerr and Robert Lindstedt won in the final 6–4, 6–4, against Frank Dancevic and Stephen Huss.

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Robert Lindstedt

Jarkko Nieminen and Robert Lindstedt

Infobox last updated on: 2 March 2009.

Robert Lindstedt (born 19 March 1977, Sundbyberg, Sweden) is a Swedish professional male tennis player who turned pro in 1998, and is a doubles specialist. Lindstedt is currently ranked 16th in the doubles ranking.

Lindstedt played college tennis in the United States, playing first at Fresno State University before moving to Pepperdine University, where he completed his collegiate career. While at Pepperdine, he teamed with Kelly Gullett in doubles competition. They were runners up at the 1998 NCAA individual competition at the University of Georgia, receiving All-America honors for the second year in a row.

Lindstedt won two doubles titles in 2007. He won his first in Mumbai with Jarkko Nieminen against Indian Rohan Bopanna and Pakistani Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi. Lindstedt's second came paired with Jordan Kerr in Tokyo, beating Frank Dancevic and Stephen Huss. In 2008. Lindstedt paired with Marc Gicquel to win the Washington event, and was a semi-finalist at the ATP Master Series event in Indian Wells with Richard Gasquet, in Tokyo with Jordan Kerr and in Kitzbuhel with Jurgen Melzer.

In 2008 Robert was part of a team including Robin Söderling, Thomas Johansson, and coach Peter Carlsson who beat the Russian tennis team (of Dmitry Tursunov, Igor Andreev, and Mikhail Youzhny) 2–1 in the ARAG ATP tennis World Team Cup in Dusseldorf.

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Peter Polansky

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Infobox last updated on: 13 March 2009.

Peter Polansky is a Canadian professional tennis player. As of March 23, 2009, he is ranked at World No. 213 in singles, making him the second highest ranked Canadian player (after Frank Dancevic). Polansky is ranked World No. 443 in doubles.

Polansky played Canada F3, F4, and F5 Futures events in June 2004, compiling a win-lose record of 1-4. He next competed in a tour event as a wild-card in the 2005 Granby Challenger event, losing handily in the first round. He then played Canada F1, F2, and F3, in the late autumn, this time earning a 3-3 record and an ATP singles ranking of No. 1432. He also reached the final of the doubles for Canada F3, partnering compatriot Adil Shamasdin.

Polansky went 4-3 for Canada F1, F2, and F3 in 2006, this time played in March, and saw his ranking crack the top 1000. Losing again in the first round at Granby, he also received a wild-card for his first full-fledge ATP tourney, a Masters event at that, as he lost in the first round 6-7(3), 3-6 to compatriot Dancevic at the 2006 Rogers Cup. Polansky then, as an unseeded Special Entry, proceeded to reach the finals of the U.S. Open boys singles tournament. His run included three-set wins over top seed Martin Klizan in the second round and No. 4 seed Donald Young in the semis. He lost the final 3-6, 6-7(4) to No. 10 seed Dusan Lojda. Polansky then in late September reached the semi-finals of U.S.A. F25. He lost again however in the first round of a Canadian challenger, this time Rimouski in October. He finished the year ranked World No. 821.

Peter began 2007 with a bang as he won three of four Futures in Central America in January: El Salvador F1, Guatemala F1, and Costa Rica F1. He singles ATP ranking consequently rose to No. 580 and he played in his first Davis Cup tie, in February, winning a dead rubber against a Colombian opponent. He then went 9-3 in February-March in Futures, including winning U.S.A. F6. He lost his first Davis Cup live rubber in April, in 4 sets to Flavio Saretta in an away tie to Brazil.

From May through September Polansky played on the Challenger circuit, going a respectable 6-7. His most impressive wins came over World No. 106 Danai Udomchoke, as the Thai retired from the match, and World No. 119 Kevin Kim, 7-6(2), 7-6(5). A second straight appearance as a Wild Card at the Rogers Cup ended with the same first round loss, this time to Fabio Fognini, 3-6, 6-7(7). Polansky finished 2007 ranked World No. 343.

Polansky is currently playing his best tennis. He went 11-3 in the winter Futures tournaments in South America, winning Guatemala F1. He won both his matches in the Davis Cup tie against Mexico, including his first over World No. 172 Bruno Echagaray handily in straight sets. Canada won the tie 4-1. He then reached the quarter-finals of the Santiago Challenger in late February with wins over World No. ~230 Rajeev Ram and World No. 198 Adrián Menéndez. In April, he accounted himself well in Canada's next Davis Cup tie, away to Chile, losing to World No. 15 Fernando Gonzalez 6-7, 6-7, 7-5, 2-6 prior to winning a dead rubber. Polansky then reached the quarter-finals of the Florianopolis Challenger, defeating World No. 206 Joao Souza. He next reached the semi-finals of the Rabat Challenger during the first week of May, 2008, defeating World No. 179 Laurent Recouderc in the second round. He also defeated World No. 120 Teimuraz Gabashvili in mid-May at the Marrakech Challenger, where he reached the second round. All of these results from April on occurred on a clay surface.

In May 2008, he participated in his first International Series-level event, as a qualifier, in the Grand Prix Hassan II event. He lost in the first round in three sets to former World No. 3 Guillermo Coria. He then participated in a qualifying tournament for a grand slam event for the first time, Wimbledon, losing in the first round. Polanksy then lost in successive challengers in the first round before reaching the second round at back-to-back challengers, played in Canada (Granby and Moncton). Polansky then defeated both Colombian No. 1 and tournament No. 4 seed Alejandro Falla and defending champion and Canada No. 2 Frederic Niemeyer to reach the quarterfinals of the Vancouver challenger. In August, he reached the second round of the 2008 U.S. Open qualifying tournament for singles, defeating Rajeev Ram before falling to No. 24 seed Simon Stadler.

Polansky went 9 wins, 7 losses on the autumn American challenger circuit - his best results were reaching the semi-finals of one tourney and the quarters of two others; at Waco, where he lost in three tight sets to top seed Vince Spadea 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-7(6); and in Louisville, Kentucky, where he defeated World No. 133 Amer Delic and World No. 295 Michael Russell before falling to play No. 2 seed Jesse Levine in the quarters. He then reached the semi-finals of the Rimouski challenger, where he lost to eventual champion Ryan Sweeting.

Polansky opened 2009 losing in the first round of qualifying for the Brisbane International, 2-6, 4-6 to Joseph Sirianni. Coming through three rounds of qualifying, he lost to the 18th seed Igor Andreev from Russia in the first round of the Australian Open, despite being up on his opponent two sets to love. It was Polansky's first ever appearance in the main draw of a grand slam event. He followed this result by reaching the second round of the Carson, CA and Dallas, TX challengers. He next in February failed to qualify for the main draw of the 2009 SAP Open as well as 2009 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships.

Polansky had to withdraw from the Canadian Davis Cup team for their tie against Ecuador in early March due to a small tear detected in a right rotator cuff tendon as well as one in his labrum .

Polansky survived a major scare as an 18 year old. While in Mexico to play a Davis Cup series, he woke up sleepwalking and jumped or fell from a three-storey room suffering serious injuries. Later he said that he saw a dark figure approaching his bed wielding a knife and only thought about escaping through the window. He recovered miraculously and four months later was playing tennis .

Polansky is coached by Dean Coburn.

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