Five years into his retirement, James Blake strives to be more than just an ex-tennis player.
Blake, 38, of Fairfield, wants to fight for those who can’t fight for themselves. Whether it’s through his foundation work or through his activism, he uses his stature and his personal experiences to give a voice to the voiceless.
“I know how lucky I am because most people at 38 years old don’t have the opportunity or the doors open or the freedom to do all these things,” said Blake, who won the Pilot Pen tournament in 2005 and 2007 and will once again play a role in the Connecticut Open this week.
While he hasn’t settled on any one post-retirement job, a constant in...