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post #545 of (permalink) Old 09-14-2010, 06:25 AM
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Re: Ernests' Photos and Videos Part 2

I translated roughly the first part of the vid. More to follow tomorrow!

Reporter: During the second half of this week, the Davis Cup event will be held in Riga between the teams of Latvia and Poland. The opportunity to play in front of the home crowd is also given to the Latvia's #1 tennis player - Ernests Gulbis, who is happy to spend some time at home and held his first training session at the Sport Center.

EG: This is not my first training session in Riga. I flew in straight from New York last Friday. And I was training.. I was looking for more training spaces, because it's hard to find proper indoor courts. I practiced a bit in Jaunmarupe, they have nice courts, a little similar to the surface we have here.

How do I feel being in Riga? (huffs) I feel good. Met up with my friends. Like.. you know, like being at home feels like. I don't have this major feeling of a competition, and that is a positive thing because I am so sick and tired of the season on tour when you are forced to constantly be on the move. I am happy to play in Riga.

Reporter: Until this year, the majority of the Davis Cup battles were held in Jurmala at the Lielupe courts. But this year a more fitting surface was prepared for the players, located at the Athetics department in the Olympic Sports Center. Gulbis thinks very fondly of these changes.

EG: We spoke to the President of the [Sport] Federation. I suggested that he does everything that is in his power to aquire the new surface. He did just that. Because the old surface in Lielupe is impossible to play on. I don't suggest the children to practice on it at all because it is useless for the sport. It's old, used and it's vital to change it to a new one as soon as possible. But this surface is ok, just like the surfaces used in the majority of indoor competitions. Just like in Moscow or St. Petersburg. It's the work of the same guy who creates surfaces over there.

This surface is meant for tennis. The surface in Lielupe is meant for some other sport.. I dunno, a game of pool, maybe.

Reporter: The training session that lasted a little under two hours was started off by Ernests with a game of football/soccer in which... *TO BE CONTINUED*
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