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Gimelstob wins $10,000 bet with Andy Roddick!…but loses to Mauresmo!

Justin Gimelstob will receive a $10,000 donation to his charity from Andy Roddick. The two had made a much-publicized bet on whether Gimelstob could finish the NYC Marathon  under four hours and 45 minutes. Gimelstob, who is known for his habit of mouthing off about women tennis players, must be eating a huge slice of humble pie knowing that he was soundly beaten by retired tennis great Amelie Mauresmo (not one of his favourite players). 

Unofficial times posted by former tennis players running the New York City marathon on Sunday:

Amelie Mauresmo 3:40:20

Yannick Noah 4:01:38

Justin Gimelstob 4:09:58

Jonathan Stark 4:24:22

The top men’s time was 2:08 and the top 100 runners finished within 2:39. The top women’s time was 2:28 and the top 100 runners finished within 3:07.


Roddick and Gimelstob wager $10,000.

 Rafael Nadal was walking along West 59th Street by Central Park last week, talking on his cellphone, when he spotted the gangly figure of Justin Gimelstob, a retired tennis player, puffing and panting while jogging by him. Nadal pulled down the phone for a moment and said, “How many miles are you up to?”

Gimelstob said he made a bet with Andy Roddick that he could compete in the marathon.

A week earlier, at a tournament in Cincinnati, the topic was the same. Andy Roddick, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Gimelstob bantered about times, miles and rules. How fast must he go? Will he have enough time to train? Is there even the slightest chance he can do it?

At the United States Open, there are the usual questions about who will win the event, who will have the most intriguing outfit and which celebrities will attend.

But another subplot is percolating. Roddick has wagered his good friend Gimelstob $10,000 that he will not be able to complete the New York City Marathon in November. At the time of the bet, Gimelstob had never run farther than three miles.

The loser of the bet will write a check to the winner’s charity — the Justin Gimelstob Children’s Fund for children with cancer and blood diseases, or the Andy Roddick Foundation for education.

Even Gimelstob, now a board member of the Association of Tennis Professionals and a commentator on the Tennis Channel, has to acknowledge that Roddick may have made a shrewd bet. Not only has he never been a distance runner, but at 6 feet 5 inches and more than 200 pounds, and with a chronic bad back and overactive sweat glands, Gimelstob, 33, is not the prototypical marathoner. He is a breakdown waiting to happen.

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