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Stelle
01-22-2010, 05:03 AM
I don't think he acted childish. He showed some emotions. That's ok for me.

The first 2 sets have been very tight. When he lost the tiebreak in second set, he lost all his confidence. This was kinda shocking to see. Monaco was a more tough opponent than everyone expected, even the bookies.

I guess his dad didn't cover his face before Ernests was broken twice in last set.

I feel really sorry for Ernests.

Estelle, I just want to know. Is English your first language?

btw. Monaco defeated Llodra when he was 2 sets down and had to play tiebreak in 3rd set. I hope this shows everyone what for tough player he can be.

Yes, english is my first language. As you may have noted, there are many grammatical errors/spellings and what not. I literally had to type it in five minutes - mainly cos i wanted to tell you all and the net cafe was only open till like 12am :D

His Dad was sleeping by the time i left (end of second set) Did you see ernests? Were you at AO? He acted childish but reading my report i guess i was a little harsh - it's not good to show much emotion it makes the other player feel confident. :angel: Oh, and i am uploading my photos now may take a while though :D

moni
01-22-2010, 06:50 AM
Yes, english is my first language. As you may have noted, there are many grammatical errors/spellings and what not. I literally had to type it in five minutes - mainly cos i wanted to tell you all and the net cafe was only open till like 12am :D

His Dad was sleeping by the time i left (end of second set) Did you see ernests? Were you at AO? He acted childish but reading my report i guess i was a little harsh - it's not good to show much emotion it makes the other player feel confident. :angel: Oh, and i am uploading my photos now may take a while though :D

I watched the match with Eurosport Player and I think I saw enough. Ernests is not a roboter, unlike other players. He'll never be. But he didn't act as bad as Safin did in the past. Not even close to this. Monaco screamed sometimes too. But you are right, he should try to hide negative emotions better.

Maybe his dad was suffering from jetlag. Otherwise it would be bad.

Thank you for your report. That you had to write it so fast explains your errors.

TravelingFanGirl
01-22-2010, 04:16 PM
I said "Excuse may i get through" I looked up to realise it was AINARS!! OMGGGGGG!! He just moved he legs in slightly looked at my I LOVE ERNESTS GULBIS tee and smiled :D

:yeah: Awe! That's a cute moment you had with Papa.


The guys he was hitting with (the unknown player) and then some brazillian/spanish player hitting with his hitting partner. The hitting partner hit a ball to the spanish/brazillian player and Ernests was talking to Hernan..It was just about to hit ernests and the hitting partner was like BALL BALL BALL! The player just got it and then Ernests turned back and was like "What??!" And then they were laughing for like 2 minutes :D
:lol: He isn't very observant to what is going on around him, but it's good he was focused on talking to Hernan!


By the end of the second set Ainars had given up as well - i think he thought he was acting pretty childish and had his cap over his face and leaning back - i am pretty sure he was sleeping LOL!



:haha: I can picture this in my mind and it really made me laugh!


Thanks for the update Estelle! Next time you should at least ask him for his autograph if you get the chance!

-Evita-
02-02-2010, 09:53 PM
San Jose is coming soon, let's get ready :rocker: Memphis, Delray Beach, and Indian Wells are next on the list but he may have to play qualifying in Memphis and IW.

banhhe
02-03-2010, 03:14 AM
but he's not in the qualifying list of Memphis :shrug: I heard that Hewitt will withdraw but it takes a couple more withdrawals for him to have a chance to enter the main draw :unsure:

Proxima2
02-03-2010, 09:12 AM
but he's not in the qualifying list of Memphis :shrug: I heard that Hewitt will withdraw but it takes a couple more withdrawals for him to have a chance to enter the main draw :unsure:

That's what worries me :unsure:

-Evita-
02-03-2010, 01:36 PM
I didn't realize the qualifying list for Memphis was already out. Seems to me Ernie didn't realize it on time too :silly: Wouldn't be the first time. Remember how he got into Tokyo qualifying although he wasn't on the list? :lol:

moni
02-03-2010, 03:06 PM
He has a lack of match practice, that's the main reason why he lost against Monaco. I wonder if he or his coach are aware of this. It's just ignorant.

-Evita-
02-05-2010, 11:20 PM
San Jose draw is out. Ernests is playing Leonardo Mayer in the first round and Andy Roddick next.

banhhe
02-05-2010, 11:27 PM
Andy in the second round, just like last year :rolleyes:
oh, wait, first he has to win in 1st round :p

LaraFeddyGulbis
02-06-2010, 02:19 AM
He has a lack of match practice, that's the main reason why he lost against Monaco. I wonder if he or his coach are aware of this. It's just ignorant.

I said the same thing the other day! (Not here though!)
But meh, just compare his body to last year. (Not that I had any problems with it before :P)
He's all muscly and as he said, he's reduced the body fat to minimum and has put muscles.
Aaaand he looks somewhat bigger haha :)
It's a start of a something I think ;)
Good luck against Andy (he's gonna win the 1st rnd :D) ..
Head up Erno! <3

Proxima2
02-06-2010, 11:53 AM
Good luck against Mayer, Ernests! :)

krfreak
02-06-2010, 12:36 PM
Sarauj Erno!:bounce:

ellen_
02-06-2010, 03:14 PM
Won't be able to watch, but bring the optimistic attitude on court, Erno! :)

banhhe
02-08-2010, 12:15 AM
he will play third match on center court today, first match starts at 9:45 am local time :)
Good luck Ernests :bounce:

Schmidt
02-08-2010, 09:04 PM
does anyone know of any live streams?

-Evita-
02-08-2010, 09:11 PM
There are no livestreams :awww:

moni
02-08-2010, 09:19 PM
Ernests had already 4 breakpoints.

moni
02-08-2010, 09:21 PM
I hate this Argentines.

cath85
02-08-2010, 09:55 PM
the first set is gone. 5/7

moni
02-08-2010, 10:06 PM
Let's hope he has enough patience for the next 2 sets.

cath85
02-08-2010, 10:50 PM
nobody even wants to post the final score... 5/7 4/6

Nadie
02-09-2010, 07:07 AM
:help: I'm glad I decided not to stay up so late to follow that

ekkikossar
02-09-2010, 09:10 AM
:help: I'm glad I decided not to stay up so late to follow thatOh,but why does he keep on playing like this? (even if we haven't seen how he played last night, still I think we can somehow guess it)
Or, why haven't I already lost my faith, and quit this suffering?:o

Ok, sorry for my mini-rant, I just had to let it out.:p

Proxima2
02-09-2010, 09:17 AM
Oh,but why does he keep on playing like this? (even if we haven't seen how he played last night, still I think we can somehow guess it)
Or, why haven't I already lost my faith, and quit this suffering?:o

Ok, sorry for my mini-rant, I just had to let it out.:p


I wonder about his own faith…

So sad :sad:

moni
02-09-2010, 10:49 AM
I cannot understand why he didn't apply for qualifying in Memphis. He should try to play as many matches as possible. Qualifying, Challengers. Even doubles. He could gain confidence and ranking points.

banhhe
02-09-2010, 11:03 AM
I think he and his camp have their own plan. And it hasn't worked so far :p

moni
02-09-2010, 11:37 AM
I think he and his camp have their own plan. And it hasn't worked so far :p

The plan was to do well at the Australian Open. They didn't switch to Plan B yet. :rolleyes:

TravelingFanGirl
02-09-2010, 06:20 PM
Well that loss was disappointing. Again, I am going easy on Ernests. I hate commenting on the match when I wasn't able to watch it but here is what I have to say..

All this talk about wondering why we are still here type of stuff after he looses a match bugs me a bit. (just my opinion here) After every loss we all are very disappointed BUT we are all here because at some point we saw something in Ernests. We come on this site and and go cheer him on at matches to show HIM and the world of tennis that he is one of the players we will care about and support. After Ernests' shit-tastic year last year I think we need to support him more. Someone needs to support and believe in him. He is struggling with that in himself.

I'm not going to lie. At times Ernests drives me bat shit crazy! I hated when he didn't have a coach, he had the oppertunity to go to the Adidas camp and work with great people like Darren Cahil..did he? Nope! I hate that he doesn't seem to work as hard as some of the other players. At the end of the season last year he was so excited about the different vacations he was taking instead of trying to get in shape and ready for the new season. BUT I picked to be a Gulbistard and I am going to sit here, dig my nails into the Ernests bandwagon and ride it until the end!

:lol: My odd rant over!

ekkikossar
02-09-2010, 08:24 PM
thing is i just can't forget his game at roland garros and wimbledon 2008. that totally charmed me, and im just waiting to see it all happen again.

banhhe
02-10-2010, 12:14 AM
From SAP Open tennis tournament on FB

"Don't miss Ginepri, Gulbis and Verdasco signing autographs tonight on the concourse of HP Pavilion at San Jose before the evening matches of the SAP Open! Autograph sessions start at 6:30pm and end at 7:00pm. If you don't have your SAP Open tickets yet, click here: http://bit.ly/5dtl6S"

oh, he still has to sign autograph :rolleyes:

meitene
02-10-2010, 12:22 AM
After last year I stopped worrying as much about all the losses. I didn't get used to them, however. It is quite a misfortune to be starting the season like that, but I still believe in the lad. I, too, wish he played doubles or something... Something that would motivate him in our eyes, and motivate his fans to stick around. :drive:

moni
02-10-2010, 09:21 AM
A short glimpse at Gulbis around 0.55. He has still long hair. ;)

http://www.sapopentennis.com/media/2010Videos.asp

Mayer won the match with an ace.

banhhe
02-10-2010, 10:05 AM
I started to hate the teal :tape:

ad-out
02-11-2010, 06:41 PM
He is only 3 spots out in the Memphis draw. I am so hoping that 3 more people drop out...

