The 40 best quotes of Ernests Gulbis' career

Ernests Gulbis has delivered some more quotable gems since winning the Delray Beach title in February, including several this week at Roland Garros. Here is an updated version of Gulbis’ best quotes.

10 additions since the original piece on February 27, 2013:

On what he needs to do to improve after losing to Gael Monfils at the French Open

“If I play my top tennis, you know, there is not going to be many guys who can compete with me.”

On if he would have rather played Monfils on Court 17 instead of Philippe Chatrier

“Court 2000.”

On the Big 4

“I respect Roger , Rafa , Novak, and Murray, but for me, all four of them are boring players. Their interviews are boring. Honestly, they are crap. I often go on YouTube to watch the interviews. With tennis, I quickly stop. It is a joke. It is Federer who started this fashion. He has a superb image of the perfect Swiss gentleman. I repeat, I respect Federer but I don’t like it that young players try to imitate him. When I hear them answer like Roger, I am terrified by phrases like: ‘I had a little bit more success at certain moments and that is how I won.’…. The system is much too bureaucratic. It would need that the top players agree to change things. But they are rather happy that the smaller players are treated like shit and that they don’t have enough money to pay for good coaches.”

On boxing

“I would like interviews to be more like in boxing. OK, maybe those guys are not the most brilliant on earth but, when they face each other down at the weigh-in, they bring what the fans want: war, blood, emotion. All that is missing in tennis, where everything is clean and white with polite handshakes and some nice shots, while the people want to see broken rackets and hear outbursts on the court.”

On being good at breaking rackets

“That for sure I’m the best on the tour in. It’s special technique, and a little bit power. I get like 50 rackets from Wilson. And I keep on breaking them all the time.”

On whether or not he is easy to coach

“I’m not, maybe, an easy character. I have maybe sometimes some schizophrenical thoughts in my head. Still, I’m an interesting player to coach, because I can win something big.”

On his racket-smashing outburst against Sam Querrey in Delray Beach

“You like it. Everybody likes it. I think tennis has lost a little fire. Which interesting characters do we have nowadays? Everybody is trying to be like Roger (Federer). Look back 20 years. They gave interesting interviews; they gave a show on the court. It was fire.”

On two of the U.S. Open Series stops

“A lot of players are princesses, you know. I like New York. I don’t like a place like Cincinnati. There’s nothing to do. There is one Applebees, two hotels. You go out you get depressed. It’s a joke.”

On the rankings

“No disrespect to the other guys, but when I see what kind of players are already in Top 50, I’m a bit shocked. I don’t know some of the names. Even I come here to this tournament (Winston-Salem 2012), I see some of the guys, I ask my friend, ‘Who is this? He is ranked top 50!'”

On the dating life of a single guy on tour

“When I’m in a tournament, I don’t pay attention to those things. As strange as it sounds, I go to dinner with my team, I stay with them. What happens around the girls, that’s…I don’t want to lose energy for that. For every normal guy, in your mind is to get the girl in bed. As soon as possible. It all takes energy. In a tournament I don’t do that.”


the original piece with his Top 30 quotes:

On his motivation to achieve success in 2013

“I was really getting pissed to see who’s in the Top 100. There are some guys who I don’t know who they are. Some guys, I’m sorry–with respect–they can’t play tennis. I don’t know how they got into the Top 100. I think I’m much better than them. It’s a motivation.”

On why he thinks he will have a good 2013

“I quit a lot of stuff in my life. For example, smoking, drinking, staying up late.”

On what he likes about Rotterdam

“I like that the marijuana here is legal. I’m for that. Unfortunately tennis players cannot do that, but I like the way of thinking.”

On beating Tomas Berdych at Wimbledon in 2012

“I’m really happy that I didn’t choke in the end, as usual. I’m very well-known for mental strength. Ask around. Watch my previous matches.”

On reports that he flies to tournaments in a private jet

“Yes. And I have a helicopter, a submarine, and a spaceship.”

On his 2010 Los Angeles loss to Alejandro Falla

“Nothing worked today. I was just running like a Spanish clay-court player standing on the baseline and pushing the ball back. Women’s tennis.”

On getting warned by Fergus Murphy for perpetual racket-throwing during his loss to Falla

“This referee – his only purpose in life is to give somebody warnings. He is like a police officer; when they see a car they stop it and they have so much fun to give you a ticket. In Latvia, I stop where you cannot stop and they have a smile on their face as they give me a ticket. Same with this guy.”

After beating Roger Federer in Rome, on how he dealt with failing to serve out the match

“You know, there’s a good expression in English but it involves bad words. So I’m not gonna say it. I…did it in my pants.”

On how he beat Federer

“I think I beat Roger Federer because I ate scrambled eggs in the morning.”

