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Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Grand slam champ demands action after 'violent assault'


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Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is the latest to speak out following Justin Gimelstob’s sentencing for assault, calling for action to end a “shameful period” for the sport.

Gimelstob, a former player and one of three player representatives on the ATP board, avoided jail last week after making a deal to have his felony battery charge reduced to a misdemeanour.

The 42-year-old tennis broadcaster, coach and ATP board member was sentenced to three years probation, 60 days of community service and anger management after pleading no contest to the misdemeanour charge; having pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.

A Los Angeles court heard his violent assault on a former friend, Randall Kaplan, later caused Kaplan’s wife to miscarry after she witnessed the attack on her husband, who was hit more than 50 times.

Wawrinka, a three time grand slam champion, says it’s time for the ATP council to act.

“Players need to speak out. Justin Gimelstob has been convicted of a violent assault,” Wawrinka, who has won the Australian, French and US Open titles, posted on social media.

“It simply cannot be possible for anyone to condone this type of behaviour and, worse, support it.

“In any other business or sport we would not be discussing this.

“The ATP council needs to do something about this and finally end this conversation and shameful period in our great sport.”

https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256619968729089https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256659122499586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Wawrinka’s comments comes just days after Andy Murray called for Gimelstob to quit his role.

“I don’t see how, with everything that has gone on, how it’s possible for him to remain in a position of authority or management at the ATP right now,” Murray told the UK’s Sunday Telegraph.

Gimelstob is up for re-election as a player representative on the ATP board later this month. Amongst the 10 player council members who will vote on his future are a player he coaches, John Isner, and Novak Djokovic, who is a known supporter of Gimelstob.

Former Australian player, now ESPN commentator, Darren Cahill, was another to weigh into the debate, tweeting that Gimelstob shouldn’t stand for re-election on May 14.

“Now that the judgement is in, the player council should pick another candidate,” he wrote.

“There’s good in Justin that many people don’t get to see but clearly what happened is unacceptable on so many levels.”

https://twitter.com/darren_cahill/status/1121611258438905856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is the latest to speak out following Justin Gimelstob’s sentencing for assault, calling for action to end a “shameful period” for the sport.

Gimelstob, a former player and one of three player representatives on the ATP board, avoided jail last week after making a deal to have his felony battery charge reduced to a misdemeanour.

The 42-year-old tennis broadcaster, coach and ATP board member was sentenced to three years probation, 60 days of community service and anger management after pleading no contest to the misdemeanour charge; having pleaded not guilty to the felony charge.

A Los Angeles court heard his violent assault on a former friend, Randall Kaplan, later caused Kaplan’s wife to miscarry after she witnessed the attack on her husband, who was hit more than 50 times.

Wawrinka, a three time grand slam champion, says it’s time for the ATP council to act.

“Players need to speak out. Justin Gimelstob has been convicted of a violent assault,” Wawrinka, who has won the Australian, French and US Open titles, posted on social media.

“It simply cannot be possible for anyone to condone this type of behaviour and, worse, support it.

“In any other business or sport we would not be discussing this.

“The ATP council needs to do something about this and finally end this conversation and shameful period in our great sport.”

https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256619968729089https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256659122499586?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Wawrinka’s comments comes just days after Andy Murray called for Gimelstob to quit his role.

“I don’t see how, with everything that has gone on, how it’s possible for him to remain in a position of authority or management at the ATP right now,” Murray told the UK’s Sunday Telegraph.

Gimelstob is up for re-election as a player representative on the ATP board later this month. Amongst the 10 player council members who will vote on his future are a player he coaches, John Isner, and Novak Djokovic, who is a known supporter of Gimelstob.

Former Australian player, now ESPN commentator, Darren Cahill, was another to weigh into the debate, tweeting that Gimelstob shouldn’t stand for re-election on May 14.

“Now that the judgement is in, the player council should pick another candidate,” he wrote.

“There’s good in Justin that many people don’t get to see but clearly what happened is unacceptable on so many levels.”

https://twitter.com/darren_cahill/status/1121611258438905856?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw http://bit.ly/2V5xnqL
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