TravelingFanGirl
02-11-2010, 08:26 PM
He is only 3 spots out in the Memphis draw. I am so hoping that 3 more people drop out...

He got into the Memphis draw!! :bounce:

banhhe
02-11-2010, 11:24 PM
I think he's either really lucky or a psychic :p. He was the 5th alternate and didn't sign up for qualifying and still get into the main draw :rolleyes: Well, you'd better play well and stay in it for a while Ernests :mad:

krfreak
02-12-2010, 01:00 AM
Wow,he got in!:bounce: Don't waste this,E.;)

ellen_
02-12-2010, 04:55 AM
He is too lucky :rolleyes: :lol:

Schmidt
02-13-2010, 08:18 AM
he plays a qualifier in the first round!

banhhe
02-13-2010, 08:40 AM
Good luck Ernests! ;)

ekkikossar
02-13-2010, 10:04 AM
Sometimes he is lucky, sometimes he is not. Too bad that usually, when a good fate kisses him, he just wastes his chance :rolleyes:
Come on, Ernests! Show me that Im wrong (again: lol. I said something similar even in Doha, and he did R3 :lol:)

banhhe
02-15-2010, 01:50 AM
he plays Robert Kendrick in 1st round. Good luck!

banhhe
02-15-2010, 11:51 PM
he will play the second match on grandstand today :rocker2:

ad-out
02-16-2010, 12:54 AM
I am going to the match! Will report back with pics. :wavey:

krfreak
02-16-2010, 03:03 AM
I am going to the match! Will report back with pics. :wavey:

Enjoy!:D

TravelingFanGirl
02-16-2010, 04:17 AM
Have fun! I'll be looking forward to your pictures & stories!

ellen_
02-16-2010, 09:03 AM
No livestreaming for Grandstand, is there? :scratch:

I am going to the match! Will report back with pics. :wavey:

:banana: I hope he gives you something to enjoy! :p

banhhe
02-16-2010, 10:04 AM
I am going to the match! Will report back with pics. :wavey:

Thank you very much :worship:

please don't hurt him if he plays badly :sad:

-Evita-
02-16-2010, 06:49 PM
Ernests beat Kendrick 6-4 6-4 :banana: Stepanek next.

banhhe
02-16-2010, 06:52 PM
Even though he beat Stepanek last time in Tokyo but I'm not positive that it will happen again :unsure:

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02-16-2010, 09:00 PM
http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/5033/stomach.jpg
http://img718.imageshack.us/img718/2271/ende.jpg

ellen_
02-16-2010, 09:13 PM
Thank you for your report and the pictures! We didn't have a livestream so it's always cool to get more info :D

The curls look amazing again :worship:

cath85
02-16-2010, 09:16 PM
thanks a lot, nice pics :hearts:

moni
02-16-2010, 10:18 PM
@ad-out

I like your pics. Thanx a lot. I hope you can watch Ernests next match, you brought him luck. :wavey:

TravelingFanGirl
02-16-2010, 10:36 PM
Hey everyone! Ernie won!! It was so cool seeing him play. Since he was on the smaller court everyone was very close. I was front row - literally a few feet away from him when he was on my end of the court. I don't know if there was a livestream but he played OK. Not the best I have seen but good enough to get it done. He was funny about some of the line calls. One of his serves was clearly an ace and the line judge called it out. He said sarcastically "what a shocking call". :lol: Such a cute accent! :drool: Anyway, I saw him briefly after the match too and said "nice job Ernests". He replied "thank you" and smiled. So cute! The whole crowd (almost) was behind Kendrick though and it made me :( . The lighting was so bad so my pictures are horrible but I will post some anyway. Hopefully I can go to his next round too and get some more. Davai!



:haha: He is so cute! Thank you very much for the stories and pictures! Very much appreciated! :hug:

Mint Chip
02-16-2010, 11:03 PM
Good luck Ernests :rocker: and get your ranking up where it should be :D

banhhe
02-17-2010, 12:24 AM
thanks Amanda for the report and pics :hug: I love his look :hearts:

banhhe
02-17-2010, 12:45 AM
he plays third match on Grandstand today, good luck :bounce:

krfreak
02-17-2010, 05:09 AM
Thanks for the report and your pix,Amanda!:D Hope you get to catch his next match as well. :)Sarauj Erno!:bounce:

Baghdatis#1
02-17-2010, 06:25 AM
Nice win!

Proxima2
02-17-2010, 02:36 PM
Thank you very much for the report and the pics! :) :hug:

Nanda
02-17-2010, 08:51 PM
Gulbis def Stepanek: 7-6; 7-5:music:
It´s such a long time since I saw him on TV! Maybe I get a chance tomorrow

banhhe
02-17-2010, 08:53 PM
he won 7-6(5) 7-5 :banana:

the stats look really impressive :cool: 20 aces and 80% 1st serve points won

-Evita-
02-17-2010, 08:54 PM
This seems almost too good to be true. And the best thing is that he gets some nice points because this is an ATP 500 tournament :)

ekkikossar
02-17-2010, 08:55 PM
Sometimes he is lucky, sometimes he is not. Too bad that usually, when a good fate kisses him, he just wastes his chance :rolleyes:
Come on, Ernests! Show me that Im wrong (again: lol. I said something similar even in Doha, and he did R3 :lol:)
He definitely loves contradicting me. And I am so happy he does...:)

banhhe
02-17-2010, 08:58 PM
He definitely loves contradicting me. And I am so happy he does...:)

so please do it more often :worship:

cath85
02-17-2010, 09:00 PM
so is there gonna be a stream for the next round? :D

meitene
02-17-2010, 09:10 PM
This is TERRIFIC news after my sleepless night following the Latvian hockey team's loss to Russia. :D
Thank You, Ernie!!! :hug:

banhhe
02-17-2010, 09:21 PM
he hasn't shaved :eek: he'd better keep it until the next match :rolls:

ellen_
02-17-2010, 10:01 PM
Lucky beard again :worship:

so is there gonna be a stream for the next round? :D

Yes :D

TravelingFanGirl
02-17-2010, 10:04 PM
Did you hear what exactly they were saying about Ernests during the match? :lol: I'm curious! Can't wait to see your pictures!

Johnny_Bravo
02-17-2010, 10:17 PM
radek is now officially ernie's bitch :D two times in a row,as a big underdog ;)

kryptonmania
02-17-2010, 11:56 PM
Congratulations on today's win. I hope he can make it to semi-final or even the final!

krfreak
02-18-2010, 01:48 AM
Yay Erno!!!!:kiss: Good luck for the next match.:banana:

ad-out
02-18-2010, 01:49 AM
@Gumy and friend.. They were just talking about how he was playing. Like sometimes Gumy would say "I don't want him to get in a rally like that" or "this is something we are working on". The other guy was really clapping a lot and saying Brava Ernests and Davai. I would love to see a pic of his dad to see if it was him. Also, Ernests looked up at them a lot especially if he made a mistake and they would say "it's OK, next point" or "let's go".. Ernie gave some fist pumps too. I am SO happy that he won.. It would be amazing if he got to the finals here.. Also, something funny. Once when Radek was serving on the side where we were sitting he hit his serve into the net. I guess the "friend" with Gumy got excited and he clapped my mistake. Well, Radek looked up at all of us just furiously. He then continued to stare in our direction for a few seconds and kept giving us dirty looks for the rest of the game.. :lol: OK, here are the pics - again so sorry for the poor quality. I can't seem to get my camera adjusted for the crappy lighting on this small court. He will be on the main one for the next match so hopefully I can do better. :)

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/3339/gulbis8xm.jpg
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9555/gulbis6.jpg
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9748/gulbis5.jpg

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02-18-2010, 01:50 AM
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/8725/gulbis3.jpg

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4027/gulbis2.jpg

http://img28.imageshack.us/img28/4978/gulbis1w.jpg

banhhe
02-18-2010, 01:50 AM
thanks Amanda :hug: here his dad in the middle ;) I hope it helps :D

http://i44.photobucket.com/albums/f36/shortneysworld08/gulbisteam.jpg

TravelingFanGirl
02-18-2010, 05:48 AM
http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4027/gulbis2.jpg




This is my favorite! :yeah:
:lol: Way too go Papa, getting too excited and pissing off Steps! I love that he was so enthusiastic and supporting Ernests the way he did!
Thanks for all the stories & pictures!

ellen_
02-18-2010, 08:12 AM
Amanda :worship:

banhhe
02-18-2010, 08:24 AM
@Courtney: that pic is my favorite too :inlove: it looks like he's gonna fly :lol:

Proxima2
02-18-2010, 08:48 AM
Congratulations, Ernests! :worship: I am so happy. Good work. Keep it up! :yeah:

Thanks again Amanda ;) :hug:

jitterbug
02-18-2010, 09:29 AM
@Gumy and friend.. They were just talking about how he was playing. Like sometimes Gumy would say "I don't want him to get in a rally like that" or "this is something we are working on". The other guy was really clapping a lot and saying Brava Ernests and Davai. I would love to see a pic of his dad to see if it was him. Also, Ernests looked up at them a lot especially if he made a mistake and they would say "it's OK, next point" or "let's go".. Ernie gave some fist pumps too. I am SO happy that he won.. It would be amazing if he got to the finals here.. Also, something funny. Once when Radek was serving on the side where we were sitting he hit his serve into the net. I guess the "friend" with Gumy got excited and he clapped my mistake. Well, Radek looked up at all of us just furiously. He then continued to stare in our direction for a few seconds and kept giving us dirty looks for the rest of the game.. :lol: OK, here are the pics - again so sorry for the poor quality. I can't seem to get my camera adjusted for the crappy lighting on this small court. He will be on the main one for the next match so hopefully I can do better. :)

http://img713.imageshack.us/img713/3339/gulbis8xm.jpg
http://img269.imageshack.us/img269/9555/gulbis6.jpg
http://img190.imageshack.us/img190/9748/gulbis5.jpg

If you can set your White Balance to 'Automatic', 'Incandescent' or 'Flourescent' it might help :) it looks like it might be set to 'Cloudy' that's why the camera's compensating with too much yellow.

