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REMAINS TO BE SEEN: In N.Y., David Waldstein noted the ATP BOD has voted "not to remove Justin Gimelstob" at this time. The vote was "called a day after Gimelstob pleaded not guilty to a charge of felony battery with serious bodily injury after an altercation" in L.A. on Halloween night. The "breakdown of the vote is not known." Gimelstob is a "frequent contributor to Tennis Channel." The net said that it had "granted Gimelstob time off during the court proceedings but it has given no other public indications" about his future (N.Y. TIMES, 12/15).
BREAK POINTS: The WTA has approved rule changes that are "meant to ensure players are not penalized after they return from pregnancy or an injury that causes a long absence." The changes were "prompted, in part, by the experiences" of Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka. Players returning from maternity leave "may use a special ranking for up to three years after the birth of a child, and the exemption can be used for seedings at big events" (AP, 12/17).