Tennis star James Blake joins Athlete Ally to support the movement to end homophobia in sports
Nice to see James Blake, once the top-ranked player in US and world number four, is speaking out against homophobia is sports.
Blake, 33, follows in the footsteps of his former Davis Cup teammates Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish in becoming an ambassador for Athlete Ally.
The organization encourages all individuals involved in sports to respect every member of their communities, regardless of perceived or actual sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, and to lead others in doing the same.
Says Blake: “I am proud to be affiliated with Athlete Ally because they do exceptional work that can actually make a difference in the sports world and beyond. Inclusion doesn’t have to be a political issue, but more a human issue. As a mixed background person, I have been told I could be hated by both sides. I have always tried to look at it the opposite way as a positive that I could be accepted and included. I am extremely lucky and feel that everyone should have the feeling of acceptance.”
Blake, 33, is currently ranked 94th in the world. He has won 10 singles titles over the course of his career. He also reached the semifinals of the Beijing Summer Olympics and the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open in 2005-06 and the Australian Open in 2008.
He also started a research foundation in support of early cancer detection called The James Blake Foundation.