Thanks for the report and pics!

ad-out
02-18-2010, 02:11 PM
If you can set your White Balance to 'Automatic', 'Incandescent' or 'Flourescent' it might help :) it looks like it might be set to 'Cloudy' that's why the camera's compensating with too much yellow.

Thanks for the report and pics!

I will definitely try that! Thanks for the tip.

I'm sure he will be on the main court for the quarters and the lighting is much better there! Really hope I can go. :D

-Evita-
02-18-2010, 03:07 PM
FYI..

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2010/feb/17/roddick-beats-blake-opening-round-regions-morgan-k/

Thanks for posting this :) I borrowed a couple of lines for my signature :p

ekkikossar
02-18-2010, 05:38 PM
Once when Radek was serving on the side where we were sitting he hit his serve into the net. I guess the "friend" with Gumy got excited and he clapped by mistake. Well, Radek looked up at all of us just furiously. He then continued to stare in our direction for a few seconds and kept giving us dirty looks for the rest of the game...This fact reminds me a bit of a little "accident" happened in Rome, last year. Ainars yelled "come on" when Ernests' opponent sent the ball into the net, and the opponent (Almagro) reacted very bad against Ainars. Sort of embarassing, but I defo understand Ernests' father for behaving like that. Somehow you can't control your mouth/hands if you are cheering someone you really care about. Even if what you do is not very fair.

ellen_
02-18-2010, 10:15 PM
Thanks for the article!

3rd match on Center tomorrow btw, from 10am on :)

cath85
02-18-2010, 11:25 PM
arf I don't think I'll be able to watch it... except maybe if the previous matches take really long

banhhe
02-18-2010, 11:34 PM
I will stay up to watch him :bounce:

-Evita-
02-19-2010, 09:22 PM
It's still hard to believe he did it :bigclap:

ellen_
02-19-2010, 09:27 PM
It's still hard to believe he did it :bigclap:

:lol: I wonder who can. :aparty: Semis, omg.

banhhe
02-19-2010, 09:30 PM
we have been waiting such a long time for this :sobbing: I think I can't go back to bed now because I'm so excited :bounce:

ellen_
02-19-2010, 10:47 PM
Semi NB 3pm :)

Ernie on a Saturday night :worship:

Stelle
02-19-2010, 11:03 PM
7am sunday morning for me :) Congrats ern, finally all our hard cheering has paid off!! :group hug: this time for happiness!!!

meitene
02-19-2010, 11:37 PM
AHA! At last, we get to be all happy and stuff :angel:
SARAUJ, GULBI!!!!!!
What a week... :worship:

Stelle
02-20-2010, 12:02 AM
Found this on ATP site: looks like it is Knee Tendonitis :(

Latvian 21 year old Ernests Gulbis advanced to his second ATP World Tour semi-final with a come-from-behind win over No. 5 seed Tomas Berdych, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3).

Gulbis, No. 99 on the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, was treated for a left knee injury when trailing 4-1 in the final set before coming back and winning after two hours, 36 minutes.

"It's a problem (patella tendonitis) which I've been dealing with for more than one-and-a-half years," said Gulbis, whose only previous semi-final came at St Petersburg in October 2006. "The physio come out on to court and he knew exactly what to do with my knee, so he helped me a lot.

"At 4-1, I was pretty sure I was going to lose so I went for my shots; I played more relaxed. I broke him once, and now he's under pressure, not me anymore."

Gulbis plays the winner of the all-American quarter-final on Friday night between top seed and defending champion Andy Roddick and No. 8 seed Sam Querrey.

banhhe
02-20-2010, 01:02 AM
thanks for the news Estelle :)
He obviously plays better when he's relaxed, I hope he can play like that in the next match :)

banhhe
02-20-2010, 02:12 AM
So Querrey next :unsure: Go Ernests :rocker2:

Stelle
02-20-2010, 02:35 AM
Thanks Amanda!!! He sounds so cute - i never saw him on the stream giving thumbs up - i wish i saw him smile at his coach too!! he sounds so sweet you are really lucky seeing him playing such great tennis! I can't wait for your photos!!!! @Hanh well, it is better than roddick isn't it? :)

krfreak
02-20-2010, 03:32 AM
Whooooa can't believe he did it!:worship: Sarauj against Querrey,Erno!:bounce: Btw, his hair is just tooooo long!:help:

meitene
02-20-2010, 04:42 AM
I'm not sure if I should be so happy about Querrey in semis... but I somehow am. *knocks on wood*

Thanks for all the reports, Amanda! :)

banhhe
02-20-2010, 08:22 AM
@Hanh well, it is better than roddick isn't it? :)
I have no idea. Even though he beat Querrey last time but it was on clay, now it's on hardcourt and Sam is the crowd's favorite :scared:

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 09:14 AM
The ATP preview has the following stats for Erno...

Gulbis FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
QF: Doha (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 5-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1 --> :scratch:
Date of Birth: August 30, 1988
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 99

ellen_
02-20-2010, 09:29 AM
Jinxers! :bolt:

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 09:34 AM
Jinxers! :bolt:

Maybe they know something we don't :aplot:

ellen_
02-20-2010, 09:36 AM
Maybe they know something we don't :aplot:

Didn't know the time difference between us and Memphis was that big! :eek: :devil:

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 09:37 AM
Didn't know the time difference between us and Memphis was that big! :eek: :devil:

This confirms my suspicions that all ATP draws are actually rigged :p

banhhe
02-20-2010, 09:44 AM
The ATP preview has the following stats for Erno...

Gulbis FastFacts:
2010 Highlights:
QF: Doha (l Federer)
YTD W-L: 5-3
YTD Titles: 0
Career Titles: 1 --> :scratch:
Date of Birth: August 30, 1988
South African Airways 2010 ATP Ranking: 99

:lol:

ellen_
02-20-2010, 09:47 AM
This confirms my suspicions that all ATP draws are actually rigged :p

Ahhh, so we actually never had to worry about Erno when he got beaten in R1s and R2s? :lol: The ATP directors will give him his time then, like they did to random players like Federer and Nadal, you know.

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 09:53 AM
Ahhh, so we actually never had to worry about Erno when he got beaten in R1s and R2s? :lol: The ATP directors will give him his time then, like they did to random players like Federer and Nadal, you know.

The current mastermind probably doesn't like ballbashers much ;)

cath85
02-20-2010, 09:54 AM
I still can't believe he's in the semis! :woohoo:
did you have a decent stream last night? I hope I can watch tonight

ellen_
02-20-2010, 10:04 AM
The current mastermind probably doesn't like ballbashers much ;)

:awww: Maybe that is why Ernie is changing his look a bit. He got attention with it though :D They finally noticed him.

I still can't believe he's in the semis! :woohoo:
did you have a decent stream last night? I hope I can watch tonight

It was on bet365, which is still the best one by far for me.

Stelle
02-20-2010, 10:46 AM
Livescorehunter was really good it never like cut off once for me. Even though it was slightly slow like it was a point or two wacked out...i sometimes couldn't help looking at the score board :S So um, what do we think about the Querrey match? He has a chance but sam is playing really well, and erno does have some problem with his knee. there is also highlights (extremely bad on utube) But the last set was so good :) So dramatic and twisted. I am glad to hear the crowd was going for him!!!

Johnny_Bravo
02-20-2010, 11:51 AM
http://i46.tinypic.com/2rh8u13.jpg

Tonight's clash ;)

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 12:14 PM
He's got a positive H2H against every one of the other semi-finalists. Not that it means anything, Erno being Erno.

ad-out
02-20-2010, 02:09 PM
Should I put these in the pics thread??

http://img691.imageshack.us/img691/6189/ernie4.jpghttp://img38.imageshack.us/img38/4633/ernie3.jpg
http://img51.imageshack.us/img51/2989/ernie2i.jpghttp://img685.imageshack.us/img685/9144/ernie1.jpg
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/7723/curlsg.jpghttp://img6.imageshack.us/img6/315/familyeu.jpg

banhhe
02-20-2010, 02:47 PM
thanks Amanda for the pics and video :hug:

ad-out
02-20-2010, 02:55 PM
thanks Amanda for the pics and video :hug:
Were you able to view the video? If so I have another. Sorry for all the yelling at the end.:)

banhhe
02-20-2010, 03:02 PM
Were you able to view the video? If so I have another. Sorry for all the yelling at the end.:)

yes, the video is fine :) It seems that everyone was cheering for Ernests ;) Love the smile in the end :D

TravelingFanGirl
02-20-2010, 06:16 PM
Awe Thank you so much for the pictures and videos! I agree with Hanh, that smile is just lovely! :hug::hug:

ellen_
02-20-2010, 06:25 PM
I was going to comment on that lovely smile he gave when he won, but I see you already did :p Thanks Amanda!

banhhe
02-20-2010, 09:59 PM
He lost :sad: and I'm gonna blame his knees for that :( he cannot move well as usual, his forehand sucks because of his left knee :(

Get well soon Ernests :hug:

jitterbug
02-20-2010, 10:02 PM
I was quite happy with how he looks like he really wanted this - all those "C'mon!"s - it's a clear improvement from his usual half-arsed attitude when he gives up the moment he feels like it's not going to be a cakewalk.

but-it's-ok
02-20-2010, 10:17 PM
Amanda,thanks for the pics,reports and video;):hug:

TravelingFanGirl
02-20-2010, 10:58 PM
I was quite happy with how he looks like he really wanted this - all those "C'mon!"s - it's a clear improvement from his usual half-arsed attitude when he gives up the moment he feels like it's not going to be a cakewalk.

