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-Evita-
12-17-2009, 08:13 PM
I think it's time to create a thread for the next season :rocker2:

Ernests will play in Doha first (he barely got in), the week after that he'll probably have to play qualifying at either Auckland or Sydney (or perhaps he'll just spend it practicing) and then he'll play the AO main draw :D

TravelingFanGirl
12-17-2009, 08:24 PM
Thanks Evita for the new thread! I'm so excited for next season! :hug:

-Evita-
12-17-2009, 08:54 PM
Thanks Evita for the new thread! I'm so excited for next season! :hug:

Yeah, me too :banana: I'm just reposting these pictures from the other thread, Ernests will probably be wearing this :)

this is the one ;) i bet he will look good on those

http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/1489/pdt302001271.jpg
http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/9738/pdt3020012711.jpg
http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/9051/pdt306001105thumb.jpg
http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/2266/pdt302001272.jpg
http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/4396/pdt3020012721.jpg

but I'm afraid that he's gonna wear yellow again :lol: like last year, he wore the blue one in the ad pics, but he just put on yellow shirts on court :(

erica
12-17-2009, 09:33 PM
Great title, Evita ;) Hot, hot, hot..

I guess we're all hoping for a better season than last year.. But then again, that shouldn't be so hard to achieve, should it? :lol:

:banana: for 2010!

Stelle
12-17-2009, 09:55 PM
Nice thread title :) squeeeee!! I can't wait! Mainly cos im gonna see him (hopefully) but because of his rank he will most definetley be versing a top 10 player:hysteric: But, if he does what he says (practice, practice, practice!!!) I think he could really have a shot! I hope i will see him, and get some nice shots!:D Is anyone else going?:cool:

banhhe
12-23-2009, 02:24 PM
the entry lists of the week after AO were out and he's not in any of them. I think he wants to take a week off (actually, it'll be two if he lost early at AO :p) before going to America. It will be better practicing there than playing one tournament in Europe, where he only has 20 points to defend :)

ekkikossar
12-23-2009, 04:06 PM
points to defend... this is not a good argument upon which to base any speculation, as he practically has no points to defend this year. :)

Nadie
12-23-2009, 05:21 PM
points to defend... this is not a good argument upon which to base any speculation, as he practically has no points to defend this year. :)

well, he has points to defend :shrug: he is neither Deniss nor Karlis who have 15 and 10 pts

ekkikossar
12-23-2009, 09:01 PM
well, he has points to defend :shrug: he is neither Deniss nor Karlis who have 15 and 10 ptsI hope Ernests thinks like you do. Im afraid that to him defending a first round = having virtually nothing to defend.
Anyway, it is not important what he has to defend: we (him included) should all focus on what he has to conquer:)

Stelle
12-23-2009, 09:29 PM
:D I am really worried i won't see ernests if he is playing like a top 10 player. Does anyone know like the cut off for how they put matches on Rod Laver Arena? I am really worried i will miss him :(

banhhe
12-29-2009, 09:51 PM
Ernests is in the entry list of San Jose :banana: (and is the last direct acceptance :p he's just so lucky)
Entry List (http://vb.tennisteen.it/notizie/entry-list/atp-entry-list-8-14-febbraio-2010.html) (roll down to see :))

Stelle
12-29-2009, 10:27 PM
Ernests is in the entry list of San Jose :banana: (and is the last direct acceptance :p he's just so lucky)
Entry List (http://vb.tennisteen.it/notizie/entry-list/atp-entry-list-8-14-febbraio-2010.html) (roll down to see :))

Woo thanks Hanh :D

:eek::eek:So lucky!!

wideeyedmuse
12-29-2009, 11:56 PM
omg. i can't believe it's been a year. :eek:

i'm depressed. i want to be in oz watching the matches. GAH! :banghead:

ellen_
12-30-2009, 08:09 AM
Have fun in San Jose, Erno - coz I'm going to Rotterdam :ras: :rolleyes:

ellen_
01-02-2010, 04:24 PM
Our first draw of the season is out! http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/mds.pdf

R1 Montanes :)

cath85
01-02-2010, 04:25 PM
the draw for Doha is out. he'll play montañes first
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/mds.pdf

edit: pfff ellen :ras: ;)

ellen_
01-02-2010, 04:29 PM
:haha: We have no life.

TravelingFanGirl
01-02-2010, 04:37 PM
:haha: Thanks girls! You both are wonderful!

I'm so excited...now the question is..can we see that match?! :ras:

-Evita-
01-02-2010, 04:48 PM
[1] Roger Federer (SUI) - Christophe Rochus (BEL)
Evgeny Korolev (RUS) - Martin Vassallo Arguello (ARG)
Oscar Hernandez (ESP) - Andreas Seppi (ITA)
Ernests Gulbis (LAT) - [6] Albert Montanes (ESP)

Not a bad draw, I think :unsure: He's never played against Federer, I hope he can do it here :D Not that I take any wins for granted but he should be able to beat at least Montanes and Hernandez. Seppi might be a bit more difficult but far from impossible.

Go Ernest :rocker2:

cath85
01-02-2010, 04:50 PM
:haha: We have no life.

you're not gonna believe me, but I only checked once and it was immediately there. I guess I checked at the right moment, just one minute too late :p

banhhe
01-02-2010, 06:59 PM
Good draw :) I was afraid he would encounter one of the top 4 seeds in 1st round :p
Good luck Ernests!!!

Stelle
01-02-2010, 10:03 PM
Thats a pretty fair draw :D
Good Luck Ernests :P

TravelingFanGirl
01-02-2010, 11:13 PM
I'm afraid using the term "nice draw" we have said that a few times and ended up saying "ohhh..never mind." :tape:

ekkikossar
01-03-2010, 01:18 AM
Erno, Im sure you won't show us the first Federed-Gulbis match of the history. So, go and prove me wrong.

krfreak
01-03-2010, 02:02 AM
Good luck Ernests!:bounce:

banhhe
01-03-2010, 03:41 AM
I'm afraid using the term "nice draw" we have said that a few times and ended up saying "ohhh..never mind." :tape:

yeah, we should stop jinxing him :tape:

cath85
01-03-2010, 07:34 PM
the OOP for tomorrow is out, E is on it already.
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/op.pdf
it's gonna be quite late, but I don't know if I'll be there. it was supposed to be my first day at work tomorrow, but I'll go to my uncle's funeral instead... dunno if I'll be in the mood to follow tennis when I get home from that

TravelingFanGirl
01-03-2010, 07:35 PM
Thank you for the OOP Cath! Sorry about your Uncle :hug:

ellen_
01-03-2010, 07:37 PM
I just saw it aswell :rolls:

Cath :hug: :awww:

banhhe
01-03-2010, 09:07 PM
Thanks Cath :)
Sorry about your uncle :awww: :hug:

cath85
01-03-2010, 09:42 PM
thanks guys :hug:

krfreak
01-04-2010, 01:00 AM
Thanks Cath ;) and I'm sorry about your uncle.:hug:

Proxima2
01-04-2010, 10:28 AM
Cath, sorry about your uncle :awww: :hug:

ellen_
01-04-2010, 04:42 PM
I'm getting rather nervous :unsure: Am I the only one? Hope not.

