James Blake


Tennis sensation James Blake has become a grand slam on the after dinner circuit and has proved a popular choice as a tennis speaker or motivational speaker for events and functions across the board.

At just 21 years of age Blake made his Davis Cup debut and consequently tennis history, as the sportsman won both his matches and became the third African-American man to play in the Davis Cup for the USA. However, in 2004 Blake’s career came to a devastatingly unexpected halt. After a freak accident on the court, Blake was left with a fractured vertebrae in his neck and shattered dreams to boot.

James; recovery and story of his return to form makes him one of the most compelling tennis speakers on the after dinner speaker circuit.

Proving to be a true sportsman through and through, Blake demonstrated commendable determination and strength of character, which subsequently saw him return to the court against the odds, as a wild card in the 2005 US open, where the tennis star finished with his best Grand Slam to date. Blake’s tale of overcoming adversity and determination to regain peak performance make him one of the most desirable motivational speakers, inspiring others to make a change in their own lives.

Having defeated tennis legends such as, Lleyton Hewitt and Rafael Nadal, Blake became the first African-American man since Arthur Ashe to rank in the top 10.

Blake then went on to represent his country in the 2008 Beijing Olympic games, where he obtained one of the greatest wins of his tennis career with a first ever victory over his tyrant competitor, Roger Federer.

Deservedly recognised as one of the greats within the tennis world, Blake has been high in demand for guest television appearances, including; The Oprah Winfrey Show, 60 Minutes and The Late Show with David Letterman. Proving to be as pleasing on the eye as he is on the court, Blake was crowned the ‘sexiest athlete’ by People Magazine and has become a popular favourite with a vast number of publications, such as; Sports Illustrated, Vogue, O Magazine, Boston Globe, Deuce Magazine, Ocean Drive, GQ Magazine, People Magazine, US Magazine, New York Times, USA Today, Tennis Magazine and Tennis Week among others.

In 2007, James released an autobiography Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life, which addressed his admirable comeback after injury. The book debuted at Number 22 on the New York Times Best Seller list.

As a winner both on and off the court, James Blake’s story of triumph over adversity is guaranteed to motivate and inspire any audience. With a real life tale of triumph over tragedy, Blake lends himself perfectly as an after dinner speaker and sports speaker for any event or conference.

The sportsman delivers his story with passion and pride, while commanding the room with his natural presence and charisma. Addressing topics, such as peak performance and overcoming adversity, Blake generously offers the audience anecdotes of inspiration.  Although the sportsman makes an excellent motivational speaker, Blake is equally adept as event host, so whatever the occasion you can rest assured in the knowledge that your event or conference will be a winner!

To book James Blake as the tennis speaker for your corporate event, function or conference, simply contact the Champions Speakers agency by emailing agent@championsukplc.com or by calling a booking agent directly on 0207 1010 553.

When at corporate events, James is known to cover the following topics:

  • Sports Speaker
  • Tennis Speaker
  • Motivational Speaker
  • Peak Performance
  • Overcoming Adversity