I agree 100 percent! :yeah:

bleu_cheese
02-21-2010, 01:35 AM
Qualifier for Gulbis again in round 1 of Delray Beach. After that, first seed Haas. This position in the draw feels all too familiar...

Stelle
02-21-2010, 04:38 AM
Qualifier for Gulbis again in round 1 of Delray Beach. After that, first seed Haas. This position in the draw feels all too familiar...

I know!! Oh and after Delray we have DC in Ukraine (no players have actually commited yet)Just when i was gonna say the field is weak and he should have a chance...does anyone know if there will be Live Streaming of it? Hope so... *crosses fingers*

Would someone be able to sum up in a few sentences what Ernests said on the video...for some reason i cannt view it. What did he say about his Knee? Were there any questiohns about how he is playing etc..

Thanks

TravelingFanGirl
02-21-2010, 03:42 PM
I know!! Oh and after Delray we have DC in Ukraine (no players have actually commited yet)Just when i was gonna say the field is weak and he should have a chance...does anyone know if there will be Live Streaming of it? Hope so... *crosses fingers*

Would someone be able to sum up in a few sentences what Ernests said on the video...for some reason i cannt view it. What did he say about his Knee? Were there any questiohns about how he is playing etc..

Thanks

all he said about his knee was that he is taking better care of it. It was a short interview. He just said that it meant a lot to him to be in a semi-final. The last time he was in a semi was 3 years ago and he hopes it wont take another 3 years to get there again. He said he has been practicing good since late last year when he started working with Gumy. Then they asked him if he was happy with his game right now and he said he was. He was very happy with his game, things could be better but hes happy!

but-it's-ok
02-21-2010, 07:04 PM
Apart from the knee,I noticed him a few times seeming annoyed with the tension of his rackets,and I also wondered whether the match vs Berdych took a lot of energy out of him,he didn't seem comfortable at all indeed,or at ease with himself,or the match:awww:

I'm still proud of his week,and its gonna do his ranking a power of good.

Yes indeed onto Florida,I hope he'll be feeling better physically by then*prays*

Thanks in advance for the video,and your reports/insights this week Amanda:hug:

Stelle
02-22-2010, 06:55 AM
[QUOTE=patchett;9653146]Apart from the knee,I noticed him a few times seeming annoyed with the tension of his rackets,and I also wondered whether the match vs Berdych took a lot of energy out of him,he didn't seem comfortable at all indeed,or at ease with himself,or the match:awww:

QUOTE]

Well, in Australia he seemed quite pissed at them as well. Like, in Australia he wasn't really focussed on the match at all. Mainly just his rackets and the crowd and what not.:rolleyes:

ellen_
02-22-2010, 08:26 PM
Do any of you follow twitter? Someone who was apparently at the Memphis tourney tweeted that Ernie's dad was teary eyed after the 1/4 match when they hugged in the hallway. When Ernests was asked about it he supposedly said "he was just happy".. :awww: Man I wish I could have seen that!

Any news from Delray?

I think the most of us are on twitter :lol: But didn't read anything about that. Sounds awesome :awww:

moni
02-22-2010, 08:36 PM
Do any of you follow twitter? Someone who was apparently at the Memphis tourney tweeted that Ernie's dad was teary eyed after the 1/4 match when they hugged in the hallway. When Ernests was asked about it he supposedly said "he was just happy".. :awww: Man I wish I could have seen that!

Any news from Delray?

Ricky Dimon from Tennistalk twittered this. He always tweets rubbish about Ernests.

Didn't someone tell here that he used to be a big fan of him and that he got banned from MTF?

I would like to know about Ernests's knee.

ellen_
02-22-2010, 08:39 PM
Ricky Dimon from Tennistalk twittered this. He always tweets rubbish about Ernests.

:spit: Okay then, no surprise I didn't read about it.

Didn't someone tell here that he used to be a big fan of him and that he got banned from MTF?

He never looked like one to me :lol: But the other information is correct, indeed.

TravelingFanGirl
02-22-2010, 10:51 PM
I'm surprised there isn't an interview after the Querrey match. I figured there would be considering it was so far into the tournament..there isn't one floating around?

banhhe
02-23-2010, 12:34 AM
Didn't someone tell here that he used to be a big fan of him and that he got banned from MTF?


I don't know about him on MTF but just reading this, I can tell that he used to be in the Gulbis' bandwagon ;)

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Ricky%20Dimon/20080228/Why_I_am_Driving_the_Ernests_Gulbis_Bandwagon

I'm surprised that there's no interview after the SF too :confused: maybe he didn't want to give one after such a loss :awww:

And if what Ricky tweeted is true, what a sweet father Anairs was :awww: Oh men, I should have twitter soon :o

banhhe
02-23-2010, 02:58 AM
Ernests plays Ryan Harrison third match on court 4 today, and if he wins, he'll face Gabashvili in 2nd round :)

TravelingFanGirl
02-23-2010, 03:20 AM
Ernests plays Ryan Harrison third match on court 4 today, and if he wins, he'll face Gabashvili in 2nd round :)

Where is he playing? Wow I feel like such a crappy fan these past few weeks. I haven't followed as close as I normally do. No livestream right?

banhhe
02-23-2010, 03:42 AM
Where is he playing? Wow I feel like such a crappy fan these past few weeks. I haven't followed as close as I normally do. No livestream right?
he's playing Delray Beach this week :) I highly doubt that there would be no livestream :( Maybe only on saturday and sunday on tennis channel

TravelingFanGirl
02-23-2010, 04:21 AM
Delray! *hits self in face* I forgot about that tournament. My mind was already in Indian Wells. I probably wont be following tomorrow's score board. Good Luck Erno! :hug:

bleu_cheese
02-23-2010, 05:54 AM
Will play Harrison next...should be an easy match due to Ryan's inexperience at this level. Gulbis knows what it takes to get to the second round. :lol:

-Evita-
02-23-2010, 06:11 AM
I don't know about him on MTF but just reading this, I can tell that he used to be in the Gulbis' bandwagon ;)

http://www.tennistalk.com/en/blog/Ricky%20Dimon/20080228/Why_I_am_Driving_the_Ernests_Gulbis_Bandwagon

Oh yes, Ricky was driving the Ernests bandwagon on MTF too, not so much here in Ernest's forum as in GM. If I remember correctly he was at the US Open when Ernie played his famous match against Robredo, he happened to see this match and instantly became an Erno fan for life. The rest is history as we say :lol:

So the first match is against Harrison. Ernests should be a solid favourite but I don't have a very good feeling about this :unsure: It would be just like Ernests to follow up his excellent Memphis run with a loss to a 17 year old kid. Not that Harrison is bad, he went through qualifying so his level of play must be pretty decent. And the crowd will be mostly against Ernests. If the knee continues to trouble him I see a loss coming.

TravelingFanGirl
02-23-2010, 06:28 AM
I do agree with Evita. An easy win would be nice.Looking at ranking and experience Ernests clearly has the upper hand BUT Ernests tends to pull his foot off the gas going into a match with a much lower ranked player. The knee is also a issue. Hopefully it wont cause too much of a problem. I've never seen Harrison play and I'm not really expecting too much from the kid but you can never underestimate anything in this game. If Ernests can keep his head on, and his knee is okay I think he should be fine. *crosses fingers*

Stelle
02-23-2010, 07:04 AM
If you type in Harrison on youtube there are heaps of videos (well this one with his little brother) playing at the bolletieri academy. Suppose to be a new tennis prodigy. He beat Carsten Ball to get here and he was the guy who took a set of Verdasco at AO so he must be pretty good!! Good luck erno!!

EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veVNsAnrc3U here is the video i was talking about, even if you don't like Harrison. this is kind of similar (i would say) to what ernests did, just be aware its with his little brother christian too :) (My age) :D They have met also, i think i may have mentioned it on my little AO story. Harrison and some other guys were on just before Ernests and i am pretty sure they talked a bit...

banhhe
02-23-2010, 07:55 AM
I'm a bit worried about the match today :unsure: Anyway, good luck for our Ernests! :rocker:

P/s: why haven't you changed the thread title yet Evita? ;)

moni
02-23-2010, 08:11 AM
If you type in Harrison on youtube there are heaps of videos (well this one with his little brother) playing at the bolletieri academy. Suppose to be a new tennis prodigy. He beat Carsten Ball to get here and he was the guy who took a set of Verdasco at AO so he must be pretty good!! Good luck erno!!

EDIT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=veVNsAnrc3U here is the video i was talking about, even if you don't like Harrison. this is kind of similar (i would say) to what ernests did, just be aware its with his little brother christian too :) (My age) :D They have met also, i think i may have mentioned it on my little AO story. Harrison and some other guys were on just before Ernests and i am pretty sure they talked a bit...

Harrison has a disturbing deep voice. :eek:

He'll be very motivated. I hope he overacts. Ernests should be able to handle him. It depends all on his knee.

-Evita-
02-23-2010, 08:26 AM
P/s: why haven't you changed the thread title yet Evita? ;)

Because it was a SEMIFINAL! Okay okay, I'll change it now :D

Stelle
02-23-2010, 08:35 AM
Because it was a SEMIFINAL! Okay okay, I'll change it now :D

AHAHAHAHAA Disturbing deep voice!! True!! I love the way you just had to include the semi in Memphis in the title. Love it..

