Russell Gimelstob is an amazing tennis player from New Vernon, New Jersey who has been good at many different types of sports since he was a young boy. He clearly followed his father’s example considering Russell Gimelstob’s dad was an amazing athlete and also won the state championship 3 times as the head coach of Newark’s South Side High School.
Russell first started learning to play tennis at the age of six and he was a star player at Newark Academy, holding the number-two singles position for most of his four years in high school. Russell Gimelstob was also the first player at Newark to be made team captain as a sophomore and he led his team to 3 state championships in a row.
During his high school years, Russell spent a lot of his time improving his tennis skills and trained with the famous tennis coach, Robert Lanadorp in California. Russell Gimelstob’s focus on tennis didn’t stop him from keeping up with his academic schoolwork and he passed on many scholarship offers to play tennis at Cornell after graduating from Newark Academy.
At Cornell, Russell Gimelstob played on the men’s tennis team as a 4-year singles and doubles starter. In his sophomore year at Cornell, Russell remained undefeated in Ivy League double competition and went on to become team captain in his senior year. In 2001, Russell graduated from Cornell with a Bachelor of Arts and earned his M.P.A. from Cornell in 2002.
After his spectacular achievements in school. Russell Gimelstob went on to have a great career including holding various roles at Goldman Sachs and being a Partner, Head of Acquisitions, Member and Managing Director of Dune Real Estate Partners. Russell Gimelstob is also a philanthropist as an active supporter of The Valerie Fund and has been recognized for his athletic excellence in high school by being inducted into the Newark Academy Athletic Hall of Fame in 2013.