When it comes to tennis hotbeds, you’re not likely to think about Rhode Island. But that’s the home state of a rising young American, Jared Donaldson,. A year ago at the US Open, Donaldson had a terrific run to the third round, along the way taking down 12th-seeded David Goffin. This year his progress has continued. Ranked 105 in the world at the start of 2017, Donaldson recently reached a career high of 51.
Our analyst James Blake – who happened to grow up just west of Rhode Island in Connecticut – spent time with Jared, touching on such topics as his growth as a player and a range of interests that go far beyond the lines of the court.