Will have it on tv btw :D

banhhe
01-04-2010, 04:47 PM
:wavey: Ellen, I'm nervous too :unsure: dunno what he looks like after 2 months :rolls:
I'm really lazy to check if it is on TV or not :p the stream is really good so I don't want to leave my desk at all :lol:

-Evita-
01-04-2010, 08:08 PM
dunno what he looks like after 2 months :rolls:

Long curly hair and a beard :lol: I don't like this particular look on him very much but I'm probably in the minority :p

Ernie beat Montanes 6-2 7-5 :woohoo: :worship: 37 winners (lots of aces) and 16 unforced errors :eek: :worship:

TravelingFanGirl
01-04-2010, 08:41 PM
Love the few good "wollys" he did. :haha: As we all know he isn't very good with those.
And I love when he tested the string tension on his head. :p

I'm so glad he started off the year with a win. :bounce:

Stelle
01-05-2010, 11:20 AM
Hey guys, i have been away since Sunday - Tuesday and to get home to this, well, well i saw the score i breathed a huge sigh of relief, i really wish i could have watched it. By the match stats it sounds really good, but did he play really well, or was it Montanes playing bad? Who is his next opponent Seppi?

ellen_
01-05-2010, 11:24 AM
Hey guys, i have been away since Sunday - Tuesday and to get home to this, well, well i saw the score i breathed a huge sigh of relief, i really wish i could have watched it. By the match stats it sounds really good, but did he play really well, or was it Montanes playing bad? Who is his next opponent Seppi?

Montanes didn't impress me at any stage of the match, but Erno was solid. Good serving and some accurate shots.

Hernandez-Seppi is about to start.

Proxima2
01-05-2010, 12:25 PM
Yeah Ernests! Nice start! :banana: I hope I can see the next match :D

banhhe
01-05-2010, 01:14 PM
the match between Hernandez and Seppi just finished. He's playing Seppi next.
Good luck! :)

cath85
01-05-2010, 06:48 PM
last match on center court again tomorrow :)
http://www.atpworldtour.com/posting/2010/451/op.pdf

TravelingFanGirl
01-05-2010, 06:55 PM
Thank you again Cath :hug: That's such a good time for me! It's always nice when you don't have to wake up REALLY early in the morning.

ellen_
01-05-2010, 06:57 PM
Probably on Eurosport again then... I hope.

cath85
01-05-2010, 07:36 PM
yeah unless they'll stop broadcasting earlier, which is a possibility :lol: we'll be back to crappy livestreams then...
I should be able to watch it this time though :)

-Evita-
01-05-2010, 08:12 PM
I love that they put Ernest on center court again and at such a convenient time :yeah:

banhhe
01-05-2010, 08:28 PM
They put Ernests' match on center court while seeded players Davydenko, Karlovic and Troicki have to play on court no. 1 and 2 :eek: This time we're so lucky ;)

btw, he's #5 in the alternate list of Memphis :)

PinkFeatherBoa
01-05-2010, 08:39 PM
Ernests is worthy of Centre Court, the organisation clearly know their stuff. :)

Glad they keep giving him that timeslot, it's perfect. Enjoyed the first rounder and looking forward to watching him again. Justify your Centre Court scheduling, Ernests.

krfreak
01-06-2010, 12:50 AM
Ahh,last match. I'm not gonna be getting much sleep again.:ras: But at least he's in centre court and I can see him.:) Sarauj!:banana:

Stelle
01-06-2010, 06:39 AM
Ernests is worthy of Centre Court, the organisation clearly know their stuff. :)

Glad they keep giving him that timeslot, it's perfect. Enjoyed the first rounder and looking forward to watching him again. Justify your Centre Court scheduling, Ernests.

HAHAHAHA :)

They sure do!

Looks like i'll be waking up around 4:30am thats 9:30pm so i hope thats good enough??:confused: I hope we get more pictures and good streams :D

ellen_
01-06-2010, 03:48 PM
Eurosport stops covering like... now :rolleyes: D'oh. Anyway, it's time :p

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 03:57 PM
Ellen is there a stream? Nice of bet365 not to cover the matches today:(

ellen_
01-06-2010, 03:58 PM
My schedule on bet365 says Gulbis-Seppi though :confused:

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 03:59 PM
Does it? I just somehow thought they weren't covering any match from Doha today.

banhhe
01-06-2010, 03:59 PM
Ellen is there a stream? Nice of bet365 not to cover the matches today:(

I'm watching them on bet365 ;)

ellen_
01-06-2010, 04:00 PM
Di, it just started actually :)

banhhe
01-06-2010, 04:02 PM
oh God, I'm watching and they say "Unfortunately, we cannot connect to the stream. Please contact us quoting error code S07. " :sobbing:

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 04:02 PM
Yep thanks I'm logged in;) I see them on court.

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 04:03 PM
He shaved!!!!

banhhe
01-06-2010, 04:05 PM
Oh, never mind, I found another stream :)
He looks ten years younger after shaving :lol:

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 04:07 PM
Oh, never mind, I found another stream :)
He looks ten years younger after shaving :lol:

Hanh I'm glad you found another stream:hug: He looks great facially today,it does make him look younger indeed.

cath85
01-06-2010, 04:12 PM
I liked this first game of E :D glad to see him again after the break :)

Stelle
01-06-2010, 05:35 PM
WOOHOOOOO! Ernie won 6:4 7:5 against Seppi, Federer next:eek:

Come On Ernie!

And he shaved too!;)

TravelingFanGirl
01-06-2010, 05:39 PM
:haha: Who thinks Erno read the caveman comments? *raises hand*
He looked great tonight (although I think he looks good all the time ;) )

Aside from the fact that he won my favorite part of the match was when he was telling the umpire he had long arms. :lol: I also liked to see Papa & Gumy chatting away through out the match and the happy smiles when Erno won. It was cute!

Congrats Erno! 2010 is starting off much better! :hug:

banhhe
01-06-2010, 05:49 PM
I can't find word to say now :sobbing: I'm crying in happiness :woohoo:
Can't have a better start for the season :cool:
Now, Evita, I think you should change the thread name into "Roger who?" :rolls:

:haha: Who thinks Erno read the caveman comments? *raises hand*
He looked great tonight (although I think he looks good all the time ;) )

Aside from the fact that he won my favorite part of the match was when he was telling the umpire he had long arms. :lol: I also liked to see Papa & Gumy chatting away through out the match and the happy smiles when Erno won. It was cute!


