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Gulbis Won’t Give Up

Ernests Gulbis may be 34 years old now and ranked 314 in the world but he’s not about to give up his ATP career.

The Latvian stopped his 2022 season after losing 62 63 to Mate Valkusz at the Vilnius, Lithuania Challenger in mid October. But he resumed competing last week at the Tenerife Challenger and qualified for main draw by beating Gabriel Decamps 61 ret. and Christian Harrison 61 26 63. In the main draw Gulbis lost first round to Alexander Shevchenko 64 63.

Last year Gulbis played mostly Challengers and a few qualifying rounds at ATP events. He did reach the final of Zug Challenger in Switzerland but lost in three sets to Dominic Stricker. That was his best result of the year.

Gulbis, once ranked no. 10 in the world, has won six ATP singles titles in his career and has a career match record of 247-239, good enough to have earned $7.6m in prize money. His last two ATP titles came in 2014 in Nice and Marseille.

Here is my Biofile interview with Ernests Gulbis

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  • Scoop Malinowski · January 23, 2023 at 4:58 pm

    Gulbis is an interesting character and a unique interview, hope he has one last hurrah left. And that he can stay healthy.

  • Cory · January 23, 2023 at 11:32 pm

    Always loved Gulbis’ game… hoping to see this final hurrah. His game still looks great. Tennis is mental boxing , and Gulbis the winner of 6 ATP titles trying to get back to relevancy, but CAN NOT look past these hungry challengers. IOW, there are no shortcuts… you’ll have to really earn your way back in. The liquidity of good hungry players will keep an honest ranking system sans any shortcuts back.

    De Minaur last night… the mental giant made a mouse out of a man. I’m a huge De Minaur guy and his best days are to come. Happy for the Djoker. He is gonna waltz to the title. Nobody will stop him.

  • Scoop Malinowski · January 24, 2023 at 8:50 am

    Cory, I always liked Gulbis too as a person and player, he’s striving and working hard, hope it pays off but like Bouchard and Sock, he’s been stuck out of the top 100 for years now despite all the hard work. They just can’t seem to get their mojos back. Deminaur can’t be judged by this one bad beatdown loss, we can’t lose sight he just beat Rafa handily. Though that may be a very overrated win now, as McDonald quickly learned as he lost next to Nishioka in three sets.



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