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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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Fabio Fognini wins epic five-set match against Jordan Thompson

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Fabio Fognini battled past local favourite Jordan Thompson 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 3-6 4-6 7-6 in an epic five set match to score his five-set win at this year’s edition of the Australian Open.

 

The first set went on serve in the first five games. Fognini earned the first game in the sixth game, but Thompson broke back to draw level to 4-4. Fognini won the tie-break 7-4 after saving two set points in the 10th game.

Fognini earned an early break in the second game of the second set with a forehand passing shot. The Italian star went up a double break at 15 to race out to a 4-0 lead and closed out the second set 6-1 on his second set point.

Thompson saved two break points in the first game of the third set before breaking serve in the second game to open up a 3-0 lead. The Australian player saved a break point at deuce in the ninth game and held his serve to win the third set 6-3.

Both players went on serve with no break points in the first four games of the fourth set. Thompson converted his only break point in the fifth game and held his serve at 15 to open up a 4-2 lead. The home player did not look back in the next games to win the fourth set 6-4 forcing the match to the fifth set.

Fognini started the fifth set with a hold at love. The fifth set went on serve with no break points until the eighth game when Fognini earned the first break point of the set, but Thompson saved it at deuce to draw level to 4-4. Fognini earned his first match point at 5-4 with a forehand down the line. Thompson saved it with a big ace down the middle.

Thompson fended off another match point with a forehand down the line before holding serve after five deuces to draw level to 5-5. Fognini earned two consecutive match points, but Thompson saved them to force a super tie-break. Thompson made a forehand error at 1-1, but Fognini  double faulted. Fognini took a 7-3 lead after two unforced errors from Thomson. Fognini sealed the fifth set 10-4 with a backhand down the line after 4 hours and 5 minutes. Fognini will face Argentina’s Guido Pella.

“It was a good fight. It was amazing. It’s perfect. I feel good. I am tired for sure. I was two sets to zero in front. He was playing better, he was serving unbelievable. I had 75 match points, and it is more sweat, because it is tood easy winning in three sets”, joked Fognini.

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Marin Cilic takes the Match tie-break to beat Benoit Paire in Melbourne

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Marin Cilic battled past Benoit Paire 6-2 6-7 (8-10) 3-6 6-1 7-6 (10-3) in the match tie-break after 3 hours and 33 minutes in windy conditions to advance to the third round at the Australian Open. Paire won 82 % of his first serve points, but he made 51 unforced errors.

 

Cilic broke three times in a row to seal the opening set 6-2. Paire rallied from 3-5 down to win the tie-break 10-8. Paire earned a break of serve at deuce in the eighth game to win the third set 6-3. Cilic broke twice in the second and sixth games to win the fourth set 6-1.

Each player saved a break point in the fifth set, but they held on their service games en route to reaching the the match tie-break, where Cilic sealed the win 10-3.

Cilic booked his spot in the third-round, where he will face Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut, who came back from one set down to beat Michael Mmoh 5-7 6-2 6-4 6-1 after 2 hours and 44 minutes. The match was moved to the Melbourne Arena after it was interrupted by rain, when Mmoh was leading 2-1 in the fourth set.

Last year’s Australian Open semifinalist Stefanos Tsitsipas reached the third round, when Phillip Kohlschreiber pulled out of the match due to a muscle injury. Tsitsipas set up a third round match against Milos Raonic, who converted each of his four break points to beat Cristian Garin 6-3 6-4 6-2.

Hungary’s Marton Fucsovics beat last year’s Next Gen ATP Finals champion Jannik Sinner 6-4 6-4 6-3 after 2 hours and 16 minutes. Fucsovics earned his first break in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Sinner broke back in the sixth game to draw level to 3-3, but Fucsovics earned another break in the next game to take the opening set 6-4. Fucsovics went up an early break in the first game of the second set, but Sinner broke straight back. Sinner dropped his serve at love in the seventh game to lose the second set 6-4. Sinner went up a 2-0 lead with an early break. Fucsovics broke straight back in the third game to claw his way back to 1-2. Fucsovics broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead and sealed the win in the ninth game on his first match point.

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Tennys Sandgren battles past Matteo Berrettini in five sets to reach the third round at the Australian Open

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Tennys Sandgren stunned number 8 seed and 2019 US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini 7-6 (9-7) 6-4 4-6 2-6 7-5 to reach the third round at the Australian Open in Melbourne. The Tennessee player achieved the best result of his career two years ago, when he beat two top 10 players to reach the quarter final at the 2017 Australian Open.

 

Both players held on their service games throughout the first set en route to the tie-break. Sandgren saved a set point at 5-6 with a forehand. The US player earned a set point at 7-6, but Berrettini fended it off with a big forehand. Sandgren got the tie-break after an error from Berrettini at 7-7.

Sandgren went up a break at 2-2 and held on his service games to seal the second set 6-4 earning a two-set lead. Berrettini forced an error from Sandgren at 5-4 to earn the break and seal the third set.

Berrettini went up a double break to win the fourth set 6-2 forcing the match to the decisive set. The Italian player earned three break points, when Sandgren was serving at 3-4. The US player saved them to hold serve. Sandgren broke serve at 5-5, when Berrettini sent a forehand into the net and sealed the win with a strong first serve.

“It’s a top 10 win at a Slam, so it’s up there for sure. I was injured for most of the Fall. I tore a ligament and got a stress fracture in my toe. After the US Open I played one week in Asia and then I was done. I had five to six weeks where I did not have any points to defend and could have pushed higher in the rankings but I could not play. I felt I played in spurts last year. I had some good weeks at Slams. I like these tournaments a lot. Sometimes you can get lost a little bit when you are playing 30 or 35 weeks a year. I feel my game comes together in these weeks”, said Sandgren.

Sandgren set up a third round match against his compatriot Sam Querrey, who edged past Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (7-2) 4-6 6-4 6-4. Querrey hit 26 aces and won 87 % of his first serve points. Querrey reached the quarter final at Wimbledon and the semifinal in Eastbourne.

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