James Blake confirms retirement plans

James Blake takes on Benoit Paire on August 20, 2013
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Former world number four James Blake announces that he will retire after this year's US Open.

Former world number four James Blake has confirmed that he will retire after this year's US Open.

The 33-year-old American turned professional in 1999 but broke his neck five years later before suffering a number of further injuries.

"No real surprise here, this is my last tournament," a teary Blake told reporters. "I had 14 pretty good darn years on tour."

Blake, who is currently ranked 100th in the world, has won a total of 10 singles titles during his career.

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