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Gulbis: I don't like to practice

L James
04-26-2010, 11:30 PM
This Ernie is good for a few quotes. At least he admits it, unlike Philippoussis.

"I'll go on court, play my best and whatever happens is okay. If I lose 6-2, 6-1 I'll just go on.

"There's no need to think about it, thinking about it won't help you. You have to throw away thoughts about it and you'll be okay."

That sort of attitude is typical of the Latvian who admitted that he is no fan of training and has no intention of forging the type of long and dominant career of his next opponent.

"I don't like practising or spending a lot of hours on court, that's just not me," he added.

"I just want to win a Grand Slam, only one and I'll finish my career."

ZaZoo)
04-26-2010, 11:50 PM
Don't know how he thinks to win a GS without spending lots of hours practising.. :smash:

LocoPorElTenis
04-26-2010, 11:53 PM
And people complain about Nalbandian's work ethic......

Bilbo
04-26-2010, 11:57 PM
hard to believe Gulbis has any fans because of his tennis. must be because of his looks.

Midnight Ninja
04-27-2010, 12:25 AM
I always thought people were too harsh on him for his family having money.

Thanks for proving me wrong! You deserve all the criticism you get.

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 12:26 AM
He does say he practices 5/6 hours a day though. Just he doesn't enjoy drills and stuff. He claims that competing is what makes him play tennis. This is taken a little out of context to what he was talking about. He was saying about different people's training.

00923
04-27-2010, 12:33 AM
Source please?

-Valhalla-
04-27-2010, 12:36 AM
He'll probably go out cruising for hookers and blow tonite.

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 12:57 AM
Me?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njSI-0FnqrI&feature=related
2:50 onwards

Nidhogg
04-27-2010, 01:01 AM
Okay, so he says that he doesn't live for practicing. Big deal.

Just don't tell me that there's actually anyone who thinks he doesn't practice a whole lot even though he's not crazy about it.

As for his slam ambitions, it's good to see that he thinks he has it in him to win one.

Being able to take bad losses in your stride is good as well. I myself like the philosophy that you can learn something from every match you play, but I don't know his take on that. He strikes me as the sort of guy who believes it's just all up to him putting it together in every match, and if it doesn't work he just failed to execute his gameplan, and hopes to do just that next time. That's just an initial feeling, though. I haven't looked deep into the role his coach plays with him.

tennishero
04-27-2010, 01:05 AM
when you spend 30+ hours a week (for years) practising i doubt many people would enjoy it either... its work for them, but it has to be done.

andy neyer
04-27-2010, 01:09 AM
Federer said many times in his youth he didn't like to practice and that he didn't take practices seriously because he just couldn't get motivated enough for them. He defined himself as a 'match player'.

Not caring about practices = the recipe for GOATness.

Your heard it here first, kids.

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 02:32 AM
and it shows..

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 02:36 AM
Gulbis' hero:

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bleu_cheese
04-27-2010, 02:57 AM
The grand slam quote is taken out of context. It was one of his sarcastic jokes. He said something along the lines of “If I win a Grand Slam, I’d stop tomorrow”. “Really?” “Nah, I’d then go and win a 250, then I’d stop…”

Mimi
04-27-2010, 03:26 AM
:lol:

Filo V.
04-27-2010, 03:39 AM
At least he's forthright and honest about it. I mean, it's his life, his career, and his decisions, some players prefer to play a lot of tournaments instead of actually practicing and training. If that works for them, then who is anyone to say differently.

swisht4u
04-27-2010, 06:42 AM
Fed in 2.
Gulbis did surprise me by returning some hard hit serves by Karlovic with some serious pace. He must have some very fast reflexes or guessed right.
About the winning the GS and quitting, just a strange statement.

I still don't know what to think about this guy.

bad gambler
04-27-2010, 06:55 AM
Yes he rather spend his time devoted to errr extra curricular activities.

Rumour
04-27-2010, 07:33 AM
Big deal :yawn:

-Evita-
04-27-2010, 08:24 AM
:lol:

You have to take everything Gulbis says with a grain of salt, he has a great sense of humor and he doesn't take himself very seriously. The thing about him not liking to practice is true, he's said that it many interviews, he says tennis is his job, it's not his whole life. But the quote about winning a Grand Slam and retiring was obviously just a joke.

Johnny_Bravo
04-27-2010, 08:29 AM
i won't bet on gulbi today,so he can win fed comfortably,without any jinxing around
64 63 game over fed.The GOAT has arrived

Turquoise
04-27-2010, 08:42 AM
I like his candour. He doesn't like to practice, but it doesn't mean he doesn't put in the long hours like everyone else. As for the one grand slam comment, could be tongue in cheek, but why not? Winning one grand slam is elusive to most players, even those with serious talent and work ethics. At least he has the aspiration to win one. Some players have resigned themselves to going as far up the rankings at they can and maximizing earnings (modest but realistic expectations) at the expense of reaching the pinnacle of the game.

petar_pan
04-27-2010, 09:27 AM
He'll probably go out cruising for hookers and blow tonite.

hahaha

Bargearse
04-27-2010, 09:48 AM
He might not like to practice, but he's obviously practicing. His loss in the 1st round of the Aus Open was so pathetic I had written him off for good and then bam! He suddenly gets up off his ass and wins a tournament and posts a few other good results as well. He hasn't done this by not practicing. I actually think he can beat Federer tonight.

moni
04-27-2010, 10:24 AM
Actually he practises a lot. Like he said in this video-interview from Delray Beach it's about 5 - 6 hours a day.

Maybe in the past he was not always working as hard as he should. Do we always work as hard as we should? :angel:

Btw. Even Serena Williams said she hates to practise, she even hates to play tennis, she just loves to win.

Gulbis is in interviews a bit like Safin. He doesn't want to give clichee answers. East European humour, as well. Witty and kinda fatalistic.

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 10:39 AM
He might not like to practice, but he's obviously practicing. His loss in the 1st round of the Aus Open was so pathetic I had written him off for good and then bam! He suddenly gets up off his ass and wins a tournament and posts a few other good results as well. He hasn't done this by not practicing. I actually think he can beat Federer tonight.

He did say in another interview that at the AO he was just too eager and that he'd been practising well. Also, Doha is before that where he took Fed to 3 sets.

Persimmon
04-27-2010, 11:23 AM
Yeah other things are more fun to do.... *cough*

laurie-1
04-27-2010, 11:38 AM
Federer said many times in his youth he didn't like to practice and that he didn't take practices seriously because he just couldn't get motivated enough for them. He defined himself as a 'match player'.

Not caring about practices = the recipe for GOATness.

Your heard it here first, kids.

:haha: Gulbis is going to become one of the greats, thanks for the tip...

:smash:

gorgo1986
04-27-2010, 11:53 AM
I do not get the criticism, so he said he is not a fan of practicing, yet he still trains 5 hours a day and is undoubtedly a talented guy. I Love my job(and I am great at it) yet I do not like some aspects of it. He is just being honest. This is no big deal. What you think Rafa or Roger love practice?

moni
04-27-2010, 12:06 PM
Tennis is a treadmill like many jobs. Gulbis was only honest about this.
There is a lot of burn out in this sport. Think about this.

Look at Agassi. He hated tennis and was one of the greatest.

Deivid23
04-27-2010, 12:16 PM
A better question would have been "Which is the biggest you´ve paid for a hooker?"

RogerExpress
04-27-2010, 12:22 PM
Sometimes I doubt he really enjoys tennis :confused:

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 12:30 PM
He says in video he enjoys winning and that's why he plays.

Last year mustn't have been much fun for him though :P

Jomp1
04-27-2010, 12:45 PM
Wasted talent.

Tennisman82
04-27-2010, 12:48 PM
This is disappointing, you just have to see him contest a match against a top player to see the depth of raw talent he possesses. If he’s not dedicated to the game and is not willing to put in the hours, then he’s not going to obtain the results he’s truly capable of obtaining (in other words, a grand slam title). Pity.

He shouldn't cry foul when he starts losing the big potentially career-changing matches.

Tennisman82.

moni
04-27-2010, 12:57 PM
This is disappointing, you just have to see him contest a match against a top player to see the depth of raw talent he possesses. If he’s not dedicated to the game and is not willing to put in the hours, then he’s not going to obtain the results he’s truly capable of obtaining (in other words, a grand slam title). Pity.

He shouldn't cry foul when he starts losing the big potentially career-changing matches.

Tennisman82.

Didn't you listen and read? Gulbis' goal is Top-10 and he practises about 5-6 hours a day.

Aaric
04-27-2010, 01:05 PM
Gulbis entering hate list

eze
04-27-2010, 01:19 PM
Ohh, leave him alone!

Yes, the guy has talent..and it's his to waste if he wants to

ad-out
04-27-2010, 01:32 PM
Ernests' interviews are very "tongue in cheek". He has a unique sense of humor. So what if he doesn't like to practice - he still does it and is obviously improving his game. I really hope he gives Roger a run for his money today so you all can see how talented he really is. ;)

Tennisman82
04-27-2010, 01:35 PM
Didn't you listen and read? Gulbis' goal is Top-10 and he practises about 5-6 hours a day.

My bad mate, I should’ve read more & seen the clip before posting…

Yes he’s definitely dedicated to the game, he’s set objectives and a plan to achieve them with his new coach. I think the message I missed is that for Ernests practicing feels too much like working (repetitive, boring, etc.) but that he’ll continue to put in the necessary hours to refine and improve his game. As he should! The top 10 will be in sight if he continues this direction.

Interestingly, Gumy is Safin’s old coach.

Thanks,
Tennisman82.

nanoman
04-27-2010, 01:39 PM
Spoiled brat. Can't wait to see his father get arrested, so there won't be billions of dollars waiting for this lazy bum to blow on hookers. Maybe that will give him some perspective.

BEBE91
04-27-2010, 01:44 PM
What a spoiled kid!

moni
04-27-2010, 01:48 PM
My bad mate, I should’ve read more & seen the clip before posting…

Yes he’s definitely dedicated to the game, he’s set objectives and a plan to achieve them with his new coach. I think the message I missed is that for Ernests practicing feels too much like working (repetitive, boring, etc.) but that he’ll continue to put in the necessary hours to refine and improve his game. As he should! The top 10 will be in sight if he continues this direction.

Interestingly, Gumy is Safin’s old coach.

Thanks,
Tennisman82.

No worries. :)

seljanin
04-27-2010, 01:53 PM
So, he doesn't like to practice. Big deal. I also don't :D

Spoiled brat. Can't wait to see his father get arrested, so there won't be billions of dollars waiting for this lazy bum to blow on hookers. Maybe that will give him some perspective.

For what? :lol: Since when being rich is equivalent to being a criminal? :confused:

ossie
04-27-2010, 02:17 PM
a real legend this gulbis :haha:

schorsch
04-27-2010, 02:24 PM
I guess people can't deal with the fact that a guy that isn't obsessed with tennis and doesn't practice 12h a day has this much talent (and is rich on top of it :p) whereas there are guys that work their butt off, but have no talent at all. Well everyone does it their way and you can't choose what family you are born in anyway. But why don't you just look at what he brings to the game / the great matches that we could watch instead of being angry about that. Personally I prefer watching a player with talent than some obsessed player that isn't inspiring at all except for his work ethic. If I want work ethic I can watch a marathon.

His interviews usually are very tongue in cheek, he won't give you that many clichee responses, but often will give you a lot of candid insight and tell it how he thinks it is. People complain about that so much "he's so boring" and there comes a guy that actually offers something different for once and you still can't appreciate that :lol:

What's better?

"I play good and run good, so is good win for me, no? I try play my forehand, no?" (for example Ferrer)

or

"I really tried to step into the court and take the return early, so that he wouldn't have time for the second shot, I returned great today. I Think he was intimidated by the fact that I blocked him in basketball this week even though he says it was a foul."

So insight/tactics and funny tongue in cheek comments.

And it's refreshing to see a player just not worry about all of his opponents reading the presser and letting us know what he thinks. Talking about how he had to juggle with fitness (to strengthen the knee) and tennis and also talking tactics. Admitting weaknesses, difficulties and what they have to struggle with instead of trying to be all "I'm 100% healthy :)" and after the loss "My knee :(".

MacTheKnife
04-27-2010, 02:27 PM
I love how some post on here like they're best friends with the guy.

ossie
04-27-2010, 02:28 PM
i love how people think players have talent when they cant even win a single masters title let alone a slam

schorsch
04-27-2010, 02:35 PM
i love how people think players have talent when they cant even win a single masters title let alone a slam

Robredo won a masters title, is he labelled talented on this forum by the vast majority of posters? I don't think so :lol:
Berdych won a masters title, is he labelled talented on this forum by the vast majority of posters? I think so :)

Just because people think you're talented it doesn't mean you're going to win everything left and right, there's many factors that come into play...

Another tongue in cheek comment by Gulbis serves as a great nutshell for this:

"Tennis is a terrible sport." (smirks after that).

ossie
04-27-2010, 02:38 PM
Robredo won a masters title, is he labelled talented on this forum by the vast majority of posters? I don't think so :lol:
Berdych won a masters title, is he labelled talented on this forum by the vast majority of posters? I think so :)

Just because people think you're talented it doesn't mean you're going to win everything left and right, there's many factors that come into play...

Another tongue in cheek comment by Gulbis serves as a great nutshell for this:

"Tennis is a terrible sport." (smirks after that).you should at least win a few here and there, most of these 'talented' players cant even get to quarterfinals in tournys

schorsch
04-27-2010, 02:51 PM
Well talent can also be a burdain you know... Say take Svetlana Kuznetsova... She's got all the shots, she's got the strength/physique, she's got every serve. So much at her disposal, but then you have to put everything together. It's incredibly difficult to harness all of that even though it's all there.

Compare that to somebody who knows his limitations all too well and really has it simple in terms of shot selection, tactics etc. They're just going to do the same all over again and it is pretty simple to stick with it since they simply can't do anything else (W:zzz:niacki...)

It's I guess talented players naturally strive for excellence and the ones that are not for effectivity. But when the talented player gets the ratio between excellence and effectivity right one should expect him to beat the less talented player, right? That's why we sort of have high expectations for these talented players whereas we know from the get go what we're going to get from the others.

andy neyer
04-27-2010, 02:53 PM
So, he doesn't like to practice. Big deal. I also don't :D



For what? :lol: Since when being rich is equivalent to being a criminal? :confused:

"Behind every great fortune there is a great crime".

Someone actually paraphrased Balzac with that one.



Still, that comment you were quoting along with some of the other comments here are ridiculous but it's all fun for me.

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 02:56 PM
you should at least win a few here and there, most of these 'talented' players cant even get to quarterfinals in tournys

With this current 'weak era', one should expect those 'talented' players to get there at about each tournament they play, no? :p

Oh wait. :angel:

Apemant
04-27-2010, 03:22 PM
What's with all the hooker references? Is it a common knowledge that Ernie likes them or what?

He doesn't strike me as a guy who'd be forced to pay for sex. :devil:

RawrArgh
04-27-2010, 03:25 PM
uhm. He got caught doing so(reportedly) :P

nanoman
04-27-2010, 03:36 PM
So, he doesn't like to practice. Big deal. I also don't :D



For what? :lol: Since when being rich is equivalent to being a criminal? :confused:

Someone is filthy rich and is not a criminal in Eastern Europe. Get the fck out.

Saumon
04-27-2010, 03:38 PM
What's with all the hooker references? Is it a common knowledge that Ernie likes them or what?

He doesn't strike me as a guy who'd be forced to pay for sex. :devil:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=153026

gorgo1986
04-27-2010, 03:40 PM
All these losers on here talking about Gulbis and hookers, the guy is young, rich, good looking, a professional athlete and he does not need to buy it. I am sure he has a ton of girls lining up at his door. Where as a lot of you spending your days loathing people you do not even know on some forum would probably need to buy it.

Anyways Gulbis is still only 21 years old(and already a top 40 player, a grand slam Quarter finalist and he even won a title this year), he is a young guy and has plenty of time to mature and to have a great career.

ad-out
04-27-2010, 03:47 PM
you should at least win a few here and there, most of these 'talented' players cant even get to quarterfinals in tournys


Ernests is only 21. :confused: It's not like he doesn't have time to get the big titles - or that he hasn't already done well in some big tourneys.

brent-o
04-27-2010, 04:32 PM
While I totally can't fault Ernie for his comments (who actually gives 100% at their job all the time?), I do feel like something's missing in his training for him to step up to that next level. Maybe he can pull a Verdasco and go to Gil Reyes...

Erica86
04-27-2010, 04:34 PM
He admits being lazy. At least he's honest. There are many other players who are as lazy as him, but thay never admit it.

gorgo1986
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
Ha ha, so much for people calling him a wasted talent, he just beat Roger in a three setter.

schorsch
04-27-2010, 04:58 PM
With this current 'weak era', one should expect those 'talented' players to get there at about each tournament they play, no? :p

Oh wait. :angel:

Yes, I agree :awww: I do count Federer among the talented players, pity he couldn't make it to the QF of the last three M1000, no :sad: ?

:angel:

Sry, that was a bit out of line, but I just couldn't resist :sobbing:

osmonde
04-27-2010, 10:28 PM
To put his comment said yesterday in context, here is what he said today,
which is more reliable...

"Much has been written about the turnaround in Gulbis’ fortunes over the past six months, but he again stressed that it is merely a question of hard work and focus – two virtues which he scorned when he burst onto the scene earlier."

“Tennis used to be a hobby for me, now it’s a job.
I had no system when I practiced. I’d practise three days, go out with my friends for two days, practise another three and then go to a tournament.
That’s why I was so up and down.
Recently I had three weeks where I practised solid and it went really well, so that’s what I have to do.”

And it showed on court lately...

Here is the full article:
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=547

dijus
04-27-2010, 10:34 PM
:lol: @you people
what's strange that he prefers playing matches than practising? it's normal that if you make something 6h/day it starts to being boring finally, and of course it's normal that you prefer competing to training... :shrug:

Sunset of Age
04-27-2010, 10:36 PM
Yes, I agree :awww: I do count Federer among the talented players, pity he couldn't make it to the QF of the last three M1000, no :sad: ?

:angel:

Sry, that was a bit out of line, but I just couldn't resist :sobbing:

No prob man. :p :lol: I get your point. :rolls:

Nathaliia
04-27-2010, 10:48 PM
Idiots. Would you be so harsh if Nadal admitted he prefers to play tennis on PS3 than on the court?

Give the kid a break.

rkellymacon
04-27-2010, 11:18 PM
The practice in the last 3 weeks is doing him well, hopefully he keeps it up in the future

Mechlan
04-27-2010, 11:33 PM
Idiots. Would you be so harsh if Nadal admitted he prefers to play tennis on PS3 than on the court?

Give the kid a break.

No, but it depends on your results, doesn't it? If everyone considers you have spades of talent and you lose to players you should be beating, then obviously there's going to be more scrutiny.

nalbyfan
04-28-2010, 09:02 AM
No need to practice to beat RF....

Florida
04-28-2010, 12:25 PM
He does not really need to practice. Money byes everything and he has lots of it!

oranges
04-28-2010, 12:32 PM
He does not really need to practice. Money byes everything and he has lots of it!

If you actually put any thought into this, you'd realize you're implying his buying matches. Beyond MTF standards of stupid :worship:

coonster14
04-28-2010, 12:36 PM
wonder how much he practiced to beat fed? or maybe he was with all his chicks the night before :lol:

ossie
04-26-2011, 11:33 AM
what a gem

timafi
04-26-2011, 12:33 PM
it shows:tape: :lol:

Orka_n
04-26-2011, 01:13 PM
I don't think many pros like to practice every single day. :shrug: Gulbis is just being honest. More honest than he should perhaps.

TMJordan
04-26-2011, 01:14 PM
No practice + Rich dad + Hookers = Good times

Matt01
04-26-2011, 01:21 PM
Maybe it's just me but I find that rather sympathetic :tape:


No practice + Rich dad + Hookers = Good times


:spit:

nalbyfan
04-26-2011, 01:26 PM
Only Nadal likes to practice because he's a kind of masochist...
Agree with Matt01, it's rather sympathetic
He's not obsessed by his job fortunately for him

Topspindoctor
04-26-2011, 01:50 PM
Only Nadal likes to practice because he's a kind of masochist...
Agree with Matt01, it's rather sympathetic
He's not obsessed by his job fortunately for him

Nadal practices because he has the mentality of a champion who knows what you have to do in order to win, not a daddy's boy loser who fancies himself hot shit on the tennis court and a hit with the women because he has money. Mugbis is a disgrace to the sport. The sooner he is out of top 100, the better.

Yukimura
04-26-2011, 01:58 PM
Is it me or Gulbis sees himself as the Tony Stark of tennis?

Johnny Groove
04-26-2011, 02:25 PM
Mug behavior.

How can you not like to practice? It is your fucking job.

Nadull_tard
04-26-2011, 02:28 PM
Gulbis: I don't like to play tennis when there are so many Serbian chicks and dives around.

Orka_n
04-26-2011, 04:13 PM
Mug behavior.

How can you not like to practice? It is your fucking job.Not everyone loves their job, you know. Wasn't Agassi the same, thinking tennis was a pain? :shrug: I don't understand what the big deal is.

cutesteve22
04-26-2011, 04:23 PM
No practice + Rich dad + Hookers = Good times:worship:

Pirao666
04-26-2011, 05:10 PM
Nadal practices because he has the mentality of a champion who knows what you have to do in order to win, not a daddy's boy loser who fancies himself hot shit on the tennis court and a hit with the women because he has money. Mugbis is a disgrace to the sport. The sooner he is out of top 100, the better.

Agreed. Thank God for the players that take the sport seriously, f*ck Gulbis.

Milky Orange
04-26-2011, 05:12 PM
I really used to support Gulbis even when was tanking matches ( I bet against him :p ) but now I'm slowly starting to hate him... disgraceful mug

Chris Kuerten
04-26-2011, 05:17 PM
Would be fun if his father cuts him off.

tribalfusion
04-26-2011, 05:27 PM
Gulbis would have been much happier playing professionally in the 70s or 80s like a sort of Van Patten...

Everko
04-26-2011, 05:48 PM
Gulbis is the anti-role model for young players

Branimir
04-26-2011, 05:59 PM
Gulbis is daaaaaaa man.