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James Riley Blake was born on the 28th December 1979 in Yonkers, New York, USA of African- American (father) and British (mother) descent. He is known to the world for being a professional tennis player, who has been ranked the world No. 4 and the American No. 1 tennis player in mens singles tennis. His career was active from 2001 until 2013.
Have you ever wondered how rich James Blake is? Sources estimate that Blake’s net worth is $8 million, with the main source of this amount of money being, of course, his career as a professional tennis player. Additionally to this, he has appeared in various advertisements and this has also added to his net worth. Another source of his wealth is coming from writing his autobiography, which was listed on the New York Times Best Seller list.
James Blake Net Worth $8 Million
James Blake was raised in a big family, the son of Thomas Reynolds Blake and Betty, with a brother Thomas, who has been also a professional tennis player, three older half-brothers, and a half-sister. He has been playing tennis since he was four years old, together with his brother Thomas. As a 13-year-old, he moved to Fairfield, Connecticut with his family, where he attended Fairfield High School, with high enough grades to enter Harvard University, but he left his education after two years and became devoted to his career of a professional tennis player. His first tennis coach was Brian Barker, and thanks to him, Blake moved to higher level of competition in this field. He became a member of the A.D. Club and soon after, when he was 21-year-old, he made a debut appearance in tennis competition at the Davis Cup in 2001, playing against India for the USA National tennis team. This year his net worth officially began to rise.
Blake started competing in other recognized tournaments throughout the world. He played at the US Open, and in 2002, he won USTA Waikoloa Challenger in Hawaii. A month later, he won his first ATP Tour title and ATP Masters Series title, so his net worth saw an increase. In the same year, he reached the third round at the US Open, when he lost to Roger Federer.
Overall, he has won 10 of 24 single finals, which made him the No. 4 in the world on the ATP list as the highest-ranked American tennis player. The year 2006 was probably his best as he reached the final of Tennis Masters Cup held in Shanghai, in which he again lost to Roger Federer. At the Australian Open played in 2008, James reached the quarterfinals, defeating Nicholas Massu, Michael Russell, Sebastien Grosjean and Marin Cilic, until he was stopped by none other than Roger Federer.
In 2008, James took part in the Olympic Games held in Bejing, where he finished fourth, losing a battle for the bronze medal to Novak Djokovic. The next year began with a fourth round loss at the Australian Open, against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. However, he managed to reach the finals of the Aegon Championships, but lost to Andy Murray, nevertheless, this increased his net worth by a large degree.
Following 2011, Blake couldn’t manage to accomplish noteworthy results, which led to him sliding to the 123 spot on the ATP list, his worst ranking ever, in 2012-2013 season. Battling several injuries, Blake decided to retire from tennis, after his loss to Ivo Karlovic at the US Open.
In 2007, James Blake was a member of the US Davis Cup-winning team, after which he published his autobiography called “Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life”. This book became the 22nd book on the New York Times Best Seller list and increased his overall net worth. Blake has also appeared in a number of TV interviews and shows wherever he plays, which have added to his net worth.
Blake is also recognized for his philanthropic activities. He is a founder of The James Blake Foundation, which serves as an endorser for various science discoveries. He also hosts Anthem Live!, a charity tennis exhibition and musical event in Virginia and New York City, to raise money for cancer research, ever since 2005.
Regarding his personal life, James Blake has been married to Emily Snider since 2012. They live in Tampa, Florida, and have two daughters. In free time, he enjoys basketball and golf.