**UPDATE*** WHOA! Someone’s sensitive! Sorry, guys, looks like the Justin Gimelstob USTA “bootlegs” have been confiscated. . .If anyone finds another source, let me know. Otherwise, these may become the stuff of legend! (I can hear the rumors now – Serena the Dominatrix teaches Justin a lesson in her retrofitted dungeon. . .)
At least we still have the one with Roger (for now). Check it out below.
As we wait for this year’s U.S. Open Series to heat up (hello, Stanford!), I thought I’d post these funny “bootlegged” videos from last year’s botched USTA media campaign. As you may remember, Justin Gimelstob was canned after insulting Anna Kournikova, and the oh-so-PC (not!) John McEnroe was brought in as a last minute replacement.
Even if you loathe Gimelstob, I think you’ll find these videos much funnier than the ones that actually aired (click here). Thanks to a savvy Twitter-friend and GTT reader for sharing the links!
Roger Federer gets a challenge right! This one really cracks me up:
Serena Williams fulfills a Gimel-hater’s fantasy:
Okay, this one with Rafael Nadal didn’t change too much, except that Justin’s grunting is way creepier than McEnroe’s:
The way the players treat Gimelstob in these spots, I’m surprised the USTA didn’t let them run:
This week’s U.S. Open Series stops include the WTA’s star-studded Bank of the West Classic event in Stanford and the ATP’s less glitzy L.A. Tennis Open tournament. Click here for my U.S. Open Series preview and here for the U.S. Open Series T.V. Schedule.