Former US tennis player and current ATP Tour board member Justin Gimelstob has been sentenced to three years probation and 60 hours of community service following an assault described as ‘violent and unprovoked’ by a judge.
Prosecutors said Gimelstob attacked Randall Kaplan from behind as they trick-or-treated with their kids on Oct. 31, 2017. In a statement to the court Monday, Kaplan said Gimelstob struck him multiple times and threatened to kill him. Kaplan’s wife, Madison, said the trauma of witnessing her husband being assaulted had contributed to a miscarriage she suffered shortly afterwards.
Asked about it yesterday in Barcelona, Rafael Nadal has opinions on the Gimelstob situation, but said he wanted to share them with the player council, not publicly (at least for now). He said it should be duty of player council to gather the opinions of others around tour.
Rafa: “If somebody from the player council ask me my opinion, I will give them my personal opinion.”
Reporter: “What is your opinion?”
Rafa: “I don’t want to tell you.”
Wimbledon chiefs yesterday confirmed that the controversial American coach and commentator will not be invited to the 2019 Championships neither as a guest in the Royal Box nor as a player in the invitational doubles.
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Sources: AP, Ben Rothenberg/New York Times