James Blake was in action at Sportime Stadium on Randall’s Island in New York on Wednesday night as the Boston Lobsters were in town to face the Sportimes in World TeamTennis action. The Sportimes came in to the match undefeated, but Blake was too much for them on this night. He swept his matches, winning in men's singles, men’s doubles and mixed-doubles events, which led the visiting Lobsters to a 22-15 victory over the Sportimes, handing the Sportimes their first defeat of the 2010 season.
In the mixed-doubles match which started the evening, Blake and Raquel Kops-Jones defeated Abigail Spears and Robert Kendrick 5-2. Spears then bounced back to win her third straight singles match on the season, defeating Coco Vandeweghe, 5-2. Blake then gave the lead back to the Lobsters by defeating Jesse Witten (and Robert Kendrick-who subbed in for Witten down 0-3) 5-1.
The real turning point of the evening though came in the women's doubles match where Vandeweghe and Kops-Jones rallied from a 0-3 deficit to come back and win 5-3 over Spears and Ashley Harkleroad to give Boston a commanding 17-11 lead.
In the nightcap, Blake teamed with fellow American Eric Butorac to defeat Robert Kendrick and Jesse Witten 5-4.
The Sportimes will look to avenge Wednesday night's defeat when they travel to Boston tonight for a rematch with the Lobsters. The Sportimes next home match will be Sunday afternoon, July 11th at 4:00 p.m. and the Sportimes will celebrate Junior Team Tennis Day.
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Credit all photos to Kenneth B. Goldberg
Abigail Spears in action for the Sportimes versus the Boston Lobsters
Ashley Harkleroad of the New York Sportimes with the serve
Members of the victorious Boston Lobsters: Coach Bud Schultz, Eric Butorac, Jan-Michael Gambill, Raquel Kops-Jones, Coco Vandeweghe and James Blake
Robert Kendrick of the New York Sportimes in action
James Blake in action for the Boston Lobsters at Sportime Stadium
CoCo Vandeweghe of the Boston Lobsters pauses during her match at Sportime Stadium at Randall's Island
Robert Kendrick of the New York Sportimes takes a break in the action
James Blake fields questions from the media during a post-match press conference