Earlier this week we gave you the heads up on Barack Obama's cover of the fall Men's Vogue. Walk and don't run for your copy because there are several other goodies inside, such as tennis phenom James Blake featured in a stunning 11-page profile. Internationally-renown fashion photographer Walter Chin lenses the feature and the editorial is styled to the usual impeccable Condé Nast standards. Blake's warmth and charisma is outstanding, almost infectious. Styled in Hermés and Lanvin ... he is just brilliant.
It's amazing that Blake is playing today. In the past year, he lost his father, broke his neck and dropped off the radar. Yesterday, in Cincinnati, another devastating loss. The top ranked tennis player suffered his third straigh defeat at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters to Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero. Blake is now ranked ninth in the world. Not to suggest that he's giving up—it's only a minor setback. In the Men's Vogue interview, the athlete says that he inherited his drive from his recently-deceased father, whom he called a "relentless self-improver."
If only more of us had that gene.
Blake Suffers Another Setback (News Enquirer)
Previously:Blake is Top (Rod 2.0) Morning Goods: James Blake (Queerty) Quincy Jones for Jimmy Choo (Rod 2.0) First Look: Pharrell for Louis Vuitton (Rod 2.0) Obama Strikes a Pose (Rod 2.0) Obama '08? (Rod 2.0)