31 Aug '15, 11pm

Former tennis pro James Blake is running his first marathon this fall at @nycmarathon

“Before this, I never ran more than five miles in my life,” Blake told Sports Illustrated . Now he’s running four days per week along with cross training and weight training as he builds up his long run to 20 miles. Blake isn’t the first tennis star to attempt a marathon. Last year Caroline Wozniacki, the world’s No. 5-ranked tennis player, finished the New York City Marathon in 3:26:33 . It wasn’t easy. “I’ve never tried anything this hard,” Wozniacki said after last year’s race . “This is the toughest physical test ever.” For his part, Blake knows it’s going to be a challenge. “(Caroline) set the bar way too high,” he told the NY Daily News . “I’m hoping I can get close to her time. She absolutely killed it.”

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