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10-23-2015 11:37 PM
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

I think I am officially down the rabbit hole....but it looks good
10-23-2015 10:43 PM
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Bresnik protégé dismantels Karlovic and will face Johnson in the semifinal

Ernests Gulbis is the first player to qualify himself for the semifinals of the 2.324 million euro prize Erste Bank Open 500 in the Wiener Stadthalle. The 27 year old Latvian, who dropped to rank 117 in the world ranking list due to an injury, dismantled the Croatian “Service Machine” Ivo Karlovic in 1 hour and 42 minutes with 7:6 (7/4), 7:6 (7/5) and simultaneously reaches his first semifinal of the season. With this win Günter Bresnik’s protégé was able to secure the 180world ranking points, which means Gulbis was able to improve his ranking to 80thin the world.

“In this season ive only played two good tournaments – one in Montreal (Quarterfinals) and now here in Vienna. Due to my wrist injury I had to give up in the first rounds of the US Open and Shenzhen. I also couldn’t play fully in St. Petersburg. That’s why I was convinced to come to Vienna and train with Günter. To do so I had intense treatment on my wirst, and now everything is going great”, says Gulbis who beat the qualifier Lucas Miedler in the first round of the tournament. “I didn’t play that well but in the second round that’s where I really got going, and today it was great” states Gulbis who was in part of the top ten after his semifinal placement in the French Open in Paris last year.

Gulbis will face off against the American Steve Johnson (ATP Rank 47), who beat the number 2 seeded south African Kevin Anderson (ATP-11) in a world class action packed game, which lasted 2 hours and 37 mintues and ended 5:7, 7:6 (7/5), 6:4. The 25 year old Johnson reaches his 3rdsemifinal of the season, after reaching the semifinals in Washington and Winston-Salem (USA).

Record number of visitors in the Wiener Stadthalle

Todays quarterfinals resulted in the largest number of visitors the Erste Bank Open has ever seen. 9.100 visitors came to the Wiener Stadthalle which is the largest number of visitors to ever visit the tournament in 41 years. “We even had to open up the stands for people to stand in, to fulfill all. That never happened before”, says tournament director Herwig Straka as he explains the situation.“, erklärte Turnierdirektor Herwig Straka.

Bresnik protégé dismantels Karlovic and will face Johnson in the semifinal - News - Erste Bank Open
09-22-2015 02:41 AM
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Interview from St-Petesburg before his 1st match:


Question: What is your attitude towards the tournament that came back to St. Petersburg?

Ernests Gulbis: I was very glad, I wanted to defend my title last year, but unfortunately even the tournament in Tel Aviv was cancelled and I had a free week. I wasn’t actually worried about the free time I had, though I would like to play St. Petersburg Open.

It’s really great the organizers found a way to make sure the tournament is back, I like the new stadium and new practice courts. I always say St. Petersburg is one of my favorite cities.

Question: At first, you didn’t make it to the main draw, were you ready to it?

Ernests Gulbis: It is just me: to drop out of TOP 10, then to come back to TOP 50. How did I find it? I’m glad to play this tournament.

Question: This year you had a nice tournament in Montréal...

Ernests Gulbis: It was the only o’kay tournament I had after a long break, I won more than three matches in a row, there were some reasons why I had an injury. But better late than never... I was in a good form during the hard season in America, but I had injured my hand. Even now I asked the organizers to play on Tuesday because every day is important to recover.

Question: You had a very interesting match against Djokovic... How did you evaluate your shape playing against #1?

Ernests Gulbis: If you’ve watched the game, it was clear. I don’t think I did something wrong, I just didn’t convert match points, but I know I can play and I went to Canada and the USA in a good shape I regret I couldn’t compete in New York.

Question: Ernests, you were introduced to us as a top-10 player (former Top10 in fact). What do think of your chances in St. Petersburg?