He's gorgeous tonight :inlove:
When he said to the umpire that he has long arms :scratch: I don't remember that, I was nervous during the whole match :o
Papa & Gumy but no Deivids this time :p

TravelingFanGirl
01-06-2010, 05:52 PM
He's gorgeous tonight :inlove:
When he said to the umpire that he has long arms :scratch: I don't remember that, I was nervous during the whole match :o
Papa & Gumy but no Deivids this time :p

It was during the first set (I think) when Seppi won a challenge and instead of replaying the point the umpire said it was a winner. Ernests was telling the umpire that he had long arms and could have reached the shot so it shouldn't have been a winner. (the commentator laughed and said "hes telling the umpire he has long arms" I didn't really hear him say this but he was motioning along his arm)

And no Dave hasn't been there this tournament. Is it the end of Dave? *cue dun dun dun music* :p

ellen_
01-06-2010, 06:03 PM
It was during the first set (I think) when Seppi won a challenge and instead of replaying the point the umpire said it was a winner. Ernests was telling the umpire that he had long arms and could have reached the shot so it shouldn't have been a winner. (the commentator laughed and said "hes telling the umpire he has long arms" I didn't really hear him say this but he was motioning along his arm)

And no Dave hasn't been there this tournament. Is it the end of Dave? *cue dun dun dun music* :p

2nd set :angel:

-Evita-
01-06-2010, 06:03 PM
I can't find word to say now :sobbing: I'm crying in happiness :woohoo:
Can't have a better start for the season :cool:

We can have a better start if he wins tomorrow ;) Long shot, I know but still :D

Now, Evita, I think you should change the thread name into "Roger who?" :rolls:

I would never disrespect Federer that way :awww: Besides, that would be jinxing. I'll think of something else :)

TravelingFanGirl
01-06-2010, 06:07 PM
2nd set :angel:

Oh right. Thank you! That was bugging me cause I wasn't sure. :hug:

banhhe
01-06-2010, 06:08 PM
Semifinal curse :rolls: yeah, that's good :yeah: :lol:

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 06:08 PM
:woohoo: Happy that Erno has reached the stage in the tournament where he can have a crack at a match without pressure:rocker2: I hope he can be inspired by his 1st meeting with Federer,and play lights out,cos he played nervously today,yet played his best to close out todays match in straights.

What is it with curses here?:lol:;)

ellen_
01-06-2010, 06:08 PM
I would embrace the semifinal curse with both arms btw. For now :p

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 06:11 PM
Curses,curses there's a curse in the title of this thread now:help::rolls:

-Evita-
01-06-2010, 06:17 PM
I think Ernests won't play anywhere next week. He'd have to qualify in both Sydney and Auckland. Even if he loses to Federer tomorrow, that'll leave him only 30 hours or so until Saturday morning in Australia when qualifying starts and that's simply too little time to fly there and get adjusted to the different weather and time zone.

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 06:27 PM
He's not superman yet so no:lol:

banhhe
01-06-2010, 06:30 PM
he will get a WC in Auckland, trust me :p

Edit: and he will lose in the 1st round :rolls:

cath85
01-06-2010, 06:37 PM
they'll play 3rd match tomorrow btw. that's some pretty good timing for me :D

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 06:41 PM
I don't have hang ups about what round Erno reaches:lol: He wins great,he loses well he's supposed to lose every week at some point:lol:

ellen_
01-06-2010, 06:45 PM
I don't have hang ups about what round Erno reaches:lol: He wins great,he loses well he's supposed to lose every week at some point:lol:

No he doesn't :p

3rd match is good :yeah:

but-it's-ok
01-06-2010, 06:51 PM
If Ernests goes through a whole week in a singles competition on Tour believe me I'll be ecstatic,but I'm prepared to wait...and wait.

Yep his consistency level is appreciably better right now-woooo!!

Alien
01-06-2010, 08:49 PM
Well done, Ernie! :yeah: Hopefully he has something to show Roger apart from Russian unquotable language...

krfreak
01-07-2010, 12:30 AM
Good job, Ernests!:smooch: I'm really be looking forward to his next match...my dad will definitely watch it, I hope at the end of the match he will be more impressed of Ernie than he already is!;) Good luck :banana:

bleu_cheese
01-07-2010, 03:14 AM
This is a match I've been looking forward to for a long time. Even if Ernests loses as expected, hopefully he'll learn something from one of the very best in tennis. That is, not for long. :D

banhhe
01-07-2010, 06:30 PM
Yea I remember the thumbs up thingy he did.
And I was going to post in the other thread but everyone was in here :lol:

EVERYONE GO TO THE OTHER THREAD..STARTING....NOW! :yeah:

ok :rolls:

I don't know, I think I remember it wrongly :scratch:
Maybe he was giving his thumb and with the camera angle I thought he was giving his index finger as well :p
We'll make it clear after downloading the match though :D

TravelingFanGirl
01-07-2010, 06:32 PM
I know he was doing a thumbs up and shaking it and I think that's when you saw his other finger, but he wasn't shooting. It was when he wasn't able to challenge and if he was able he would have got the break earlier.:armed: For those of you following my twitter you know that that part of the match was very hard for me. :lol:

-Evita-
01-07-2010, 06:45 PM
Let me make a quick recap for historical purposes :)

Federer def. Gulbis 6-2 4-6 6-4

Ernests served first. He won his first service game to make it 1-0 but then he lost the next three games. When he was serving at 1-3 he was 0-40 down but he saved all the break points :worship: It didn't help much though because a couple of douces later he still got broken. Then Federer held and it was 1-5. Ernests was making so many unforced errors, it was painful to watch. He was in danger of being broken again but he held himself together and finally held. It was a good thing too :) Because he could serve first in the second set. Again, he almost got broken but in the end he held for 1-0. He started serving much better in the second set and Federer's level dropped a bit so Ernie had chances to break him. On one BP, he got a wrong line call but he didn't have any challenges left so Federer got the point :mad: Ernests made some interesting hand gestures :lol: But the good thing was that he didn't let this situation upset him too much and he took the first BP he had at 5-4 40-30 and broke for the set :yeah:

The third set was pretty similar to the second one, except that Ernests didn't win it. Both had chances to break, Fed did so at 2-2 and everyone thought that was it but then Ernie broke back in the next game :eek: But Federer broke again at 4-4 and that was really it :awww: I have to say though that I didn't expect Ernest to win even a set so I'm happy with this result :)

but-it's-ok
01-07-2010, 06:46 PM
:scratch: Why do we need a recap,we all watched:lol:

TravelingFanGirl
01-07-2010, 06:50 PM
:lol: Well Di, I repeat myself a lot so recaps to me are very frequent. And we are making sure you didn't forget anything ;)

-Evita-
01-07-2010, 06:51 PM
:scratch: Why do we need a recap,we all watched:lol:

Because there are people who didn't watch it and because we'll have forgotten about this match in half a year and because Ernest will gain many new fans in the next years and they will want to know how his first match against Roger went so they'll be able to come here and read about it :)

but-it's-ok
01-07-2010, 06:52 PM
Yeah..whatever:lol: I'm not obsessed to the point where I need to remember every point:lol: Good service for those who didn't watch:lol: Ernests gains fans,he loses them,whats the deal?:lol:

banhhe
01-07-2010, 06:53 PM
My hardest part of the match was when he played so badly in the 1st set :sobbing: For those who knows me on FB properly knows that Roger is my favorite as well, and I was so happy that two of my all time favorites would play each other for the first time. After he got broken the second time in the 1st set, I even didn't want to watch anymore :crying2:

I wish this was a best-of-five match, he would have pushed Federer into the fifth and had a big chance to win as Federer today didn't play well either.

