James Blake

Tennis player James Blake

James Riley Blake is an American professional tennis player. Blake is known for his speed and powerful, flat forehand. As of July 2012, Blake is ranked World No. 110 among active male players with 24 career finals appearances (10–14 record), whilst his career-high singles ranking is World No. 4.
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Playlist: The Playlist: Drake Preps for a Return, and 12 More New Songs
New York Times - 29 days
Hear the music that caught our critics' attention this week, from Linkin Park rapper Mike Shinoda, MGMT, James Blake and more.
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Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future, James Blake Debut 'King's Dead'
NPR - about 1 month
The second single from an anticipated Marvel flick features falsetto from Future, a vocal snippet from James Blake and Jay Rock sandwiched between Lamar owning the track. (Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
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Testimony Differs in NYPD-James Blake Case of Mistaken Identity
Wall Street Journal - 5 months
Retired tennis star James Blake and the New York City police officer who tackled him in a case of mistaken identity both testified Tuesday on the first day of a department trial at police headquarters.
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New York City settles with former tennis star roughed up by cop
Yahoo News - 8 months
New York City agreed on Wednesday to create a new position with a watchdog agency that hears complaints against the police as part of a settlement with retired tennis star James Blake, who was roughed up by a plainclothes officer in 2015. Instead of a monetary award, the settlement creates a fellowship in Blake's name with the Civilian Complaint Review Board to help people with complaints against the police. "It has been my intention since Day One to turn a negative situation into a positive and I think this fellowship accomplishes that goal," Blake, 37, said in a joint statement with the city announcing the agreement.
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James Blake agrees not to sue NYC in exchange for fellowship
Yahoo News - 8 months
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star James Blake has agreed to drop his right to sue New York after he was mistakenly arrested and tackled by police. In exchange, a legal fellowship will be created in his name that will bolster the work of the city's police watchdog agency.
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Police Officer Who Manhandled Tennis Star James Blake Avoids Trial
NYTimes - 10 months
James Frascatore has reached an agreement that will allow him to avoid a public disciplinary trial over his mistaken, and rough, arrest of Mr. Blake in Manhattan in 2015.
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Natalie Portman Is Pregnant And Perfect In James Blake's New Music Video
Huffington Post - 11 months
Here’s a name you should know: Anna Rose Holmer. She directed “The Fits,” one of the best movies of 2016. She also directed James Blake’s radiant new music video, which premiered Monday.  Here’s a name you already know: Natalie Portman. She starred in “Jackie,” the best movie of 2016. She also stars in James Blake’s radiant new music video, with one key surprise: she is very pregnant.  One more name you should know: Natasha Braier. She shot “The Neon Demon” and “The Rover.” She also shot James Blake’s radiant new music video, a watery beauty that is embedded above for your viewing pleasure. -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Poet And Singer Amy Leon On What To Do With Your Despair
Huffington Post - over 1 year
Amy Leon’s voice bursts through the constraints of technical proficiency like sunbeams through a window; her words are strong, personal and enlightening. The singer and poet ― who got her start performing at the Nuyorican Poets Café ― releases her first studio album Nov. 15. Many of the songs concern losses personal and societal, but most crescendo with hope-laced pain. In “Burning in Birmingham,” Leon sings about the city’s 1963 bombing, and about the cyclical nature of history. “What happens when I lose my voice? / What happens when the sun refuses to rise? / What happens when my son refuses to die?” she chants. The Huffington Post talked to Leon about her music, and about the importance of self-care and self-expression amid turmoil. Tell me about “Burning in Birmingham.” When did you write it, and what was the process of writing it like? I wrote “Burning in Birmingham” last summer, after watching Netflix’s “What Happened, Miss Simone?” In one of her i...
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James Blake and Majid Jordan: Soul Through a Digital Lens
NYTimes - over 1 year
Mr. Blake and the duo Majid Jordan play shows in New York, offering their 21st-century takes on soul.
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Listen: James Blake, Vince Staples Collaborate On The Moody 'Timeless'
NPR - over 1 year
In its new incarnation, featuring rapper Vince Staples, the icy soul ballad is moodier, more propulsive and bristling with tension.