Oh and Evita i was just wondering if you could tell me about the place in Latvia called Dobele? Is it a nice town/city. My great aunt it from their and her sister brought the old house and land surrounding it. How far is it from Riga/Jurmala? Thanks for that, it is so cool how i have relations from there!:D

cath85
02-23-2010, 12:31 PM
I remember there was this (very) crappy livestream for delray beach last year that we even paid for I think. I definitely won't pay again this year :lol:

banhhe
02-23-2010, 12:59 PM
Because it was a SEMIFINAL! Okay okay, I'll change it now :D

yeah, I wish the feeling that he has reached the SF could last a bit longer :awww: Nonetheless, it was the best 24 hours of being his fan in the last 2 years :worship:

ellen_
02-23-2010, 01:02 PM
I remember there was this (very) crappy livestream for delray beach last year that we even paid for I think. I definitely won't pay again this year :lol:

For court 4? :p

-Evita-
02-23-2010, 01:29 PM
Oh and Evita i was just wondering if you could tell me about the place in Latvia called Dobele? Is it a nice town/city. My great aunt it from their and her sister brought the old house and land surrounding it. How far is it from Riga/Jurmala? Thanks for that, it is so cool how i have relations from there!:D

Dobele is a nice town, it's about 1.5 hours South West from Riga, you have to go through Jelgava (another town) to get there, you can check it out on Google Earth (what a great program :worship:). It's in the part of Latvia, called Zemgale, where the soil is the best so people grow a lot of stuff there, in that region I mean, not in the town itself :lol: Check out this link (http://www.zemgaletourism.lv/dobele_en) for more information.

yeah, I wish the feeling that he has reached the SF could last a bit longer :awww: Nonetheless, it was the best 24 hours of being his fan in the last 2 years :worship:

Definitely. The French Open quarter final was also great but that felt different to me because I wasn't that surprised, he had a great draw and he took advantage of it. This time my emotions were stronger because of the struggle Ernests has had to go through.

cath85
02-23-2010, 02:42 PM
For court 4? :p

lol I said that totally out of context of this match. it's just that the words "delray beach" and "livestream" brought back some memories :lol:

ellen_
02-23-2010, 02:52 PM
lol I said that totally out of context of this match. it's just that the words "delray beach" and "livestream" brought back some memories :lol:

The word livestream in general always brings back memories :spit:

Didn't you discover you could watch that by inserting the link from the previous tournament (from whatever channel it was on) in WMP? :lol: Or was that another tournament? :rolls:

cath85
02-23-2010, 04:25 PM
The word livestream in general always brings back memories :spit:

Didn't you discover you could watch that by inserting the link from the previous tournament (from whatever channel it was on) in WMP? :lol: Or was that another tournament? :rolls:

yeah I think that was there too, but the same thing worked for the following tournament if I remember correctly :lol:

ellen_
02-23-2010, 08:04 PM
Gabashvili next! :aparty: Finally another clash with our friend :p

-Evita-
02-23-2010, 08:05 PM
6-4 7-6 over Harrison. Well done :yeah:

TravelingFanGirl
02-23-2010, 09:07 PM
Woohoo! Erno won! That was great news to come home to!

cath85
02-23-2010, 10:33 PM
thanks for sharing! yawning when entering the court... oh man :lol:

TravelingFanGirl
02-23-2010, 11:34 PM
Yawning when he got out onto the court? Maybe he is taking a lesson from Apolo Ohno. Seems to work for him!

krfreak
02-24-2010, 01:36 AM
Yay Erno!:DGood news to come home to after a sickening day at driving school.
Yawning while entering the court,huh?:lol:

banhhe
02-24-2010, 03:40 AM
Yawning :lol: It must show that he was very confident then because obviously you cannot yawn if you're nervous :D
the guy in GM also said that they did a video about Ernie, I can't wait for it :D

banhhe
02-24-2010, 03:59 AM
Ernests will play the last match probably on stadium :scratch: I got confused by the OOP on their official website, but there's no livestream anyway, so it doesn't matter :p

Stelle
02-24-2010, 07:41 AM
:eek:Ernests is in IW!! Wooo! Won't have to go through the nail biting :unsure:quailie round now!!:bounce::woohoo::aparty:

:)

but-it's-ok
02-24-2010, 08:29 AM
Well done Ernests:yeah:

Thanks quoting that interesting news Amanda;) Glad the knee seems OK*touches wood*

banhhe
02-24-2010, 11:58 PM
His match was canceled because of rain :o (I thought it was an indoor tournament :o) He will play on Court 1 at 11am local time on Thursday

krfreak
02-25-2010, 01:02 AM
:sad:I was so excited cos I'd be able to follow the match since it wouldn't be in the wee hours of the day.:p

TravelingFanGirl
02-25-2010, 01:24 AM
His match was canceled because of rain :o (I thought it was an indoor tournament :o) He will play on Court 1 at 11am local time on Thursday

No it's outside, near the pretty beach! Sorry it got canceled for you ladies!

meitene
02-25-2010, 01:31 AM
Oh well... I guess I'll see the end results when I get home.. SARAUJ, ERNESTIŅŠ!!

ellen_
02-25-2010, 07:37 AM
That is a better time for me, thank you! :D

but-it's-ok
02-25-2010, 07:57 AM
That is a better time for me, thank you! :D

Definitely for me:D

Stelle
02-25-2010, 07:59 AM
Crappy time for me...
I was looking forward to my lunch time erno session :)
Too bad it's now 2am.... :(

Nadie
02-25-2010, 08:07 AM
SARAUJ, ERNESTIŅŠ!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

-Evita-
02-25-2010, 12:32 PM
Oh well... I guess I'll see the end results when I get home.. SARAUJ, ERNESTIŅŠ!!

Did he suddenly turn 5 or something? :lol: I don't think anyone would call him 'Ernestiņš' except maybe his mother or grandma.

banhhe
02-25-2010, 02:37 PM
Just checked the weather for Delray this morning - 53F right now! Really cold for south Florida. I hope it doesn't affect his game. :sad:

Don't worry, he's from Latvia, he should be used to the cold weather :D

TravelingFanGirl
02-25-2010, 04:40 PM
Did he suddenly turn 5 or something? :lol: I don't think anyone would call him 'Ernestiņš' except maybe his mother or grandma.

:lol: Awe that's cute!

Just checked the weather for Delray this morning - 53F right now! Really cold for south Florida. I hope it doesn't affect his game. :sad:

Wow, that does seem pretty cold. Playing in cold weather doesn't seem very smart. I hope he wont catch a cold.

banhhe
02-25-2010, 04:45 PM
Wow, that does seem pretty cold. Playing in cold weather doesn't seem very smart. I hope he wont catch a cold.

It seems that Gabashvili is the one who caught the cold first :lol:

An other QF :woohoo:

TravelingFanGirl
02-25-2010, 04:53 PM
It seems that Gabashvili is the one who caught the cold first :lol:

An other QF :woohoo:

Yes, it seems Erno was on FIRE! *does the licks finger sizzle thing* :lol:

-Evita-
02-25-2010, 04:56 PM
6-1 6-4 over Gabashvili, looks pretty convincing :D

cath85
02-25-2010, 05:05 PM
I can't believe how many second rounds we've been winning these days :lol: and now I'll shut up before I jinx anyone :tape:

meitene
02-25-2010, 06:11 PM
Did he suddenly turn 5 or something? :lol: I don't think anyone would call him 'Ernestiņš' except maybe his mother or grandma.

Just trying out this new Latvian keyboard I got. :angel:

No jinxing, BUT I AM A PROUD FAN RIGHT NOW. :rocker2:

Alien
02-25-2010, 08:36 PM
Did he suddenly turn 5 or something? :lol: I don't think anyone would call him 'Ernestiņš' except maybe his mother or grandma.

Oh, some Russian speaking fans probably think him 5 too, cause they sometimes call him Эрнестушка or Эрнестик... :lol:

Nadie
02-25-2010, 09:01 PM
Oh, some Russian speaking fans probably think him 5 too, cause they sometimes call him Эрнестушка or Эрнестик... :lol:

That isn't me :rolleyes: :p

Did he suddenly turn 5 or something? :lol: I don't think anyone would call him 'Ernestiņš' except maybe his mother or grandma.

:scratch: do you never use diminutive-hypocoristic names when calling your dear friends? :awww:

-Evita-
02-25-2010, 10:08 PM
I can't believe how many second rounds we've been winning these days :lol: and now I'll shut up before I jinx anyone :tape:

I was thinking the same thing, this is already the sixth time since last September/October :eek: He's spoiling us :awww:

Just trying out this new Latvian keyboard I got. :angel:

Nice :yeah: I have a regular English keyboard though, I wouldn't know how to type with a Latvian one :lol:

:scratch: do you never use diminutive-hypocoristic names when calling your dear friends? :awww:

Dear friends maybe. Yes, maybe his girlfriend could also get away with calling him that way :lol: But his male friends probably call him 'Ērnijs'. I've never seen anyone on the (Latvian) internet refer to him that way, nor to any other Latvian sportsmen. It's just... like I said, these names are for family or very close friends, not for general use. Except if he was short, meaning small, then we could probably use it on him :lol:

ekkikossar
02-25-2010, 11:53 PM
I secretly call him Ernestiņš since I found how to do diminutive names in Latvian. :) I think it sounds nice and ironical since he's more than 20 centimeters taller than me...but of course I know it is not the right way to call him (he'd punch me, probably, if I did :lol:)

krfreak
02-26-2010, 02:40 AM
Ernests!:bigclap::bounce:

Proxima2
02-26-2010, 08:49 PM
Congratulations, Ernests!! :worship: :banana: Very very happy for him! :yeah:
I was not in my home but I was able to keep an eye on the scoreboard during the whole match :)

Johnny_Bravo
02-26-2010, 08:59 PM
what will be his new ranking?

