|Full name||Justin Jeremy Gimelstob|
|Country (sports)||United States|
|Residence||Santa Monica, California|
|Born||January 26, 1977|
Livingston, New Jersey
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Plays||Right-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Coach||David Nainkin (circa 2000)|
|Highest ranking||No. 63 (April 19, 1999)|
|Grand Slam singles results|
|Australian Open||2R (1999)|
|French Open||1R (1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2000, 2003, 2005)|
|US Open||3R (1997, 1999)|
|Highest ranking||No. 18 (May 8, 2000)|
|Grand Slam doubles results|
|Australian Open||SF (2001)|
|French Open||1R (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007)|
|Wimbledon||QF (1998, 2004)|
|US Open||3R (1999, 2004, 2007)|
|Grand Slam mixed doubles results|
|Australian Open||W (1998)|
|French Open||W (1998)|
|US Open||SF (2002, 2006)|
|Davis Cup||SF (1998)|
|Hopman Cup||W (1997)|
|Last updated on: 10 June 2021.|
Justin Jeremy Gimelstob (born January 26, 1977) is a retired American tennis player. Gimelstob has been a resident of Morristown, New Jersey, and as of 2009 lived in Santa Monica, California.
He was the top-ranked boy in his age group at the ages of 12, 14, 16, and 18. As a pro, he made the final of the Newport Tournament in singles and has 15 doubles championships to his name, including the 1998 Australian Open and 1998 French Open mixed doubles titles with Venus Williams. He was twice a member of the U.S. Davis Cup team.
In singles matches, he defeated Andre Agassi, Petr Korda, Àlex Corretja, Patrick Rafter, and Gustavo Kuerten. His career singles record is 107-172. His highest career singles ranking was No. 63 in 1999, and his highest career doubles ranking was No. 18 in 2000.
He started playing tennis when he was eight, and was the top-ranked boy in his age group from ages 12 through 18. In 1991, he was ranked No. 1 in the USTA Boys' 14 age group, and he was No. 1 ranked again in the USTA Boys' 16 age group, winning the USTA championship, in 1993. He was also ranked No. 1 at age 18, and in 1995 he won the USTA National Boys' 18 Championships.
Gimelstob grew up in the New Vernon section of Harding Township, New Jersey. He graduated from Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey, in 1995. As a sophomore at Newark Academy, Gimelstob led the school's tennis team to a 26-0 record and won the state Tournament of Champions. In 2005, he was entered into the high school's hall of fame, the Newark (N.J.) Academy Hall of Fame. The high school named its tennis facility after him and his brothers.
Gimelstob turned pro in 1996, after finishing his education at UCLA. At Wimbledon in June 1997 he upset world # 12 Gustavo Kuerten, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 1-6, 6-4. In July 1997, he defeated world # 32 Andre Agassi at the ATP event in Los Angeles, 7-5, 6-2, played on the campus of UCLA. Later that month, he defeated world # 16 Petr Korda 6-4, 6-4 in Montreal. Gimelstob then reached the 3rd round at the 1997 US Open.
He won the 1998 Australian Open and French Open mixed doubles titles, with Venus Williams as his partner. In June 1998 at Wimbledon he beat world No. 9 Àlex Corretja in straight sets. In July he upset world No. 5 Patrick Rafter 6-4, 6-3 in Los Angeles.
In March he beat world # 22 Thomas Muster, 6-4, 7-5 in Scottsdale, and in August he upset world # 7 Todd Martin, 6-4, 6-4 in Cincinnati. In June 2000 he beat world No.27 Fabrice Santoro in London, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. In July he upset world # 19 Mark Philippoussis 3-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3). In 2001, he and partner Scott Humphries got to the semifinals of the Australian Open. At the US Open, 5' 9" Michal Tabara was fined $1,000 for unsportsmanlike behavior for spitting at Gimelstob after their match. Tabara felt Gimelstob had taken an excessive number of time outs for injuries. "Unless he grows about another foot by the time I get back to the locker room", the 6' 5" Gimelstob said, "he's in trouble."
At the 2002 U.S. Open singles competition, Gimelstob lost in the second round to Andre Agassi. In doubles, he and Jeff Tarango lost in the 2nd round to Brian MacPhee and Nenad Zimonji?, 7-5, 2-6, 6-7 (5-7). In February 2003 he upset world No. 13 Paradorn Srichaphan, 7-5 6-2, in San Jose. At Wimbledon in 2003, he competed in both the singles and doubles events. He upset No. 15 seed Arnaud Clément of France in the second round in five sets. In the third round, Gimelstob lost in three sets to Jonas Björkman of Sweden.
