Tennis pro John Isner has taken a swipe at Lleyton Hewitt while defending coach Justin Gimelstob over accusations of violent behaviour.

Gimelstob, who is now on the board of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), has vowed to defend himself as he appears in court later this month for an alleged assault last Halloween.

According to UK publication The Telegraph, Gimelstob reportedly hit venture capitalist Randall Kaplan in the face and told him: “I’m going to f***ing kill you.” Kaplan said the incident was witnessed by his wife and two-year-old daughter.

In a letter to the ATP player council, Gimelstob — a grand slam doubles champion who turned to coaching and broadcasting before dipping his toes in administration when his playing days ended — promised to fight the allegations.

And Isner promised to stand by Gimelstob as he fought his legal battle.

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