Nanda
02-26-2010, 09:09 PM
Nobody post it here so:
Gulbis def Mayer: 7-6(2); 6-4!

=D

Stelle
02-26-2010, 10:56 PM
Oh O,

Don't think its gonna be an easy win for our ernie; looks like he was surprised he made it in. His Knees were bad today and he also feels bad for breaking the head raquets. Hahaha

From the Tournament site:
The 28-year-old Nieminen will play 21-year-old Ernests Gulbis in Saturday’s first singles semifinal after the Latvian saved a set point and nailed 11 aces to defeat Leonardo Mayer 7-6 (7-2), 6-4. Gulbis, who also reached the semifinals in Memphis last week, is at this stage of an ATP World Tour event for just the third time in his career. He has yet to reach a singles final.

“I have to serve well, similar to today,” said Gulbis. “I didn’t feel really well with my legs today, my knee especially. I was struggling with that. Hopefully, tomorrow I will feel better and be moving well. Serve well and stay aggressive: that’s it. That’s all I can do.”

Gulbis won 83 percent of the points on his first serve and 63 percent of the points on Mayer’s second – stats that would make most players very happy. Still, the Latvian smacked his Head racquet around repeatedly on Stadium Court. Despite his outbursts, Gulbis has been trying to control his temper , or so he says.

“I was in a factory of Head in December and I saw that they were making every racquet by hand,” said Gulbis, who estimates that he breaks 50-60 racquets per year. “They are really putting a lot of work into them. When I was there, I felt so bad. I didn’t break a racquet for like one month. I’m better now. They are putting so much effort to make the racquets and an idiot like me goes and breaks them.”

Stelle
02-26-2010, 11:03 PM
And from 10sballs.com they really seem to like ernests over there cos they keep putting stuff about him, except i think it is brown curls not GIRLS!!! hahaha

Don’t let the halo of brown girls and benevolent smile fool you: Ernests Gulbis was once a ruthless executioner.

His victims were his Head rackets and Gulbis admits his past eruptions in volatile racket rage has seen him decapitate some of those Heads in a racket smashing fury.

In the early stages of today’s Delray Beach quarterfinal, Gulbis bounced his racket to the court in disgust three times in one game. He regained his grip on the racket and rallied from a set point down to defeat Argentina’s Leonardo Mayer, 7-6(2), 6-4 to reach his second straight semifinal at the International Tennis Championships.

“I didn’t think I played so well today, but my coach told me the opposite,” Gulbis said. “He showed me the stats and I made a lot of points on the second serve return, which I think was the key today. I got a little bit lucky the first set. I got a little bit nuts throwing the racket around but maybe it helped a little and loosened me up.”

Racket smashing was once a way of life for Gulbis, who concedes his racket carnage has sometimes seen him wreck more rackets than he has recorded wins during the course of the season.

Working with coach Hernan Gumy, who formerly coached another notorious racket smasher, Marat Safin, Gulbis has tried to keep his head together — and frames intact. But he estimates he breaks 50 to 60 rackets a year.

“I think that it doesn’t help a lot, honestly,” Gulbis said. “Today I was just frustrated and I couldn’t keep it in me I cannot keep all the suspense and tension inside me and sometimes I’m calm and sometimes I am more wild. I’m trying to find the balance. I’m still breaking a lot of rackets, 50 or 60 rackets a year.”

A trip to Head headquarters in Austria in December has slightly slowed Gulbis’ deconstructionist urges — for a month anyway. Gulbis said seeing the care racket technicians put into building his frames by hand, made him feel like “an idiot” for breaking them.

“I was in a factory of Head in December and they are making almost every racket by hand and really putting a lot of work into it,” Gulbis said. “So I feel really bad. I didn’t break a racket for one month because they are really putting a lot of work into making the racket and then an idiot like me goes and he breaks them.”

Gulbis joked he is intent on breaking Safin’s racket-smashing record, but still has a way to go to match the former World No. 1.

The struggle to play their best tennis can sometimes bring out the worst in tennis players — and severely shorten a racket’s lifespan in the process.

Sudden death was once a way of life for Marat Safin. Tennis’ towering terminator was the reason tennis balls and his own rackets were classified at the top of tennis’ endangered species list. This was a six-foot-four powerhouse who played with the punishing power of a player intent on deconstructing the ball with each vicious swing — and that’s when he wasn’t smashing racquets faster than the Incredible Hulk shreds shirts.

Safin was to racket smashing what Evel Knevel was to motorcycle crashing — a spectacle in a class by himself.

Fittingly, it was a showdown with Safin that prompted Roger Federer to re-examine his own behavior on court.

Federer has been firmly entrenched at the top of tennis for years, but it wasn’t too long ago that the 16-time Grand Slam champion found himself throwing it all away — until a shared smash-down with temperamental titan Safin completely changed the Swiss stylist’s mind set.

“I was horrible in those days I used to throw my racket,” Federer once said. “For instance, I’d miss one backhand, I’d say ‘OK.’ I’d miss my second, and I was like, ‘OK, one more, the racket’s gotta go.’ So I missed the third and the racket went.”

Asked to identify the moment that altered his outlook on racket destruction, Federer replied: “Well I remember this moment when I was playing Safin in Rome one time, and they were showing highlights after the match and sort of trying to say who was better in throwing rackets. And then I really started to realize this is not why I’m playing tennis, to be in a competition of who’s throwing the racket more nicely (chuckles). There’s nothing nice about that.”

jitterbug
02-26-2010, 11:03 PM
“I was in a factory of Head in December and I saw that they were making every racquet by hand,” said Gulbis, who estimates that he breaks 50-60 racquets per year. “They are really putting a lot of work into them. When I was there, I felt so bad. I didn’t break a racquet for like one month. I’m better now. They are putting so much effort to make the racquets and an idiot like me goes and breaks them.

Class :lol:

TravelingFanGirl
02-26-2010, 11:03 PM
Oh Stelle beat me to it. Haha. I re blogged it with a picture here! :lol:
http://fangirlconfessions.tumblr.com/post/414165265/juniper-garden-the-28-year-old-nieminen-will

I love the bit where he says hes an idiot for breaking them! :lol: I really don't understand why he doesn't do more interviews! The guy is a hoot!

banhhe
02-26-2010, 11:19 PM
Thanks Estelle for the interview and Courtney for the pic :yeah:
I was giggling while I was reading the article about smashing rackets :lol:
Anyway, I hope his knees are ok :awww:

krfreak
02-27-2010, 06:06 AM
That was a nice interview,thanks! The racquet smashing,wow,Erno,you crack me up. :rolls:
And thanks for the pic,too!:) Hopefully his knees are good for his next match.

Stelle
02-27-2010, 07:35 AM
Erno is playing @ 2pm Delray time :) Good Luck, there should be a stream i would think!!! *crosses fingers*

ellen_
02-27-2010, 08:52 AM
“I think that it doesn’t help a lot, honestly,” :lol: Oh really?

Great interview, thanks!

2pm = 8pm my time = when football starts. :banghead:

but-it's-ok
02-27-2010, 12:12 PM
That interview:rolls: Thanks for posting:yeah: He really does have a love-hate relationship with those rackets!:eek:

Proxima2
02-27-2010, 12:22 PM
Thanks for posting the interview, Estelle! :) I love it!

jitterbug
02-27-2010, 10:33 PM
WHEEE! :banana:

ellen_
02-27-2010, 10:34 PM
Aaaaaaaaaa :woohoo: aaaaahhh!

jitterbug
02-27-2010, 10:35 PM
Aaaaaaaaaa :woohoo: aaaaahhh!

Love how articulate we are in times of overwhelming joy :lol:

ekkikossar
02-27-2010, 10:39 PM
yep, someone should say, just to remember in the future why we are all "aaaaaaaaaaaaah"-ing now, that he has just reached the final in delray beach! :)

TravelingFanGirl
02-27-2010, 10:39 PM
ERNESTS THROUGH TO HIS FIRST ATP SINGLES FINAL! I'm not going to lie. I teared up a little bit. I'm so proud of him! :hug: :hug:

hollabee
02-27-2010, 10:40 PM
I am so happy and proud of him :D He didn't look too nervous coming out after the rain delay and the on court interview was so cute. 'Pumped up' :D

(also, I got a little teary, which felt slightly pathetic but after everything we've been through with him...)

ellen_
02-27-2010, 10:40 PM
It was weird though. This game was the only thing I saw from the match :lol: To me, it looked like the end of a qualies match.

but-it's-ok
02-27-2010, 10:42 PM
ERNESTS THROUGH TO HIS FIRST ATP SINGLES FINAL! I'm not going to lie. I teared up a little bit. I'm so proud of him! :hug: :hug:

:cool::cool::cool:

TravelingFanGirl
02-27-2010, 10:45 PM
I am so happy and proud of him :D He didn't look too nervous coming out after the rain delay and the on court interview was so cute. 'Pumped up' :D

(also, I got a little teary, which felt slightly pathetic but after everything we've been through with him...)

I'm glad I'm not the only one! I have been fighting for him for so long. Saying he has it saying he can do it and he finally proved to himself and others that he CAN make it to a final. If he wins tomorrow I WILL ball my eyes out! :lol: :hug:

Stelle
02-28-2010, 12:02 AM
I am so annoyed i missed it, i had to go to church :( What did he say on the on court interview i am so pumped, i will watch it at school!!! :) Has anyone got a video of the highlights or anything? What was his celebration?