At Wimbledon 2004, Gimelstob and Scott Humphries defeated Bob and Mike Bryan 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 in the second round. They lost to Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor in the quarterfinals, 3-6, 2-6. In July 2004, Gimelstob won in singles at Forest Hills, New York, beating Du?an Vemi? 7-6 (7), 6-2 in the final. That September, he beat Florent Serra of France 6-2, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, and Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-1, 6-3 in the final of a hard court tournament in Beijing. He also won the doubles event at both of these tournaments, and a singles title at Nashville in November.
Gimelstob made it to the finals in the hard court tournament in Tallahassee in April 2005,. At Wimbledon that year, Gimelstob defeated 29th seed Nicolás Massú in the 2nd round 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-0). He was eliminated in the 3rd round by Lleyton Hewitt (seeded 3rd) 7-6 (7-5), 6-4, 7-5. In 2006, Gimelstob reached his first ATP Tour Singles Final at The Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, Rhode Island, losing to Mark Philippoussis. In March 2006 he defeated world # 39 Feliciano López, 7-5. 6-3, in Indian Wells. In May he defeated world # 32 Nicolás Massú, 2-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4, in the Portugal, and in July he defeated world # 36 Andy Murray, 6-1, 7-6 (4), in the semifinals at Newport, Rhode Island.
In June 2007, Gimelstob lost a contentious 6-4 vote of the ATP Players Council in his attempt to replace Andre Agassi's manager, Perry Rogers, on the men's tour's 3-man board of directors, and to become the first active player on the board.
Gimelstob retired from professional tennis in the fall of 2007. His highest world singles ranking was # 63, and in doubles, # 18. In his final singles major, he was defeated by Andy Roddick in the first round of the 2007 U.S. Open, 7-6, 6-3, 6-3. He also played doubles in the 2007 US open. After retirement, he pursued a career in sports commentary, working for Tennis Channel. He resigned from his position at the Tennis Channel after being convicted of assaulting an acquaintance.
Gimelstob is Jewish, Asked in 2003, in the wake of a Vanity Fair magazine article about increased anti-Semitism in France, whether he had been the brunt of anti-Semitism while he was in France for the French Open, he responded that he was uncertain. "They're so impolite and rude in general, you don't know if they think I'm Jewish or whether I'm just another American tourist".
He said he was proud to be a Jewish role model. He added: "When I played, I got a lot of support from the Jewish community. People identify me as a Jewish athlete. It's a strong responsibility, and I appreciate that."
|Win||1998||Australian Open||Hard||Venus Williams|| Helena Suková
|Win||1998||French Open||Clay||Venus Williams|| Serena Williams
|Loss||0-1||Jul 2006||Newport, United States||International Series||Grass||Mark Philippoussis||3-6, 5-7|
|Win||1-0||Jul 1997||Newport, United States||World Series||Grass||Brett Steven|| Kent Kinnear
|Win||2-0||Jun 1998||Nottingham, United Kingdom||World Series||Grass||Byron Talbot|| Daniel Nestor
|7-5, 6-7, 6-4|
|Win||3-0||Mar 1999||Scottsdale, United States||World Series||Hard||Richey Reneberg|| Mark Knowles
|6-4, 6-7, 6-3|
|Win||4-0||May 1999||Atlanta, United States||World Series||Clay||Patrick Galbraith|| Todd Woodbridge
|5-7, 7-6, 6-3|
|Win||5-0||Jun 1999||Nottingham, United Kingdom||World Series||Grass||Patrick Galbraith|| Marius Barnard
|5-7, 7-5, 6-3|
|Win||6-0||Aug 1999||Washington, United States||Championship Series||Hard||Sebastien Lareau|| David Adams
John-Laffnie De Jager
|7-5, 6-7, 6-3|
|Win||7-0||Nov 1999||Moscow, Russia||World Series||Carpet||Daniel Vacek|| Andrei Medvedev
|Win||8-0||Feb 2000||Memphis, United States||Championship Series||Hard||Sebastien Lareau|| Jim Grabb
|Loss||8-1||Apr 2000||Atlanta, United States||World Series||Clay||Mark Knowles|| Ellis Ferreira
|Loss||8-2||May 2000||Orlando, United States||World Series||Clay||Sebastien Lareau|| Leander Paes
|Win||9-2||Sep 2000||Tashkent, Uzbekistan||International Series||Hard||Scott Humphries|| Marius Barnard
|Loss||9-3||Jul 2002||Los Angeles, United States||World Series||Hard||Michael Llodra|| Sebastien Grosjean
|Win||10-3||Oct 2003||Tokyo, Japan||Championship Series||Hard||Nicolas Kiefer|| Scott Humphries
|6-7(6-8), 6-3, 7-6(7-4)|
|Win||11-3||Sep 2004||Beijing, China||International Series||Hard||Graydon Oliver|| Taylor Dent
Alex Bogomolov Jr.
