Blake mistakenly arrested

Former American number one James Blake suffered bruises on his legs and arms after he was mistakenly arrested by police officers in New York City on Wednesday.

Blake revealed that he was pushed to the ground by five plainclothes police officers after he was mistakenly identified by a witness as a part of "a ring dealing in fraudulently purchased cell phones".

Speaking to the New York Daily News after the incident, Blake said that he believes race played a part in the arrest.

"You'd think they could say: 'Hey, we want to talk to you. We are looking into something'," he said.

"You would think at some point they would get the memo that this isn't OK, but it seems that there's no stopping it."

"In my mind there's probably a race factor involved, but no matter what there's no reason for anybody to do that to anybody." 

He was released 15 minutes after the arrest when the police officers established that he wasn’t the man they were looking for, but an investigation into whether or not excessive force was used is on-going.

Blake retired in 2013 having won 10 singles tournaments in his career. He was on his way to Flushing Meadows, where he was scheduled to make a corporate appearance at the US Open when he was taken into custody.