Justin Gimelstob is a retired American tennis player. Born and raised in New Jersey, Justin had a passion for sports and tennis from a young age. He consistently ranked number one in his age group at the ages of 14, 16, and 18 in the United States Tennis Association. He also set records during his time on the Newark Academy tennis team and was entered into the Newark Academy Hall of Fame in 2005. His record at Newark Academy led him to obtain a scholarship from UCLA. While at UCLA, he defeated 85th ranked David Prinosil during a U.S. Open first-round match.
Justin turned pro in 1996. Throughout his tennis career, he established himself as a tennis doubles expert, winning 12 titles and making 11 appearances at the U.S. Open. At the peak of his career, Justin ranked world #63 in the men’s singles ranking and world #18 in the doubles ranking. He retired from pro tennis in 2007 at the age of 30 after a successful 12-year professional tennis career.
Following his professional tennis career, Justin Gimelstob set his sights on broadcasting. He was a guest blogger on Sports Illustrated and was also a regular commentator for the Tennis Channel. He participated in features and interview panels for the TV Guide channel and was a commentator on Comcast’s SportsNet telecast and numerous other game telecasts. He has also appeared on numerous other TV shows, advocating for increased player recognition and compensation.
Justin Gimelstob was a member of the Association of Tennis Professionals’ Board of Directors from 2008 to 2018, helping pro tennis players gain greater visibility and earn more for the games they play. Justin is also passionate about coaching up and coming tennis players and acting as a mentor for them.
Justin Gimelstob is also an active philanthropist. He founded the Justin Gimelstob children’s fund, raising money and awareness, which he channels through children’s charitable organizations. He supports tennis programs by organizing exhibition events and matches in partnership with various children’s charities. Through his charitable work, Justin aims to create awareness of tennis in low-income areas.
Having received a university scholarship himself, Justin realizes the importance of scholarships for student athletes, especially those that may come from low-income households and otherwise may not be able to obtain higher education. Justin created the Justin Gimelstob Scholarship Program in order to help student athletes reach their full potential and obtain success and recognition.
Gimelstob receives an award at the 35th Anniversary Humanitarian Awards and Casino Night on February 1, 2020, in Washington Township, New Jersey.
If there was a multitasking hall of fame, Gimelstob would be a first-ballot inductee. His responsibilities at the Australian Open include coaching John Isner, managing the …
For the seventh time, New Jersey native and former tennis phenom Justin Gimelstob …