Ernests Gulbis: You know, mentally I feel fine, but my physical conditions could be better. But, overall, everything is getting better. I had serious problems with the shoulder at the end of last year. The doctors insisted on a surgery, but I decided to heal it my way. At the moment, I don’t suffer from the shoulder pain. But I had a poor start of the season because of that injury. I began to play better at the tournament in Canada.

Question: Do you think you have chances to get back into the Top10? What do you need to get back to that level?

Ernests Gulbis: I need to train harder for some period of time. As I said, I couldn’t practice full strength for half a year and spend as many hours as I need on a tennis court.

Question: What do you think of Marcos Baghdatis, the player you are supposed to play?

Ernests Gulbis: I played several matches against him long ago. He is in a slightly different situation now, he has a family. So I hope he will be more focused on that in St. Petersburg.

Question: In your previous interview you said Moscow had lots of temptations. And this is one of the reasons why it’s difficult to play in this city. What were your temptations in St. Petersburg?

Ernests Gulbis: Well, my temptation was the theater I went to yesterday. I called my dad and asked him to check out interesting night shows in St. Petersburg. He recommended watching one of the theater plays starring Oleg Basilashvili. What kind of temptation I will have today, I don’t know yet (smiling).

Question: For 19 years the tournament had been held at a different venue. This year it moved to a brand new sports arena. Do you like it?

Ernests Gulbis: I haven’t played on the Center court yet. But I think the whole move is positive, the new venue is closer to the city center, it’s easier to get to from the hotel.

08-19-2015 11:59 PM
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

Gulbis credits turnaround to coach Bresnik
08-19-2015 11:57 PM
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Gulbis earnestly searching to arrest his dramatic freefall Beautiful pic with this article from atp
08-18-2015 02:12 AM
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From Vancouver,Canada
Latvian Ernests Gulbis brings wild card game to Odlum Brown Vancouver Open
08-10-2015 05:14 AM
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05-28-2015 03:25 AM
Re: All About Ernests - Interviews and Articles

I have read this article as well. Brejnik doubt of Ernests' effort to climb back the ranking once more.

I hope he does, because in french l'Equipe he repeats what he said before: "Pourquoi je joue au tennis. Je comprends le tennis comme un instrument pour mieux me connaître. Il y a des victoires, des défaites, des joies et des frustrations."
"Why I play tennis. I see tennis as an instrument to know me better. There are victories, defeats, joys and frustrations."
He says his mind is like a turmoil, spinning all the time. He tried meditation, so he realy makes an effort to understand his inner self.

I wish he continues his approach in life throught this sport. I always enjoy him on court, win or lose.
05-28-2015 02:57 AM
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Interesting from Bresnik here - he wasn't sure if Ernests will have the effort to get the ranking up again.

Former Breakthrough Players Endure Breakdowns in Paris

PARIS — Watching Eugenie Bouchard suffer at the French Open on Tuesday and watching Simona Halep and Ernests Gulbis suffer on Wednesday, it was hard not to marvel at the game’s long-running success stories.

While last year’s luminaries, Bouchard and Gulbis, take the roller coaster back down the rankings, the Novak Djokovics and the Roger Federers have managed a much steadier ride through the seasons. Yes, they are phenomenally talented and well supported with longstanding teams of trainers, physiotherapists and dual coaches.

But there is something more at work, too.

“They make sure they don’t step into all the little holes,” said Gunter Bresnik, the veteran Austrian coach who has had to live with (and without) Gulbis in recent years.

Simona Halep lost, 7-5, 6-1, to 70th-ranked Mirjana Lucic-Baroni on Wednesday.Simona Halep Falls as Other Top Players Cruise at French OpenMAY 27, 2015
“In Austria we have this expression, where we say some people step into every trap,” Bresnik continued. “Wherever there’s a place to slip, they will find it, the one flower petal in the whole room. Ernests is doing this right now. Djokovic and Federer, they see there is a petal, and they draw a circle around it. Ernests just goes right for it. If there’s a possibility to make a mistake, he makes it.”

