Gimelstob learns lesson from reckless rhetoric

Life after the racket hasn't come easy for Justin Gimelstob. An ascending television star, the former American journeyman pledges reform and a fresh start will free him from the reckless path he was going down.

Originally Published: November 11, 2008
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

In many ways, athletes die twice: once when they retire and again like the rest of us. A 30-year-old lawyer might barely be a partner in his firm, a doctor barely starting his practice. But a 30-year-old athlete is either a marvel or, most likely, headed into the sunset.

Then what?

Which leads us to the instructive fable of 31-year-old Justin Gimelstob and one of the most roller-coaster post-playing years in the history of professional tennis.

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