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Attorney Defends Justin Gimelstob In Letter Sent To ATP As Wawrinka Joins Calls For His Removal

The two-time grand slam mixed doubles champion is rapidly losing grip on his position in men’s tennis.

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It appears that the controversy-stricken Justin Gimelstob is going to fight for his position on the ATP Board despite growing calls for him to step down immediately.

 

The 42-year-old recently pleaded no contest to the assault of former friend Randall Kaplan. A legal term where the offender pleads neither guilty or not guilty in return for a less severe sentence. On October 31st Kaplan alleged that Gimelstob ‘’punched him in the head and face more than 50 times’ in front of his wife and young daughter. During the trial, Kaplan’s wife said she suffered a miscarriage as a result of the stress caused by the incident. Last week the former American player was issued with a 60-day community service, a three-year probation and 52 weeks in anger management.

Gimelstob is currently serving as one of the three player representatives for the powerful ATP Board. On May 14th the Player’s council, which is headed by world No.1 Novak Djokovic, will vote on his future of the role. He faces a tough time trying to maintain his role within the governing body of men’s tennis. Besides the battery charge, he has been involved in other controversies in the past.

“It is important to know that there have been no findings and determinations by a trier of fact that Mr. Gimelstob is guilty of committing any crime. There was no trial; there was solely Mr. Gimelstob’s ‘no contest’ plea.” Lawyer Shawn Holley wrote said in a letter sent to the ATP on April 28th.

In a four-page document submitted by Holley, he has now hit out at the statements made by Kaplan and his family during the trial. Saying that he objected on numerous occasions to what was said and no cross-contamination took place. This was due to the no contest plea, which Gimelstob opted to do in the hope of ‘minimising the media scrutiny.’

“The single charge brought by the district attorney against Mr Gimelstob was punishable as either a misdemeanour or the more serious charge of a felony. It is crucial to recognize that both the District Attorney and the court – after considering all the information, which did not even include Mr Gimelstob’s statement of what occurred – determined that Mr Firstobs conduct only amounted to a misdemeanour.” The letter reads.

The full letter

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Wawrinka weighs in

Despite efforts to save Gimelstob’s role within the ATP, more people have come out against him. On Tuesday, Stan Wawrinka became one of the first high-profile players to publicly call for his dismissal. Branding the current situation as ‘a shameful period in our sport.’

“Players need to speak out. Justin Gimelstob has been convicted of a violent assault. It simply can not 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.” Wawrinka wrote.
“The ATP council needs to do something about this and finally end this conversation and shameful period in our great sport.”

Wawrinka’s comments follows that made by Andy Murray over the weekend. Former world No.1 Murray said he doesn’t understand how Gimelstob could continue as a player representative.

“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.” He said.

Neither Wawrinka or Murray is on the Player’s council, who will make the decision concerning the future of Gimelstob. One member, Vasek Pospisil, previously said in a statement to tennis.life ‘If he (Gimelstob) 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 Pospisil’s statement has since been deleted for unknown reasons.

Amid the controversy, a series of notable figures have come forward to seek to replace Gimelstob on the ATP Board. Ranging from former top 10 player Tim Mayotte to Brad Gilbert. Gilbert has previously worked as a coach alongside the likes of Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick and Andy Murray. It has also been reported that Grigor Dimitrov’s coach Dani Vallverdu has expressed interest. However, Mayotte is the only person to declare his intention publicly.

Gimelstob and his challengers required a majority of backing from the 10-member player’s council.

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Ugo Humbert claims the first title of his career after winning all-French final against Benoit Paire in Auckland

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Twenty-one year-old Ugo Humbert beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 7-6 (7-5) after 2 hours and 34 minutes in the all-French final of the ASB Classic in Auckland to claim the first title of his career.

 

Humbert has become the first French player to win the Auckland tournament. He enjoyed a great week beating Denis Shapovalov and John Isner en route to reaching the final.

