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As Justin Gimelstob’s Future Hangs In The Balance, Players Stay Silent On The Matter

Despite the controversy, Gimelstob’s removal from the ATP board is far from guaranteed.

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In less than four weeks Justin Gimelstob could find himself permanently removed from the powerful ATP Board.

 

On May 14th a vote will take place on the future of the former player, who has recently been involved in a high profile criminal case. Gimelstob pleaded no contest to an assault against Randall Kaplan last Halloween. Meaning that he has pleaded neither guilty or not guilty to the allegation, but has accepted the charge nevertheless. Earlier this week, he was slammed with a 60-day community service and a three-year probation. Additionally, he has agreed to attend anger management classes over the next 52 weeks.

The controversy surrounding Gimelstob has led to many calling for him to be removed from his current position as player representative for the ATP. A decision that is up to the player’s council, which is headed by world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

“Justin should have stepped down months ago pending the result of his legal case.” former player and coach Darren Cahill commented on the matter. “Now that the judgement is in, the player council should pick another candidate on May 14 to represent men’s tennis at board level.’
“If contrary information is revealed in the civil case that I’d welcome Justin to run for a board position again, is he so wishes. There’s good in Justin that many people don’t get to see but clearly what happened is unacceptable on so many levels.”

Since the verdict, few players have spoken out about the situation. Rafael Nadal was questioned about the topic at the Barcelona Open, but dodged the question. During one of his press conferences, the Spaniard said ‘the only thing I can do without being in the player council is if somebody ask me from the player council I will give them my personal opinion.’ When asked what his opinion is, Nadal refrained from giving an answer.

Vasek Pospisil is a member of the council. In his original statement sent to tennis.life, the Canadian player backed Gimelstob by saying ‘If he were to run again for that position, myself and the players of the tour would be fortunate to have him for another term.’ However, that part of his statement has since been removed from the website. It is unclear as to why.

“I would like to stay away from commenting on the matters of Justin’s personal life as I am ill-equipped to answer such questions, or make statements on that matter. I will say, however, that Justin has done an incredible job in his position as a player board representative,” he said.
“He has conducted himself with the utmost integrity during the nine months I have been on the council and has fought for the players’ rights.”

Under the current structure, there are 12 members of the ATP council. However, two of those members, coach Dani Valledu and former player Colin Dowdeswell, are ineligible to participate in the upcoming vote.

One council member expected to be on Gimelstob’s side is John Isner, who currently hires him as an unpaid advisor. Isner has not spoken about his mentor since the outcome of the legal case, but he has previously defended him.

“He’s going through a tough time on a lot of fronts,” the world No.10 said in March. “But he’s a very loyal guy, and he goes up against the tournament representatives and goes to bat for us players. He’s stubborn and tenacious. That’s the reason he’s been in the position he’s been in for quite some time.”

Amid the controversy he has been caught up in, there is still a chance that Gimelstob will retain his position on the board. Although Ben Rothenberg has reported that another ex-player with a ‘better career’ than Gimelstob will put their name forward for the position. Giving no mention about who that may be.

“Our sport’s ethics, character, priorities, and spine will be judged. We all get life tested beyond our wildest nightmares. How we react/respond during duress is crucial. Justin failed, and needs to take time to make amends, be of service, and recover. No rush, let’s give it TIME!” 22-time grand slam doubles champion Pam Shriver stated.

The question remains why has somebody that has been caught up in such a high-profile incident managed to keep hold of his position so far? During the legal proceedings, Gimelstob was present and voted at the meeting which ensured the removal on ATP CEO Chris Kermode later this year. According to the man himself, it is simply because he is ‘good at what he does. ‘

“This sounds horrible, but I’m very good at what I do,” he previously told The New York Times. “And that upsets people in our structure. The players know how good I am, especially in terms of improving prize money for them, and that pisses off the tournaments. It annoys them that, even in a compromised state, I’ve been able to outwit, outmaneuver, outstrategize and outmobilize them.”

Gimelstob’s resilience and determination to continue his role is undisputed. The question is will the ATP Player’s council be as willing with the prospect of permantly damaging their reputation at stake.

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Doubles Player Dream French Open Debut Ended By Instagram Message

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral said he found out he will not be playing in Paris through social media.

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Playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam is the pinnacle of many players’ careers but one player missed out on that opportunity due to an unfortunate situation. 

