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James Blake to play at Eastbourne's Devonshire Park

James Blake
Blake was ranked number four in the world in November 2006

James Blake has announced he will play at this year's Aegon International tournament in Eastbourne.

The 30-year-old American was a runner-up at the Aegon Championships to British number one Andy Murray at Queen's Club in 2009.

Blake, currently ranked number 52 in the world, said: "I'm really looking forward to returning to the UK.

"It provides a great opportunity to play on grass ahead of Wimbledon and it will be perfect preparation for me."

The tournament, held at Devonshire Park, runs from 12-19 June.

Blake added: "It's great that it is now a joint ATP/WTA event and I am excited about playing there for the first time."

Gavin Fletcher, the Aegon International tournament director said: "To secure James Blake for this tournament really shows the growing stature of this grass court event in the pre-Wimbledon calendar.

"Blake will be a strong draw for the spectators and I am sure he will produce some excellent tennis for everyone to enjoy."

Blake joins fellow Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey who have both confirmed their participation at the event.

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