Under-pressure Justin Gimelstob made ‘clever determination’ to resign, says ATP Player Council president Novak Djokovic


Madrid: Player Council president Novak Djokovic on Monday paid tribute to Justin Gimelstob’s work as an ATP board member however mentioned the American had made a “wise” determination to give up.

File picture of Novak Djokovic. Reuters

The 42-year-old Gimelstob stepped down from his publish amid controversy after pleading no contest in a Los Angeles courtroom to felony assault expenses decreased by a choose to a misdemeanour.

After every week of strain for him to go, the American give up, flying to Spain to personally inform Djokovic, who was coaching previous to the beginning of this week’s event in Madrid.

“Under the circumstances it was a wise decision from his side, it’s been a very hot topic in the last period,” prime seed Djokovic mentioned.

The Serb, celebrating 250 weeks on the primary rating as he begins play on the Madrid Open, mentioned Gimelstob was “probably the biggest asset that players had in the last ten-plus years that he’s been on the tour representing players”.

“But at the same time, he needs to go back and deal with that (personal issues) deal with that case and try to find the right balance and the right state of mind before he eventually tries to come back,” he added.

Djokovic added, “at this point, it was better for him to step down. The whole case was just posing so much pressure and obstacles for the Tour in general, but specifically for players.”

Djokovic joined Roger Federer in supporting Gimelstob’s fast exit: “I think it was a good decision.”

Gimelstob, who additionally previously labored as a tv commentator in addition to teaching John Isner, was accused of attacking a former pal on a road final October, raining down greater than 50 punches to his head. The incident befell in entrance of the sufferer’s pregnant spouse, who later miscarried.

Longtime board member Gimelstob was sentenced to probation, neighborhood service and a yr of anger administration lessons.

Djokovic — like Roger Federer on Sunday — left the door open for present ATP CEO Chris Kermode, whose December, 2019, contract extension was voted down this spring by a board nonetheless containing Gimelstob and his allies.

The chance that the choice can now be reversed shouldn’t be out of the realm of chance for Djokovic.

“He (Kermode) has the right to be in a ballot again, to be a candidate officially for another mandate. I don’t know whether he wants to do that or not, but if this happens, why not. He knows the Tour inside out,” added Djokovic.

Djokovic confirmed for the primary time that the ATP had engaged company recruiters to seek for a Kermode alternative, saying, “hopefully we can have quality candidates from inside of tennis, sports, and out of sports, so we can understand what is best for us.”

Elections to fill the vacant Gimelstob spot on the board will likely be held subsequent week in Rome.

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