One would love to be a Viennese fly on the wall for Bresnik’s training sessions with Gulbis. You can imagine Bresnik, who once coached Boris Becker, giving it to Gulbis straight, and you can imagine Gulbis — a natural-born communicator — trying to mold it into a rather different shape.

But they are back together again, after a breakup earlier this season, and Gulbis is in serious need of help. After reaching the semifinals here last year and then breaking into the top 10, he has won just three singles matches all year and is ranked No. 24.

“Three matches!” Bresnik said. “It’s incredible.”

Gulbis’s latest defeat — to the French veteran Nicolas Mahut, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 6-3, in the second round — will send his ranking plummeting into the 80s.

“The question is, can he another time come up with so much energy to make a comeback?” Bresnik said. “I don’t know. To go to Kitzbuhel, Gstaad, Umag to make the ranking come up again? I don’t know. He needs a lot of effort from the people surrounding him. A lot of everything. A lot of attention.”

The tools are still there. That was clear watching him against Mahut, still best known for losing the longest tennis match in history to John Isner at Wimbledon in 2010.

Gulbis can still rip the serve, can still come up with ridiculously good and instinctive shots with his best stroke, the two-handed backhand. He can still blast, caress, blast and caress the ball, all in a matter of a few seconds.

But the rhythm is off; the confidence, too. It is a question of shot selection; it is a question of thought selection. And in Gulbis’s active mind, it is also a question of inadequate preparation.

Asked if he was 100 percent clear why he reached the semifinals last year and went out in the second round this year, he nodded his head under his sweatshirt hood.

“Yes, full understanding,” he said, explaining that his shoulder problems, which began last August on the North American hardcourt swing, cut his practice time in the off-season down far too much.

“I don’t want to put too much emphasis on the mental side,” he said. “If, for example, there are two people, O.K.? And they are working exactly the same amount of hours and hit exactly the same amount of balls and have exactly the same body, height, strength and everything, then the difference in who is going to win is who is mentally stronger. But you have to understand that you have to put emphasis first on the physical side. If you are ready like nobody else is ready, what kind of mental thing is there?

“I’m so confident that you wake me up in the middle of the night, and I’m going to be able to hit this shot, whatever comes to me, because I did it 10,000 times in practice.”

On Wednesday, last year’s impressive focus was long gone, replaced by some distracted driving.

“It’s true that it’s tough with what’s going on across the net,” Mahut said. “Because the flow of the match is completely disrupted. You think he’s going to serve and instead he talks. He talks to people, to the birds, to the umpire.”

At least Gulbis sounds clear on how to solve his troubles.
05-27-2015 03:57 AM
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Interview to L'equipe in french

Gulbis : " Et vous, vous savez qui vous êtes ? "
ERNESTS GULBIS, opposé aujourd'hui à Nicolas Mahut et à la peine depuis sa demi-finale à Roland-Garros l'an passé, se questionne beaucoup. Et il reprend du poil de la bête.

Ça faisait longtemps qu'on traquait Ernests Gulbis (26 ans, 29e mondial). À Monaco, le Letton s'était fait porter pâle. Il fit de même à *Madrid, à Rome, à Nice… Perdu sur le court en 2015, le Letton a fini par gagner, dimanche, au premier tour de Roland-Garros, son troisième match de l'année, en treize tournois, face au Néerlandais Igor Sijsling. Primordial au moment de *défendre les points de sa place de demi-finaliste ici même l'an dernier (il avait sorti Federer en hui*tièmes de finale, Berdych en quarts puis avait pris un set à Djokovic en demies). Aujourd'hui, il sera face au Français Nicolas Mahut. Quand il est arrivé, un peu en retard, au *rendez-vous de notre interview, *Gulbis, le fantasque, le torturé, s'est excusé. « Désolé, j'ai pris mon temps pour savourer une victoire, enfin. J'ai eu un bon massage. »

« VOUS N'AVIEZ pas l'air bien ces derniers temps…

– Stop. Je ne veux pas accorder trop d'attention au passé. J'ai déjà tellement analysé que continuer à le faire me fatiguerait beaucoup. Au début de la saison, ce n'était pas très réussi, et quand j'ai compris où était le problème, j'ai commencé à essayer de le réparer. C'était il y a quatre semaines. *Depuis j'ai fait du bon travail.

