Ernests Gulbis Doesn’t Want To Be Recognized As A Tennis Player, So He Checks In His Racquets At Airports
by Tom Gainey | February 24th, 2015, 10:53 am
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Outspoken Ernests Gulbis is stuck in yet another poor stretch. The Latvian who beat Roger Federer en route to the semifinals of the French Open last year, just lost yesterday to Denis Istomin in Dubai. The loss dropped Gulbis to 0-5 on the year and it was his seventh straight defeat dating back to last fall.

“I’m not in good form right now,” Gulbis said. “I’m not feeling my shots at all. I have no timing. In practice I have been playing worse than in the match.”

Gulbis, though, says he knows what’s wrong with his game but he admits he has trouble adjusting his game.

“I know exactly what I need to change,” Gulbis said Monday. “I don’t have the tools how to change it, what exercises is necessary to do to change these things. If I watch myself from the side, if I watch video of myself playing, I can tell you exactly what I did wrong there, wrong there. I see my mistakes pretty well. For me it’s very hard, always was. Some players, like Federer I think is a clear example how he can change his game even during ‑‑not even during one match but during one game. He tries a lot of different things. He changes, and that’s why he’s that good, because he adjusts himself very well.

“For me, it’s very difficult to adjust myself. For me, it’s a matter of finding this feeling and then continue to work on it, you know, to get the repetition on it. I’m like a repetition kind of guy. I need to find the feeling, and then play many, many hours the same shot. Then I get confident. Then I feel fit. Then I feel like the ball comes and I’m not gonna miss it. Now I feel the ball comes. It’s a 50/50 chance and I don’t really control my shots. This is the worst feeling to be on the court with.”

Gulbis says the recent losing streak isn’t keeping him up at night, but it is worrying him.

“It worries me because (tennis) is a big part of my life,” he said. “It’s probably the most important short‑term goal of my life to become the best I can be on the tennis court. It worries me, definitely worries me.
Does it keep me awake in the night? No.”

Gulbis added that he arrived in Dubai missing his luggage. His racquets made it but not his shoes. And he revealed why he doesn’t take his racquets as a carry-on as many players do.

“I hate to travel with my racquets on me when I travel, because I don’t like when everybody knows that you’re a tennis player,” he said. “I try to hide this fact.”

After a brief stopover in Latvia, Gulbis will head to Indian Wells where he hopes to get things right.

“I’m seeded there. Maybe I’m going to play even Thursday or Friday, so I’m having maybe not two full weeks but close to that. So I’m going to dedicate at least 10 days. You know, 10 days of good practice, you can change something.”

The 26-year-old Gulbis is currently ranked No. 14. Last year he made 11 quarterfinals and won two titles in Nice and Marseille.

Remarkably, Gulbis is a perfect 6-0 career in ATP Finals.


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4 Comments for Ernests Gulbis Doesn’t Want To Be Recognized As A Tennis Player, So He Checks In His Racquets At Airports

Peter Says:

Sometimes, Ernests sounds like a jerk. Tennis is a farce to mask the howling meaninglessness of any occupation he chooses – because he knows he can always fall back on the family pedigree. Be proud of what you do, no matter what it is. It is the intent and dedication to a thing that is important, not the thing itself.


autoFilter Says:

You know, I actually don’t think he sounds like a jerk here in particular (at least not given these excerpts). Like a bit of a strange bird? Yes. But I find it somewhat refreshing to hear him saying that he recognizes problems but doesn’t know how to and/or struggles to address them for reasons.

I can’t really call myself a fan of his, but I do appreciate when he’s in the mix, so I hope he gets it together.


Hippy Chick Says:

Ive never been a fan of this guy or his attitude,but i do admire him for been honest enough to admit that things arent going too well,and that he needs to address the problems.

However what i dont like is him moaning about been recognized,does he not realize how lucky he is to be doing a job he loves everyday,and one that millions of people would kill for?,my heart bleeds for you Ernest err not….


Ben Pronin Says:

In this context, maybe he’s embarrassed to be recognized as a tennis player right now.

“Oh you’re a pro? Any notable titles?”

“I haven’t won a match all year.”

“Oh…”

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