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Gimelstob is set for surgery; career might be over

Gimelstob is set for surgery; career might be over

By Charles Bricker
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted September 14 2006


Justin Gimelstob of Delray Beach, one of the more notable characters in American tennis, was scheduled for back surgery today, and it could mark the end of his 12-year career.

"This time my back was so bad I started losing feeling in my right leg," Gimelstob said earlier Wednesday from his hospital room at Somerset Medical Center in Somerville, N.J., near his parents' home.

"It went out during the quarters of the mixed doubles at the U.S. Open. I completely herniated the L3 disk. They gave me one cortisone shot right away, but Monday I started losing feeling. The nerve is restricted. They're going to take out two disks."

He's consulted three back surgeons and "there is some pessimism and some optimism" that he can once again play professional tennis. But the rehabilitation period is at least four to six months.

Gimelstob, who two years ago at Wimbledon, pumped himself on court by beating his chest with his tennis racket, leaving several red welts, has spoken often of his continuing back problems.

Earlier this year, trying to recuperate from an attack of back pain, he was running on the beach at Santa Monica, Calif., when he had another spasm. "In mid-air ... I felt flat on my face," he said during an interview at the French Open in June. He dragged his body into the ocean and let the cold settle his back down.

Asked about retirement then, he replied: "Sure, it crosses my mind, but not yet. I wouldn't be doing this if I thought it would paralyze me or cause permanent damage. But the doctors say it won't. So I'm not doing this just to be heroic."

He may have to adjust his thinking now. He's done a lot of research on back injuries and tennis. "Henri Leconte is the only one to come back from it," he said.

The operation was to be performed by Dr. James Dwyer, who also performed back surgery on Ivan Lendl.

Amazingly, with his intermittent problems, Gimelstob was having a good year. His ranking is 71, just eight spots from his all-time best, achieved in 1999. He reached the final at the grass court tournament at Newport, R.I., shortly after Wimbledon, and had an upset there of Andy Murray.

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Re: Gimelstob is set for surgery; career might be over

Thanks for posting this, there are more updates in his player thread in the Team USA Forum. He's resting at his parent's home now, stuck there for a few weeks since he can't get on a plane. The surgery was a success and he'll begin the long road back to tennis next month sometime.

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Back surgery ouch.

here's hoping for a swift recovery!


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Best of luck to you, Justin.

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That sounds awful. Hope all goes well for him.

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I have had 2 back surgeries..L4 and L5..........so I wish you the very best, Justin..It won't be any fun, but hopefully you'll heal fine and get back to your life.

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good luck, Justin, come back if you can, and if you can't enjoy a good life!
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WhataQT, Thru the correct methods of exercises, Gimelstob can regain his strength. I am hoping his scheduled surgery has been postponed. YOU are right to give an honest assessment that his career might be over after this surgery. Five months after the surgery, the worse thing is about to happen.//
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WhataQT, Thru the correct methods of exercises, Gimelstob can regain his strength. I am hoping his scheduled surgery has been postponed. YOU are right to give an honest assessment that his career might be over after this surgery. Five months after the surgery, the worse thing is about to happen.//
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WhataQT did not write that article, it was written by a Florida newspaper. Justin had his surgery 2 days ago and it apparently went well. Based on what I know about herniated discs, if it is bad enough to require surgery, then surgery is the only thing that can fix the problem.

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Poor guy. Good luck

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Best wishes to Justin, hope he makes a full recovery.
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On MySpace, Justin is my frined and his friend/part time webmaster Fee said that he hopes to come back by Indian Wells and that the surgery went well...
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Get well soon Justin.
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It's a real shame for him, especially as he had done really well in the past few months and plays a type of game rarely seen in the game today.

Fingers crossed that he makes a full recovery and play on for another couple of years
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Good to hear his surgery went well, I hope he has a swift recovery!

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