Ernests Gulbis Says Women Need To Think About Kids, Family And Not Playing Pro Tennis
by Tom Gainey | May 30th, 2014, 1:04 pm
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Outspoken Ernests Gulbis is back in hot water again thanks to comments he made about the idea of his sisters Elina, Laura or Monika (or any woman) playing pro tennis.

“Hopefully they will not pursue professional tennis career,” Gulbis said. “Because for a woman, it’s tough. I wouldn’t like my sisters to become professional tennis players. It’s tough choice of life.

“A woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you’re playing professional tennis. That’s tough for a woman, I think.”

Gulbis has been letting his tennis do the talking for much of the season. The Latvian is in the midst of his best season with a career-high No. 17 ranking and today he thumped Radek Stepanek to win his seventh straight match.

Seeking a second Slam quarterfinal, Gulbis will now play Roger Federer in the fourth round on Sunday. “Game plan?” Gulbis said. “I don’t want to tell all my cards. But I have a game plan. I know how I’m going to play him.”


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37 Comments for Ernests Gulbis Says Women Need To Think About Kids, Family And Not Playing Pro Tennis

contador Says:

Gulbis’ mentality is straight from the 18th century – right out of a Jane Austen novel.


madmax Says:

E Gulbis (Lat) (18) beat R Stepanek (Cze) 6-3 6-2 7-5

“I don’t want to tell all my cards. But I have a game plan,” Gulbis said of his next match against Federer. “You don’t need to be scared to do certain things against him, because most of the people they go on the court and they lose before it has started.”

Ernests Gulbis enjoys a trip to Interview Room One after making the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in 24 attempts. “It’s the first time in like seven years I have been in this room as a participant, not a spectator.”

And Gulbis is not fazed by the prospect of facing Roger Federer next: “Most of the people go on court and they already lose the match before it has started. I can tell you that’s not going to be the case with me.”

Gulbis says a lot of things. I find him the second cockiest tennis player on the circuit after Tomic.


Hippy Chic Says:

Too much of a smart aleck,i like his tennis,but cannot stand him sorry,and i hope Roger kicks his ass,go Roger….


contador Says:

All criticisms of him may be true but I am still on the G-bis bus.


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador lol be a boring old world if we all felt the same….


contador Says:

Always have enjoyed his tennis, Hippy Chic. First time I watched him was at USO 2008 – cheered for him over Roddick. Have not stopped – just love his serve and drop-shotting and he is under-rated as to having a plan. These days Ernie does have a plan when he plays but he is still vulnerable to distractions.

I am certain Federer also has a play. First time through the bracket I picked Ernie over Feddy.


Humble Rafa Says:

I have been looking for women to have kids with. :(


contador Says:

^ meant Federer has a plan…

for sure


Humble Rafa Says:

I find him the second cockiest tennis player on the circuit after Tomic.

When Gulbis, The Earnest, plays the Arrogant One, all the arrogance available in the world will be on the tennis court.


Hippy Chic Says:

Contador fair enough,as i say i like his tennis,i just dont like him,i give him great respect for been the only player to take a set of Rafa at Wimbledon in 2008 though,obviously before Roger did in the final that is….


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Gulbis is the only one who goes into a match against the Big Four thinking he is the overwhelming favourite.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

In Gulbis’ mind, none of the last 8 years of Slam winners have been legitimate. He’s just had some fluke losses.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

If they decide to play tennis as HORSE my money is on Gulbis!


Monco Says:

“Because for a woman, it’s tough. I wouldn’t like my sisters to become professional tennis players. It’s a tough choice of life… a woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more. Needs to think about family, needs to think about kids. What kids you can think about until age of 27 if you’re playing professional tennis, you know.”

Here is the context in which he said it, but only spicy headlines give you page views and long arguments.


Josh Says:

He is quite the character, Gulbis! I don’t know what to make of him, all I know is that if he actually plays with freedom he could pose a lot of problems so I hope Fed can sort out his return game plan by Sunday.


contador Says:

Grandiose thinking is Gulbis’ friend.


contador Says:

He is cocky and has some major talent. Sounds like a normal pro athlete.


TennisVagabond.com Says:

Contador, I kid but I like the kid.


andrea Says:

the match with him and fed should be a good one.


PJ Says:

The point that makes absolutely no sense is the part about women waiting until 27 (or older) to have children. Now, obviously, as a woman gets older, there are chances at more complications, but 27 is still very young to have children (in my opinion). And, someone like Kim Clijsters has proven you can do both.

And, shockingly, not every woman wants children!


http://tiahpost.com/blog/ Says:

Let’s face it, somebody’s got to be cocky!