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Harmonizing a Diverse Lineup at Eaux Claires
Wall Street Journal - over 1 year
Performances from Erykah Badu, Beach House, James Blake, Jon Hopkins, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples and more, plus Bon Iver reveals its upcoming album.
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After 'Lemonade,' James Blake measures his success at the Belasco Theater
LATimes - almost 2 years
James Blake makes beautiful music about feeling miserable. In his exquisitely rendered songs, which connect twitchy English dubstep to slow-burn American R&B, the narrator is always lamenting the disappearance of something: love, mostly, but also childhood, community, the long attention spans people...
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All Songs +1: The Season Of Surprise Albums, From Beyoncé To James Blake
NPR - almost 2 years
Are you feeling listener fatigue or musical ecstasy from all the surprise album drops? Guess what: It's not over yet.
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Jesse Fischer's <i>Day Dreamer</i>, a Manifestation of Identity
Huffington Post - over 2 years
The last time I heard "Hine Ma Tov," I was probably at synagogue on the Yale campus, squirming in a button-down, bored and hungry. We used to sing it in Hebrew school, the phonetics somehow sticking with me through the years, praised be the ancients, while my reading skills melted away shortly after my bar mitzvah. Appetizing "research" has been the extent of my Judaism recently, so it was a surprise to see the tune, an ode to unity and goodness, deep in the track list of Jesse Fischer's new album Day Dreamer, out now on Ropeadope Records. It's a hymn that reverberates off the walls of his ancestry, too. "All that stuff that Herbie was doing in the early 70's -- they weren't just continuing hard bop, they were really trying to figure out what being American but also African meant to them," Fischer told me in a recent Skype conversation. "I've always been intrigued by that, but that's not my heritage. It's important to figure out what my heritage is and where that fits into growi...
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James Blake Covers 'The Sound of Silence' With Justin Vernon
NPR - over 2 years
James Blake returned to the BBC Radio 1 Residency to perform a chilling rendition of the Simon &amp; Garfunkel classic with Bon Iver's Justin Vernon. » EMail This
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NYPD Officer Used Excessive Force On Ex-Tennis Player James Blake: Review Board
Huffington Post - over 2 years
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 2012
    Age 32
    Blake will be playing for the Philadelphia Freedoms of World Team Tennis this summer. It will be Blake's seventh overall WTT season, and first with the Freedoms. He will be the team's marquee player on July 10, 2012 when they face the Sacramento Capitals.
    As of July 2012, Blake is ranked World No. 110 among active male players with 24 career finals appearances (10–14 record), whilst his career-high singles ranking is World No. 4.
  • 2011
    Age 31
    As August 26, 2011, he announced he will use Donnay rackets as his choice and using a customized Donnay X-Dual Pro.
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    In the 2011 US Open, Blake hit a forehand winner on match point against Jesse Huta Galung in the first round that was clocked at 125mph, thus making it the fastest forehand ever hit, eclipsing Gael Monfils's earlier record of 122mph against Marcos Baghdatis.
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    Blake began his 2011 comeback tour ranked out of the Top 150 for the first time since 2005.
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  • 2010
    Age 30
    After the US Open of 2010, he began to test out rackets for Head.
    He changed to Wilson at the start of the 2010 season, using the new Six.One Tour strung with Luxilon Big Banger Alu Power 16L strings at high tension (60+ pounds).
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    At the 2010 US Open, Blake advanced to the third round losing to eventual finalist Novak Djokovic 6–1, 7–6, 6–3.
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    Blake won the lightning quick match in a minuscule 35 minutes, making it the shortest match win of 2010, beating the previous record held by Olivier Rochus who beat Abdulla Hajji in 38 minutes in Doha.
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    The loss was the seventh that Blake endured in the deciding set in 2010.
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    In July 2010, Blake played for the Boston Lobsters of the World TeamTennis pro league.
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    At the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open in Miami, Blake defeated Serbian wildcard Filip Krajinović in three sets 6–7, 6–4, 6–4 to advance to the Round of 64.
