- Associated Press - Sunday, September 20, 2015

NEW YORK (AP) - James Blake, the former tennis star who was tackled during a mistaken arrest by a New York City police officer plans to meet with the mayor and police commissioner, according to his spokeswoman.

Mary Jane Orman told The Associated Press on Sunday that Blake will meet with Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner William Bratton on Monday.

The mayor’s office confirmed the meeting with Blake. An email message seeking comment from the NYPD wasn’t immediately returned.

Surveillance video of Blake’s arrest on Sept. 9 outside a Manhattan hotel shows the officer charge at Blake, grab him by the arm and roughly take him to the ground. The officer has been placed on desk duty.

The mayor and police commissioner have apologized to Blake.

Blake says the officer should lose his job.

Blake, who had been ranked as high as No. 4 in the world and reached three Grand Slam quarterfinals, retired after the 2013 U.S. Open.

He won 10 singles titles, most recently in 2007. Twice he reached the quarterfinals at the U.S. Open, a hometown tournament that seemed to bring out his best play.

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