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Tennis Star James Blake Signs On as a Friend of Full Tilt

By Nathan Carroll, Rakeback.com Staff Writer

Full Tilt Poker Friend James Blake

Full Tilt Poker recently announced that American tennis pro James Blake will be joining the team as an official Friend of Full Tilt. Blake, 30, is best known as the captain of the U.S. Davis Cup team, a role he has held since 2001. In that time, he's led the team to a record of 20-9, while also collecting 10 singles titles and achieving a peak ranking of No. 4 worldwide.

In addition to his obvious proficiency with a racquet, Blake has led an active life off the court. In 2007, he released his autobiography entitled Breaking Back: How I Lost Everthing and Won Back My Life, which debuted at #22 on the New York Times best seller list, and in 2008 he founded the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Cancer Research Fund, through which he hopes to raise $1 million for cancer research.

Blake has been a fan of poker for years, and in 2004 he appeared on Bravo's Celebrity Poker Showdown where he took second after losing heads-up to actress Maura Tierney.

The majority of the Friends of Full Tilt have, like Blake, enjoyed poker recreationally while achieving tremendous success in fields unrelated to the game. Among others, they include UFC fighter Matt Hughes, professional gamer Johnathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel, and Academy Award nominated actor Don Cheadle.

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