Anyway, enough said, the match is over :sad: I don't even know if I want to watch it again :sad:

I just hope that he will take this to boost his confidence in future matches rather than let it let him down with the thought that he could have won if he didn't make so many silly mistakes :banghead:

but-it's-ok
01-07-2010, 06:55 PM
Every match is a learning experience,he's played the worlds top 5 players now,so he knows what he has to achieve.

TravelingFanGirl
01-07-2010, 10:51 PM
I wasn't really sure where to put this (or if anyone wanted to read it) but here is what Fed had to say about Ernests. I'm sorry but I don't like Fed so this made me :rolleyes: Anyway, did they interview Ernests at all? I'm guessing not but I think they should have.

Reigning ATP World Tour Champion Roger Federer was made to work hard for his semi-final berth at the Qatar ExxonMobil Open Thursday, losing the second set to Latvian Ernests Gulbis before prevailing 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 at the ATP World Tour 250 hard-court tennis tournament in Doha.

"It’s only the first time I’ve ever played him so obviously I don’t know as much as maybe other opponents," said Federer. "But I was impressed by his ball-striking and his abilities. I knew that beforehand as well, that’s why I’m happy to come through against him because it was rather tight towards the end."

The Swiss comfortably secured the opening set of the pair’s first meeting, taking advantage of Gulbis’ unforced errors to break serve twice. However, his Latvian opponent provided a sterner challenge in the second set and, after missing opportunities to break serve in the eighth game, took his chance in Federer’s following service game to level the match as the top seed scooped a backhand volley up and wide.

Federer struggled to close out Gulbis’ challenge in the third set, squandering a service-break advantage as he paid the price for a lack of first serves and the Latvian levelled at 3-3. However, in the pursuit of his third Doha title, Federer proved to have the edge in the deciding stages, breaking Gulbis’ serve in the ninth game as the tight 21 year old over hit a forehand and serving out the victory after one hour and 47 minutes.

"I don’t think he served his best at the end of the game; he made some errors," said Federer. "I thought it was more that he gave it to me than I had to work for it, but that tends to happen when you build pressure, momentum and everythingGood effort to break him twice in the first set and the third set, especially the way he was serving in the second set – he went off on a tear for quite a while, didn’t make it easy for me – but I hung in there, didn’t get frustrated."

krfreak
01-08-2010, 12:45 AM
Before the match I was hoping it wouldn't be too painful to watch, but overall,I enjoyed it.:) He didn't play badly, I mean, this is Federer,here, and taking a set off the world no.1...:yeah: Sarauj for all your upcoming matches,Ernie!

And the thumbs-up thing was :lol: So cute.

Stelle
01-08-2010, 11:11 AM
Looks like Ernests isn't in Qualifying for Sydney - here's the draw :(

http://www.medibankinternational.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/QS-3.pdf

banhhe
01-08-2010, 12:42 PM
he's not in the QD of Auckland either
We don't know if he asks for a WC in Auckland or Sydney or not but I prefer him to just come to Melbourne and practice rather than play one more tournament. It's not about how many tournaments he plays, it's about how deeply he can go in one.

~Butterfly~
01-08-2010, 02:21 PM
I don't know if it heps but his dad is still in Doha,he was sitting with tournament director today at Rafa's match
I think Ernests won't play Sydney or Auckland

banhhe
01-08-2010, 02:24 PM
thanks for the info Butterfly :hug:

tournament director..... huhm .......

~Butterfly~
01-08-2010, 05:34 PM
thanks for the info Butterfly :hug:

tournament director..... huhm .......

That was my reaction too when I saw him
We wich good luck to our Ernests :)

TravelingFanGirl
01-08-2010, 07:21 PM
Wow thank you butterfly! That was interesting news!

ellen_
01-08-2010, 11:03 PM
Again a conversation with a tour director...Erno had one in Munich last season. Something interesting happened afterwards? :unsure: :lol:

banhhe
01-09-2010, 02:44 AM
Ernests together with Malisse is the contender for the late wildcard in Auckland ;)

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/SportsNews/spten/Detail.aspx?id=169061

Stelle
01-09-2010, 03:12 AM
Ernests together with Malisse is the contender for the late wildcard in Auckland ;)

http://www.radiosport.co.nz/SportsNews/spten/Detail.aspx?id=169061

Thanks Hanh for the news :worship: I really hope he gets it - he needs some match practice :D Woohoo, and plus, he needs to defend his 2nd Round points, he got beaten by Del Pony didn't he?

TravelingFanGirl
01-09-2010, 03:19 AM
Thanks Hanh for the news :worship: I really hope he gets it - he needs some match practice :D Woohoo, and plus, he needs to defend his 2nd Round points, he got beaten by Del Pony didn't he?

No, I think it would be best for him to go to Australia and get use to the courts and conditions. But that's just my opinion. :p

jitterbug
01-09-2010, 03:32 AM
For what it's worth, NZ is nowhere as hot as Melbourne even in the summer :lol: So yeah, I agree with Courtney.

banhhe
01-09-2010, 04:22 AM
the main draw of Auckland was out and I see neither Ernests nor Xavier in there :lol:

Stelle
01-09-2010, 04:23 AM
I see your point but, Ernests does need to get use to the conditions - but i also want to watch him play tennis too :D

TravelingFanGirl
01-09-2010, 04:26 AM
Well AO is more imporant, so wouldn't you rather see him go farther in a Grand Slam?

Stelle
01-09-2010, 04:31 AM
But, wouldn't it be better to get a few matches in - it makes me feel uneasy that his next match is at AO, i think he still needs some practice - either way i don't care what he chooses - it;s his choice isn't it?

TravelingFanGirl
01-09-2010, 04:40 AM
I just think he needs to practice in the hot conditions and get practice on the courts more then getting practice in on the other courts. But I see your point and I've made my point so we just have to wait and see what happens!

banhhe
01-09-2010, 05:00 AM
Of course we are fans and we want to see him play as often as possible, but I think he made a wise move when deciding not to play Auckland. It is troublesome if he goes to NZ from Doha, then goes back to Melbourne to play AO in harsh condition. I really hope that he can make some surprises at AO this year.

Stelle
01-09-2010, 05:00 AM
I just think he needs to practice in the hot conditions and get practice on the courts more then getting practice in on the other courts. But I see your point and I've made my point so we just have to wait and see what happens!

