He may be an accomplished tennis player now but Russell Gimelstob had an upbringing that is just as normal as anyone else’s. At the age of six, his parents got him his first racket and he hasn’t put it down since, practicing every chance he gets to ensure he is the best that he can be. This is what eventually led to him training under one of the most well-renowned tennis coaches of all time, Robert Lansdorp. As someone who has taught some of the best tennis players in the nation, this was the perfect opportunity for Russell to learn from the best and embrace his full potential. All that practice paid off when he became the youngest person ever to become team captain at Newark Academy and when he led his team to three straight championship victories.

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After making first team all-state each year, he realized the time had come to move on to the next stage of his career. So, after graduation, he decided to enroll in Cornell so he could play for their men’s varsity tennis team. He quickly excelled both on and off the court as he was named an academic all American and he went undefeated throughout his sophomore season. He also represented the team when he was selected to compete in the national doubles tournament and he was named team captain during the last year of college while simultaneously winning numerous all-ivy awards. After completing his senior year, he elected to remain for an additional year.

He decided to to do this so he could earn his MPA which he received in the spring of 2002 and then received an offer to work for Goldman Sachs. He spent three years as a financial analyst before accepting a position with Dune Real Estate Group. In 2013, he returned to his hometown of New Vernon, New Jersey to accept the prestigious honor of being incorporated into their athletic hall of fame. He eventually went from being an associate to being named a partner and he now serves as their head of acquisitions and managing director.