London - Andy
Murray has become the first leading player to call on Justin Gimelstob
to quit his role on the Association of Tennis Professionals board after
the American was sentenced following assault charges.
Gimelstob, himself a former professional tennis player, pleaded no
contest and was given three years' probation and 60 hours of community
service by a Los Angeles court on Monday.
Despite the verdict, Gimelstob remains on the ATP board, where his
allies reportedly include world No 1 Novak Djokovic, and appears
keen to extend his role as a tennis administrator.
But British tennis great Murray, a three-time Grand Slam champion and
double Olympic gold medallist, told the UK's Sunday Telegraph
newspaper: "I don't see how, with everything that has gone on, how it's
possible for him to remain in a position of authority or management at
the ATP right now."
Gimelstob, 41, was in court on felony battery charges following an
incident in October last year that saw him accused of attacking former
friend Randall Kaplan while the venture capitalist, his wife and their
two-year-old daughter were trick-or-treating on Halloween.
Kaplan had sought a restraining order against Gimelstob following the
attack, alleging the former tennis star had struck him more than 50
times while threatening to kill him.
Gimelstob was also ordered to undergo 52 weeks of anger management classes.
Following Monday's verdict, several former players - including
Martina Navratilova and Pat Cash - have suggested Gimelstob should not
continue with his ATP role.
Meanwhile the All England Club, which runs Wimbledon, on Tuesday
announced they would ban Gimelstob from attending the Royal Box on
Centre Court during this year's Championships and the invitational
doubles tournament in which he had previously taken part.