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Overview (4)

Born in Yonkers, New York, USA
Birth NameJames Riley Blake
Nickname JB
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

James Blake was born on December 28, 1979 in Yonkers, New York, USA as James Riley Blake. He has been married to Emily Snider since November 9, 2012. They have one child.

Spouse (1)

Emily Snider (9 November 2012 - present) (1 child)

Trivia (13)

American tennis player. His best ranking was number 22 on the world in 2003.
His mother, Betty, is British & his father, Thomas, is African American
Attended Harvard University
Grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut with singer John Mayer.
Father Thomas died in July 2004 of stomach cancer at age 57.
Dropped out of Harvard University to turn pro in 1999, while ranked the number one college player in the country.
Cites tennis player Arthur Ashe as his role model and hero.
Currently the top American tennis player and ranked #5 in the world. [August 2006]
Now living in Tampa, Florida. [2007]
Release of his book, "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life". [2007]
Has one brother Thomas.
Was tackled outside a Manhattan hotel by a police officer and handcuffed after he was mistaken for a suspect in a cellphone fraud scheme.[Sept. 9, 2015].
Agreed to drop his lawsuit against the city of New York in exchange for a fellowship to be created in his name that will help navigate the legal system for people making complaints against police, and to push for strong investigations of excessive force and police brutality.[June, 21 2017].

Personal Quotes (5)

It's a tremendous thing for kids and I want my kids to be involved in sports as well just to get that and give them confidence
[on police misconduct]Over 50 percent of police misconduct investigations, last year were not seen to completion, so we want to make sure that people are seeing this to completion and getting the settlements, getting the disciplinary action required for these kind of incidents.[June 2017]
[on the city of New York handling his 2015 mistaken identity incident]he city of New York was excellent.It's two years and it seems like that's a long time but I think that's pretty quick with the bureaucracy you go through to deal with a city as big as New York.
I wanted to showcase that there's a lot of positive stories in sports and a lot of athletes that do the right thing with their voices, with their platform, like LeBron James for example. There's so many positive stories that kids can look at and see that sports can bridge gaps, religious gaps, gender gaps, any sort of equality
I truly believe that almost all police officers are doing the job the right way. They're doing it with honor, with dignity, keeping our communities safe. But the ones that aren't need to be held accountable because they're making it tougher for the ones that are doing the job right

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