On how he found energy to win his next match after beating Federer

“Well I found energy because I really like doing these interviews, because I get my childhood dream to be a pilot. I feel like a pilot right now.”


On missing a crucial smash on set point against Federer

“Fantastic smash. I already said in the pilot interview, if I would miss the smash, if I would lose the set, I would quit tennis. That’s too much for my nerves. I can’t take this anymore.”

On playing Rafael Nadal on clay in the Rome semis

“If he plays good, I’ll let him go. What can I do? If he plays good, he beats me. That’s it.”

On the comparison between his Rome matches against Federer and Nadal

“I don’t like losing. I like winning. I don’t like to lose beautiful matches. I like to win ugly ones.”

On the Madrid courts in 2010

“I came here early; got used to the courts because they are not really straight. They are like playing on a mountain.”

On Nadal’s mentality

“He thinks how to kill his opponent. He’s got a different mentality. Mine is closer to that of Marat Safin.”

On Fabrice Santoro

“He is a disgusting player. Even though outside of the court, an awesome dude.”

On hitting big groundstrokes

“Well, I don’t know. I never practice that much. I never practice that much at all. What can I do? I cannot run. I’m a tall guy. I cannot move my legs, so that’s why I’m trying to hit it hard; so that I don’t have to move.”

On what he did during a rain delay in the middle of the 2010 Delray Beach final

“I scored 18 free throws in a row during the break. During the rain delay. 18 free throws. Usually I do a couple hundred.”

On how he returned Ivo Karlovic’s serve in the 2010 Delray Beach final

“I think he was a little bit scared to serve against me because the height didn’t matter because I blocked him in basketball. He thought that I didn’t. He thought that I fouled but that’s OK.”

When asked about practice during the 2010 Delray Beach event

“I don’t like practicing. I really hate practicing.”

On his slow start to the 2009 season

“I was playing like a Spanish player—two meters behind the baseline doing nothing.”

On an incredibly high racket-toss at the 2009 Auckland event

“I can throw it much higher. I was just scared to throw it somewhere over. Because once I throw it over the fence and I got a $2000 fine. I don’t want to pay it anymore, so I’m trying to keep it in the borders of the court.”

On racket breaking

“I break around 60 to 70 a year. I felt bad after going to the factory where they make the rackets and I saw all the work they do. Everything is hand-made. They do everything for the players; they really think about what the players need, and then an idiot like me comes and breaks them.

“I think I broke 64 rackets. In order to do so, you need to put some muscle into it. On the hard court, where it’s more difficult to break a racket, with one try I broke a racket in five places. I am emotional. Though I don’t do it because something bugs me. It’s just a stupid habit.”

On his propensity for drop-shots at the 2009 Auckland event

“Yeah because I couldn’t do nothing else. I don’t have a volley. Just once it was lucky. But otherwise just drop-shots.”

On spending a night in a Stockholm jail for soliciting prostitutes

“It was great. It was great fun; a very funny time. But I’m never going to go to Sweden again. If you go out and meet some girls, and immediately you’re put in jail, that’s not normal. It was very funny, though. I think everybody should go to jail at least once.”

On why the press room was empty after his 2008 U.S. Open loss to Andy Roddick

“Nobody will come, trust me. Nobody is interested in losers here.”

When James LaRosa asked if he could call Gulbis “Ernie”

“Call me Mr. Gulbis. I’ll call you Mr. LaRosa.”

On what he does with his hair

“I think all the products are for girls. The body lotions, the creams, the makeup, whatever, is just for girls. Guys should be natural. Of course you have to take care of yourself, you have to go to shower, you know, so you don’t smell bad. The rest is just natural. Mr. Gulbis showers and never combs his hair and that’s it.”

On what a night out with him would be like

“What do people do when they go out? They get drunk. To go out and not drink, I don’t understand it. If you go to a nightclub, what is to enjoy there? Nothing. The music is too loud, everybody’s sweating, everybody’s dancing, it’s dark, everybody’s pushing, everybody’s drunk. And if you’re the only guy sober in the nightclub, you don’t enjoy it at all. If you’re into the groove, you know, you have a couple drinks, you’re on the same level as the club, you can sometimes get something positive out of it. But it’s not what I like. I prefer to stay in my friends’ company, invite girls over.”

On drinking

“If I start drinking I’m going to drink until the morning. I can’t go to a nightclub and drink four beers and I’m good. If I go out, I go full night out.”

4 Comments on The 40 best quotes of Ernests Gulbis' career

  1. I’ll grant Ernie this. He is spot on when he says the standard post match interviews with their trite question from the press corps are tedious for the players and rarely yield anything of interest to the viewers**. I have never understood what purpose they serve. The one on one interviews are far more enlightening.

    ** the recent one when some idiot congratulated Mahut after he he’d lost his match at least raised a laugh.

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