Local favorite James Blake to play in Pilot Pen

August 9, 2010 01:01 PM
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - James Blake and the ``J-Block'' are returning to the Pilot Pen tennis tournament.

Local favorite Blake has accepted a wild-card entry into the event, which begins Aug. 20 at the Connecticut Tennis Center. He grew up in nearby Fairfield.

The tournament sets aside a section of the stands for his rowdy fans, known as the ``J-Block.'' Blake is a two-time Pilot Pen champion. This will be his fourth appearance.

The tournament is the final hard-court tuneup for both the men and women before the U.S. Open.

The men's draw also features Americans Sam Querrey and Mardy Fish.

The women's draw includes French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, Elena Dementieva, Ana Ivanovic and two-time defending champ Caroline Wozniacki.