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Vaidisova laughs off Gimelstob’s lurid comments

Czech star Nicole Vaidisova has laughed off a series of lurid outbursts made by former ATP tour player Justin Gimelstob that caused outrage on the women's tour.

sports Updated: Jun 27, 2008 22:55 IST

Czech star Nicole Vaidisova has laughed off a series of lurid outbursts made by former ATP tour player Justin Gimelstob that caused outrage on the women's tour.

Gimelstob, a 31-year-old veteran of the men's tour, launched into his tirade during an interview on US radio, which included describing Vaidisova as "a well developed young lady", and calling French pin-ups Tatiana Golovin and Alize Cornet as "sexpots".

Not content with that, the American also called Anna Kournikova "a bitch", and claimed female players "lack the social skills, they don't go to high school, they don't go to parties".

But world number 22 Vaidisova, speaking after her third round victory over Casey Dellacqua at Wimbledon on Friday, insisted Gimelstob's comments were just a joke that had backfired.

"I know his sense of humour a little bit. I know he kind of talks like that a little bit. So I can cut him some slack," Vaidisova said.

"I have briefly seen it. I know Justin. He's a very nice guy. I heard he apologized for it. I think it's just you say something and you don't really mean it. It happens."

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"I wasn't even following the score because I was practicing at that time, and suddenly I finished practice and one girl goes, "Hey, your brother is winning'," said Safina. "I'm like, 'Winning what? Like a set?;' She said: 'No, two sets to love and break up in the third'. Suddenly I went on court, and it was already 5-2 and match point. It was a nice surprise."