:hug:

Stelle
01-11-2010, 12:50 AM
I know this is pretty unlikely but what are the chances of Ernests playing at Kooyong, he will have needed to be in Melbourne, but Murray or ROddick has probably already got it?

-Evita-
01-12-2010, 03:59 PM
Ernests is in the Delray Beach entry list, main draw :yeah:

Proxima2
01-12-2010, 04:02 PM
Good to have some news! Thanks Evita! :)

krfreak
01-13-2010, 01:59 AM
Thanks, Evita. :)

banhhe
01-14-2010, 11:26 PM
is there any one watching live of the draw ceremony? I don't see Ernie anywhere :unsure:

-Evita-
01-14-2010, 11:38 PM
Ernie got seed no.30 in the first round, I think it's Juan Monaco. Next round someone from ARG or FRA.

TravelingFanGirl
01-14-2010, 11:39 PM
I think I saw his name playing against MARTIN VASSALLO ARGUELLO and possible Gael Monfils second round but I'm not positive cause I didn't get a good look at it while they were doing it.

banhhe
01-14-2010, 11:42 PM
apparently Ernests will meet Monaco in 1st round :unsure: I saw his name in the 1st quater and rather close to Davydenko :tape:
anyway, just wait for them to upload the draw :p

underyourbridge
01-14-2010, 11:43 PM
Second round possible against Martin Vassallo Arguello or Llodra

Stelle
01-14-2010, 11:50 PM
WOAH! I was expecting a really hard one - so he is playing Juan Monaco first up then Llodra or Arguello - so why were people saying MOnfils? WOOHOO! I am happy :)

TravelingFanGirl
01-15-2010, 12:02 AM
When they were looking at the draw I was pretty sure I saw Arguello first round and a possible Monfils second round but I guess me and Courtney couldn't see it very well. I could only see a few letters of the names so I'm guessing I saw gAEL when it was MichAEL! :lol:

banhhe
01-15-2010, 12:05 AM
I thought he could meet Monfils in the second round too :lol: but then thinking about the rankings, it doesn't make sense at all :p

Stelle
01-15-2010, 12:17 AM
I wish he was :D Monfils is in bad condition :) I know thats mean, but its ernie we are talking about :D

TravelingFanGirl
01-15-2010, 12:18 AM
Yea, I was wrong! :lol:

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/scores/draws/ms/r1s1.html

The draw doesn't look too bad. It could be worse. Kolya is the scary one there!

Stelle
01-15-2010, 12:20 AM
WOO HOOOOOOO :) Possible third round match up with Davy :( Lol something that is hilarious is Igor Andreev (better ranked then ernie gets RF in the 1st round) Hahaha
Juan Monaco

v
Ernests Gulbis LAT


Martin Vassallo Arguello ARG
v
Michael Llodra FRA


Carlos Moya ESP
v
Qualifier




Qualifier
v


Nikolay Davydenko RUS (6)

He's in RF's Quarter!!

-Evita-
01-15-2010, 12:23 AM
I suppose it could have been worse - but it could also have been better. I'm afraid Ernests has very little chance to beat Davydenko :( But even a third round would be an improvement over last year :)

TravelingFanGirl
01-15-2010, 12:46 AM
Lets not get ahead of ourselves yet. We need to stay focused on one round at a time. Monaco still worries me & we never know which Ernests will show up :p

Stelle
01-15-2010, 12:47 AM
I suppose it could have been worse - but it could also have been better. I'm afraid Ernests has very little chance to beat Davydenko :( But even a third round would be an improvement over last year :)

He's got a good draw! I am so happy :cool: Mainly cos it will mean he won't be in Rod Laver Arena and i will get to watch his matches :) I think if he really takes it to Kolya he could cause i really big upset! :) I want to see him play Fernando Verdasco :p But i think i am asking for too much, a fourth round? :rolleyes: That would be nice :D Except, Carlos Moya is back - is he likely to take out Kolya? It kinda feels like the USO again...he played Llodra and Moya :)

banhhe
01-15-2010, 01:14 AM
Lets not get ahead of ourselves yet. We need to stay focused on one round at a time. Monaco still worries me & we never know which Ernests will show up :p
well, I hope the caveman look: messy hair and beard ;) plus the teel polo :cool:

anyway, will you go there early and get some pics of him practicing, Estelle? :) (well, just to know that he's actually there :p)

Stelle
01-15-2010, 01:32 AM
well, I hope the caveman look: messy hair and beard ;) plus the teel polo :cool:

anyway, will you go there early and get some pics of him practicing, Estelle? :) (well, just to know that he's actually there :p)

:sad: I'm not as good as Z, I am going down on Sunday :D So, then the AO isn't open for fans and what not:mad: But i am going to get a grounds pass on Monday - i don't think Erno will be in Hisense or RLA so it costs only $9.90 !!! TO SEE ERNESTS!! Then on the Tues, Wed, and Thurs im in Hisense - then im coming home - STUPID SCHOOL! :rolleyes: So i will be seeing him :)

I will most likely after Monday - and i see him or the match (depends when he is playing) i will find a Net Cafe and upload my photos :D Just be warned my camera is pretty ordinary so hopefully i get a good seat so i don't have to zoom in :rolleyes: I am sooo excited! Oh, i was actually thinking - should i get a Good Luck card for ernests and write all your names on it and where you come from - just to show how many fans he has all around the world?

but-it's-ok
01-15-2010, 06:39 AM
I beg to differ,as I often do:lol: That is a very tough draw!!!!!! I hope for the best but fear the worst.

banhhe
01-15-2010, 10:58 AM
Oh, i was actually thinking - should i get a Good Luck card for ernests and write all your names on it and where you come from - just to show how many fans he has all around the world?

that would be sweet :hearts: :smooch:

krfreak
01-15-2010, 11:11 AM
I think that's a nice idea too, Estelle. :)

banhhe
01-15-2010, 12:31 PM
It seems that Ernests will play on Tuesday :)
I hope that he won't play a night match

Stelle
01-15-2010, 12:58 PM
It seems that Ernests will play on Tuesday :)
I hope that he won't play a night match

How do you know? I hope so anyway - thats better for me - and no night match i'd say they don't play many other than RLA or Hisense...:DWOO

banhhe
01-15-2010, 01:24 PM
How do you know? I hope so anyway - thats better for me - and no night match i'd say they don't play many other than RLA or Hisense...:DWOO

on the AO website, they said that the bottom half will play first on Monday, Ernests is on the top half so he probably won't play on Monday :)

cath85
01-15-2010, 01:55 PM
the draw could be way worse! at least he doesn't regularly play the first or second seed in the second round anymore :lol:

banhhe
01-15-2010, 02:21 PM
the draw could be way worse! at least he doesn't regularly play the first or second seed in the second round anymore :lol:
I'm kinda miss those days :ignore: Now he gets them in R3 or QF :lol:

ekkikossar
01-15-2010, 08:23 PM
yes the draw is not that bad, but Im with Evita: Davydenko is the real danger. He can stop Ernests, if Ernests doesn't decide to stop his run all by himself before

-Evita-
01-18-2010, 09:51 AM
Ernests plays the second match tomorrow on Court 6. It's the middle of the night for me but I'll get up and watch it on Eurosport player :banana: Hopefully there are no rain delays tomorrow :mad: I haven't looked at the forecast :scared:

ellen_
01-18-2010, 10:13 AM
I think rain will be close again but it won't be like today. I hope, at least :unsure: I also hope there won't be too many changes in the OOP, since a lot of matches got cancelled today and aren't on the OOP yet.

