Ten­nis split over star rep case

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - LEO SCHLINK

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.

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