ATP Board Votes Not to Remove Justin Gimelstob

The Affiliation of Tennis Professionals board of administrators voted on Thursday to not take away Justin Gimelstob from that governing physique.

The vote was referred to as a day after Gimelstob pleaded not responsible to a cost of felony battery with severe bodily damage after an altercation in Los Angeles on Halloween evening. The breakdown of the vote shouldn’t be recognized, however a unanimous choice of 5 voting members of the seven-member board is required to take away considered one of its members.

By rule, the vote didn’t embrace Gimelstob or Chris Kermode, govt chairman and president of the ATP. The voting members included three match representatives, Gavin Forbes, Charles Humphrey Smith and Mark Webster, and two participant representatives, David Egdes and Alex Inglot.

A spokesman for the ATP confirmed that “no motion was taken,” however wouldn’t reveal specifics of the vote and added that the group felt it might be inappropriate to touch upon a police matter.

Though Gimelstob prevented ouster by the board of administrators, his place on the panel stays doubtful as a result of the 10-member participant council can nonetheless select to vote him off with a easy majority. Novak Djokovic, the No. 1 males’s participant, is the president of the participant council, a gaggle that lately demonstrated a willingness to take away board members.

In November, the council voted Roger Rasheed, a coach and former participant, off the board after he voted in favor of a modest one-year pay improve from ATP tournaments, which infuriated many gamers. These gamers most popular a extra vital pay improve over an extended time period. Egdes changed Rasheed on an interim foundation.

There isn’t any different mechanism within the ATP guidelines for a suspension of a board member. The one strategies are removing through the 2 vote choices, or if he steps down.

Gimelstob, who was first elected to the ATP board in 2008, additionally serves as a coach for John Isner, the highest-ranked American man, and is a frequent contributor to Tennis Channel.

Tennis Channel mentioned that it had granted Gimelstob break day throughout the court docket proceedings nevertheless it has given no different public indications about Gimelstob’s future on the community. Isner, who can also be a member of the participant council, has expressed help for Gimelstob and mentioned he, too, would look forward to all of the info to emerge.

Gimelstob, 41, was arrested on Nov. 21 after he was accused of beating an acquaintance, Ronald Kaplan, throughout trick-or-treating on Halloween. The following scheduled court docket date for the case is Jan. 31.

A former pal of Gimelstob’s, Kaplan advised the police that Gimelstob jumped him from behind, with out provocation, whereas Kaplan was trick-or-treating together with his spouse and 2-year-old baby. Kaplan advised the police that Gimelstob hit him not less than 50 instances.

Gimelstob acknowledged that there was a confrontation that evening, however mentioned Kaplan initiated the bodily altercation and provoked him with insults about Gimelstob’s father, who had died the week earlier than the episode.

Gimelstob has been accused of different violent acts in information media reviews after his arrest, however denied he was the aggressor in these incidents. A court docket in California has issued a mutual restraining order in opposition to Gimelstob and his ex-wife, Cary Sinnott, as a part of their divorce and baby custody proceedings. Sinnott had beforehand sought a home violence restraining order; Gimelstob denied ever committing an act of home violence.

Gimelstob, who lives in Los Angeles, performed tennis at U.C.L.A. and received two Grand Slam combined doubles titles earlier than he retired in 2007.

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