Photos and Video: James Blake Gives Tennis Clinic in New Haven.

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"A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“A girl smiles as she participates in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Tournament Director Anne Worcester participates alongside kids in a Zumba class during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake addresses the media during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake high fives a participant during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. "

“Former professional tennis player James Blake leads a drill during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut. “

"Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut."

“Former professional tennis player James Blake signs autographs during a free tennis lesson and clinic Thursday, May 15, 2014 in advance of the 2014 New Haven Open at the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut.”

Today I headed to the Yale University Tennis Center in New Haven, Connecticut to shoot the annual Free Tennis Lesson in advance of the upcoming New Haven Open tournament. 

This year, the guest was recently retired American pro, James Blake, who participated in a clinic with several hundred kids from local area schools. 
I was able to get lots of good footage and stills throughout the day, which I’ve posted here. The video is a quick recap package produced several hours after the event concluded, and the stills were used for the tournament’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. 
It’s always a pleasure to have such great access to athletes, especially when they are as gracious and well-spoken as James is.