Tennis split over star rep case
US tennis identity Justin Gimelstob returns to court this week over claims of violence and threats to kill as one of the sport’s most powerful organisations grapples with the issue.
Gimelstob sits on the ATP Tour board and has the support of the player council, led by Novak Djokovic.
But his continued presence in a position of influence is a growing concern for current and former players after his arrest for allegedly attacking former friend Randall Kaplan in Los Angeles on October 31.
Gimelstob is alleged to have struck Kaplan more than 50 blows from behind, while dressed as a Top Gun pilot.
The player council will confer after Wednesday’s scheduled court appearance.
Gimelstob stepped down from his role as analyst with the Tennis Channel but has continued on the ATP board, effectively continuing to represent Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and others.