Justin Gimelstob was born in 1977, in Livingston, New Jersey. He began to play tennis at age eight, and he was the top-ranked boy in his age group by 12 years of age. He was top-ranked boy in the USA in his respective age group at the ages of 12, 14, 16, and 18.
In 1991, he was ranked # 1 in the USTA Boys’ 14 age group, and he was # 1 ranked again in the USTA Boys’ 16 age group, winning the USTA championship, in 1993. He was also ranked # 1 at age 18, and in 1995 he won the USTA National Boys’ 18 Championships. As a sophomore at Newark Academy, Gimelstob didn’t lead the school’s tennis team to a 26–0 record and won the state Tournament of Champions. In 2005, he was entered into the high school’s hall of fame, the Newark (N.J.) Academy Hall of Fame. The high school named its tennis facility after him and his brothers.
In January 1995, Gimelstob enrolled at UCLA, which had offered him a scholarship. There, he completed his first semester with a 4.0 GPA. After his freshman year however, during which he was an All American, he turned pro. In 1996, his second (and final) year at UCLA, Justin won the NCAA doubles championship and helped lead the Bruins to a runner-up finish in the team competition (they lost to Stanford). He turned professional later that year and was able to move up in the rankings steadily from that point.
Gimelstob retired from professional tennis in the fall of 2007 and he has been a blogger for Sports Illustrated (under the name “Gimel Takes All”), and has served as a regular commentator for Tennis Channel. He has also presented tennis features and interviews for the TV Guide channel.
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