But at least he won't change court anymore :)

banhhe
01-18-2010, 10:52 AM
I hope there will be no rain delay :unsure: I'll be not able to watch if he plays too late

krfreak
01-18-2010, 11:05 AM
I'm glad he's not playing the night session..:) Fingers crossed for a rain-free day tomorrow. Sarauj Erno!:bounce:

ellen_
01-18-2010, 11:25 AM
As predicted, the OOP changed. 4th match now, but still on court 6.

banhhe
01-18-2010, 11:31 AM
I pray for the two woman's matches to be over quick :(

-Evita-
01-18-2010, 11:36 AM
4th match is much better for the Europeans :yeah: That is, if you can watch during the day.

Nadie
01-18-2010, 11:51 AM
I pray for the two woman's matches to be over quick :(

no no, they will play as long as 2 Maria's today :p

4th match is much better for the Europeans :yeah: That is, if you can watch during the day.

not sure it'll be during the day, but at least we don't need to get up at night :yippee:

krfreak
01-18-2010, 12:22 PM
It would be nice if Tanasugarn finishes the match in 2 sets. Then it will be like he's playing the 3rd match. :)

littlevictories
01-18-2010, 01:55 PM
Ok I'm back for the new year, not a great draw for ernie, but he's got a really chance to earn some much needed ranking points (sense the positivity!) :banana:

-Evita-
01-18-2010, 02:20 PM
not sure it'll be during the day, but at least we don't need to get up at night :yippee:

I just meant that if someone has to be at work/school at 9am they probably won't be able to watch the match so they might have preferred it at night :p But I'm glad it's not.

Speaking about the draw - it's a really good draw compared to some he's been getting the last couple of years - Nadal, Murray, or Roddick in the first or second round :rolleyes: We might put Davydenko in the same category of top players but 3rd round is not as bad :) If Ernests manages to get there and play against Davy and maybe win a set I'll be more than satisfied with this tournament :yeah:

cath85
01-18-2010, 03:48 PM
I'm not sure I'm gonna get up for the match, I need my sleep to be awake when I'm trying to teach my monsters smth :p
there's no stream for this court is there?

hollabee
01-18-2010, 03:54 PM
I'm really rubbish at working out the time difference, so what kind of time will his match be in Europe? If anyone knows I'd be really grateful :)

cath85
01-18-2010, 04:06 PM
it's really hard to predict, but I'd say it will be around 4:30 am UK time

hollabee
01-18-2010, 04:16 PM
it's really hard to predict, but I'd say it will be around 4:30 am UK time

That's great! I'd been trying to work it out, but with the inclusion of the 'to finish' match it makes it really hard to see what'll happen. Thanks :)

-Evita-
01-18-2010, 04:41 PM
I'm not sure I'm gonna get up for the match, I need my sleep to be awake when I'm trying to teach my monsters smth :p
there's no stream for this court is there?

There is a stream, at least on Eurosport player.

I'm really rubbish at working out the time difference, so what kind of time will his match be in Europe? If anyone knows I'd be really grateful :)

It depends on how long the previous matches last. Play starts at midnight UK time. I would say 5 hours is the minimum, maybe 6 or even 7 hours so that would put the starting time between 5:00-7:00 GMT. If you get up at 7 you'll probably be able to catch at least the last part of the match.

banhhe
01-19-2010, 12:02 AM
there's no stream for this court is there?
I think it does, I watched livestream of Ivo-Steps match yesterday on Court 6 ;)

banhhe
01-19-2010, 01:05 AM
the two woman's matches are over :bounce: One more match to go ;)

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 03:34 AM
:yawn:

:wavey: Blake is nearly done already:eek:

banhhe
01-19-2010, 03:36 AM
Have all the European friends gotten up yet? :D Blake is leading Clement *5-2 in the third, It won't be long before his match starts ;)

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 03:37 AM
I just woke up fortunately,didn't set an alarm or anything,looked at the time and crawled out of bed. Its freezing:lol:

banhhe
01-19-2010, 03:39 AM
it's done it's done :bounce: Ernests' match is coming :bounce:

banhhe
01-19-2010, 03:50 AM
he's wearing the teel :cool:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 03:51 AM
What stream are you watching Hanh?

ellen_
01-19-2010, 03:57 AM
Goodmorning, world! :banana: :zzz:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 03:58 AM
Go Ernests! :bounce:

As for getting up, haven't slept yet. So on a sugar/caffeine rush. :lol:

i'm watching this one, Di. http://www.fromsport.com/video-155956.html

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 03:59 AM
Hi Ellen,Jen:wavey:

Cheers for the link Jen:yeah:

krfreak
01-19-2010, 04:07 AM
Hi everyone!:wavey: Come on,Ernests!:armed::bounce:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:17 AM
Vinee:wavey:

Ernests,take a BP please!!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:25 AM
Not a great start. Broken already and he's a little frustrated. Hope he works his way into the match, though.

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:28 AM
He's had so many chances already,thats why he's frustrated. Here comes another:bounce:

Taken a BP...at last!!

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:29 AM
Not concentrating at the beginning of every single service game,you cant do that against someone as tough as Monaco!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:29 AM
Finally takes a break point. :lol: What a shot to get to the break point :eek:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 04:34 AM
What was that point to get broken, eep. I think it's too early in the morning here for an Ernocoaster. :lol:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:34 AM
This is crazy!!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:34 AM
Argh. The consistency and defense of Monaco are going to trouble Gulbis for sure. Sigh...:mad:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:35 AM
I cant see Ernests winning this match:shrug:

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:39 AM
Cool it, Ernests. Go to your happy place...

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:41 AM
Would anyone be in a happy place playing Monaco right now?:lol:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 04:43 AM
If anyone knows Ernests happy place, will they remind him of it? ;)

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:43 AM
Thats it,may as well call it GSM to Monaco right now. Poor Stelle:sobbing:

krfreak
01-19-2010, 04:43 AM
Lost the first set.:sad: Calm down,Ernests!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:44 AM
I cant see Ernests winning this match:shrug:

He's not playing well, but on the plus side, he's had break points on all of Monaco's services. If he gets his own serve together, and converts on his opportunities, he has a shot.

