Mother of Tennis Pro James Blake to Share Advice on Raising Elite Athletes

Details: Wednesday, April 13 at 6 pm,  Hosted at the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum.
Admission: Complimentary for Members of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and $11 for Non-Members. Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 401-849-3990 or emailing

Raising an elite athlete – or a child with an extraordinary talent or ambition in any field for that matter, be it sports, arts, academics, or other categories – presents unique challenges and opportunities for parents. Betty Blake, author of Mix It Up, Make It Nice: Secrets of a Tennis Mom, and mother of tennis professional James Blake will visit the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum to share advice and insight based on her own family’s experience.

Blake will discuss her son’s rise through the tennis ranks, from a talented junior player who learned to play on public courts in seasonal New England to an Ivy League student-athlete and successful tennis professional ranked within the Top 30 in the world. Blake’s insight will be invaluable for parents who are currently working their way through such topics as helping their children prioritize, balancing academics and activities, dealing with setbacks such as medical conditions, managing the pressure of elite athletics or other top level activities, selecting the right team of coaches or experts for a child and more.