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Tennis Star Meets NYC Mayor Over Mistaken Arrest

James Blake says he wants incident to result in lasting change

(Newser) - Former tennis pro James Blake, who was thrown to the ground by a plainclothes policeman outside a hotel and mistakenly arrested, emerged from a meeting with New York City's mayor and police commissioner yesterday saying they were on the same page about the need for lasting change. "We'... More »

How a Random Instagram Pic Led to James Blake's Arrest

Misidentified suspect says the whole thing seems like a Seinfeld episode

(Newser) - Fresh off mistakenly apprehending former tennis star James Blake, things got even worse for police this week when it was revealed the suspect photo they were circulating was actually an Instagram picture of a former banker currently designing sunglasses in Australia, the New York Post reports. The photo of Sean... More »

NYPD Releases Video of James Blake Takedown

This isn't officer's first excessive-force complaint

(Newser) - The NYPD has released surveillance video of James Blake's takedown by an undercover officer and it's easy to see why the tennis star is angry about it: The video shows the former US No. 1 calmly waiting for a car to the US Open outside Manhattan's Grand... More »

Black Tennis Star: NYPD Slammed Me to the Ground

James Blake believes race was a factor

(Newser) - Former tennis star James Blake says he was slammed to the ground by NYPD officers outside a Manhattan hotel in a case of mistaken identity that he suspects would have turned out differently if he looked like Roger Federer. Blake, who is black, says he was tackled and handcuffed outside... More »

Family of 4 Was Shot; Dad Bought Gas Cans

Florida arson looks like murder-suicide

(Newser) - As expected, it looks like the death of a Florida family of four in an arson is a murder-suicide. Authorities say all four victims found in the Tampa mansion—presumed to be Darrin Campbell; wife Kim; son Colin, 19; and daughter Megan, 16—had been shot, and the gun was... More »

4 Found Dead in Tennis Star's Burning Mansion

James Blake had rented mansion to family

(Newser) - Four people were found dead in a Tampa Bay-area mansion owned by tennis star James Blake after an explosion and fire—and though the fire appears to have been intentionally set, authorities believe it wasn't what killed the two adults and two teenagers. A police spokeswoman says two of... More »

On Night of Upsets, Blake Falls to Friend

Nadal advances easily, but other leaders get unwelcome shocks

(Newser) - Despite James Blake's hometown support in Flushing Meadows and recent victory over Roger Federer, the No. 9 seed couldn't move on to the fourth round of the US Open. Standing in his way was Mardy Fish, the friend for whom Blake will serve as groomsman next month, the New York ... More »

Blake Says Mayer Was Nerdy Kid Like Him

Mayer, Blake spent junior high playing Nintendo games

(Newser) - Singer John Mayer and tennis star James Blake weren't girl-magnets in school, Blake tells People. Old pals, they spent hours during elementary and junior high years playing video games. "I don't know what he likes to tell about his high school experience," Blake said, "but I definitely... More »

Federer Falls to Blake

Phelps eases into butterfly semis

(Newser) - Roger Federer’s lackluster year continued today, as American James Blake knocked him out of the Olympics, 6-4, 7-6 (2), ESPN reports. Blake had won just a single set against the once-invincible Federer in their previous eight meetings. The women’s side also saw big upsets, with Serena Williams falling... More »

Blake Wins Rainy Debut Olympic Match

Tennis star admitted feeling nerves; got match point on ace

(Newser) - American James Blake took the first step toward his goal of an Olympic gold in tennis today, beating Australia's Chris Guccione 6-3, 7-6 (3). Blake scored the final point of the tiebreak with an ace. He held service in every game, and only once broke Guccione. Heavy rain delayed many... More »