Quel problème, plus précisément ?

– Vous voulez vraiment me faire revenir sur le passé, c'est ça ? Tout a commencé ici, l'an dernier. Après j'ai mal joué à Wimbledon, puis j'ai senti quelque chose à une épaule, et les choses se sont *dégradées petit à petit parce que je ne pouvais pas m'entraîner correctement. J'ai besoin de rester au moins trois heures, et jusqu'à quatre ou cinq, sur le court. Et je n'ai pas pu faire ça, jusqu'à l'Open d'Australie. C'est pour ça que, là-bas, j'ai joué comme de la merde, et à cause de cette tension sur le court, il y a eu de la tension avec mon coach. Et j'ai senti le besoin de faire un break (*). On n'était pas vraiment fâchés, je ne lui ai pas demandé de se barrer. C'était juste un feeling qui n'était pas le bon, car, en fait, j'avais besoin de continuer à faire les mêmes choses. Mais je n'avais plus envie d'être sur le court. L'erreur a été que je me permette ce genre de choses.

A-t-il été facile de revenir peu de temps après avec votre coach Gunther Bresnik ?

– Très. À Barcelone (en avril), je lui ai passé un coup de fil, je lui ai dit : “J'arrive à Vienne.” Il a été content et moi aussi. Cette coupure a peut-être été une bonne chose. Quand un entraîneur vous voit tous les jours, il finit par ne plus voir les petites erreurs. Et quand il ne vous voit plus pendant quelques semaines, il voit le truc *immédiatement !

Le truc ?

– Je vous explique mon jeu. Pour le revers, si on me réveille dans dix ans sans que j'aie touché une raquette, je le frapperai de la même manière. Le mouvement est naturel. Idem pour le service. Mais, avec le coup droit, je peux frapper de différentes manières (il mime près et loin du corps) Et, si je ne joue pas pendant quelque temps, j'ai besoin de quelqu'un, à mes côtés, qui voit ces petits changements. Parce que, moi, si je n'y prends pas garde, après une semaine, je frappe la balle à nouveau de manière différente.

Nicolas Mahut, votre adversaire au deuxième tour, se demandait si vous saviez vous-même qui vous étiez ?

– Et vous, vous savez qui vous êtes ? Plus j'y pense, moins je sais. Demandez ça aux gens : Que savent-ils d'eux mêmes ? Que comprennent-ils de leur vie ? D'où vient leur manière de penser ? Moi, en tout cas, je ne le sais pas. C'est un tsunami complet à l'intérieur. Je me sens bien quand j'arrive à calmer ce tsunami intérieur. Je suis émotionnel. J'ai beaucoup de choses dans la tête, ce n'est pas calme.

Avez-vous essayé la méditation ?

– Bien sûr. Je cherche des réponses.

Est-ce que le tennis vous aide pour ça ?

– J'ai eu une conversation intéressante avec un ami, il y a six mois. C'était difficile, pour moi, de savoir pourquoi je jouais au *tennis. Pourquoi je courais derrière une balle jaune. Pour gagner de l'argent ? Être connu ? Ne vous méprenez pas, j'aime ça, mais ça ne peut pas être l'essence de mes buts dans la vie. Je comprends le tennis comme un instrument pour mieux me connaître. Il y a des victoires, des défaites, des joies et des frustrations.

Que représente un gros succès ?

– Quand vous gagnez et que vous en prenez l'habitude, il n'y a plus beaucoup de pensées dans votre tête. Pas de questionnement.

Était-ce votre sentiment après votre demi-finale de l'an dernier ?

