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Gimelstob's Apologizes, Kournikova Mutters, Saga Ends

Justin Gimelstob went on WUSA yesterday to speak with Brett Haber about his previous comments about Anna Kournikova to the Junkies. Gimelstob again talked about how contrite he is, how he'd like to make things right with Anna, and how this incident has changed his career.

"The second I saw the words on the page I realized that I had crossed a line that was disrespectful and not representative of the person I am," he said, "and I was very proactive in apologizing to everyone involved in the process and taking full responsibility, which I do and I did."

In the pre-match press conference, Kournikova avoided the Gimelstob question.

"I actually forgot about it until you just mentioned it," Kournikova said, according to the AP. "It's really no big deal to me."

The match against Kournikova and the St. Louis Aces finally arrived last night--with Gilbert Arenas, of all people, in attendance--and events would seem to indicate that Kournikova wasn't being entirely truthful. Rain chased the match away from downtown and to the tennis bubble at Hains Point, where about 300 remaining spectators were right on top of the court. The fourth set was mixed doubles, and the Kastles sent out Scott Oudsema and Mashona Washington. Kournikova was on the other side of the net.

After one game, Kastles Coach Thomas Blake subbed in Gimelstob for Oudsema, and the rowdy crowd got rowdier. Kournikova clearly was not pleased, as shown on Comcast SportsyNet's highlights, shaking her head and muttering, "This is ridiculous." She proceeded to lob her next two serves underhanded into the serving box. The Kastles won both points and went on to win the mixed doubles set and the match.

World Team Tennis Feuds: In like a lion, out like a bama.

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 24, 2008; 4:14 PM ET
Categories:  Tennis  
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