Return engagement for Gimelstob

WIMBLEDON – Commentator, entrepreneur, student, manager and former ATP Tour player Justin Gimelstob coached countryman and friend John Isner for over a year, through 2015 and into early 2016.

The coaching relationship ended when Gimelstob, who had split with his wife, prioritized spending time with young son Brandon. As it was, he already was juggling a host of other duties and projects out of his Los Angeles base.


But there was Gimelstob on the practice courts at Aorangi Park Saturday with … Isner.

Gimelstob was humorously cryptic in response to an e-mail from asking what was up.


“Just trying to help a friend play his best tennis,” he wrote.


Seeded No. 23, Isner opens up his Wimbledon Monday against fellow American Taylor Fritz, who qualified this week at Roehampton.

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