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From Brad Gilbert To Mark Knowles: The Challengers For Gimelstob’s Place On The ATP Board

15 people have put their names forward to sit on the ATP Board, but who will the ATP Player Council choose?

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The process to replace Justin Gimelstob on the powerful ATP board will be far from straightforward with a series of high profile names contesting for the position.

 

On Monday 42-year-old Gimelstob resigned from his position as player representative for the Americas region amid growing calls for his removal. The American has been embroiled in a high-profile assault case, which resulted in him receiving a 60-day community service, three-year probation and 52 weeks of anger management classes. Leading up to his statement, both Stan Wawrinka and Andy Murray have said that it was inappropriate for Gimelstob to continue in the role.

Under the current structure within the governing body of men’s tennis, there are three players representatives. They are voted in by the player council, which is headed by Novak Djokovic, and their job is to represent their views in board meetings. Members also take part in critical decision making, such as the vote to remove Chris Kermode from his position as CEO that took place earlier this year. They receive a fixed salary of $100,000 each year.

ATP Board of Directors

Chairman
-Chris Kermode

Player Representatives
-David Egdes (interim)
-Justin Gimelstob (now resigned)
-Alex Inglot

Tournament Representatives
-Gavin Forbes
-Charles Smith
-Herwig Straka

According to an official list obtained by tennis.life, 15 people have come forward for the newly vacant position. Out of those entries, Tim Mayotte has very public about his intentions. Announcing on social media that he will apply for the position. Mayotte is a former top 10 player who won a silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. Since retiring from the professional tour in 1992, he has worked as an agent for Greg Rusedski and Amanda Coetzer. In 2009 he became a national coach for the USTA.

Speaking with Christopher Clarey from The New York Times, Mayotte said that more needs to be done to tackle conflicts of interest. During Gimelstob’s tenure, his production company held the contract to produce the ATP World Tour uncovered program for the ATP.

“This needs to be addressed — there’s no question — both from the tournament directors’ side and the players’ side,” Mayotte said. “I was guilty of it too back in the day, but those were different times. The stakes weren’t nearly as high. What I’m going to propose to the players is that it basically becomes a full-time position, that the representatives on the board are on the road with the players and don’t have any other interests except for the players. It has to be that way now.”

Another challenger is ESPN analyst Brad Gilbert. Somebody who won 20 ATP titles during his playing career before finding further success as a coach. Working alongside Andre Agassi, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick and others.

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Nicolás Lapentti previously served as the president of his country’s tennis federation and continues to sit on the board. The Ecuadorian will be hoping that experience will help him take over from Gimelstob. Although other candidates as equally as qualified. Another contender is doubles legend Mark Knowles, who was a member of the ATP player council between 2002-2004 and previously served as vice-president.

If the council wants a younger and fresher voice, Dani Vallverdu will likely be favoured. He is known more for his achievements as a coach than a player. Guiding Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Grigor Dimitrov on the tour. Last year the 33-year-old was voted as the coach representative for the council.

The list will be reduced down to a final five over the coming weeks. The a final decision and vote will take place on May 14th during the Italian Masters in Rome.

List of candidates

  • Brandon Burke (JAM/CAN)
  • Weller Evans (USA)
  • Brad Gilbert (USA)
  • Jose Hernandez-Fernandez (DOM)
  • Mark Knowles (BAH)
  • Steve Krulevitz (USA)
  • Luke Jensen (USA)
  • Nicolás Lapentti (ECU)
  • Peter Lawler (USA)
  • Tim Mayotte (USA)
  • Austin Nunn (USA)
  • Nicolas Pereira (VEN)
  • Michael Russell (USA)
  • Daniel Vallverdu (VEN)
  • Modesto (Tito) Vasquez (ARG)

Source: tennis.life

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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