And for this part: “It’s a tough choice of life… a woman needs to enjoy life a little bit more”, I guess a man is not looking to enjoy life ……. I always knew it – that playing professional tennis brings untold suffering …..to players.


Tennis Fan Says:

Actually the guys an a## … hope Rog puts him where he belongs ..


Bad Knee Rules Says:

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Gulbis says a lot of things. I find him the second cockiest tennis player on the circuit after Tomic.
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Bernard “the Pink” Tomic:

http://mobile.news.com.au/sport/tennis/who-wore-it-better-bernard-tomics-ridiculous-pink-jacket-at-the-french-open-echoes-so-many-iconic-outfits/story-fndkzym4-1226934390265


Steve 27 Says:

You don’t need to be scared to do certain things against him, because most of the people they go on the court and they lose before it has started.”

Truths like fist, Richie said well, that’s the attitude that lack most of the players coming out defeated beforehand instead of competing with a positive attitude and know that you can beat them.


roy Says:

i used to dislike gulbis but he’s gone up in my books.
well said.

”Gulbis’ mentality is straight from the 18th century – right out of a Jane Austen novel.”

you mean right out of every period in our history up until the marxist cultural revolution in the 60s/70s?

oh, you’re so enlightened, aren’t you?

hey, what’s the white birthrate again? it’s suicidal, thanks to nonsense like yours.

you need 2.2 to survive. if females cut out 2/3rds of their fertile period they simply do not produce enough children to CONTINUE OUR PEOPLE.

work it out, numbskulls. the first rule of life is reproduce your kind. if you fail that, you simply don’t survive.

survival takes priority over the selfish material pleasures demanded by modern females.


madmax Says:

Humble Rafa Says:
I find him the second cockiest tennis player on the circuit after Tomic.

When Gulbis, The Earnest, plays the Arrogant One, all the arrogance available in the world will be on the tennis court.

May 30th, 2014 at 1:43 pm

HR, there is a big difference here. Roger has class, Gulbis is an ass.

Roy,

You made me laugh for the first time here, I think you are in the same league as HR.

No doubt that Gulbis has talent. He is an excellent player and has every chance of beating Roger, I just hope that he eats his words and I hope that Roger sees what he has said, and that that makes him more aggressive to kick the ass’ ass.

Yes, of course, be confident in your ability, but to appearingly say he will win, that shows many different facets to a player’s character. Have only known Tomic say the same thing. Two of a kind.

We will see. I would imagine Roger would be the more nervous going into the match. Everyone gets nervous of Gulbis. They know he is a threat.


Giles Says:

Don’t worry madmax, fed will prevail.


metan Says:

Richie is a threat.Lol!


leo Says:

Gulbis is just a pretentious bore. And now he shows his 18th century thinking.

Too bad, I think he’ll beat Roger. I could not believe the early posts about Roger’s easy draw and Rafa’s tough draw. Now compare the 2 draws.


Tennis Fan Says:

Yeah, Rogers draw looks so easy just because his last few Slams have been ridiculously difficult draws. Nadal’s draw easily the easiest of the bunch.


Polo Says:

Gulbis is one of a kind, not afraid to express his opinion without sugarcoating it. I don’t think he is imposing his opinion on anybody else.


madmax Says:

Gulbis’ press conferences just go on and on. His ego, really is super enormous!

“Federer’s next match, interestingly, is against Ernests Gulbis, who has not only beaten him but who here last year accused the Swiss and other leading players of giving boring press conferences, not a crime he has ever committed himself. Gulbis, destined to be “the reformed playboy from Latvia” for the rest of his career”


Michael Says:

Some would see this as crude male chauvinism on Gulbis part. He has a rash way of communicating things. Recently he called the Big Four as Big Bore due to their lack of antics on court. What Gulbis badly needs to learn today is how to control his mouth ?


Margot Says:

Don’t like what he says, seems a throwback to the days when “ladies” wore “crinoline.” He reads a lot, perhaps he was brought up on a diet of Jane Austen? Lol. But I do like his audacity :)
Same way, for British fans, I can’t stand Jeremy Clarkson, but he’s a “loose cannon” and in this day of bland media managed personalities, we certainly need them too.


Steve27 Says:

Margot, Andy will be seed in the top 4 in Wimbledon, right?


madmax Says:

Gulbis is so funny. I remember when he gave an interview, I think it was Skysports, he was sat, full on – had just beaten Fed, I think it was in Madrid, but can’t be sure, for all his bravado, he went on to say, he was “sh*tt*ng his pants”. He said it on air, before they could bleep it. It was live.

So, really Gulbis, you’re not scared? Okay. I believe you.

Really hope Fed spanks him today.


Margot Says:

@Steve 27
Yes, I think so, due to the way Wimbledon takes into account previous year’s grass court performance. This is because the grass court season is so short, I believe.

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