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A J-Block for Jared

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Great story from the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport today…Remember the “J-Block”? It was James Blake’s dedicated fan group. According to the ATP’s Jared Donaldson, who won his first home ATP 250 at age 18 in Newport today, here’s the scoop.

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Donaldson (serving above in Newport today) was at the US Open with his coach Mario Llano, when he was just 8 or so. Donaldson watched the J-Block cheering for home fav James Blake and was impressed. Llano said, “when you are on tour one day we’ll bring your own J-Block.” Fast forward 10 years and it happened today, in Newport (below, Llano in white T).

Donaldson played Austin Krajicek in his first round match and HIS J-Block was there to cheer him on to a win.

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“What time is it?… Break time” and it was. Life, full circle.

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