|4-6, 6-4, 7-6(8-6)|
|Win||12-3||Oct 2004||Thailand Open, Thailand||International Series||Hard||Graydon Oliver|| Roger Federer
|5-7, 6-4, 6-4|
|Win||13-3||Sep 2005||Beijing, China||International Series||Hard||Nathan Healey|| Dmitry Tursunov
|4-6, 6-3, 6-2|
|Loss||13-4||Jul 2006||Newport, United States||International Series||Grass||Jeff Coetzee|| Jurgen Melzer
|Win||1-0||Sep 1996||Urbana-Champaign, United States||Challenger||Hard||Steve Bryan||5-7, 6-3, 6-4|
|Win||2-0||Nov 1996||Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Challenger||Hard||Sandon Stolle||6-4, 6-2|
|Win||3-0||Nov 1998||Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Challenger||Hard||George Bastl||6-3, 2-6, 7-6|
|Win||4-0||Nov 1999||Andorra la Vella, Andorra||Challenger||Hard||Max Mirnyi||4-6, 7-6, 7-5|
|Loss||4-1||Aug 2000||Lexington, United States||Challenger||Hard||Takao Suzuki||1-2 ret.|
|Loss||4-2||Jun 2001||Tallahassee, United States||Challenger||Hard||Ramon Delgado||5-7, 3-6|
|Loss||4-3||Jun 2002||Tallahassee, United States||Challenger||Hard||Brian Vahaly||6-7(5-7), 4-6|
|Loss||4-4||Oct 2002||Fresno, United States||Challenger||Hard||Scott Draper||1-6, 7-6(7-5), 1-6|
|Loss||4-5||Feb 2003||Dallas, United States||Challenger||Hard||Simon Greul||3-6, 6-7(5-7)|
|Win||5-5||Jun 2004||Forest Hills, United States||Challenger||Grass||Dusan Vemic||7-6(9-7), 6-2|
|Win||6-5||Sep 2004||Beijing, China||Challenger||Hard||Alex Bogomolov Jr.||6-1, 6-3|
|Win||7-5||Nov 2004||Nashville, United States||Challenger||Hard||Amer Delic||7-6(7-3), 7-6(7-4)|
|Win||8-5||Nov 2004||Urbana-Champaign, United States||Challenger||Hard||Ramon Delgado||6-4, 6-4|
|Loss||8-6||Apr 2005||Tallahassee, United States||Challenger||Hard||Brian Vahaly||4-6, 0-6|
|Win||9-6||Oct 2005||Carson, United States||Challenger||Hard||Amer Delic||7-6(7-5), 6-2|
|Loss||9-7||Nov 2005||Champaign Urbana, United States||Challenger||Hard||Danai Udomchoke||5-7, 2-6|
|Win||1-0||Aug 1996||Binghamton, United States||Challenger||Hard||Jeff Salzenstein|| David Di Lucia
|Loss||1-1||Dec 1996||Amarillo, United States||Challenger||Hard||Jeff Salzenstein|| Max Mirnyi
|Win||2-1||Dec 1996||Daytona Beach, United States||Challenger||Hard||Jeff Salzenstein|| Mark Merklein
|7-6, 3-6, 7-5|
|Loss||2-2||Nov 1998||Brest, France||Challenger||Hard||Brian Macphie|| Neville Godwin
|4-6, 7-5, 4-6|
|Win||3-2||Nov 1998||Andorra La Vella, Andorra||Challenger||Hard||Jack Waite|| Vincenzo Santopadre
|2-6, 6-4, 6-3|
|Loss||3-3||Jan 1999||Heilbronn, Germany||Challenger||Carpet||Chris Woodruff|| Michael Kohlmann
|4-6, 7-5, 5-7|
|Loss||3-4||Jun 1999||Surbiton, United Kingdom||Challenger||Grass||Scott Humphries|| Todd Woodbridge
|Win||4-4||Dec 2001||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||Challenger||Hard||David Macpherson|| Michael Kohlmann
|Loss||4-5||Jan 2002||Waikoloa, United States||Challenger||Hard||James Blake|| Glenn Weiner
|4-6, 6-4, 4-6|
|Win||5-5||Feb 2002||Joplin, United States||Challenger||Hard||Scott Humphries|| Glenn Weiner
|Loss||5-6||Apr 2002||Calabasas, United States||Challenger||Hard||Paul Goldstein|| Glenn Weiner
|2-6, 6-4, 6-7(4-7)|
|Win||6-6||Feb 2003||Dallas, United States||Challenger||Hard||Scott Humphries|| Martin Garcia
|Win||7-6||Apr 2003||Calabasas, United States||Challenger||Hard||Scott Humphries|| Jim Thomas
|Win||8-6||May 2003||Forest Hills, United States||Challenger||Hard||Scott Humphries|| Tripp Phillips
|7-6(7-1), 3-6, 6-4|
|Win||9-6||Oct 2003||Tiburon, United States||Challenger||Hard||Brandon Coupe|| Robert Kendrick
|0-6, 6-3, 7-6(7-3)|
|Win||10-6||Jun 2004||Forest Hills, United States||Challenger||Grass||Brandon Coupe|| Travis Rettenmaier
|Loss||10-7||Sep 2004||Beijing, China||Challenger||Hard||Graydon Oliver|| Ashley Fisher