– Le fait est que je n'ai pas compris ce sentiment. Ce que ça m'avait pris mentalement, physiquement. On marche sur l'eau, on veut tout jouer. Une des erreurs que j'ai commises est d'être allé au Queen's dans la foulée, pour *perdre au premier tour. Djokovic est le seul qui ait eu raison, puisqu'il n'a repris qu'à Wimbledon. Seuls des joueurs avec de l'expérience savent bien faire la différence entre fatigue et fainéantise.

Vous avez dit que le tennis manquait de personnalités…

– J'ai l'impression que certains ont peur de donner quelque chose d'eux-mêmes. Avec Internet et Twitter, tout est répercuté. Certains ne se sentent plus libres, ils ont peur. En tout cas, je n'ai plus aucun intérêt pour lire une interview d'un joueur de tennis. Il y a tellement de gens intéressants dans d'autres sphères…

Qui, par exemple ?

– Le dernier entretien que j'ai lu, c'était celui du dalaï-lama dans le Riga's Like,un trimestriel en *letton et en russe.

Aimeriez-vous qu'on vous prenne en exemple sur le circuit dans le genre « excitant et ouvert » ?

– Ça ne doit pas être un but d'être excitant. Il faut être soi-même. Basta. Mon but est de bien figurer sur le court. Et d'être ce que je suis.

Vous aimez provoquer, quand même…

– J'aime provoquer mes amis. Peut-être que j'en ai beaucoup !

Vous semblez être à l'aise à Paris…

– Je n'aime pas les joueurs qui *disent chaque semaine qu'ils sont dans leur endroit favori. Je déteste vraiment ça. Mais je suis tombé amoureux de Paris la première fois que je suis venu. Ça met un sourire sur mon visage. Pas un extrêmement grand, mais un petit quand même. Je pourrais vivre ici. Prendre un petit appartement à Montmartre, ce serait sympa. »


(*) Gulbis a ensuite quitté son entraîneur Gunther Bresnik et commencé à travailler, début avril, avec le Suédois Thomas Enqvist. Moins d'un mois plus tard, il retournait avec Bresnik.
05-27-2015 01:44 AM
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Interview in Latvian (second part)

Google translate gives us some idea but it would be great if a Latvian here help for better clarification please.
05-26-2015 09:58 PM
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Gulbis, Ivanovic back to old coaches at French Open


Ernests Gulbis entered the French Open with a 2-12 record. (AP Photo)
Ernests Gulbis is back with his coach, Gunther Bresnik, following a temporary parting this season.

The Latvian stopped working with the Austrian coach before the March hard-court Masters events in the United States. Though a shoulder injury hindered Gulbis' preparation during the off season, he still sees his longtime coach as the right choice for him. He was 2-12 entering the French Open.

"I was always a player who needed someone who is incredibly strong in technical part of the game," said the No. 29-ranked Gulbis. "When I did my work, you know, I don't even need to think about tactics. I just walk on court and I perform.

"But I need to get my base done. ... I didn't have a long period of time where I could really practice my base, and my technical base as well."
05-25-2015 03:45 AM
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Originally Posted by RuRo View Post

Also funny how a couple years ago it was all "guys in the top 100 can barely play tennis, I see people ranked near the top and wonder how they are there since I am better" and now it is "Well I am losing to guys like Goffin and Vesely who are, like, practically top 30, so they are pretty good".
Guess who's in top 100 and can barely play tennis. Clue no. 1: Won 3 matches this year so far.
05-24-2015 07:51 PM
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I am just imagining some little kid running out to Glubis to ask for a selfie and Gulbis just punching him in the face

Also funny how a couple years ago it was all "guys in the top 100 can barely play tennis, I see people ranked near the top and wonder how they are there since I am better" and now it is "Well I am losing to guys like Goffin and Vesely who are, like, practically top 30, so they are pretty good".
05-24-2015 07:22 PM
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