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Justin Gimelstob, Anna Kournikova: Gimelstob Calls Kournikova A "Bitch," Threatens To "Hurt" Her

Huffington Post   First Posted: 07/06/08 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:35 PM ET

Tennis Feud

Justin Gimelstob, an American tennis player (and Grand Slam winner) has shocked the tennis world after he unleashed a hate-filled rant against Anna Kournikova and called several female players at Wimbledon "sexpots" (from Times Online):

In between his usual pronouncements on the state of tennis, the American, twice a Grand Slam title winner at mixed doubles and now on the board of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), launched into an extraordinary diatribe in which he labelled Anna Kournikova a "bitch" whom he wanted to harm, and described several other players at Wimbledon as "sexpots".


Yesterday Gimelstob, 31, was forced to issue an apology to the women's game and found himself suspended from the professional US tennis league in which he plays.


Gimelstob said he wanted to "hurt" Kournikova by serving the ball directly into her stomach: "If she's not crying by the time she comes off court then I did not do my job." He then uttered these vulgar comments:

Asked if that meant he hated the Russian, with whom he trained as a youth player, he replied: "Hate is a very strong word. I just despise her to the maximum level just below hate." He added that he would not like to sleep with Kournikova, "because she's such a douche". Instead, "I wouldn't mind my brother, who is kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits."


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