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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

'Shameful' tennis figure to step down from ATP Tour


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Former tennis player Justin Gimelstob will step down from the ATP board of directors and will not seek re-election after being sentenced following a felony battery charge, the New York Times quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Gimelstob, who won the Australian and French Open mixed doubles titles in 1998, was at one time considered a possible successor to outgoing executive chairman and president of the governing body of men's tennis (ATP) Chris Kermode.

The 42-year-old American was arrested last November for an attack on October 31 in Los Angeles on Randall Kaplan, who is a friend of Gimelstob's ex-wife Cary Sinnott.

https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1123593521657720834

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

Gimelstob pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge in April that was reduced to a misdemeanour.

He was sentenced to three years probation and 60 days of community labour and ordered to complete 52 weeks of anger management instruction.

In the wake of Gimelstob's plea, Wimbledon banned him from its royal box and from participating in its annual invitational doubles tournament for retired players.

"I'm stepping down because my job is to work on the sport's behalf and the players' behalf and in my situation, I've become too much of a distraction and a liability," Gimelstob said in a telephone interview with the Times from Spain.

https://twitter.com/christophclarey/status/1123595365620551681

"I take responsibility for that, and I take responsibility for the mistakes I made Halloween night."

Players have also been vocal with three-times Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka taking to Twitter on Tuesday to voice his concern.

"Players need to speak out," tweeted Wawrinka.

https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256619968729089

"Justin Gimelstob has been convicted of a violent assault. 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 council @ATP_Tour need to do something about this and finally end this conversation and shameful period in our great sport."

“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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt4aU7BAPJg/

- AAP

Former tennis player Justin Gimelstob will step down from the ATP board of directors and will not seek re-election after being sentenced following a felony battery charge, the New York Times quoted him as saying on Wednesday.

Gimelstob, who won the Australian and French Open mixed doubles titles in 1998, was at one time considered a possible successor to outgoing executive chairman and president of the governing body of men's tennis (ATP) Chris Kermode.

The 42-year-old American was arrested last November for an attack on October 31 in Los Angeles on Randall Kaplan, who is a friend of Gimelstob's ex-wife Cary Sinnott.

https://twitter.com/BellshawGeorge/status/1123593521657720834

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

Gimelstob pleaded no contest to a felony battery charge in April that was reduced to a misdemeanour.

He was sentenced to three years probation and 60 days of community labour and ordered to complete 52 weeks of anger management instruction.

In the wake of Gimelstob's plea, Wimbledon banned him from its royal box and from participating in its annual invitational doubles tournament for retired players.

"I'm stepping down because my job is to work on the sport's behalf and the players' behalf and in my situation, I've become too much of a distraction and a liability," Gimelstob said in a telephone interview with the Times from Spain.

https://twitter.com/christophclarey/status/1123595365620551681

"I take responsibility for that, and I take responsibility for the mistakes I made Halloween night."

Players have also been vocal with three-times Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka taking to Twitter on Tuesday to voice his concern.

"Players need to speak out," tweeted Wawrinka.

https://twitter.com/stanwawrinka/status/1123256619968729089

"Justin Gimelstob has been convicted of a violent assault. 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 council @ATP_Tour need to do something about this and finally end this conversation and shameful period in our great sport."

“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.

https://www.instagram.com/p/Bt4aU7BAPJg/

- AAP

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