Retired tennis player and ATP board member Justin Gimelstob arrested for assault

Kachi Wachuku in Tennis News 22 Nov 2018
  • Former tennis player Justin Gimelstob arrested for assault in Los Angeles
  • The ATP board member surrendered to police on Wednesday and has been booked 
Justin Gimelstob. (credit: Julian Finney/Getty Images)

ATP board member apprehended on a suspicion of felony battery charge


Retired tennis player Justin Gimelstob has been arrested in Los Angeles for an alleged assault which occurred on the night of Halloween, he was released shortly after on $50,000 bail. The former World No.63 surrendered to the police on Wednesday, and was booked on a suspicion of felony battery charge according to the Los Angeles Times

The American was accused of assaulting venture capitalist Randall Kaplan as he took a walk with his wife and child in West Los Angeles. Gimelstob was said to be dressed as a pilot character from the movie Top Gun when he charged at Kaplan.

Gimelstob interviewing Roger Federer at the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)


Kaplan went on to file a restraining order against the ATP board member, with a court hearing set to take place on December 3rd. Gimelstob is alleged to have struck Kaplan 50 times as witnessed by the victim's wife, young daughter and one other person. The venture capitalist only realised who his attacker was as he fled the scene of the crime, the pair used to be friends.

Gimelstob is a director on the ATP Tour Board, and also one of two representatives from the Player Council to sit on the board (along with Roger Rasheed - former coach of Grigor Dimitrov). The 41-year old has been on the board since his retirement from professional tennis in 2007, he coached current World No.10 John Isner from 2014 to 2016 and had a stint with the big server in 2018.


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