Ernests Gulbis was unable to consistently display his talent after defeating Roger Federer and reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2014. On clay, the Latvian tennis player has beaten Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic multiple times, and he has won six ATP titles in his career.
Despite his enormous potential, he was never able to achieve his greatest breakthrough. Gulbis is attempting to carve out a niche for himself on the Challenger circuit in an effort to break back into the top 100 rankings once again..
He has already proven that he is capable of climbing the ranks and raising the bar. It took him a decade after falling to 160th place in the world rankings to reclaim his former glory, but he recovered from a catastrophic elbow injury in 2018 and moved up more than 500 spots in the standings in the two years following.
Gulbis is once again at the center of controversy, this time around an event in the Italian city of Trieste.
Riccardo Piatti, the center’s head coach, helped Gulbis get back in shape last February and re-establish himself as a top-level player.
His victory over a far more experienced opponent in the Trieste Challenger final made him the buzz of town and secured his place in the main draw. He won in two sets against 23 year old Matthieu Martineau and will now face Santiago Rodriguez Taverna in the first round.
While shaking hands with the Frenchman following his victory, Gulbis used profane language. “In the end, it was a win for me and a loss for you. Tennis is a sport that everyone can learn. Even if I played poorly today, I still managed to defeat you “, Gulbis was quoted as saying by Punto de Break in an interview.
To make his Grand Stand debut, Gulbis will return to action this afternoon. Aside from Salvatore Caruse and John Oradini, Latvians will have to wait for Matheus Pucinelli and Zhizhen Zhang.