If you remember a long ways back.... At the Nasdaq 100 this past Spring, James Blake's brother was Makiri's hitting partner before she had her match with Maria Sharapova. I have that match on tape and Brad Gilbert (before he was hired as Andy Murray's new coach) was the on court reporter for ESPN2 asked him what he was doing in the stands watching the Makiri vs. Masha match instead of watching his brother play which was going on at the same time. He explained that he was there just to watch her play since he was on the practice courts earlier hitting with Makiri. In the pre-match interview, Gilbert asked Makiri how it was like hitting with James Blake's older brother. She just said that he was a nice guy and it was fun hitting the ball with him. I don't know if he's the right guy for her, but if it makes her happy and somehow helps her game, I totally support her. Good luck Makiri at the USO!!! Hope this latest rumor doesn't distract her. If it does, we can blame him!!!