If you are intrigued by Ernests Gulbis you’ll need to read this story that hit the internet today from the Daily Telegraph.
Titled “Ernests Gulbis see the ATP Tour as just fun and games”, reporter Mark Hodgkinson pieces together the mind of Gulbis.
A few of the highlights. (Some quotes from the article were distributed weeks ago.)
On his time in jail: “It was very funny. I think every person should go to jail once, as it’s interesting. It’s really interesting, as they are very strict. I was in jail for one night, about six hours. I slept a bit. Then the prosecutor came and he asked me what happened, and then he said, ‘Sorry, we didn’t know that it was this’.”
On what he attributes to his recent rise: “I woke up one morning with a hangover, I clicked my fingers, and decided, ‘right, now I go for it.'”
On playing: “The fire in me is that I want to prove to myself that I can do it, that I can be at the top. I don’t care about money, I don’t care about fame. I don’t like money and fame, I don’t need them and I’m not living for them. I don’t know if I like or love the game so much.”
On off-court comparisons to Marat Safin who introduced him to current coach Hernan Gumy: “What we have in common is that he’s not a tennis freak and I’m not a tennis freak. We both perfectly understand that there’s more to life than tennis.”
Whether is he’s truthful about his words or he just says them in jest, Ernests really is turning into the new Safin in the press. It remains to be seen if he can ever challenge Marat’s on-court results.
At a career-high ranking of 27, Gulbis will be seeded at the French Open which starts on Sunday in Paris.
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