Youzhny sends Justin into retirement 6-2, 6-4

10-23-2007, 10:34 PM
No surprise. Truthfully, he's still in the doubles draw, but this was his last singles match.

Ancic, Murray Advance to Second Rd.; Gimelstob Bows Out

St. Petersburg, Russia
October 23, 2007

(only the relevant parts pasted here)

Ancic now will face third-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny who defeated American Justin Gimelstob 6-2, 6-4 in one hour and seven minutes. World No. 19 Youzhny, a titlist in Rotterdam (d. Ljubicic) this year, hit five aces and broke serve three times to record his 45th victory of the season. He is making his seventh appearance in St. Petersburg, winning the title in 2004 (d. Beck).

World No. 549 Gimelstob (pictured above) played the last singles match of his career with the loss. He reached a career-high ranking of No. 63 in April 1999 and has made one career ATP singles final, losing to Philippoussis in Newport, 2006. Speaking afterwards he said: "Today it was hard to concentrate in the match. I faced a great player and I knew this could be my last match. During my entire career I tried to do the best I could every day; always gave my best. Very few people get to be good at what they do, enjoy it and still make a living of it. I think I'm blessed to be one of those people.

"I think what I miss the most are the guys in the tour. I made great friends throughout my 12-year career. These last couple months of my career were very enjoyable. I want to thank everyone who supported during my career and apologize the umpires for the the problems I might have created." :lol:

See you in the broadcast booth Justin (and you still owe me a hitting session). Thanks for the Towels!

Okay haters, have at him. You can't resist. :)

10-23-2007, 10:36 PM
Best wishes to him - he's provided some stellar entertainment over the years, with his diving exploits on grass, especially.

10-23-2007, 11:19 PM
so long justin :yeah:

10-24-2007, 12:02 AM
Justin :yeah: Now into the booth and onto my tv screen :banana:

Corey Feldman
10-24-2007, 12:47 AM
Happy retirement Gimel :wavey:

another 90's player bites the dust :sad:

provided some stellar entertainment over the years, with his diving exploits on grass, especially.hehe, against Hewitt at Wimbledon one year i remember, diving around like a fish out a stream and then getting manipulated back into shape by the trainer & groaning "oooO ahhhh" "aouww"

like me at the doctors when i'm getting injected :lol:

10-24-2007, 12:52 AM
That match gave us what I think was his greatest quote ever: "All you have to do is look at me and you can see there is no anabolicness there." :lol:

He created a word!

10-24-2007, 01:00 AM
Murray must be very happy he did draw Mirnyi instead Gimelstob

10-24-2007, 03:16 AM
I thought he retired after the US Open no?

10-24-2007, 05:10 AM
So Voo, no Statistical Tribute to the Gimel? :sad:

10-24-2007, 06:51 AM
Fare well, Gimelstob!

10-24-2007, 08:00 AM
Nice start Mishenka :bigclap:

10-24-2007, 08:14 AM
just look at all the tributes pouring in

10-24-2007, 08:30 AM
Enjoy the retirement Justin :D.

10-24-2007, 08:35 AM
thanks a lot for al the diving :)

Voo de Mar
10-24-2007, 10:06 AM
Gimelstob was an interesting player but he has never reached GS quarterfinal and hasn't won ATP tournament. So in a contrary to other players who retired this year, I won't make a statistical tribute for him :p

10-24-2007, 12:28 PM
I do not remember anything really good about Gimelstob. I guess nobody will miss him.

10-24-2007, 12:48 PM
I do not remember anything really good about Gimelstob. I guess nobody will miss him.

If you don't remember anything good about him, it doesn't mean others don't. His fans will surely miss him, and even though I am not one of them,I will miss him. He was a character in the matches. I hope he will have a good life after tennis.

10-24-2007, 06:03 PM
Second time that Youzhny sends a player into retirement in St. petersbourg

10-24-2007, 06:41 PM
Gimelstob was an interesting player but he has never reached GS quarterfinal and hasn't won ATP tournament. So in a contrary to other players who retired this year, I won't make a statistical tribute for him :p

Not even his 14 doubles titles and two slam mixed titles? Or the times he won singles and doubles at a Challenger? Come on, he excelled at averageness, surely the statistics support that? ;) :hug:

Voo de Mar
10-24-2007, 08:48 PM
Not even his 14 doubles titles and two slam mixed titles? Or the times he won singles and doubles at a Challenger? Come on, he excelled at averageness, surely the statistics support that? ;) :hug:

If I'll make a thread about Gimelstob, maybe I should make a thread about Kratochvil as well :angel: I don't feel enough passion to make threads about all retired players. Sorry Fee, but I've got my own criteria concerning tribute threads - at least one title in singles and at least 100 matches won in singles :wavey:

10-24-2007, 09:42 PM
I was being quite faceitious, and I wasn't the one who asked anyway. I like your tribute threads. :)

10-26-2007, 04:43 PM
I am quite sure that this won't be the last we'll hear of Justin. I forsee him replacing Bud Collins on the Boston Globe staff (wishful thinking) and hopefully he'll do some previews/commentating on ESPN. :cool:

Justin wrote about his farewell match and leaves some presents for his fellow players:
Game, set, match
Farewell tour is over -- here's what I leave fellow pros
October 26, 2007

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- I realize much too big of a deal has been made of my retirement, but it's now official: The ATP Tour is rid of me for good.