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:45 AM
Headcase Ernests is back with us!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:47 AM
If anyone knows Ernests happy place, will they remind him of it? ;)

At the moment it's nowhere near the court.

:eek: Nice shot!

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:47 AM
Just cant see him winning,chances,breaks mean nothing if you don't take them,then capitalise,Ernests is messing himself up here,even beating himself. Not good:shrug:

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:49 AM
Monaco must think Break point means Game point at the moment...

banhhe
01-19-2010, 04:50 AM
he's struggling with himself more than with Monaco :awww:
after the 1st set, I'm not in the mood of watching anymore :sad:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:50 AM
This is useless,he's screwing himself up,its unbearable,and plain daft!

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:51 AM
45 ranking points down the plug hole,see ya in 3 weeks Ernests!

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 04:52 AM
Sigh, broken again...what a mess of a match.

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:53 AM
I called this anyhow,before it started,I said it was a tough draw,I would have liked to be proved wrong but..

Huntress555
01-19-2010, 04:53 AM
This is so annoying :rolleyes:

C'mon pick up your game Ernests!

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:56 AM
I don't think he can wait to get off the court,this is shameful and embarrasing in my view,he's beating himself handsomely. Well done Ernests!

banhhe
01-19-2010, 04:56 AM
Now I'm considering stopping watching it :armed:

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 04:56 AM
What is that, 6 games in a row?

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 04:57 AM
I'm going to bed,I knew I shouldn't have bothered,its worse than having ones own teeth pulled.

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:00 AM
Time to turn this thing around. Monaco can't last forever, probably. :scared:

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:02 AM
He's going for too much. I'd ask him to play within himself, but I'm afraid of what's inside of him at the moment.

Phew, back on serve

ellen_
01-19-2010, 05:02 AM
Monaco was never going to be an easy opponent :shrug: Should've been doable though, but Erno proves us wrong again I guess :tape: Still not over though. Did you all give up after the first set last year vs Andreev too? :p

Huntress555
01-19-2010, 05:04 AM
He breaks back :D

Now hold!

krfreak
01-19-2010, 05:05 AM
Broke Monaco! :)

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 05:05 AM
and suddenly he reminds me why I like him so much. :)

Always a fun ride with Ernie.

ellen_
01-19-2010, 05:07 AM
Gimme an H! Gimme an O! Gimme an L! Gimme a D! Hooooooooooold! :armed:

krfreak
01-19-2010, 05:08 AM
Hold,hold,hold,Erno!

ellen_
01-19-2010, 05:12 AM
Good hold, now show some balls, Erno :armed:

Huntress555
01-19-2010, 05:12 AM
I thought he was going to get broken there.

Yay for a hold though :) Break him again!

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:12 AM
He really does have some huge groundstrokes, when he decides to get them in, that is...

jitterbug
01-19-2010, 05:20 AM
Good hold, now show some balls, Erno :armed:

I bet that'd be a crowd-pleaser :p

krfreak
01-19-2010, 05:25 AM
Yess! Now,hold.

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:25 AM
I should feel happy about this break, but this match has left me in an emotional vacuum, unable to care about the slightest shift in momentum.

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 05:26 AM
:rolls: Zahirah.

I think they must have realised it's BREAK-fast time in Europe with all these breaks. Now I want a hold though, E.

ellen_
01-19-2010, 05:30 AM
I bet that'd be a crowd-pleaser :p

I wouldn't be myself if I only thought about a random R1 win at the AO :shrug: :p

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:34 AM
This set is in the bag. All he needs to do is keep up his shaky serving and win 7 of the next 12 points after that. No sweat.

Puschkin
01-19-2010, 05:42 AM
Come on, Ernests!

ellen_
01-19-2010, 05:48 AM
:sobbing: What a chance. Mental boost for Monaco now, and demotivated Erno. Watch it happen :p

bleu_cheese
01-19-2010, 05:48 AM
Alright, you've had your fun, Ernests. Now win this thing :armed:

krfreak
01-19-2010, 05:48 AM
2 sets down:unsure:..never mind, at least his performance improved. GO ERNIE!:rocker2:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 05:49 AM
2 sets down, no problem for the Ernocoaster. ;) C'mon, time to fight back!

momo_momo
01-19-2010, 05:53 AM
Ernie please, not the AO

Nadie
01-19-2010, 06:01 AM
I had some problems with Eurosport player and I see I missed nothing :rolleyes: Ernie, Ernie :devil:

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 06:02 AM
:sobbing: What a chance. Mental boost for Monaco now, and demotivated Erno. Watch it happen :p

I'm still choosing to watch it happen :sobbing:, can't resist to see it through until the bitter end. Oh Ernests.

Nadie
01-19-2010, 06:06 AM
:sobbing:

He gave up already, didn't he? :tape:

erica
01-19-2010, 06:14 AM
:sobbing:

He gave up already, didn't he? :tape:

:help:

This is not what I had in mind when I bravely got up earlier than I needed for the match.. :(

ellen_
01-19-2010, 06:17 AM
He clearly gave up there, yes.

:bigcry:

66 UEs btw :tape:

Nadie
01-19-2010, 06:18 AM
:o it is over

Congrats to Monaco, he totally deserved it. :clap2:

Ernests. :mad:

jitterbug
01-19-2010, 06:19 AM
It's because I'm not in Melbourne this year :p

Oh E. Better luck in the upcoming events. Seriously.

krfreak
01-19-2010, 06:21 AM
Oh well:sobbing: *Group hug*

PinkFeatherBoa
01-19-2010, 06:21 AM
I think I will wipe this match from my memory but that was certainly disappointing after a reasonable start in Doha, it's not like Monaco played particularly well either.

erica
01-19-2010, 06:22 AM
It's because I'm not in Melbourne this year :p

Oh E. Better luck in the upcoming events. Seriously.

Thinking of the results the past years in AO, how much better did he play when you were there? :D

jitterbug
01-19-2010, 06:29 AM
Thinking of the results the past years in AO, how much better did he play when you were there? :D

He won a match last year and almost beat Andreev :p if I had been there this year he definitely would've reached round 3 :devil:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 07:01 AM
Wow!

Proxima2
01-19-2010, 07:34 AM
Ernests… :sad:

but-it's-ok
01-19-2010, 07:45 AM
I learned finally today,not to expect anything from Ernests,I knew he'd lose if Monaco was 100% fit,he has the kind of game Ernests hates,JM is everything Ernests isn't consistent,solid,good defensively.

Because it was so bad Ernests will be tempted to forget this quickly,but he should analyse it,his desire was lacking,I don't understand it,a 1st round of GS,a chance to beat a seed,defend his points?

I also want to say that maybe the speed of the court didn't help,but not really an excuse.

