Ernests Gulbis was unable to consistently showcase his talent after his 2014 Roland Garros semi-final victory over Roger Federer. The Latvian player won a total of six ATP titles, had significant career victories against Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, and even had Rafael Nadal on the edge of his seat on more than one occasion when playing on clay.
Despite his enormous potential, he has never made that final qualitative leap. The goal of Gulbis’s participation in the Challenger circuit is to get him back into the top 100.
The once-top-10 player has proven he can improve and set new standards. He had the fortitude to climb back to the top of tennis after plummeting to 160th in the rankings a decade ago, and he did just that, all while dealing with a serious elbow injury in 2018 and 2019.
Learn to play tennis, Gulbis sarcastically tells his opponent.
In an effort to get in better shape and return to the top of his game, Gulbis relied on Riccardo Piatti at the Piatti Tennis Center in Bordighera last February.
After winning the match that advanced him to the main draw of the ATP Challenger in Trieste, the Latvian made quite a splash. First-round opponent Santiago Rodriguez Taverna awaits Gulbis after he defeated 23-year-old Matteo Martineau in straight sets.
Gulbis was less than sporting in his postmatch handshake with the Frenchman after his victory. “To put it bluntly, I triumphed and you failed. Tennis lessons, anyone?
Even though I played poorly today, I managed to come out on top “The comments made by Gulbis were compiled by Punto de Break.