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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.
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|Birth date:||28th December 1979|
|Birth place:||Yonkers, New York, USA|
|Profession:||Retired Professional Tennis Player|
|Education:||Fairfield Warde High School, Harvard University|
|Spouse:||Emily Snider (m. 2012)|
|Children:||Riley Elizabeth Blake, Emma Blake|
|Parents:||Betty Blake, Thomas Reynolds Blake|
|Siblings:||Thomas, Howard, Jason, Michelle, Christopher|
|Awards:||Comeback Player of the Year award (2005), Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year (2008), 2006 Tennis Masters Cup, semifinals - Beijing Olympics, quarterfinals - Australian Open (2008), US Open (2005 (2005), 2006)|
|Nominations:||Singles: Career record 366–256 (at ATP Tour-level (at ATP Tour-level), Grand Slam-level, in Davis Cup); Doubles: Career record: 132–121 (at ATP Tour-level (at ATP Tour-level), Grand Slam-level, in Davis Cup)|
|Books:||“Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life” (2007)|
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|US Open 2010||2010||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|Late Night with Jimmy Fallon||2009||TV Series||Himself|
|US Open 2009||2009||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|Arthur Ashe Kids' Day 2009||2009||TV Movie||Himself|
|Wimbledon Championships 2009||2009||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|The Bonnie Hunt Show||2009||TV Series||Himself|
|Best of Five||2008||TV Series||Himself|
|Lipstick Jungle||2008||TV Series||Himself|
|Beijing 2008: Games of the XXIX Olympiad||2008||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|Jimmy Kimmel Live!||2008||TV Series||Himself|
|Who Made You?||2008||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|The 2007 Davis Cup: USA vs. Sweden||2007||TV Mini-Series||US Team Member|
|Rome Is Burning||2007||TV Series||Himself|
|The Tonight Show with Jay Leno||2007||TV Series||Himself|
|Live with Kelly and Michael||2007||TV Series||Himself|
|Pardon the Interruption||2006-2007||TV Series||Himself|
|Open Access||2004-2006||TV Series||Himself|
|Arthur Ashe Kids' Day||2006||TV Movie||Himself|
|14th Annual ESPY Awards||2006||TV Special||Himself|
|Quite Frankly with Stephen A. Smith||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||2006||TV Series||Himself|
|60 Minutes||2005||TV Series documentary||Himself - Tennis Player (segment "James Blake")|
|ESPN SportsCentury||2004||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Athens 2004: Games of the XXVIII Olympiad||2004||TV Mini-Series||Himself|
|Celebrity Poker Showdown||2004||TV Series||Himself|
|No Strings||2003||TV Series documentary||Himself|
|Agassi: Between the Lines||2007||TV Movie documentary||Himself|
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|1||Has one brother Thomas.|
|2||Release of his book, "Breaking Back: How I Lost Everything and Won Back My Life".|
|3||Now living in Tampa, Florida.|
|4||Currently the top American tennis player and ranked #5 in the world. [August 2006]|
|5||Cites tennis player Arthur Ashe as his role model and hero.|
|6||Dropped out of Harvard University to turn pro in 1999, while ranked the number one college player in the country.|
|7||Father Thomas died in July 2004 of stomach cancer at age 57.|
|8||Grew up in Fairfield, Connecticut with singer John Mayer.|
|9||Attended Harvard University|
|10||His mother, Betty, is British & his father, Thomas, is African American|
|11||American tennis player. His best ranking was number 22 on the world in 2003.|
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