Now he may not make MD of IW,Miami,all because of this one match.

cath85
01-19-2010, 08:00 AM
oh boy... I always thought last year's second round loss to Andreev was kind of decisive for the rest of the season (or at least part of it) but I sure hope this match doesn't mean anything for the rest of this season...

victoria26
01-19-2010, 01:00 PM
This is very Off Topic, but for anyone who watched the stream of the Gulbis-Monaco match on ESPN360 or elsewhere, Jim Courier(?) made a remark comparing Gulbis to another player who didn't live up to his potential, or wouldn't really fight during a match, something of this nature. Who was the player/person? I can't remember and it's driving me nuts.

Again, sorry for such a meaningless/OT comment after this loss :awww:

banhhe
01-19-2010, 01:07 PM
Now he may not make MD of IW,Miami,all because of this one match.
Let him play qualifying :p that's better imo

I sure hope this match doesn't mean anything for the rest of this season...

I hope that this match will mean a lot to him :p a bitter lesson is really hard to learn :sad:

Stelle
01-20-2010, 10:57 AM
Hey guys im in Melbourne at the moment!! Woo!
Well, here is my story :cool:
I arrived at Melbourne Park so excited - i left dissapointed.
I started wandering around for a while and was just about to go back to Hisense until i saw Robin Soderling and Ryan Harrisoon(apparently some american prodigy) I looked over to see who else was there and there ernests was talking to this other player(well, i actually wouldn't know - but i am pretty sure he had a coach telling him some things) I have some photos of him - but i can't upload them now:mad: So by the time i realised it was actually Ernests i sprinted over to the side he was on. I was pretty much shaking all over and like "OMG - ERNESTs, finally!!" I was pretty much just standing there gaping and i went to go and sit on the stands. 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 I took my seat and started going all trigger happy. Just as i was getting my pics - he decides to swap ends so i ran over and i was pretty much two metres away from the guy i follow 24/7! I got some more pics and then a really funny moment happened :D 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 haha (sorry, i suck at explaining) Anyway, the players left and then Ernests and Hernan were hitting...he was practicing returning volleys. Hernan looked me straight in the eye when he looked at my shirt and was laughing :D I don't know if Ernests noticed it. Before i knew it they were finished :sad: A few guys came over and patted him on the back and shook his hand and he was off - i was way to starstruck to ask fro anything - not even a signature. I have to admit - i stalked him back with his dad to where it went into the "RESTRICTED ZONE" :( I was sad - i stayed there a bit and Ern kept popping his head back out :p No idea why though - it was cute, he was shaved, and wearing a blue tee with something on it - me and ernests share the same thing - we aren't good at analysis.

Finally, Blake was off and it was Ernie's turn :D As i was waiting to get into the stand i saw Hernan waiting and looked quite pissy - then he is like "Excuse me, Sorry - i have to get in" haha :D Then a american couple asked me who was next and i said - "Ernests Gulbis verse Juan Monaco" he simply replied. "Oh yeah, that rich kid" OMG i seriously had a go at him saying who cares if he was and then guess who happens to pop his head round the corner while we were lining up - AINARS!! AGAIN!! Hahaha :D So i finally got a seat in the very front on the side where erno was and got a few photos of me and ernests in the background. ;) Finally they started - he won the toss and chose to serve!! Oh yeah his fans - OMG everyone on my side was going for him i swear to god - and of course his true latvian fans - they had some pretty good cheers going on - i really wanted to go and learn some but there was simply no room :D Anyway - THE MATCH!!
So, he got off to a pretty poor start. He got himself out of trouble with his serve. He finally broke him and pretty much was handed the set. He was wearing the gorgeous teal by the way :D I think Ernests was more worried about his raquet more than anything and simply didn't get into the grove at all. He was throwing his raquet for pretty much no reason and his attitude was pretty immature if you ask me. He kept looking at his coach and dad and by the end of the second set was shaking his head and yelling about even a fault. He also got a code violation for hitting a ball which was a drop shot from Monaco which he didn't get. I think it went out of Melbourne park :D I was pretty pissed at his play - the first time i watch ern he loses. I am not saying he shouldn't have lost - but it should have been closer. I still like him - it is just i think he really acted like a spoilt brat - i must say. All he was worried about was his raquet and to me didn't appreciate the fans at all. In the 2nd set towards the end - he was sitting down and i was re applying my sunscreen he was literally staring at me :) Like he forgot to put on his sunscreen i smiled and and did a fist pump i think it got him motivated - but he went for a bit too much. Then as he lost the 2nd set he pretty much lost it. I had to leave :( After the second set because we were meeting some cousins who we hadn't seen in years :( I think he wasn't focussed enough, and maybe if he had played 2nd it might have been different - or won the second set. Also, he loved my signs (ill upload a pic) I was holding up I love Ernie and it caught his attention. I guess, in a way i am happy that i saw him - but i guess i wish he had won. 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!

Overall, i was pretty happy about seeing him but not about his play. I hope i see him next year :D

banhhe
01-20-2010, 11:44 AM
Thanks for the report Estelle :hug: even though I really hate the part about his attitude :(

Nadie
01-20-2010, 12:07 PM
thanks for the report , Estelle :hug:

Proxima2
01-20-2010, 12:21 PM
Thank you Estelle! :D I hope you can see him again next year! ;)

erica
01-20-2010, 12:26 PM
Thanks for the report Stelle! :hug: Too bad you didn't manage to meet him :awww: but there's always next year!

ekkikossar
01-20-2010, 01:34 PM
Thank you for the report, Stelle! It's fun how the stories about the first time a fan meets Ernests (or, probably, any other idol of hers) show some similarities. :)
All he was worried about was his raquet and to me didn't appreciate the fans at all.
Typical Ernests. Don't get angry if you get the feeling he doesn't appreciate the fans. He would just seldom let you know he appreciates fans. I had the same reaction as you when I started supporting him at tournaments, but that's Ernests. He doesn't show... although Im not 100% sure he doesn't care if he has fans or not, having some support from the stands or getting total silencen can not be all the same to him.

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!
Wise Ainars! ah ah

meitene
01-21-2010, 01:06 AM
Thanks for sharing the story, Estelle! :) It's one thing turning off your computer in anger, but it's quite another to actually witness all the racquet abuse in person.. Still awesome, though!

krfreak
01-21-2010, 02:41 AM
Thanks a lot for your report,Estelle.:hug: Hopefully you see him again next year! :)

kryptonmania
01-21-2010, 02:57 AM
Thanks for the report, Estelle. I honestly think Ernests needs a better coach to help him grow mentally.

but-it's-ok
01-21-2010, 11:33 AM
Thanks Stelle:)

moni
01-21-2010, 02:49 PM
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.

ekkikossar
01-21-2010, 11:00 PM
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.No one ever thought nor said Monaco is not a tough player; all the opposite, instead. Pico is a good player (and one of my favourite ones) but, knowing him and knowing Ernests, I was reasonably thinking/hoping Ernests would have beaten him on this surface.
Fact is Monaco fought (as you said, again Llodra, too), Ernests didn't. That's the difference and what Erno lacks.