However many imagine that this could finish his profession in tennis management. For a number of years, Gimelstob, a two-time Grand Slam combined doubles champion with Venus Williams, has been thought-about probably the most influential males in tennis. He has additionally been talked about as a attainable successor to the ATP president, Chris Kermode, whose contract was not prolonged after a vote by the board in March.
Regardless of Gimelstob’s authorized troubles, he’s nonetheless held in excessive regard by some high gamers and tv executives. The ATP board, for which he’s one in all three participant representatives, did not remove him when it had the prospect in December.
He has a principle on why he maintained his place.
“This sounds horrible, however I’m superb at what I do,” he mentioned within the interview final month. “And that upsets individuals in our construction. The gamers understand how good I’m, particularly by way of enhancing prize cash for them, and that pisses off the tournaments. It annoys them that, even in a compromised state, I’ve been in a position to outwit, outmaneuver, outstrategize and outmobilize them.”
Gimelstob has his detractors. They embody Kermode; the coach and commentator Roger Rasheed, who was lately ousted by the board; and Lleyton Hewitt, a former world No. 1 and two-time Grand Slam champion. After the felony battery cost was filed in opposition to Gimelstob in November, Hewitt tweeted that the ATP, the governing physique for males’s tennis, “should lead by instance and do one thing about this.”
In a press release Tuesday, the ATP mentioned of Gimelstob’s standing: “The choice was taken to let the judicial course of run its course earlier than any judgment was made on his future. So with that course of full, that is now topic for evaluation by the Board and/or Participant Council.”
Gimelstob is up for re-election on Might 14 in Rome, and his destiny is within the arms of 10 gamers, together with top-ranked Novak Djokovic, the participant council president; its vice chairman, Kevin Anderson; and two American gamers, Isner and Sam Querrey. Opposing candidates have till April 30 to return ahead.