Ernests gulbis dating

When the best week of Ernests Gulbis's tennis career ended in a battling three-set defeat to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of last year's Rome Masters, the Latvian might have been expected to take time to reflect on a memorable sequence of results. Then afterwards I went back with them to my apartment." Losing to Nadal is clearly a signal to relax.

He had reached his first Masters Series semi-final with three victories over higher-ranked players, including Roger Federer, then the world No 1. It was Saturday afternoon and it would not be long before the nightclubs opened back home in Riga. "We arrived in Riga at one o'clock in the morning and we went straight to a nightclub," Gulbis recalled. After taking the Spaniard to four sets at Wimbledon two years previously Gulbis admitted he "went back to Latvia and had the best week of my life.

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Gulbis knows he prefers partying to practising, which is probably why he is No 31 in the world rankings and not in the top 10, where he would surely be if he could match his talent with the necessary application. But when I play badly, starting to win again is the biggest issue." The past 15 months illustrate his point.

"I enjoy playing points in practice and competing, but day-by-day drills, day-by-day baskets, gym – no," Gulbis said. I can put my music on and just think my own thoughts. But I can't really push myself to practise at the same level for a really long time." He admitted: "I'm a guy who goes up and down. In February 2010 Gulbis won his first title at Delray Beach.

During the subsequent clay-court season he reached the quarter-finals in Barcelona and followed up his semi-final run in Rome by beating three more higher-ranked opponents in Madrid before Federer gained revenge.

The subsequent 11 months have not been bad, but quarter-final appearances in Bangkok and Doha and a semi-final in Sydney are not the return you might expect from a young man who appeared to have made his breakthrough. They enjoyed Ernest Hemingway so they thought – why not?

Nevertheless, it would be mean-spirited to criticise a player who brings some welcome colour to the men's tour. " As a teenager Gulbis attended the Niki Pilic academy in Munich (which his mother discovered on Google), where he befriended Novak Djokovic.

Whether he is smashing winning forehands or smashing his rackets – he is adept at both – it is hard to keep your eyes off Gulbis, whose background is as intriguing as his all-out attacking game. As a Russian speaker he mixes mostly with Russian players and soon found a kindred spirit in Marat Safin, the former world No 1.Gulbis's grandfather on his father's side played basketball for the Soviet Union, while his mother's father was a leading film director. Gulbis himself appeared with her in a film directed by his grandfather. Safin recommended his former coach, Hernan Gumy, who now works with the Latvian.His father is a wealthy investment banker who at one time was said to lend his private jet to his son to travel to tournaments. Gulbis has stayed in touch since Safin's retirement and visited him in Moscow. "No, I think I'm good by myself," Gulbis smiled, though he is trying to show more self-control.At one stage he was getting through up to 70 rackets a year.Was it true that he had changed his attitude after visiting a racket factory in Austria and realising how much work went into producing the tools of his trade?"For a moment – and then I realised that it's not wrong at all because it's work for them and the rackets aren't expensive to make. "All the cameras are on the racket when you smash it." Gulbis insists that he is "just like any other normal person" away from the court.

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