TravelingFanGirl
02-28-2010, 12:08 AM
He was really calm and relaxed! He said he wanted to finish as quickly as possible when he came back on the court and Hernan has helped him and that he was a great guy off the court.He said he ate and played a little basketball while the rain delay was going on. Also got stretched out by physio. That's about it. He smiled a bit but not much. I think he was just relieved it was over and he was through.

TravelingFanGirl
02-28-2010, 12:15 AM
Ernests Gulbis reached his first career ATP final but he had to wait more than three hours to wrap up the last game. The Latvian was leading 6-4, 5-4 and serving for the match against Jarkko Nieminen in today's semifinal when the rains came hard and fast in Delray Beach. After a 3 hour and 25 minute delay, he finished off Nieminen (6-4, 6-4) by pounding a couple of overhead winners in the deciding game. "It feels really great," said the 21-year-old, who has not dropped a set all week.

Gulbis broke Nieminen in the third game of the first set and held throughout to capture the set with one break. The 28-year-old Finn broke Gulbis to even the second set at 3-3, but then just two games later, Gulbis broke back. Then the youngster broke Niemenen a second time in the second set at 4-all. The rains came a few minutes later.

Gulbis started working with new coach, Argentine Hernan Gumy, at the end of last year and has responded with an 9-4 record in 2010, and a semi-final appearance in Memphis last week to go along with his first final. Touted as a remarkable shot-maker, Gumy has helped Gulbis become both more disciplined and passionate on the court. Currently sporting a No. 72 ranking after reaching a career-high of No. 38 in 2008 and a quarterfinal berth at the French Open, Gulbis could be on the way to fulfilling predictions that he will break into the top echelon of the game.

"I feel like I'm more mentally strong than I was in the past," said Gulbis. "I feel different on court. I'm more consistent. I'm playing smarter. Tonight I warmed up well. I was sweating a little bit when I went on court. I kept aggressive and that worked out the whole match."

Nieminen, the highest-ranked Finn of all time, reached a career-high No. 13 in 2006. He came into Delray Beach with a No. 106 after undergoing wrist surgery and contracting swine flu last year. The Finn has won one ATP tournament in his 10-year career, but has reached nine finals.



Tournament website. Keep working up a sweat Erno!

meitene
02-28-2010, 12:39 AM
I wasn't able to watch the match either, BUT I AM SO PROUD OF HIM. :hug::hug::hug:
This is such a relief after everything we, the fans, have been through. Let me tell you, if I could I would buy this kid a drink right now. (Well, not RIGHT now because he has to prepare for TOMORROW'S FINAL OMG AAAAAH) :wazzup::rocker2::aparty:

*smilieface overuse over*

Stelle
02-28-2010, 01:17 AM
I swear 10sballs.com have fallen in love with him; i love the parrt about his brown hair and how he generally looks all the time:
Ernests Gulbis was in no mood to play the waiting game.

The talented 21-year-old played 66 ATP Tour tournaments without reaching a title match and now was four points from powering into his first career ATP Tour level final when showers stalled his ascent.

Serving for a spot in his first career final in Delray Beach today, Gulbis glanced toward the sky at the curtain of clouds that hung heavily in the air and watched as the rain ruptured through the clouds and flooded onto the court, temporarily washing away his hopes for a title shot.

Heavy showers suspended play at 3:24 p.m. with Gulbis holding a 6-4, 5-4 lead over Jarkko Nieminen in the International Tennis Championships first semifinal. Both men packed up their bags and headed for the cover of the player lounge where they endured a three hour, four minute rain delay.

When play resumed, Gulbis netted a forehand on the first point, then unloaded on a biting first serve and two crushing overhead winners to reach match point.

Extending his left arm up into the murky sky, Gulbis pounded down a 125 mph ace out wide to wrap up a 6-4, 6-4 victory that vaulted him into his first Tour-level final.

It is Gulbis’ first final at any level since he won the Mons, Belgium Challenger in October of 2007 — an event so far removed from his current state of mind he could not even recall his last final. He won’t forget reaching this final.

“It feels great,” said Gulbis, who conducted his post-match press conference twisting a piece of white adhesive tape he peeled off his index finger while contemplating the magnitude of the moment. “I made a lot of (ranking) points. I have no points to defend for a long time — ’till the end of the year. Any points I make from here I can just grow in the rankings. Starting from now I can just go up. I cannot fall out of 100 anymore — I have nothing to defend.”

A year ago, Gulbis found himself fighting to fend off the label of a spoiled, underachieving prodigy who would rather hang out with his friends than spend time on the practice court.

Touted as one of tennis’ top talents when he reached the 2006 St. Petersburg semifinals in his ATP debut, Gulbis solidified his status as a player with great promise powering to the 2008 Roland Garros quarterfinals. Since that career-best major result, Gulbis has failed to surpass the second round in seven straight majors and spent much of last season railing at himself or bouncing his racket in disgust with good reason: Gulbis won back-to-back matches only twice last season.

Working with coach Hernan Gumy for the past four months (the pair spent some time in the offseason training in Miami) has helped Gulbis stabilize his emotions on court and smarten his shot selection.

While he readily admits “I hate to practice”, he’s no longer the baseline gun slinger prone to imploding when his groundstrokes go askew. Gumy, a former Argentine pro, has a history of helping impetuous players. He worked with Marat Safin in the later stages of the two-time Grand Slam champions career and has encouraged Gulbis to play sound, aggressive tennis.

“I played well (at Challengers); it was just the transition from Challengers to the ATP level that was not as well,” Gulbis said. “No one knew me or knew what to expect (and) on that wave I went up. I played the quarters of Paris and some good matches against great players. Then players started to figure me out. They start to know me as a player and they played on my weak spots. Last year was like that, but now I am a more complete player. If I don’t play my game right I lost to people I should beat and I lost to them easy. Honestly, I basically think I won or I lost matches by myself. The other guy just put the ball in and that’s it — that’s all he had to do.”

It may sound like Gulbis had to jump through hoops to advance to the title match, but in reality he spent the break shooting hoops in the converted gym that serves as the player lounge. The son of a former basketball player, Gulbis is an avid basketball player and said he sank 18 consecutive free throws during the rain delay.

“Usually I do a couple of hundred in row,” Gulbis deadpanned, effectively conning one journalist on that count before conceding, “I’m joking. I did 18 in a row so I was confident for my match.”

There was a time when Gulbis, one of the most physically gifted young players on the pro circuit, watched his confidence ebb and flow like his drop shot. He was so mentally and emotionally fragile on court he may have suffered a mental meltdown enduring such a lengthy delay in years past. Times have changed and now the Latvian, whose bushy head of brown hair makes him resemble a college kid rolling out of bed after a late night on spring break, is adding another important element to his game: poise.

“Maybe not,” Gulbis said when asked if he would have won such a match prior to this season. “Because I think I am mentally stronger than I was before. I feel different on court I am playing a bit smarter, I think, I hope. I warmed up well before the match (resumed) I was already sweating so I was ready for the first point. I just kept aggressive and it worked out. I was thinking mentally I was going to win.”

He is now one win from his first Tour-level title and has a strong shot to capture the championship if he reproduce the level of tennis he’s played this week.

“I think he can (break through as a top 25 player),” Nieminen said. “I thought already (before the semifinal) Gulbis is one of the most talented players. It seems he has found something to beat top 20 players.”

Defending champion Mardy Fish is scheduled to face ATP ace leader Ivo Karlovic in today’s 8:30 p.m. semifinal. A grinning Gulbis made no secret of his preferred opponent for the final.

“Better Fish because he is a normal tennis player,” said Gulbis with a smile. “Karlovic is a great guy and a good tennis player, but he is so tough to play against. I never played against him but I practice against him and practice was so-so. I will just take it as another match. The game plan is simple: keep my serve and I will wait for my chances because both guys are serving well and if I keep my serve I will wait for my chances.”

The 72nd-ranked Gulbis blasted a backhand off the sideline to convert his fourth break point and collect a 2-1 lead in the opening set.

A Gulbis double fault gave Nieminen a break point in the next game, but Gulbis dug in and erased it with a forehand winner. He followed with a backhand winner and a 131 mph service winner out wide to hold for 3-1.

The 109th-ranked Nieminen was bidding to reach his first Tour-level final since he defeated World No. 3 Novak Djokovic to reach the Sydney final in January. Nieminen’s game is predicated on his movement, court craft and ability to change speed on his shots. He used those elements to fight off set points in the opening set and twice battle back from a break down in dispatching third-seeded Benjamin Becker, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6(5) in Friday’s quarterfinals, but could not get enough balls back in play to engage Gulbis in longer exchanges today.

“I thought I didn’t do too much wrong the whole match,” Nieminen said. “His serve is so big and solid, it’s tough to get into rallies when he makes his first serve.”

Gulbis surrendered just two points in his next two service games to open a 5-3 lead.

Clouds began to thicken, the sky darkened and the stadium lights were turned on after the ninth game.

Serving for the first set in the 10th game, Gulbis saw Nieminen save two set points, stabbing back stretch returns. Cracking a 121 mph service winner, Gulbis gained a third set point and closed the opening set with an ambitious slice second serve wide that provoked an errant return from Nieminen.

A foot fault call on a first serve forced Nieminen to hit a second serve. He sent a forehand beyond the baseline to face break point. Gulbis, who uses his hip and shoulder turn to great effect on his two-handed backhand, sent an angled backhand return to break for 2-1. Successive forehand winners enabled Gulbis to stretch the lead to 3-1.

