Disgraced former player Justin Gimelstob remains on the ATP Board, but he might only hold that seat for another month when he’s up for re-election. Earlier this month, the American plead no contest to assaulting a man last fall leaving many to ask if someone with such a tainted record should continue at that position.
While Rafael Nadal refused to give his opinion, Andy Murray did.
“I don’t see how he can hold position of authority at ATP,” Murray told the Telegraph.
Former player and coach Darren Cahill also came out against Gimelstob.
Here is my very short take on this which is still too long for Twitter. Sorry for the note style reply. pic.twitter.com/lyu3AMEWMA
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) April 26, 2019
The ATP’s 10-man player council will ultimately have the last say if Gimelstob continues in his role or he’s replaced on the 6-person board on which he’s served since 2008.
Among those who have already announced their intention to take his “Americas” seat are former Top 10 players Brad Gilbert and Tim Mayotte and Murray’s past coach Dani Vallverdu is also rumored to be running.
Absolutely committed to running for the position on the @ATP_Tour Board as the Americas representative.Been involved with the ATP since 1981.Time to step up for better prize money, jobs, schedules and leadership.Looking forward to speaking with all the player representatives 💪👊
— Brad Gilbert (@bgtennisnation) April 28, 2019
I am excited to announce I am running for the ATP Board of Directors. Help the players and grow the game in a healthy way. They go together!
— Tim Mayotte (@TimMayotte) April 28, 2019
Wimbledon has also banned Gimelstob from competing in their legends events and from their Royal Box.
But the American will likely still have the support of player council members like Canadian Vasek Pospisil and his good friend John Isner who he also coaches.
Meanwhile, Tennis Channel is still set to announce their decision on whether to retain Gimelstob on their announcing team for the French Open and Wimbledon.
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