Humbert earned the first break of the match in the second game after a double fault from Paire and held his serve with a service winner in the next game to open up a 3-0 lead. Paire broke back in the fifth game with a backand return winner. Humbert broke serve again in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. Paire broke back in the seventh game to claw his way back to 3-4. Humbert earned three set points, when Paire was serving at 5-6. Humbert reeled off five consecutive points from 2-2 to claim the tie-break with three mini-break after a forehand error from Paire.

Paire fended off three break points in the third game of the second set before breaking serve in the fourth game after a double fault from Humbert. Paire saved a break point at 5-3 with an ace and closed out the second set with a backhand down the line winner.

Humbert earned an early break in the second game of the decider with a backhand crosscourt passing shot, before saving three break points at 4-2. Paire hit three consecutive backhand winners, as Humbert was serving for the match at 5-3 30-0. Paire got the crucial break in the next point, when Humbert sent a forehand long. Paire saved a championship point with a backhand volley winner in the 10th game. Paire held his serve with a backhand volley winner to draw level to 5-5. Paire rallied from 0-30 down in the 12th game to force the decisive set to the tie-break.

Humbert earned a mini-break on the sixth point with a forehand return to take a 4-2 lead and earned three championship points at 6-3. Humbert sealed the win on his third chance when Paire sent a backhand wide after 2 hours and 35 minutes.

“It’s a tournament of revenge because I have lost to four of five players I played this week. It’s a great improvement for me and I could not dream of a beginning for the season”, said Humbert.

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Andrey Rublev starts the year with back-to-back titles in Doha and Adelaide

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Andrey Rublev beat South Africa’s Lloyd Harris 6-3 6-0 to clinch the fourth title of his career at the first edition of the Adelaide International and his second title of the 2020 season one week after beating Corentin Moutet in Doha. Rublev saved all four break points he faced. He has extended his winning streak to 12 consecutive matches.

 

Rublev has become the first player to win back-to-back titles in the first two weeks of the year since 2004, when Dominik Hrbary triumphed in Adelaide and Auckland.

“I was not thinking about this statistic, but it’s an amazing feeling. I hope I keep improving. We will see what’s going to happen”, said Rublev.

Rublev earned the first break of the match in the sixth game to take a 4-2 lead. The 22-year-old Russian player rallied from 0-40 down to hold serve for 5-2 in the seventh game and served out the first set 6-3 two games later.

Rublev started the second set with his second break in the first game. He got two more breaks before clinching the win on his first match point, when he forced Harris to a backhand error with a short volley.

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Benoit Paire sets up all-French final against Ugo Humbert in Auckland

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Benoit Paire battled past Hubert Hurkacz 6-4 6-7 (1-7) 6-2 with six breaks of serve to his ninth career ATP Tour final at the ASB Classic in Auckland.

 

Paire went up a double break in the first and seventh games to build up a 5-2 lead. Hurkacz pulled a break back after two double faults after two double faults from Paire. The Frenchman served out at love in the 10th game.

Paire went up a break at 15 in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Hurkacz broke back at love to draw level to 3-3. Both players held on their next service games setting up a tie-break. Hurkacz cruised through to winning the tie-break 7-1.

After a trade of breaks at the start of the third set Paire broke twice in the fourth and eighth games to seal the decider 6-2.

“It was not easy. Not everything was perfect, but it is never easy against Hubert. He is a very good player and a tough opponent. I hope tomorrow will be better and I hope to enjoy the final”,said Paire.

Paire sets up an all-French final against his compatriot Ugo Humbert, who edged past John Isner 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. Humbert has reached the maiden final of his career after losing in the semifinal in Marseille, Newport and Antwerp in 2019.

Humbert and Isner went on serve with no breaks to set up a tie-break. Isner saved two set points from 3-6 but Humbert won the tie-break 7-5. Humbert started the second set with an early break to take a 1-0 lead. Isner saved five break points and held his serve at deuce, but Humbert won his final two service games at love to clinch the second set 6-4.

“I am really happy about this win. It was a great match. I returned very well and I played good on the key points. I am really happy to reach my first final”,said Humbert.

 

 

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