Nieminen broke back for 3-all when Gulbis, upset over what he thought was an ace that was ruled out, lost his concentration. Nieminen held to take the lead for the first time since opening game.

The loose-limbed left-hander had the lead, but Gulbis responded with a prodigious display of power that illustrated why he’s regarded as a top talent.

Unleashing a torrent of titanic serves, Gulbis hit a 126 mph ace for a 30-0 lead then crushed a 132 mph ace — his eighth of the match — to hold at 15 for 4-all.

Nieminen floated a forehand deep to hand Gulbis a break point in the ninth game. A heavy inside-out forehand from Gulbis drew another forehand error and Gulbis had the break and a 5-4 lead. That’s when the rain came.

Gulbis weathered the storm and will try to carry the calm state of mind he showed in finishing off today’s match into the final. The man who proudly proclaims he is “not sick with tennis” appears to have found the remedy for the ailments that stalled his progress.

“I know guys who are living on court for seven or eight hours a day and I am not like that,” Gulbis said. “I like playing tennis, but I am not sick with tennis. I enjoy winning. I enjoy playing. I enjoy competing. I do not like practice. I really hate practice. The only thing I am competing for is playing and for the taste of winning.”

TravelingFanGirl
02-28-2010, 01:25 AM
Thank you for the larger interview! I love his interviews. He hates practice..hmm never would have guessed! :p

“Usually I do a couple of hundred in row,” Gulbis deadpanned, effectively conning one journalist on that count before conceding, “I’m joking. I did 18 in a row so I was confident for my match.”
:lol:

And I always say he looks like he just woke up out of bed and that is one of the things I love about him! :inlove:

Stelle
02-28-2010, 02:13 AM
:O O-Ohhh
Ernie spoke too soon, he plays Karlovic in the final good luck - and about his serves he only served 7 aces.. in the entire match - so erno has some chances :) Except, he won 92% of first serves...I hope he wins really bad :) He might not get another chance :)

TravelingFanGirl
02-28-2010, 02:45 AM
:O O-Ohhh
Ernie spoke too soon, he plays Karlovic in the final good luck - and about his serves he only served 7 aces.. in the entire match - so erno has some chances :) Except, he won 92% of first serves...I hope he wins really bad :) He might not get another chance :)

What? That isn't being very positive.(If I understand what you are saying correctly.) In my eyes Erno's career is just starting, so to speak. Kind of a new awakening. He will have more chances! If he continues to work hard and go after what he wants he will have a nice carrer a head of him!

Anyway, Ivo will be VERY tough to beat but he has made it this far so all he needs to do now is stay focused, serve well and go for it! *crosses fingers* Either way i'll be proud of him! This is such a good accomplishment in the early part of the season!

Stelle
02-28-2010, 03:55 AM
What? That isn't being very positive.(If I understand what you are saying correctly.) In my eyes Erno's career is just starting, so to speak. Kind of a new awakening. He will have more chances! If he continues to work hard and go after what he wants he will have a nice carrer a head of him!

Anyway, Ivo will be VERY tough to beat but he has made it this far so all he needs to do now is stay focused, serve well and go for it! *crosses fingers* Either way i'll be proud of him! This is such a good accomplishment in the early part of the season!

No, i was too considering whether i should have said that or not...:confused: But, you never know he may not..although i suspect he will have plenty more oppurtunities this year especially. One thing i am excited about it CLAY!!! :) Hopefully erno can pull out some wins at RG, Hernan was best at this surface so he knows his stuff :cool: But, yeah i hope he can win. But, tbh i really liked him being kind of secretive a dark horse but never got the wins together. Yes, it is so awesome how he is making the QF,SF and now a final but it will be so different if he makes the top 20, 10 he will have photoshoots :p But, i guess that is a good thing more picture to swoon ;)

krfreak
02-28-2010, 05:17 AM
Sarauj for the final,Ernests!:rocker: So happy for him.:hug:

ellen_
02-28-2010, 08:11 AM
Bushy head of brown hair :lol:

This all sounds pretty good. But the only thing I'm afraid of is that it will all disappear when he gets disappointed once, and no doubt that will happen. If he's THEN strong enough, he officially saw the light.

banhhe
02-28-2010, 08:52 AM
I am way too late for the celebration here :o :sad:

anyway,

:woohoo::banana::music::eek: for his first ATP final ever :bounce: who would have ever thought about it 2 weeks ago :cool:

I hope he could made his first title tonight :unsure:

Proxima2
02-28-2010, 09:22 AM
Thanks for posting the interviews, girls! :hug:

Again, congratulations, Ernests! And good luck in the final! We are all with you! :rocker2:

Nadie
02-28-2010, 09:32 AM
:aparty: :aparty: :banana: :banana:

we need Evita to change the thread title :D

ekkikossar
02-28-2010, 11:18 AM
But the only thing I'm afraid of is that it will all disappear when he gets disappointed once, and no doubt that will happen. If he's THEN strong enough, he officially saw the light.So true. I totally agree Ellen. Lets cross our fingers!:)

erica
02-28-2010, 11:30 AM
All I can say: :banana: :banana: :banana: :woohoo: Best birthday present ever!

banhhe
02-28-2010, 11:55 AM
All I can say: :banana: :banana: :banana: :woohoo: Best birthday present ever!

:hug:

I just hope he won't give the title as a birthday present for Ivo today :lol:

Baghdatis#1
02-28-2010, 01:55 PM
:woohoo:

cath85
02-28-2010, 04:29 PM
I'm sure they made a bet: E won't cut his hair until he's won a tournament :lol: he must hate having long hair :p

on a different note, I totally hate that I am so busy right now! I don't have the time to look at any pics nor read any article! I'll try to watch the final while correcting papers and preparing my lessons for tomorrow but it's not gonna be easy :lol:

TravelingFanGirl
02-28-2010, 06:12 PM
I really love the "fluffy" hair - maybe he will keep it! :D

:yeah:

schorsch
02-28-2010, 06:37 PM
The streams:

http://www.justin.tv/bumelant01/popout/

http://www.veetle.com/frameworked/index.php/channel/view#4b8a2f77c985c

meitene
02-28-2010, 06:48 PM
Thaaank youuuu.

Nadie
02-28-2010, 06:49 PM
The streams:

http://www.justin.tv/bumelant01/popout/

http://www.veetle.com/frameworked/index.php/channel/view#4b8a2f77c985c

:bounce: thanks!

ellen_
02-28-2010, 06:54 PM
I'm so nervous for him...

:help: My stomach is not processing this upcoming final very well either, so I know how you feel.

jitterbug
02-28-2010, 08:37 PM
We need a title change..

LaraFeddyGulbis
02-28-2010, 08:42 PM
I wouldn't cut the hair if I was him !
I think it might have brought some luck !! :)

ellen_
02-28-2010, 08:45 PM
What is that thing? :spit:

jitterbug
02-28-2010, 08:46 PM
What is that thing? :spit:

The trophy? It looks like a set of Fallopian tubes.

... and kill me now but I thought Kipons looked pretty fiiiineee :tape:

ellen_
02-28-2010, 08:47 PM
The trophy? It looks like a set of Fallopian tubes.

... and kill me now but I thought Kipons looked pretty fiiiineee :tape:

:spit:

And I won't kill you for that. ... :angel:

erica
02-28-2010, 08:48 PM
:worship: I'm just so ridiculously happy at the moment :D

but-it's-ok
02-28-2010, 08:49 PM
I'm crying:sobbing:,I'm a soppy mare:lol:

meitene
02-28-2010, 08:50 PM
Did he get the nice little Porsche as well? xD
The VASE was RIDICULOUS, BUT I AM SO HAPPY I COULD NOT CARE LESS. He was so adorable, cracking up in the middle of his speech. Ahhhh :eek::hug::yippee::hearts:

erica
02-28-2010, 08:51 PM
... and kill me now but I thought Kipons looked pretty fiiiineee :tape:

This is not too surprising coming from you.. :lol:

Proxima2
02-28-2010, 08:51 PM
Very touching moment. I'm very happy for him :awww: :sobbing:
Ernests, you're great! :hatoff:

jitterbug
02-28-2010, 08:52 PM
This is not too surprising coming from you.. :lol:

Like it's my fault Karlis didn't turn up :angel:

underyourbridge
02-28-2010, 08:52 PM
:worship::bounce::hearts::clap2: Malacis, Ernest!

Dini
02-28-2010, 08:52 PM
Really happy for him. :yippee: Great stuff from him today.

Congrats Ernie and of course all his loyal fans. :hug:

Nadie
02-28-2010, 08:53 PM
Like it's my fault Karlis didn't turn up :angel:

:awww: :hug: he should have arrived... unless he isn't in Latvia

but-it's-ok
02-28-2010, 08:53 PM
Nadi,thanks for your congrats!!:hug::kiss:

jitterbug
02-28-2010, 08:57 PM
:awww: :hug: he should have arrived... unless he isn't in Latvia

Facebook said he's in Vero Beach, which is only an hour and a half's drive away from Delray :p Naughty Karlis.

The hug between Gumy and Papa Gulbis at the end was a very nice moment.

Proxima2
02-28-2010, 08:57 PM
Really happy for him. :yippee: Great stuff from him today.

Congrats Ernie and of course all his loyal fans. :hug:

Thank you! :)

rocketassist
02-28-2010, 08:58 PM
yessssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssss :dance:

hollabee
02-28-2010, 09:02 PM
I cried, quite a lot this time, and then I went insane and now I am sitting in glee.

YAY ERNIE :D This is just amazing, after being a fan for so long and putting up with losses, it may not be the biggest tournament in the world but for today, Delray Beach could be a slam to me. :)