Golovin made her ITF Circuit debut at Cagnes-sur-Mer (France) in 2002.She played in three more ITF events (including one semifinal) later that year, but she failed to qualify for the French Open."I take full responsibility for all the words that came out of my mouth, and, while I can’t take any of them back, I hope my heartfelt remorse can begin to heal the wounds felt by many."Among the targets of my venom was Anna Kournikova, not to mention a general disregard and disrespect toward women. While I see how it could be implied by my remarks, I assure you that I have the utmost respect for women."Mr Gimelstob, who plays in the World Team Tennis Pro League, has been suspended for one match without pay for a violation of the League's Player Code of Conduct.He said he wanted to hit her hard in the midriff when serving at her: "If she’s not crying by the time she walks off the court then I did not do my job."Asked if he would ever have an affair with her, he said: "Definitely not. She has a great body but her face is a five."I really have no interest in her …I wouldn’t mind having my younger brother, who’s a kind of a stud, nail her and then reap the benefits of that."Mr Gimelstob issued a grovelling apology for his comments and pledged to donate money to The Women's Sports Foundation."There is no excuse and I am extremely disappointed in myself," he said.She won the 2004 French Open mixed doubles event with Richard Gasquet, and reached the singles quarterfinal at the 2006 US Open, losing to the eventual champion Maria Sharapova. In 2008 she was diagnosed with lower back inflammation and was forced to stop playing competitive tennis indefinitely.
Tatiana Golovin was born in Russia, but her family moved to France when Golovin was less than a year old.
The same year she won the mixed doubles competition at the French Open, paired with fellow French phenom Richard Gasquet; she was 16 and Gasquet was 17 at the time. A chronic back injury ended her season in 2008, and she has not played on the WTA Tour since then.
She began a new career as a tennis commentator on French television.
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