Blake Advances to Clay Court Quarterfinals

He defeats 15-year-old Ryan Harrison in straight sets

(Newser) - Top-seeded James Blake beat 15-year-old Ryan Harrison 6-3, 6-2 today to move into the quarterfinals in the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship. Blake needed just 50 minutes to eliminate the Texas teenager, who earlier this week won his first-ever tour match. Harrison is only the 11th player since the... More »

Doubles Win Keeps France Alive in Cup

Top-ranked Bryans fall as US fails to clinch semifinals spot

(Newser) - Frenchmen Michael Llodra and Arnaud Clement rallied past top-ranked twins Bob and Mike Bryan 6-7 (7), 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 to cut the Americans' lead to 2-1 in their Davis Cup quarterfinal today. The Bryans had been 14-1 in Davis Cup play and 5-0 in clinching situations, but they couldn't secure... More »

Blake, Roddick Give US 2-0 Davis Cup Lead

Blake comes back to win in five sets, Roddick blasts 30 aces

(Newser) - James Blake's perseverance and Andy Roddick's power gave the United States a commanding 2-0 lead over France in the Davis Cup quarterfinals on Friday. Blake overcame his fifth-set woes, fighting off two match points to beat Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (5), 6-7 (3), 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and Roddick ripped 30... More »

Bryans Lead US Past Austria in Davis Cup

Top-ranked twins cruise to win; France next up for Americans

(Newser) - Friday was for stressing, but yesterday was relaxing for the U.S. team in the first round of the Davis Cup. After Andy Roddick and James Blake struggled to win singles matches Friday, twins Bob and Mike Bryan won in straight sets to beat Austria and send the U.S.... More »

Federer Fends Off Blake

Swiss sensation will see Djokovic in semifinals

(Newser) - Roger Federer had to work to defend his top ranking and earn a berth in the Australian Open finals, as American James Blake put up a good—though ultimately futile—fight today. Despite plaguing Federer with his powerful forehand, Blake fell 7-5, 7-6 (5), 6-4, as the crowd roared support... More »

Aussie Open Quarterfinals: Federer v. Blake

Ferrer to face Djokovic; Venus and Serena both make women's final 8

(Newser) - The day after playing a five-set marathon, Roger Federer dispatched his latest opponent, Tomas Berdych, 6-4, 7-6, 6-3 to move to the Australian Open's quarterfinals. Federer will go up against American James Blake, who defeated Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-4, 6-4, AP reports. In other fourth-round action: More »

Unknown Nearly Beats Federer

49th-ranked Serb gives Federer longest fifth set of his career

(Newser) - Roger Federer needed a personal-best 39 aces to survive a stunning five-set four-hour match against relative unknown Janko Tipsarevic in the third round of the Australian Open. The 49th-ranked Serbian’s superb baseline play forced Federer to play 63 games, the most of his career. His secret? “You have... More »

Federer Takes Friendly Win Over Santoro

Venus, Kuznetsova, Blake advance in 2nd round of Aussie Open

(Newser) - Roger Federer certainly didn't go easy on Fabrice Santoro in their Australian Open match today, but the world's number one ace did give his ami a breather before match point of the 6-1, 6-2, 6-0 contest. "It's so beautiful, what he's doing," the appreciative Frenchman told the AP.... More »

Blake Mentally Tough in Davis Cup Win

United States one victory away from first title in 12 years

(Newser) - James Blake got past his reputation for failing in big situations, in part by avoiding the fifth set today. The No. 2 American player defeated Russia's Mikhail Youzhny to give his nation a commanding 2-0 lead in the Davis Cup Final, reports the Oregonian. Fellow American Andy Roddick won in... More »

Haas Outlasts Blake

German wraps up 5-set thriller with 113mph ace

(Newser) - After squandering three match points, James Blake fell to Tommy Haas 4-6, 6-4, 3-6, 6-0, 7-6 in a fourth-round US Open marathon today at Flushing Meadows. Blake, the sixth seed, ran his record in five-set matches to 1-10 as the 10th-seeded Haas survived a challenge on the final serve of... More »

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