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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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Denis Shapovalov Battles Back To Reach The Quarterfinals In St Petersburg

The Canadian got off to a slow start in his first match but was able to recover nicely for a big three-set win.

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Denis Shapovalov (CAN) Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Second seed Denis Shapovalov needed to go the distance at the St Petersburg Open to beat his Spanish opponent Pablo Andujar 2-6, 6-3, 6-0 in one hour and 49 minutes.

 

The Toronto native didn’t have the best start to the match but was able to recover and pull off a comeback to take the win. Serving a total of 11 aces to reach the quarterfinals.

” It’s very tough to play Pablo (Andujar) first round of a tournament, he’s a great player and it was a tough start to the match,” said Shapovalov. “I didn’t feel so great but I just told myself to keep going because obviously there is still a lot of tennis to be played and I wanted to turn it around in the second set and I did a really good job.”

It was the Spaniard who got off to a better start, earning a breakpoint in the first game of the match before grabbing the early break and he was able to consolidate it. At 2-0, Andujar had two chances to go up a double break but the Canadian saved both and it stayed on serve until 4-2 when the world number 92 was able to earn another breakpoint. This time converted for the double break lead and served out the first set.

The second set stayed on serve until 2-1 when Shapovalov broke to love and that one break of serve was enough for him to serve it out and send the match into a decider.

The Canadian continued pushing as his level improved. In the first game of the final set, he broke the Spaniard with a perfectly timed cross-court winner to take an early 1-0 lead. After consolidating the break he was hungry for more and broke Andujar’s serve once again to go up a double break. Shapovalov closed the match out with a bagel set.

During his on-court interview, Shapovalov was asked how happy he was back to be in St Peterburg and he mentioned the amazing memories he had playing in the event last year.

” It always feels great to be back and I remember last year playing Andrey (Rublev) in the semifinals. I was one set up and I lost this match but I am happy to be here due to the fact I always get great support from the fans here”. He said.

Shapovalov will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the quarterfinals after the German upset seventh seed Alexander Bublik in straight sets (6-4, 6-3).

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Former World No.8 And Grand Slam Champion Jurgen Melzer Retires

Melzer ends a career which has seen him crack the world’s top 10 in both singles and doubles.

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Jurgen Melzer (AUT) - Alexander Zverev (GER) vs John Peers (AUS) - Filip Polasek (SVK), (Erste Bank Open 2021 #glaubandich Court); Copyright: e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger,

After more than two decades on the Tour, Jurgen Melzer has played his final match after bowing out of the Vienna Open on Wednesday.

 

The 40-year-old confirmed earlier this year that he would end his career at his home tournament. Teaming up with Alexander Zverev in the doubles, the duo lost in straight sets to third seeds Filip Polášek and John Peers. Melzer is a two-time champion in Vienna after winning back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. He later went on to win the doubles title in 2014.

I was a bit afraid that not so many would come after all. Thank you very much, it was a huge honour for me to leave here,” Melzer said during his on-court interview.
“He (Zverev) didn’t hesitate five seconds to play here with me, that is not a matter of course when you’re at number four and you’re close to the Masters. Unfortunately, it was a short undertaking, but thank you.” He added.

Melzer first rose to prominence as a junior when he became the first Austrian to win the Wimbledon boys’ title back in 1999. He would go on to play in a total of 53 Grand Slam main draws during his professional career with his best run being to the semi-finals of the 2010 French Open. On the ATP Tour he claimed five titles with his most prestigious being at an ATP 500 event in Memphis during the 2012 season.

Against top 10 opposition, Melzer has beaten every member of the Big Three at least once. The most notable being against Novak Djokovic where he battled back from two sets down to stun the Serbian at the 2010 French Open. Overall, he recorded 13 wins over top 10 players during his career.

“My career started here (in Vienna) on an international level almost 22 years ago, in 1999 here in the town hall, where for the first time I was allowed to dream of really going the way as a professional tennis player. 22 years later and I would have signed everything, what I have achieved. It was an unbelievable journey that ends today. That I couldn’t have dreamed of.”

It wasn’t just in the singles where Melzer enjoyed success on the Tour. As a double player he achieved a ranking high of sixth and won two men’s Grand Slam titles with Philipp Petzschner, as well claiming the 2011 Wimbledon mixed doubles trophy with his ex-wife Iveta Benešová. More recently, Melzer reached the final of the 2020 ATP Finals alongside Édouard Roger-Vasselin. That was to be the last Tour final of his career.

“Of course you still hope to be at the top, but at some point you will be realistic enough to be able to assess that it will not be enough. It was an unbelievable journey that was a lot of fun. It is over, but it is also good that way.” He concluded.

Whilst his time on the Tour has come to an end, Melzer will remain involved in tennis. He is currently working as the Sports director of the Austrian Tennis Federation (OTV). A role he has held since January.

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Carlos Alcaraz Gets Revenge On Andy Murray To Reach Vienna Last Eight

Carlos Alcaraz is into the Vienna quarter-finals after beating Andy Murray in straight sets.

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Carlos Alcaraz got revenge on Andy Murray after beating the former grand slam champion 6-3 6-4 to reach the Vienna Quarter-Finals.

 

The Spaniard lost to Murray in a three set battle at Indian Wells earlier this month but was victorious in Austria.

Despite being a break up in the second set, the three time grand slam champion couldn’t consistently out-power the aggressive Spaniard.

Alcaraz will now play Nikoloz Basilashvili or Matteo Berrettini in the last eight.

Alcaraz was aggressive from the very first ball as he controlled rallies behind the baseline and punished Murray’s weak second serve.

After being broke in the first game, the Brit got his revenge in the fourth game as he converted in his sixth break point of the game to seal the break back.

However Alcaraz’s firepower was too much and the Spaniard’s consistent firepower was too much for Murray as two hard-fought breaks followed as he sealed the opening set in 65 minutes.

Murray utilised a more attacking style of play in the second set and was rewarded with an early break of serve as he would take a 4-2 lead.

But Alcaraz displayed too much power and accuracy as he reeled off four games in a row to complete his victory and progress into the Vienna quarter-finals.

Alcaraz will now play Basilashvili or Berrettini in the quarter-finals as he looks for a strong finish to a career-best season.

As for Murray that will be the end of his season unless he gets a wildcard into Paris next week or makes the Davis Cup Finals team for Great Britain.

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