When Justin Gimelstob finished a slot last week on The Junkies, a breakfast sports program broadcast to residents of Washington, D.C., it may have dawned on him that he had stepped somewhat beyond the normal, knockabout style of the show.
In between his usual pronouncements on the state of tennis, the American, twice a Grand Slam title-winner at mixed doubles and now on the board of the Association of Tennis Professionals, launched into an extraordinary diatribe in which he labeled Anna Kournikova a "b----h" whom he wanted to harm and described several other players at Wimbledon as "sexpots."
On Friday Gimelstob, 31, was forced to issue an apology to the women’s game and was suspended from the professional U.S. tennis league in which he plays.
During the radio interview, Gimelstob, a regular guest on the show, said that he intended to hurt Kournikova next month, when they are due to meet in an exhibition match in Washington.
"I’m going to serve it right at the body, about 128 [mph], right into her midriff," he said. "If she’s not crying by the time she comes off court then I did not do my job."