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Blake finishing '09 with Jones as coach

Updated: October 8, 2009, 11:13 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | ESPN.com

One of tennis' most enduring player-coach tandems may have run its course.

No. 24 James Blake, struggling to regain the form that kept him in the top 10 for much of a three-season stretch from 2006 to 2008, said he and lifelong coach Brian Barker mutually decided that Barker would stop traveling with him after the U.S. Open.

Blake is finishing the 2009 campaign with longtime friend Kelly Jones, a former pro who has worked with other top Americans, including Mardy Fish and John ...

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