Justin Gimelstob : biography
Justin Jeremy Gimelstob (born January 26, 1977, in Livingston, New JerseyWilliams, Lena. , The New York Times, December 16, 1998. Accessed February 24, 2011. "On Saturday, Gimelstob and three of his Davis Cup teammates – Todd Martin, Jim Courier and Jan-Michael Gambill – will take part in a one-day exhibition to benefit three charities: the Eastern Tennis Association, the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation, and the Valerie Fund at St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, N.J. My brothers and I were born there, said Gimelstob, of the medical center.") is a retired American tennis player. Gimelstob has been a resident of Morristown, New JerseyRobbins, Liz. , The New York Times, August 31, 2001. Accessed June 1, 2008. "Gimelstob was so disturbed that he threatened to find Tabara in the locker room afterward. Yesterday, Gimelstob, from Morristown, N.J., was even more angry." and as of 2009 resided in Santa Monica, California. Accessed July 17, 2009.
He was the top-ranked boy in his respective age group at the ages of 12, 14, 16, and 18. As a pro, he won the 1998 Australian Open and French Open mixed doubles titles with Venus Williams as his partner. He won a total of 10 singles titles and 15 doubles championships as a pro, and twice was a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
In singles matches, he has defeated Andre Agassi, Petr Korda, Àlex Corretja, Patrick Rafter (when he was # 5 in the world), and Gustavo Kuerten.
ATP Tour and Challenger singles titles
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|No.||Date||Tournament||Surface||Opponent in the final||Score|
|1.||September 23, 1996||Urbana-Champaign||Hard (I)||USA}} Steve Bryan||5–7, 6–3, 6–4|
|2.||November 11, 1996||Andorra||Hard (I)||AUS}} Sandon Stolle||6–4, 6–2|
|3.||November 16, 1998||Andorra||Hard (I)||SUI}} George Bastl||6–3, 2–6, 7–6|
|4.||November 15, 1999||Andorra||Hard (I)||BLR}} Max Mirnyi||4–6, 7–6, 7–5|
|5.||June 7, 2004||Forest Hills||Grass||SRB}} Dušan Vemić||7–6, 6–2|
|6.||September 20, 2004||Beijing||Hard||USA}} Alex Bogomolov Jr.||6–1, 6–3|
|7.||November 8, 2004||Nashville||Hard (I)||USA}} Amer Delic||7–6, 7–6|
|8.||November 15, 2004||Urbana-Champaign||Hard (I)||PAR}} Ramón Delgado||6–4, 6–4|
|9.||October 24, 2005||Carson||Hard||USA}} Amer Delic||7–6, 6–2|
Gimelstob has been a blogger for Sports Illustrated (under the name "Gimel Takes All"), and has served as a regular commentator for Tennis Channel. He has also presented tennis features and interviews for the TV Guide channel.
Gimelstob has often been a guest on the Washington, D.C. morning radio show "The Sports Junkies", talking about his tennis career, his interactions with other tennis pros, his dalliances with such female players as Martina Hingis, and a variety of other topics. On June 25, 2008, Gimelstob issued an apology for comments he had made on the show. During the interview, Gimelstob, a regular guest on the show, said that he when he faced Anna Kournikova the following month in an exhibition match in Washington: "I’m going to serve it right at the body, about 128, right into her midriff. If she's not crying by the time she comes off court then I did not do my job." Asked if that meant he hated the Russian, with whom he trained as a youth, he replied: "Hate is a very strong word. I just despise her to the maximum level just below hate." He added that he would not like to sleep with Kournikova, "because she's such a douche." Instead, "I wouldn't mind having my younger brother, who's a kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that.", Daily Mail, June 28, 2008
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