TFP 096: James Blake – Preparation, Visualization and Reaching #4 in the World

TFP 096 - James Blake

On today's episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with former ATP world #4 James Blake about how he used preparation, planning, and visualization to propel himself to the top of the rankings.  I feel very fortunate and proud to say that this is the second time I've interviewed James (first interview here) and it was another fantastic experience.

I interviewed James a couple weeks ago during a livestream session on Tennis Summit 2019, which was the third edition of my annual online conference tennis conference.  James is a very intelligent, insightful, and super nice guy, and I know you will really learning how you can apply what James learned throughout his career to your game.

You'll also here James talk about an amazing product called CrampsAway that has helped him, along with a ton of players on the pro tour and countless other professional athletes get rid of cramps almost immediately.

James has amassed 10 singles titles, appeared in 24 singles finals, and beaten some of the greatest tennis players in the world, including Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt, and Andy Roddick.  One of the things that stood out the most about James to me was his class on the court.  

When my dad and I used to watch James play in DC at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic (now the Citi Open), he would thank the ballkids every time they gave him tennis balls or fetched him a towel.  James also had one of the biggest forehands on tour, which he used to propel himself up the ranks into the top 5 of the ATP Tour.

And a big shout out to Jack Little from CrampsAway for making this interview happen!  Jack and his team also set up a special deal where you can get 20% off CrampsAway by clicking here and using the code FILES20.  

I hope you enjoyed my interview with James!  Let us know what you think about it in the comments below!

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Links Mentioned in the Show


CrampsAway - Use code FILES20 for 20% off your order!


Atomic Habits - James Clear

Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd edition) - Dr. Mark Kovacs

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