I lost to Mikhail Youzhny, 6-2, 6-4, on Wednesday in the first round of the St. Petersburg Open and closed the door on this chapter of my life. It was a weird feeling toward the end of the match knowing these were all situations I would never get to experience again. But I'm at total peace knowing that I did everything I could throughout my career to reach my potential.

I appreciate the uniqueness of retiring at the ripe age of 30, but the way I look at it, I've been a professional tennis player since I was 10 years old -- at least that's how it feels. I can't remember a day that I haven't woken up with the prevailing thought being, "How do I become a better tennis player today?" If I was eating, practicing, training or even resting, the underlying goal was always to get better, and that constant focus wears on you.

That being said, at the same time I am very thankful for everything tennis has enabled me to do and experience. I am acutely aware of how fortunate I am to have been able to making a good living doing something I love. I have seen firsthand how most people have to choose between a vocational passion and practical profession. I've been able to travel the world hitting a fuzzy, yellow ball around. And while there have been plenty of blood, sweat, and tears lost along the way, I would choose to do it all again in a second.

There's no doubt that I leave the game in good shape. But there are a few categories where I might be missed. Without me around any longer, tennis fans will need to find replacements for some of the least relevant categories on which I had a stronghold. My suggestions are as follows:

Skinniest Legs: No one in the history of sport spent more time in the gym on their legs with less visible improvement than me. The constant butt of jokes, now the talented Belgian Kristof Vliegen will have to enjoy life on tour with the skinniest legs.

Maccabiah Games Favorite: Being one of the best Jewish tennis players in the world for the better part of a decade is kind of like being one most personable Russians: It doesn't take much. That being said, Dudi Sela has emerged this year. He led the Israelis to a huge upset over Chile in the Davis Cup, advancing them to the World Group, and he also climbed into the rankings of the top 100 players in the world. Mazel tov!

Court Jester: There is nobody on Tour against whom I would have preferred to play my last match at the U.S. Open than Andy Roddick. He handles himself as well as anyone could with the type of access and opportunity he has had at a young age. I was a train wreck when I came on tour and I had 1/1000th the success he has had.

Roddick rightfully takes over my throne as most quotable player on tour. I was rarely requested for post-match interviews but usually one of the first contacted for a quote. I always tried to give the media relevant insights in an entertaining way. Andy is witty, intelligent and quick on his feet and with his tongue. He will rarely give you the standard athletic rhetoric and the game is better off for it.

White Man Can't Jump: I'm slow and I can't jump -- a rare combination in a professional athlete. With the depth of great athletes in the game today, I'm not sure you'll ever see anyone of comparable deficiencies. However, if I had to choose one player to take over for me, it would have to be fellow American Mardy Fish. Luckily for him, he has a serve and a backhand as pure as the undriven winter snow.

Boris Becker Wanna-be: I didn't do many things well, but I was a heck of a diver. True, many weren't needed and were a result of poor balance. Nonetheless, I hit some good ones. Little-known Serbian Dusan Vemic is an amazing athlete and can really lay out on the court. Hopefully he'll make it to a show court some day -- if so, the crowd will be in for a show.

Most in Need of a Haircut and Brush: You would think with access to free haircuts almost every week on tour, I would've taken advantage of a few more. Andy Murray rightfully takes over this distinction with me hanging it up. He benefits from the constant use of a hat on court, but trust me, it's not a pretty picture in the players' lounge!

Most Polific Sweater: There has to be a glitch in my endochronolgical system; I sweat when I brush my teeth in the morning. I inherited the title after Patrick Rafter and Alex O'Brien retired. I now gladly pass it on to Andy Roddick. We were practicing last week in New York and, besides him kicking my butt on the court, he might have been even more disgustingly saturated after a few practices than I was. That's saying a lot!

So that's it from me, tennis fans. I'll still be writing every other week for, but this is the last time you'll see this particular description of me in the sign-off at the end of my columns:

Twelve-year ATP Tour veteran Justin Gimelstob writes for on alternate Fridays.

10-26-2007, 06:01 PM
That's funny (and he forgot Amer sweats even more than Andy). Thanks Tangerine. :)

10-28-2007, 05:36 AM
Goodbye Justin! Thanks for keeping the game interesting. Was always great reading your post match quotes! Two mixed slam titles and double digit tournament wins in doubles ain't that shabby in my book! I just want to know since when are singles results the only measure for success? :wavey:

I cannot wait for the long anticpated replacement of Dick Enberg and/or Patrick McEnroe (hopefully "and" :devil:) You'll do great in the booth!

Chris Seahorse
10-28-2007, 10:08 AM
There have been very very very few American players that I have warmed to over the years to be honest. I like Roddick off the court because he has a refreshing honesty and I always appreciate a bit of self-deprecation, but his game is rather boring, there is no getting away from that.

Gimelstob however, was, is, and always will be, seriously cool. The love and enthusiasm he has always put into his tennis was always very clear. He was a real ambassador to the game, one of those players who genuinely loved playing and realised it was the fans who paid him to be able to do what he loved. He cared about the crowd and cared about the popularity of the game. He was exciting to watch too because you knew this was a guy who would risk life and limb just to win the next point.

He has my total admiration and as an Englishman, I am envious of all the lucky Americans who will get to hear him as a commentator. He will be brilliant, even better than he was as tennis player, and he was pretty good at that. I honestly can't think of anyone I would rather the BBC hired for their commentary booth. Funny, passionate, intelligent, articulate, what an asset he is going to be. :yeah: