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07-29-2017 04:51 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Thursday, July 27, 2017 02:02



Ernests Gulbis: The Lette wants to exploit its great potential in the second run. (Image: Keystone)
Adrian Ruch


From the air bus to the philosopher

Ernest's Gulbis has a reputation as a living man and a woman's hero. In Gstaad he proves to be a serious team-mate and an intelligent conversation partner. Thanks to the love.



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When Ernest Gulbis meets Safra Sarasin Swiss Open Gstaad after his 6: 4, 6: 4 opening victory over Daniel Brands in the catacombs on tourman Fernando Sanchez, he says half joking, half sarcastic: "Thank you for taking me so early To the place. "
Whoever only observes this scene must think: Aha, he is the spoiled billionaire son from Latvia, the spokesman, the hero of women, the party-taker, who wasted his talent. The call of the airbus hurries ahead of Gulbis, and this is not unjust.
But the Gulbis from 2017 is not the Gulbis from before. The first thing he does after his success is to organize a tennis court, so he can still train on the same day. And in the interview, the 28-year-old turns out to be an interesting conversation partner whose horizon goes far beyond the baseline.
"Everything you do and experience teaches you something that is valuable and takes you as a person."
Ernest's Gulbis

Recently he said that tennis was an instrument for him to become a better man. How did he mean that? "A businessman defines himself through his business, a musician through his music, a tennis player through his sport. He is perceived by his success and his failure. Everything you do and experience teaches you something that is valuable and takes you as a person, "he explains.
Frustrating and motivating
The experiences he has made lately are not particularly positive. Shortly after he had defeated Roger Federer in Paris in 2014 ("This victory gave me the best feeling at a tennis court") and advanced to 10th place in the World Cup, a long injury miseries began. "The whole chain, from the shoulder to the wrist, gave me problems," he says.
He trained less, which had a negative effect on the results. From August 2016 to February 2017 he did not play any tournaments, for three months he did not touch a tennis racket. He admits that he did not have to stay so long because of the injury. But Gulbis mentally needed a reboot. "I took the time off with the intention of returning to the tour - not to think about the resignation," he said.
The return was not so simple. Due to his rankings, he is currently the number 313, he can not play any ATP events, unless he makes use of his "protected ranking" as in Gstaad. This is only eight times. Otherwise, he himself is dependent on wildcards at Challenger level.
"I took the time out with the intention of returning to the tour."
Ernest's Gulbis

So far, despite his attractive playing style and his merits, no organizer of an ATP tournament has offered him a starting place. The situation, on the other hand, is frustrating, motivating others, he says. "You want to go so far, so you do not have to rely on Goodwill."
«I will not regret anything»
Gulbis plays much more strongly than his world-rogue position suggests. And he seems to take sport as seriously as never before. The reason for this is ... a woman. The Lette will soon be married. Has this changed his approach? Gulbis thought for a long time, then he answered almost philosophically: "Yes, it does. One can hardly imagine a person who has less to do with sports than my fiancée. And yet she accompanies me on the tour. I can no longer behave like a 20-year-old, who is on his own and does not care. This is no longer my attitude. I am here to strive for the highest possible goal. And that is to become a better person. She knows that it is important to me to make the most of my potential. I must be satisfied when I will stop playing tennis. I will not regret anything. "
"I believe there are really good results in me."
Ernest's Gulbis

Does he repent not to have done everything in the past? "I can say retrospectively: I made the best of all at any moment, based on my understanding at the time. I was young and, in a sense, stupid. For me much was unknown, unclear. Between 18 and 24 I was not lucky enough to be led by the right people. "
But that is passé. Ernest Gulbis still has a lot in mind. "I believe there are still really good results in me. I'm only 28, Roger Federer is still unbelievable.
07-10-2017 11:58 AM
rosespower
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

from the trainwreck I we all witnessed to this match with Djokovic is a big jump. so of course is positive. he seemed mentally stable and he hit the ball much better. hopefully he will build on this and not revert to the previous incarnation.
07-09-2017 02:27 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

2nd round presser transcript from Wimbledon site

Ernests Gulbis: Second round - The Championships, Wimbledon 2017 - Official Site by IBM
07-08-2017 10:12 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

He talks about his future schedule as well...

Wimbledon: Gulbis walks away with positives following 'surreal' third round against Djokovic


Wimbledon: Ernests Gulbis walks away with positives following ?surreal? third round against Novak Djokovic - Wimbledon - Tennis | Sport360
07-08-2017 06:01 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

From ATP, nice interview from Ernests and his coach on his motivation before Djokovic match.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCwnoEswFjs
07-07-2017 10:18 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

With ‘Nothing to Lose,’ Ernests Gulbis Flashes Former Top 10 Form

By Christopher Clary from New York Times.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/06/s...?smid=tw-share
07-07-2017 10:17 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Article by Steve Tignor after win over Del Potro
Gulbis' win over Del Potro was stunning?but kind of not stunning, too | TENNIS.com
07-05-2017 05:35 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

(I like the fact that he is projecting playing 5-6 more years!)

Reem Abulleil
by Reem Abulleil
5th July 2017
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Wimbledon - Gulbis ahead of Del Potro second round: In my brain I'm still a top-10 player



In Ernests Gulbis’ mind, he is still a top-10 player even though the Latvian is ranked No589 in the world at the moment.

Some of his opponents still regard him in that way too, including Juan Martin del Potro, the man he faces in the Wimbledon second round on Thursday.


On Tuesday, Gulbis won his first tour-level main draw match in 13 months with a straight-sets dismissal of Victor Estrella Burgos.

He is in the Wimbledon main draw with a protected ranking after missing the second half of last season with a wrist problem. Since his return to the tour last February, he’s picked up several niggles including a calf injury during the clay season, and an abdominal tear during the grass, which means his preparation for Wimbledon was confined to just one Challenger Tour match win over world No93 Norbert Gombos in Prostejov.

The former world No10 is 2-3 head-to-head against Del Potro, but they haven’t faced off since 2014. The 29th-seeded Argentine is a step up in terms of level of play compared to Gulbis’ first-round opponent Estrella Burgos, and will pose a much greater threat – one the Latvian might not necessarily be prepared for at this point.

“I don’t think that I can be ready. The next round is going to be completely different because it’s against a big server. My opponent today he couldn’t do much damage with the serve and on the baseline also I was overpowering him,” Gulbis said after his opening round win.

“It’s not going to be the case in the next round. But I don’t know, somehow I don’t even feel that well playing from the baseline but I feel really well returning serve. And on grass courts it’s one of the keys, serving well and returning well.”

Gulbis had been practicing with Austrian doubles player, Philipp Oswald, who’s a tall guy with a good serve, in order to work on his returns.

In an ideal world, he would rather be better-prepared for a player like Del Potro but, “it doesn’t really matter, it is what it is, I’ll take it easy tomorrow, I’ll recover, because the body is also, it’s difficult. Even if it was a short match it’s still difficult,” says Gulbis.

Del Potro, who has had his fair share of injuries that kept him out of the game for large stretches of time, is continuing with his own comeback. He beat Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis in four sets in the opening round and is ready for another big battle.

“Everybody knows how good is Ernests on this surface. He has a good day, he can beat all the guys on tour,” said Del Potro. “I have to be focused doing my job, doing my serves and forehands. If he gives me a little chance to break the serve, trying to take it.”

Battling on: Juan Martin del Potro. Battling on: Juan Martin del Potro.
Del Potro is still carrying a groin injury from the clay season but says there’s no risk of damaging it further, and that he’s managing the pain and keeping it under control.

Meanwhile, the 28-year-old Gulbis is aware that he has been injury-prone for several years now, and even though the Latvian is back competing, he’s picking up physical problems each time he plays. Are these issues all related?

“It is related, I hadn’t won a (main draw tour-level) match for 13 months, I didn’t play normal points in a continuous period for a year maybe. That’s difficult,” he explains.

“In my brain I’m still No10 in the world, I know I can do certain things but the body cannot do it yet. It will be able to do it maybe in two, three months, maybe in half a year, but I want it now. We’re all anxious, you know. Tennis players are anxious, that’s when the calf goes, the abdominal goes, so I really need to take it easy.

READ: Gulbis talks meaning of tennis, marriage and more

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“And actually today (in my first round) I tried to be as relaxed as possible, and take it as easy as possible. It was the first round of a Grand Slam, you cannot take it easy, but still I was relaxed, going for relaxed shots, and I was making it and sometimes it works in your favour.

“But still I’m not ready, I’ll be ready hopefully for the US Open I would say, that’s my goal. After this I’m going straight on clay, I’m going to play as many matches as possible, then go to hard courts, play every tournament, every week, just to get 30 matches before the US Open,

“Not 30,” he laughs, correcting himself. “That’s too much.”

Last month, Gulbis suffered a big drop in the rankings after exiting the French Open from the first round, failing to defend the fourth round points he had picked up the year before.

Outside the top-500 at the moment, he says he tries to avoid looking at the rankings, but it’s not always easy.

“I didn’t check my ranking because really it gets me a little bit depressed when I see this number, it’s a disaster,” is how he puts it while chuckling.

“But of course there are obvious reasons so I don’t get too much into it.

“Right now I know that already I’m going to check how many points I need to get back to top-100. It’s some kind of – I remember the feeling when it was 2013, 2014, you’re really looking forward, it’s like a game for you.

“This ranking thing it’s a game, it’s adrenaline, you start to enjoy it and as soon as you win matches, you see your ranking points come up, you’re moving, it gives you a lot of adrenaline. But I didn’t look right now.”

Way up in the charts, three different men have the opportunity to leave Wimbledon as the world No1 – current No1 Andy Murray, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. Stan Wawrinka also had a shot had he not lost in the first round on Monday.

Is Gulbis keeping an eye on that battle at the top?

“I can’t say that I pay too much attention to this No1 thing, I would pay attention if I would have a chance,” he said laughing.

“Right now, let them fight it through, I’ll have my time, I really think so.

“I think I have another five, six years of a good, decent career. I’ll try to use my chances as much as I can and enjoy it and stay relaxed as much as I can and not put too much pressure on myself.
06-16-2017 10:55 AM
Walle
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

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Originally Posted by osmonde View Post
Long recent interview with a youtube showing 20 points vs top 4 players

Ernests Gulbis interview on meaning of tennis, what would make him retire, marriage and more.
by Reem Abulleil
14th June 2017

Ernests Gulbis interview on meaning of tennis, what would make him retire, marriage and more - Tennis - Interviews | Sport360
Lovely interview. He's so philosophical. And soooo in love.
06-14-2017 02:37 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Long recent interview with a youtube showing 20 points vs top 4 players

Ernests Gulbis interview on meaning of tennis, what would make him retire, marriage and more.
by Reem Abulleil
14th June 2017

Ernests Gulbis interview on meaning of tennis, what would make him retire, marriage and more - Tennis - Interviews | Sport360
05-30-2017 04:35 PM
Walle
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

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Originally Posted by osmonde View Post
There is a longer interview where he talks about his way up through challenger, you can translate it in english if this post is in latvian.

Gulbis: "Sp?l??u tik ilgi, kam?r jut??u no t? k?du ieguvumu" ? French Open ? Teniss ? Sportacentrs.com
AP made it sound as if he said that his ranking was not a tragedy coz he's getting married. But apparently in the press conference the question about getting married and the question about the drop in the rankings weren't related at all. Ha!

Good to know that he has a good idea about his schedule for the next two months and wants to play a lot. Let's hope his body allows it.
05-30-2017 03:41 PM
osmonde
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

There is a longer interview where he talks about his way up through challenger, you can translate it in english if this post is in latvian.

Gulbis: "Sp?l??u tik ilgi, kam?r jut??u no t? k?du ieguvumu" ? French Open ? Teniss ? Sportacentrs.com
05-30-2017 02:14 AM
FlameOn
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

I'm happy he's happy. I hope he will still play while married.
05-29-2017 10:22 PM
Truedaisy
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

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Still struggling on court, Gulbis says it’s no “tragedy”


PARIS — Not long ago, Ernests Gulbis played a semifinal at the French Open then broke into the top 10.

A long list of injuries later, the Latvian player has dropped to 230 in the ATP rankings and there is no sign he will get back to his best soon.

Gulbis, who reached the semifinals in Paris three years ago after beating the likes of Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, lost to No. 7-seeded Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of Roland Garros on Monday.

He said injuries to his calf and wrist hampered his preparations for the tournament.

“I started to play points just three days ago and it was the best that I could do in these circumstances,” he said.

Once a bright prospect, Gulbis has turned into a 28-year-old unfulfilled talent still searching for a first win on tour since the French Open last year.

He, however, remains upbeat.

He has found love, is going to get married, and that’s what matters the most to him.

“It is discouraging when you see yourself in the rankings, you don’t want to be there, but it’s not a tragedy,” Gulbis said. “The most important thing for a man or a woman is to find their true love and partner for the rest of their lives. Marriage is beyond anything. I’m very happy, very much in peace with myself.”

As for his career, Gulbis said tennis is just a tool helping him to understand his inner self.

“As soon as I understand that I cannot gain anything from doing this thing, then I’m going to stop doing this. I’m not doing this for earning money or popularity. I know that this makes me right now a better man, playing tennis and going through theses struggles. Tennis is an instrument, when it does not help me anymore to become a better man, I will stop.”

Still struggling on court, Gulbis says it?s no ?tragedy?
Thanks, Osmonde, for posting this!

So Ernests is getting married! That's great news though! I hope marriage will help his tennis. If not, like he said, it's not a tragedy. He has found love and that is a wonderful thing. I still hope to see him play for a few more years though.
05-29-2017 07:21 PM
Walle
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Quote:
Originally Posted by osmonde View Post
Still struggling on court, Gulbis says it’s no “tragedy”


PARIS — Not long ago, Ernests Gulbis played a semifinal at the French Open then broke into the top 10.

A long list of injuries later, the Latvian player has dropped to 230 in the ATP rankings and there is no sign he will get back to his best soon.

Gulbis, who reached the semifinals in Paris three years ago after beating the likes of Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych, lost to No. 7-seeded Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in the first round of Roland Garros on Monday.

He said injuries to his calf and wrist hampered his preparations for the tournament.

“I started to play points just three days ago and it was the best that I could do in these circumstances,” he said.

Once a bright prospect, Gulbis has turned into a 28-year-old unfulfilled talent still searching for a first win on tour since the French Open last year.

He, however, remains upbeat.

He has found love, is going to get married, and that’s what matters the most to him.

“It is discouraging when you see yourself in the rankings, you don’t want to be there, but it’s not a tragedy,” Gulbis said. “The most important thing for a man or a woman is to find their true love and partner for the rest of their lives. Marriage is beyond anything. I’m very happy, very much in peace with myself.”

As for his career, Gulbis said tennis is just a tool helping him to understand his inner self.

“As soon as I understand that I cannot gain anything from doing this thing, then I’m going to stop doing this. I’m not doing this for earning money or popularity. I know that this makes me right now a better man, playing tennis and going through theses struggles. Tennis is an instrument, when it does not help me anymore to become a better man, I will stop.”

Still struggling on court, Gulbis says it?s no ?tragedy?
Sounds like he's very happy in his private life, which is lovey to hear. But I guess it also means that at one point (not too far away) he will put an end to his struggles and retire. Other things more important than tennis (now even more so).
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