Ernests Gulbis: “My Long-Term Goal In Tennis Isn’t To Be Top 20, It’s To Be No. 1!”
by Staff | February 23rd, 2014, 2:29 pm

Outspoken Latvian Ernests Gulbis is apparently targeting the No. 1 ranking after an impressive 7-6(5), 6-4 win today over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Marseille final.

“My long-term goal in tennis isn’t to be Top 20,” Gulbis said. “It’s to be No. 1. Anything less than that wouldn’t make me fully satisfied. I don’t want to get to 30 years old, look back on my career and say I didn’t make something of it. Everybody’s looking for satisfaction in life and my joy and happiness is based on my tennis career.

“I think [the top players] feel threatened by my game, because they know if I serve well and I’m aggressive, then it’s tough to play against me. I don’t feel I’m in the same league as the [Top 4] yet, I need to prove it. Game-wise, I think that I can be.”

Entering the tournament the 23rd-ranked Gulbis had just a 12-38 record against Top 10 players. And he hasn’t made it to the second week at a Grand Slam since his 2008 French Open quarterfinal.

Gulbis did beat three Frenchmen en route to the indoor title. In the quarters he ousted Nicolas Mahut before knocking out Top 10s Richard Gasquet and then Tsonga in the final.

The win also keeps Gulbis at a perfect 5-0 in ATP Finals (7-0 including doubles), and moves him on the cusp of breaking the Top 20 rankings for the first time in his career.

“I’m very happy right now, but the reality is that you’re back on court in two days,” Gulbis added. “I want to keep both feet on the ground. There’s a couple of big tournaments coming up. It’s been a great week, but I want to build on it.”

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9 Comments for Ernests Gulbis: “My Long-Term Goal In Tennis Isn’t To Be Top 20, It’s To Be No. 1!”

the DA Says:

Okay Ernests. Sure. Think big. Trying to imagine him in the SFs of a slam. Nope, I can’t.

Giles Says:

He’ll have to wait until the big guns lose their mojo to realise that dream!

Patson Says:

Dream big, work hard … nobody knows what lies ahead.

Hippy Chic Says:

Patson you almost broke into a limerick there lol.

pigoonse Says:

Gulbis is a Rocket-man – straight to the top, buddy. You got this year in the bag, Ernests!

Thomas Says:

Gulbis seems to have sorted out his head.(it seems like he actually wants to do well in his tennis career now.) Now all he needs to do is sort out his forehand, and he will actually become a contender at the majors IMO.

Steve27 Says:

at almost 26, 1 QF in a major,
1 sf in a Master 1000
that says it all, Richie!

nitesh Says:

speak less perform big learn from Top 4 guys

Mary Healey Says:

I would love to see Ernets’s matches televised more.
It’s amazing how so many “fans” simply “parrot-back” what the so called Tennis Elite decide about each player???!!!!! Why is it “unusual” that a person should speak out what is on his/her mind, honestly!
Ernest G. does not “NEED” the politics or lobbying of the Tennis Powers. Does that make him a threat to them? How on earth can anyone mock his style if they have any knowledge of the behavior of past/present players. Tennis needs more players like him/.

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