|Loss||10-8||Nov 2004||Champaign Urbana, United States||Challenger||Hard||Graydon Oliver|| Brian Baker
|Loss||10-9||May 2005||Busan, South Korea||Challenger||Hard||Wesley Moodie|| Paul Goldstein
|Win||11-9||Jun 2005||Yuba City, United States||Challenger||Hard||Brandon Coupe|| Santiago Gonzalez
|6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7-1)|
|Loss||11-10||Nov 2005||Champaign Urbana, United States||Challenger||Hard||Rajeev Ram|| Ashley Fisher
|3-6, 7-5, 0-6|
|Win||12-10||Jul 2006||Cordoba, Spain||Challenger||Hard||Kevin Kim|| Ivo Klec
|Loss||1995||French Open||Clay||Ryan Wolters|| Raemon Sluiter
|A||A||A||A||1R||1R||2R||A||1R||Q2||1R||A||1R||1R||A||0 / 7||1-7||14%|
|A||A||A||A||Q1||Q1||1R||1R||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 5||0-5||0%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||A||Q1||2R||2R||1R||3R||A||Q3||3R||Q3||3R||2R||1R||0 / 8||9-8||53%|
|US Open||Q1||Q1||2R||Q1||3R||1R||3R||2R||2R||2R||1R||Q1||1R||2R||1R||0 / 11||9-11||45%|
|A||A||A||QF||1R||A||SF||1R||A||A||1R||QF||A||0 / 6||9-6||60%|
|A||A||1R||1R||1R||1R||A||A||1R||A||A||1R||1R||0 / 7||0-7||0%|
|Wimbledon||A||A||2R||QF||3R||3R||A||1R||2R||QF||1R||2R||2R||0 / 10||14-10||58%|
|US Open||1R||1R||2R||2R||3R||1R||1R||2R||1R||3R||1R||2R||3R||0 / 13||10-12||45%|
|ATP Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells||A||A||Q2||A||1R||1R||1R||A||A||A||A||2R||A||0 / 4||1-4||20%|
|Miami Open||A||2R||1R||A||1R||QF||3R||2R||A||A||2R||1R||A||0 / 8||6-8||43%|
|Canada Masters||A||A||1R||A||1R||A||1R||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 3||0-3||0%|
|Cincinnati Masters||A||A||A||3R||1R||A||2R||A||A||A||2R||2R||A||0 / 5||5-5||50%|
|Paris Masters||A||A||A||A||QF||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||0 / 1||2-1||67%|
|Win-loss||0-0||1-1||0-2||2-1||2-5||2-2||2-4||1-1||0-0||0-0||2-2||2-3||0-0||0 / 21||14-21||40%|
|A||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 1||5-0||100%|
|A||W||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||A||1 / 1||6-0||100%|
|Wimbledon||2R||SF||QF||2R||A||A||A||A||1R||2R||A||0 / 6||10-6||63%|
|US Open||1R||QF||A||A||1R||SF||1R||A||1R||SF||QF||0 / 8||10-8||56%|
|Win-loss||1-2||17-2||3-1||1-1||0-1||3-1||0-1||0-0||0-2||4-2||2-1||2 / 16||31-14||69%|
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 was, until his removal (see below) also one of the three ATP board representatives elected by the ATP player council.
On June 17, 2008, when Gimelstob was a guest on the Washington, DC, morning radio show "The Sports Junkies", he referred to French tennis player Tatiana Golovin as a "sexpot", Czech player Nicole Vaidisova as a "well developed young lady", and French player Alizé Cornet as a "little sexpot".
Also in 2008, Gimelstob told Out Magazine: "The locker room couldn't be a more homophobic place. We're not gay-bashing. There's just a lot of positive normal hetero talk about pretty girls and working out and drinking beer. That's why people want to be pro athletes!"
In 2016, Gilmelstob's wife Cary sought a restraining order against him, alleging that he "physically assaulted, harassed, verbally attacked, and stole" from her.
In November 2018, Gimelstob was charged with assault after being accused of repeatedly striking Randall Kaplan while the venture capitalist, his wife and their two-year-old daughter were trick-or-treating on Halloween in West Los Angeles. Gimelstob denied the accusations. Gilmelstob later changed his plea to "no contest" to a felony battery charge, and was sentenced to three years' probation and 60 days of community labor. The wife of the victim attributed the miscarriage of her unborn child to the stress of witnessing the attack.