 

Portugal’s Francisco Cabral was set to play in the men’s doubles tournament for the first time at this week’s French Open. The world No.72 is currently at a career-high after winning his maiden Tour title in Estoril last month with compatriot Nuno Borges. In Paris, he entered into the draw alongside Denmark’s Holger Rune. 

However, shortly before he was set to make his Grand Slam debut Rune pulled out at the last minute. Leaving Cabral unable to look for another partner in such a short time. Rune’s withdrawal from the doubles was based on medical advice after he hurt his ankle during his second round clash against Henri Laaksonen. The Dane tripped over the court cover at the back of the court but fortunately wasn’t seriously injured and managed to continue playing. 

“Right now I feel a huge sadness because it’s a dream to play in a Grand Slam tournament. I’ve been here since Saturday training, waiting, watching games, experiencing a new world because it was my first Grand Slam and it’s another dimension and I was really, really looking forward to being able to play,” Cabral told Raquetc. “And having waited until 15 minutes before game time to know that I wasn’t going to play after all, it cost me a lot, but I did everything I could.”

Caral went on to criticize the behavior of Rune who informed him that he would not be playing in the doubles event via a message sent on Instagram. It is unclear why the two never spoke face-to-face. 

“He only told me that he had sprained his foot, that he was at the doctor’s, and that he had told him not to play the doubles. I’m sad about his attitude because he didn’t even say this to my face, he just sent me a message on Instagram. I don’t think it went well, but as I said, I couldn’t have done anything differently, so I’ll just wait for the next opportunity.” He said. 

25-year-old Cabral is targeting Wimbledon as the event where he will play his first main draw match. 

Meanwhile, Rune will continue his singles campaign at Roland Garros on Saturday when he plays Hugo Gaston in the third round. The former world No.1 junior has shot up the rankings this season to a high of 40th. 

Cabral and Rune has been replaced in the draw by Sander Arends and Szymon Walków. 

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French Open Crowd Crossed The Line, Says Frustrated Alex de Minaur

The Australian explains why he wasn’t entirely happy with the atmosphere in the French capital.

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Alex de Minaur didn’t hide his irritation with fans at Roland Garros following his shock exit from the tournament on Tuesday.

 

The 19th seed fell to home player Hugo Gaston in a five-set epic that lasted more than four hours. De Minaur had a 3-0 lead in the decisive set but ended up losing 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 0-6, 7-6(10-4) to the world No.74. He has now lost in the first round of the French Open in four out of six appearances.

During the match De Minaur had to contend with a boisterous crowd who were cheering on Gaston. He faced some booing and jeering from those in the stands which the world No.20 was not happy about.

“I think there is a difference between a great atmosphere and supporting your fellow countrymen, which is completely fine and it’s great. I’m sure for him was an amazing atmosphere, he enjoyed every second of it.” De Minaur said afterwards.
“But there is a line that, when I’m getting told things by people in the crowd, making eye contact with me after I hit a double fault, I think there is a certain line that needs to be kind of looked at.”
“Good on him (Gaston) for playing a great match in front of his home crowd and being able to feed off that, and you know, having a moment that I’m sure he won’t forget.”

De Minaur refused to go into what exactly was being said to him from certain members of the crowd but insisted that he was not being intimidated by what was occurring on the court. Towards the end of the match a series of unforced errors, including double faults, costed him dearly.

“I’m pretty sure I dealt with it pretty well, all things considering,” he said. “I was in the moment. I was in the heat of the moment battling out there. It felt like kind of an away Davis Cup match, and I thrive on that. It was a lot sometimes and sometimes you do your best to focus on playing a tennis match. There are outside factors that you do your best to control.“

Heading into Paris, De Minaur had shown encouraging results on the clay with semi-final runs to tournaments in Barcelona and Lyon. He also reached the third round in Rome and took a set off Andrey Rublev when they clashed in Monte Carlo.

Given those recent results on the Tour, it is clear that the latest defeat is one that will sit with him for a while.

Ideally, I will sleep tonight and I will forget all about it, but I have a feeling that won’t be the case,” de Minaur admits.
“It’s disappointing, as everything is, it is what it is. It’s a sport that we are playing. You have your good days, your bad days. You win absolute battles; you lose absolute battles.”

As for Garon, he will face Argentine qualifier Pedro Cachin in the second round. This year’s draw is a golden opportunity for the Frenchman with him guaranteed to not play a seeded player until at least the last 16 if he makes it that far.

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Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.

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In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.

 

Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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