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Justin Gimelstob has announced his resignation from the ATP board of directors, a little more than a week after pleading no contest to misdemeanour assault for attacking a former friend.

The former professional tennis player, who also has worked as a coach and broadcaster, posted a statement Wednesday on Facebook, saying "it is clear that I have now become a significant burden and distraction" to tennis and therefore does not "deserve to be in this position of influence."

Gimelstob would have been up for re-election later this month. He’s been on the board that oversees the men’s tennis circuit for 11 years.

The 42-year-old American was sentenced April 22 to three years of probation, 60 days of community service and a year’s worth of anger management classes for what prosecutors said was Gimelstob’s attack of Randall Kaplan as they trick-or-treated with their kids in Los Angeles on Halloween in 2017.

In a statement to the court, Kaplan said Gimelstob struck him multiple times and threatened to kill him. Kaplan’s wife, Madison, described being terrified as she witnessed the assault.

Wed, 01 May 2019 11:47:57 EDT

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