James Blake

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Blake in 2013, photo by prphotos

Birth Name: James Riley Blake

Place of Birth: Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 28, 1979

*African-American (father)
*English (mother)

James Blake is an American professional tennis player.

His father, Thomas Reynolds Blake, was African-American. His mother, Betty (Walker), who is white, was born in Oxfordshire, England, and emigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was 16 years old. James was raised in Fairfield, Connecticut.

James is the first tennis player of African-American ancestry since Arthur Ashe to break into the top ten rankings.

James is married to publicist Emily Snider, with whom he has two children.


Curious about ethnicity

7 Responses

  1. Preservationist says:

    He IS sexy. He looks his background. But was he a Protestant?

  2. Oaken05 says:

    His father’s name was Thomas Reynolds Blake, and he died in 2004 from gastric cancer:


    His mother, born in 1935 as Betty Patricia Walker, was born in Oxfordshire, England and emigrated with her family to the U.S. when she was 16 years old. A picture of the two of them in 2001:


    Hope someone can run with this information.

  3. andrew says:

    wouldn’t be more accurate to change to “James Black (tennis)”? there’s another James Blake (musician).

    • follers says:

      I’m not a supporter of adding “profession” to page titles. Wikipedia has to do it because their system can’t have two pages with the exact same title.

  4. phaedra says:

    Sexy. Can easily pass as Middle Eastern.

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