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    Blake returned to action for the third consecutive tournament on American soil at the first Masters event of the year, 2010 BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, California.
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    At the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, No. 7 seed Blake won consecutive matches for the second time in 2010, topping fellow American Taylor Dent 6–1, 3–6, 6–3 and the Dutchman Robin Haase 6–3, 6–1.
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    Blake then lost in the opening round at the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament against a former Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis 4–6, 2–6.
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    At the 2010 Australian Open Blake defeated French veteran Arnaud Clément 7–5, 7–5, 6–2 in the first round.
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    Blake started his 2010 campaign at the Brisbane International in Australia.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2009
    Age 29
    Following a 3rd Round loss at the 2009 US Open to Spain's Tommy Robredo, Blake split with longtime coach Brian Barker.
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    At the 2009 French Open, Blake lost in the first round to qualifier Leonardo Mayer 7–6 7–5 6–2.
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    Blake dropped to 12–9 on the 2009 ATP World Tour season.
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    Blake recorded his first clay-court win of the 2009 ATP World Tour season, earning a confidence-boosting 5–7, 6–4, 6–2 win over Portugal's highest-ever ranked player Frederico Gil.
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    Blake then played at the 2009 Estoril Open.
  • 2008
    Age 28
    He lost in the fourth round in straight sets to the 2008 runner-up Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6–4, 6–4, 7–6.
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    In August 2008, Blake represented the United States as one of its three men's singles tennis players in the Beijing Olympics.
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    At the 2008 Miami Masters, Blake reached the quarter-finals, but again lost to Rafael Nadal in three sets 6–3, 3–6, 1–6.
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    At the 2008 Pacific Life Open, Blake, the ninth seed, received a "bye" in the first round, before defeating Marc Gicquel 6–3, 6–7, 6–1 in the second round.
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    At the 2008 SAP Open, he rebounded from that loss by defeating compatriot Sam Warburg in straight sets in the first round 6–3, 6–1 and Jesse Levine in straight sets in the second round 6–3, 6–4.
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    James Blake began 2008 hoping to win his third consecutive Medibank International title.
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  • 2007
    Age 27
    James Blake won his match in the 2007 Davis Cup finals against Mikhail Youzhny 6–3, 7–6, 6–7, 7–6 (and also against Dmitry Tursunov).
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    In the second round of the 2007 US Open, he won his first career five-set match against Fabrice Santoro, whom he defeated 6–4, 3–6, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4.
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    In Wimbledon 2007, James reached the third round, matching his best showing there (2006), but was unable to get past former World Number 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, losing 3–6, 6–3, 6–3, 7–6.
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    Roland Garros 2007 was a disappointment for Blake, losing in the first round to Ivo Karlović 4–6, 6–4, 7–5, 7–5.
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    At the 2007 Tennis Channel Open in Las Vegas, as the defending champion, he was involved with a deep controversy.
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    Blake was a key performer for the United States 2007 Davis Cup championship team, going 2–0 in the championship tie vs. Russia at second singles.
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  • 2006
    Age 26
    Blake finished 2006 at a career-high World Number 4 and as the highest-ranked American tennis player.
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    Two weeks later Blake won his fifth title of 2006, defending his 2005 title in Stockholm, defeating Jarkko Nieminen.
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  • 2005
    Age 25
    In October at the Stockholm Open, Blake won his third ATP tour title, defeating Srichaphan in the final. Blake finished 2005 ranking 22.
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    Blake's injuries and personal issues caused him to post relatively poor results for the first half of 2005.
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  • 2003
    Age 23
    In 2003, his best results were a quarterfinals appearance at Indian Wells; a round of 16 finish at the Australian Open, Cincinnati, and Miami; a semifinal appearance at San Jose, and a finals appearance at Long Island.
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  • 2002
    Age 22
    In January, Blake won the 2002 USTA Waikola Challenger in Hawaii.
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  • 2001
    Age 21
    At the age of 21, Blake saw his first Davis Cup action in 2001 against India and became the third person of African-American heritage to play for the Davis Cup for the United States (after Arthur Ashe and MaliVai Washington).
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1979
    Born
    Born on December 28, 1979.
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