James Blake admits he needs to get his head sorted out. The 26th-seeded American lost in the second round on Thursday at Wimbledon to Sargis Sargsian 6-2, 7-6 (3), 6-2. Blake said he didn't play to his ability because he couldn't cope with having to overcome an early deficit. "I'm pretty disappointed in the way that I played, the way I got down on myself too quickly," Blake said. "I'm down a set and a break or something and my head's constantly looking at my shoes and my shoulders are slumped. "It's a pattern that needs to be broken."
Blake said he needed to be able to pretend he was always a set and a break up in a match.
"I need to find a way to just trick myself into thinking that's the case all the time, and I need every single game, no matter what the score is. At 23-years-old, it's pathetic that it comes down to just something that a 15-year-old should be able to figure out. It's really simple and I'm disappointed that that's possibly the reason I'm not ranked higher or I'm not as good a player as I could be," he said.
Blake, who was rated the No 1 college player while at Harvard University in the 1990s, didn't think a psychologist would be the answer.
"No definitely not," he said. "I think they might screw me up more than I could screw myself up." (AP)